10 Dec Correcting the Intellect – December 11 2019
The difference between treating and healing is that in the former, the context remains the same, whereas in the latter, the clinical response is elicited by a change of context so as to bring about an absolute removal of the cause of the condition rather than mere recovery from its symptoms. It’s one thing to prescribe an anti-hypertensive medication for high blood pressure; it’s quite another to expand the patient’s context of life so that he stops being angry and repressive.
David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.,
Power vs. Force:
The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior
When someone learns to meditate in our tradition, one of the things that’s always brought up during the teaching is the need not only to continue meditating twice each day, but also to engage in the daily practice of ‘correcting the intellect’.
The Veda says that consciousness is primary, that consciousness is all there is. The implication is that my experience of life is based not in the so-called facts of my life, but in my interpretation of those facts.
For example, if I feel unhappy, I may think my unhappiness is because I don’t have enough money. One approach to my problem is to make more money. How much is enough to achieve happiness? Who knows? We’ll just have to see. What yardstick should I use? If I’ve never had enough money, it will be hard to come up with a way of measuring. All I’ll have to go on, actually, is my level of happiness.
I may think I’m unhappy because I don’t have enough money, but what if that’s only a partial truth? What if I also have unfulfilled experiences of creativity, of relationships, of health? What if my unhappiness is biochemical and related to eating sugar or flour or dairy? To drinking? What if I’ve just learned to have a daily reset button of low-grade misery? If any of these issues are a part of the equation of my lack of fulfillment, I can make money from now till doomsday and never find a lasting happiness.
So we correct the intellect. We begin to teach ourselves that happiness lies within. We study a philosophy of life that shows us how happiness is not dependent on anything outside the Self. We become aware of our thinking and call a timeout when we find ourselves veering into self-pity and blame and complaint.
We ask ourselves: what would life be like if Totality was nothing but consciousness? If consciousness and God were the same thing? If Totality was everything and everyone and all time, including me, right now? If God and consciousness and I were inseparable?
What if my happiness depended solely on my continued decision to be happy?
Today I will ask of the universe what kind of life do you want me to have? And I will assume that the answer includes happiness, and that this happiness is available within me, now.