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Ecology of Mind

Mar 26, 2006 08:07 AM
by carlosaveline cardoso aveline




Dear Friends,

“World Goodwill Newsletter” (1) discusses the problem of “information overload” in our minds – due to the amound of information now arriving to us through TV, print, internet, mobile phones, etc.

The Newsletter says it is not easy to “keep one’s head above this tidal wave”. And it quotes the group ‘Adbusters’:

“Our minds have become a virtual dumping ground of pollutants – manipulative ads, distorted news, untold violence (...) and there is a need to reclaim our mental environment.”


“Add to this picture even subtler channels of information reception, the nascent telepathic sensitivities that mean you may unwittingly pick up on patterns of emotion and thought from those around you.”

True, this mass of information will be processed during sleep. But there are those who don’t sleep enough, or can’t sleep well.

Important thoughts, indeed. Yet I would question the idea that we are exposed to too much information.
In fact, what surrounds us is mostly pseudo-information, and sometimes dis-information.

Perhaps we cannot call “information” all those mental noises that surround us. Any clear view of things will establish that “information" is that bit of knowledge which helps you to take better decisions in life and to achieve your goals.

Even as we talk about Theosophy, the exercise of attention and discernment should tell us whether the thoughts arriving to us – or the thoughts formulated by us – actually serve the purposes of expanding our consciousness, facing significant facts, preserving the foundations of our inner peace, establishing sane mutual help relationships with people -- or produce more noice than meaning.

In order to be able to understand information and dis-information processes, it is important to recognize and accept the significance of silence.

Mental silence shows us the meaning of life without the need of words.

It helps us see both the facts and the illusion in what we read or hear, but also in what we ourselves say or think. Because sometimes unconscious mental games can be played at us by some instintive layers of our own mind.

Paying attention to the mental tides is a form of self-knowledge.

As we gradually get rid of waves of illusion, we get to be able to learn more and better about esoteric philosophy or Theosophy.

Such a learning liberates us -- but it needs inner peace and a degree of mental silence. It needs a healthy ecology of mind.

That's why the practice of mental silence, MOUNA, is taught in eastern philosophies.

Best regards, Carlos.

(1) Number 01, 2006. Website: World Goodwill is inspired by Alice Bailey’s philosophy and gives a positive contribution to human process now. It cooperates with the United Nations system, strongly stimulating universal brotherhood. The Newsletter is edited by the Lucis Trust, New York.

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