On numerous occasions this week alone, I have been reminded repetitively of this vast truth, "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." (Albert Einstein). I find his teachings to be pinpoint on! Many of us remember Einstein as the father of modern physics, and perhaps a mad genius, but he was much more than that. In fact, Einstein knew that if he flaunted his intuitive side he was likely to lose credit with his peers, so he guarded this aspect of himself. However, some of his most brilliant moments came while zoning out in the bathtub, sometimes for hours actually forgetting he was submerged in water. (biographical source.) His greatest epiphanies likely came while he was in an altered state of consciousness or a meditative state, only he may not have verbalized it quite like that.
As a means of demonstrating the truth, after Einstein's death, he donated his body to science where science found that his corpus collosum, the area of the brain that connects the left hemishpere to the right hemishphere was extremely wide, whereas most humans have a narrow corpus collosum since most humans are either dominant left brain or dominant right brain.
Our Western culture highly values logical thought, after all, how often do you hear, "I'll think about it,"? In fact, we have become so obsessed with thinking that it seems our Western minds have difficulty turning off. A good example of this is our culture's dependency on prescription drugs and over-the-counter sleep aids. How many "need" to have a drink to relax? Or, even far more common, how many people do you know need white noise? The TV or some other device must be playing constantly. This is in an effort to quite their noisey mind. Once the mind starts, it is like a hamster running on it's wheel...a bit difficult to stop.
Eastern cultures understand this and actually coined a phrase which describes the incessant mind chatter called "Monkey Mind." Monkey mind, from Chinese xinyuan and Sino-Japanese shin'en 心猿 [lit. "heart-/mind-monkey"], is a Buddhist term meaning "unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable." (Wikipedia)
The question is: How do you stop the maddness and follow your intuition?
Find out in my next blog...