BLACK ICE AND BANANA PEELS: Getting A Grip On Your Mind - Introduction
Our mind’s power to control and hide, at the same time, is truly awesome. There may be no need to look further than this for proof of the existence of God. More about that later. Our mind’s goal is survival and it will aggressively pursue this agenda at the expense of the rest of our capacities. Its basic means of survival is control. In order to control effectively, it must initially convince us that it is doing something critical to our well-being. To continue to control, as we develop the ability to recognize our mind at work, it must learn to operate behind the scenes.
In order to hide, our mind gets us to believe that there is no distinction between it and the rest of who we are. Our mind makes itself synonymous with the whole of our existence. Of course, there’s much more to you than your mind, but how often do you remember that, especially under stress? Whenever you’re judging something as right or wrong, strategizing your way out of discomfort, figuring out what something means; at that moment you are your mind and you have lost contact with the other parts of you, which would otherwise be available to help.
This book brings to light how our mind works; the different ways our mind overtly and covertly both gets in our way and, at the same time, through language, energy and behavior, shows us how to move in a healthier direction. It may sound, as you read this, like your mind is an enemy that must be rooted out and eliminated. Not at all. The wonder of our mind is that while it continually leads us to stumble and sometimes fall, it is, at the same time, showing us exactly what to do in order to heal, grow and evolve.
When I talk about our mind, I’m referring to that part of us that started out as our protector, ran amok with that agenda and continues to carry out its self-assigned role, even when no longer needed. There is another aspect of us called The Mind. It is creative, vast and expansive—a part of the Universal Mind. Though our minds are fearful, The Mind knows no fear. Our minds label, categorize, compare and are obsessed with right and wrong. The Mind laughs at those distinctions. While our minds seek control, The Mind exists as consciousness and evolution.
Everything presented in this book is a model. It is a way of exploring questions that are intimately connected with the experience of humanity. Each of us has formed his/her own model and belief system of the way things work. If the material presented here doesn’t help you in some way, throw it out. I only ask that you explore it before you discard it. Don’t toss it away because it doesn’t immediately agree with your world-view. And don’t keep it if your experience leads you elsewhere.
The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 is about fear
and doubt—how our minds use a variety of mechanisms to create an
illusion of safety and the misperception that we know what we’re
doing. Part 2 is about healing and learning—the process by which
we come to recognize what our minds are actually doing and how we can
use that awareness to move in the direction of healthier choices. Part
3 focuses on life purpose—the relationship of self-trust and consciousness.