“Trust not what you hear,
Trust not what you see,
But trust what you feel.
Is an advanced course.
“To serve and never be tired is love.
Ayurveda views the mind as an instrument to process sensory information. As such, it is a storehouse of the impressions we access through the senses. Everything we see or feel leaves an imprint upon the mind. Therefore, too much, too little or wrong use of the senses results ultimately in unhappiness, pain, illness, etc.
As we begin to pay more attention to what is going through our mind, we may notice that initial ‘warnings’ of an imbalance that is starting in the mind. If we carefully listen, we can stop the process, while it is still in the mind. In many cases imbalances starts in the mind, as a response to negative thoughts or emotions.
Since the mind is composed of nothing but thoughts, much of the work of healing and balancing consists of changing our thought pattern and learning to embrace positive thoughts. Thoughts of love, peace, and harmony counteract the weakening disturbing and negative thoughts. This can be achieved through positive affirmations, but also chanting and mantra.
By nature the mind is changing and volatile, thus difficult to control. Concentration techniques allow us to gradually hold the mind in place. Like the body, the mind is material but is made of a more refined matter of a subtler nature.
To achieve ultimate awareness of our inner self, we must then go beyond the mind, into the realm of the spiritual heart. Through the practice of prayer and meditation we can gradually gain control of the mind. and become aware of it's different levels, sensory, intelligence, imagination, intuition; and finally go beyond the mind into the realm of pure consciousness within our heart.