By Stacy Kamala Waltman
Events come into our lives in the form of “tests” in order to help our consciousness expand and as a result, live fuller, richer lives. In this light, events are neither good nor bad ~ they are simply occurrences structured to help us move past our limitations.
If we pass these “tests” by developing specific skills the quality of our life improves. If however, we have not yet learned from the situation, the tests are repeated – under different circumstances – until the necessary understanding has occurred.
By having a “neutral mind” as opposed to a “judgmental mind” that deems dealings as good or bad, we can interpret events as they are unencumbered by an emotional overlay.
With a “neutral mind” that is neither positive nor negative we have a better chance of moving past the “drama” of a challenging situation. Having this quality or being in this frame of mind allows us to move forward to the actual lesson rather than remaining stuck; feeling victimized.
Here is a wonderful old story of a “neutral mind”:
Once upon a time a peasant had a horse. This horse ran away, so the peasant’s neighbors came to console him for his bad luck. He answered, “Maybe”.
The day after, the horse came back and was also leading 6 wild horses. The neighbors came to congratulate him on such good luck. The peasant said, “Maybe”.
The day after this, his son tried to saddle and ride one of the wild horses, but he fell down and broke his leg. Once again the neighbors came to share that misfortune. The peasant said, “Maybe”.
The day after that, soldiers came to enlist the youth of the village, but the peasant’s son was not chosen because of his broken leg. When the neighbors came to congratulate him, the peasant said again, “Maybe”.
Having a neutral mind does not imply being emotionally flat or non-responsive, it is actually representative of a capacity to develop the mental and emotional discipline of sensitivity and inspired action.
These qualities allow us to hold a larger vision which is not inclined to make snap judgments or respond from habitual programming. It is more watchful and aware than judgmental and opinionated. It is the ability to consider within a larger context.
This week, watch for the tendency of your mind to pass judgment. Notice when the mind jumps to conclusions, stereotypes, past episodes, and habitual thinking patterns. Simply notice these tendencies of the mind without giving in to anger, judgment or frustration with yourself or others.
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