The Three Minds

Not everyone is aware of the exact existence of three different minds, yet we are able to recognise our different moods or character traits, and those are affected by the minds. Everyone knows when they are happy and when they are sad. Every single person on this planet is able to describe its partner, a close friend or a family member and say “this person right here is very adventurous” or “this person right here is the one that watches out for every little thing that might go wrong”. We tend to call these character trait, yet they are impacted by the Three Minds.

There are three functional aspects to the mind:
Negative – Positive – Neutral

  • The negative (or protective) Mind is given for survival. It is reactive, protective, and searches for potential danger. It is sensitive to pain and it shields you from the forces that may disrupt or destroy. It instills in you a longing to belong, which, in its highest expression, drives you to connect very deeply with your own God self. It gives you patience to be obedient to your own inner guidance.
    The questions: Can I determine if there is danger in a situation? What do I need to consider?
  • The positive (or Expansive) Mind searches for pleasure, fulfillment, and possibility in how you can utilize things in your experience. It is constructive, risk taking, and active. It sees the positive essence of all situations and beings. It is expansive and allows resources in. It gives you a strong will and allows you to use your power easily and humbly. It makes you naturally playful and optimistic and gives you a good sense of humor. It makes your communication strong and direct.
    The questions: Am I open to all possibilities that life has to offer? Do I let these into my life?
  • The Neutral (or Meditative) Mind is the mind that judges and assesses without attachment in relation to your own purpose and reality. The Neutral Mind observes the actions of both the Negative and Positive Mind. And judges both in relationship to your higher self. Each thought is filtered through the Negative, the Positive and the Neutral minds. It is the ultimate “win-win” mentality. From here you look at the whole play of life with compassion. The Neutral Mind evaluates the input of your Negative and Positive Minds and gives you guidance within nine seconds. It is a very intuitive vantage point and allows you to access your Soul.
    The questions: Do I allow myself to perceive and act upon inner wisdom?

As I said before, these aspects of the mind are developed differently in each individual. Some people have a stronger Negative Mind, or a stronger Positive Mind, or a stronger Neutral Mind. Occasionally, all three are strong, existing in balance. This is enlightened mind. It is flexible and creative, and able to reflect the uniqueness of the soul.

How to know if they are unbalanced and what to do to rebalance them?

If your Negative Mind is undeveloped, your longing to belong can cause you to get into inappropriate self-destructive relationships because you are over-influenced by others; you aren’t contained enough in your own center.

What to do: value your discipline, develop a conscious relationship of integrity within yourself and with others.

If the Positive Mind is weak, it is like receiving a daily injection of poison. You can be overwhelmed by the input of your Negative Mind which can be depressing and paralyzing. You may be angry and intolerant or hesitate to use your own power, your own heat, because you are afraid of the responsibility it brings or afraid that you might abuse it.

What to do: Strengthen your navel point, increase your self-esteem. Use daily positive affirmations.

If your Neutral Mind is weak, you may have a hard time making decisions. You’ll have the habit of feeling victimized by life because you don’t know how to integrate your experiences and find meaning in them. You may have a hard time seeing beyond the polarities of life on Earth and tuning into the great cosmic scheme of things.

What to do: A great way to develop the Neutral (meditative) Mind is through meditation.

The Meditative Mind is the Neutral Mind that runs your destiny. There are three ways to conduct your destiny: through the law of karma – action and reaction; you can tune into the magnetic field of the Earth and just float with it as a freeloader; or, your life can be run by that magnetic, attractive, creative, meditative, Neutral Mind. That way you do very well.

– Yogi bhajan

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