The Curse of the Conditioned Mind
July 20, 2012 by Rob White
The conditioned mind is a box of standard thoughts. This mind asks questions that only can be answered from the thoughts it has in its box. It can only think up to the walls of the box, and think no farther.
The conditioned mind is a box of thoughts.
If you are to think out of the box of standard thoughts, then you must be willing to think beyond your conditioned mind, which means you must be willing to be wrong about a lot of thoughts that you insist are right.
I had to admit that I was wrong when I thought that a person had to have connections, or had to be born into money, or had to have some rare talent to make a million dollars. My conditioned mind could only ask questions and come up with answers that confirmed my standard thoughts. This left me with further proof that I was better off with my current job than quitting to start my own business and make my own millions.
There was a certain ‘wrong eagerness’ that compelled me to prove to myself that making a lot of money was beyond my grasp. Obviously, the eagerness was wrong because it was pointing me in the wrong direction – it had me seeing all the reasons why I couldn’t fulfill on my million-dollar dream.
The conditioned mind’s nature is to be restless when you think outside of its box of standard thoughts. This mind values the restlessness because it can use this to convince itself that there is no answer beyond the box of standard thoughts it contains. Thus, it’s always working for itself – isn’t it?
The conditioned mind’s nature is to be restless when you think outside of its box of thoughts.
The deception of the conditioned mind is apparent – it does not want new answers, it only wants solutions that are compatible with its box of standard thoughts. And, if this means ‘no solution’ is the solution, then this is what it prefers.
Wow, that’s a big one – let’s hear that again: The deception of the conditioned mind is apparent – it does not want new answers, it only wants solutions that are compatible with its box of standard thoughts. And … if this means ‘no solution’ is the solution, then this is what this mind prefers.
The conditioned mind is tricky. It puts up smoke screens that stop you from elevating your consciousness above its box of standard thoughts. The smokescreens protect this mind from being challenged. When you challenge this mind, by not falling for it’s usual ‘smoke and mirrors’ answers, you are able to change your mind.
The last thing the conditioned mind wants you to do is to change your mind. How can it survive if you change your mind and begin thinking new thoughts that do not fit in its box of standard thoughts?
The conditioned mind is tricky.
The first step to changing my mind about earning a million dollars was to realize that something was wrong with my standard way of thinking about money. My conditioned mind was perfectly content to invent ‘problematic thinking’, invent questions and answers that discouraged me from thinking out of its box of thoughts about money:
- Why can’t I be one of those who make a million dollars? Answer: “I’m starting too late in life.”
- Why does making a million dollars seem so difficult? Answer: “I’m not smart enough.”
- Why is it so complicated to make money these days? Answer: “It’s not like the good old days when making a money was a simple sowing and reaping process.”
- What stops me from qualifying to be a millionaire? Answer: “I didn’t get the right education.
The light of truth dawned on me when I was willing to look directly at my box of standard thoughts. Here is that truth: When I throw trash thoughts into the wind, trash thoughts come blowing back to me. This revelation helped me study my conditioned mind without being hypnotized by it.
When I throw trash thoughts into the wind, trash thoughts come blowing back to me.
I have offered you the first crucial step it takes to prove to break free of your conditioned mind so you can achieve your lofty dreams. The perfect proof of right thinking is to be willing to be wrong about your ‘usual thoughts’; those thoughts that stop you from thinking out of your box of standard thoughts.
How do you think out of your conditioned box of standard thoughts? Answer: Let go of the anxious need to prove that you are right about your usual way of thinking – that usual way that stops you from realizing your incredible potential.
Real and higher thinking is possible when you see your conditioned mind for what it is – a thinking machine that simply wants to survive with the thoughts that oil its gears. It does not intend to unplug itself so you can think anew and create an incredibly new life to unfold for you.
The conditioned mind is a thinking machine that simply wants to survive with the thoughts that oil its gears.
When you unplug your thinking machine, you cease to be a problem-seeking machine. What comes next? Answer: An awakened mind that finds answers to your problems because it is not part of the problem.
Read this blog again slowly. Drop the wrong thoughts that stop you from understanding the precious lesson it offers. Please share what you have learned from this, or offer an insight that further advances this conversation. What you do for others, you do for yourself. Please participate.