The collective mind will look down on a person who is talking out loud to themselves and think aww poor guy or gal I hope they find help or have been helped.
Meanwhile the mind itself sits there and talks to itself about the person talking out loud, not realizing that it’s not much different in grand scheme of things, accept it’s not out loud.
“You have probably come across “mad” people in the street incessantly talking or muttering to themselves. Well, that’s not much different from what you and all the other “Normal” people do, except that you don’t do it out loud. The voice comments, speculates, judges, compares, complains, likes, dislikes, and so on.” – Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle is essentially saying that “normal” is insane. “Not me” the mind says, I’m too normal of a person to believe I’m insane.
the state of being seriously mentally ill; madness.
Now of course this mental illness is stronger in some people than in others. If you take a look at the nature of the average human mind though most are caught up in an obsessive compulsive thought stream without realizing. And when you don’t realize the mental stream of thoughts that never stop, then you are trapped inside of mind.
When you don’t realize there is a way out of obsessive thinking you have gone mad. This is never questioned though as “mad” or “insane” because it is the normal way that people live their lives.
The common dysfunction of the human mind is that all this suffering the mind is putting itself through is just the way things are so why even bother to question it?
The mind is taught from other minds to “use your head” and continue using your mind to make sure you’re going about life the ‘right’ way.
So it’s no wonder why there is a lot of insanity in a world that teaches you that your focus should be on using the mind and that is what truly absolutely matters.
What truly and absolutely matters is your inner state of consciousness.
Consciousness is about your relationship in this physical world with the timeless reality. We have been so focused on using the mind that the conscious present moment, has never really existed for us.
Why did it never exist for us?
The fundamental reason is that I was so focused on using my mind, that I thought I was my mind and Eckhart Tolle put’s here perfectly.
The present moment holds the key to liberation. But you cannot find the present moment as long as you are your mind. – Eckhart Tolle
Because it is the nature of the mind to think only in terms of past and of future the conscious presence doesn’t exist to the mind.
You can comprehend the past and the future with mind because the mind thinks in terms of images. The mind itself creates images, which is why past and future can be grasped. These images are of memory or anticipation.
The awareness of the present moment however is not an image and that’s why the mind cannot grasp it. The present moment does not take any form and that is why it cannot be comprehended with the mind because mind can only grasp forms.
Which brings us back to why you are not the mind. When you identify who you are with the mind you identify who you are with time (past and future)
Wait a minute where is the present moment in time?
I clearly state past and future as a part of time so how is the conscious present moment NOT a part of time?
Time is a measurement that we use in this world. Clocks have 24 hours and we use them to make our way throughout the day, plan things, set appointments, when to go to bed, to wake up…ect.
This moment is eternal simply because you could never directly experience the past or the future you can only imagine them using the mind.
Consciousness is never born and never dies, it is eternal. Consciousness is the eternal present moment. Well if the moment is eternal can you actually think about eternity and what eternity actually is?
What your mind can say is that eternity is the future going on forever. But can you actually picture a clear precise image of it the future going on forever?
The obvious answer is no, and if you cannot actually picture a clear image of the future going on forever you cannot grasp or comprehend what eternity actually is.
And if the present moment IS eternal and neither of them have an actual image then you cannot grasp or comprehend either.
The truth is though, is that the present moment and eternity are not two different aspects, they are the same exact timeless reality.
Time is a measurement of that which you can grasp and that is why the present moment is not OF time.
Circling back around to why the human race is insane. (Which is not a bad thing, but humanity is looking to go to the next level)
The human race is insane because we never actually go beyond what our mind can grasp, we never TRULY get a glimpse into the conscious present moment but for very brief but almost insignificant moments.
There are occasions in which whatever the life situation brings in your life that zaps you into the timeless present moment, but that also isn’t a sincere relationship with conscious presence because it happens by a result of something outside of you and not because you have made the conscious presence the foundation of your life.
I was talking to a buddy of mine at the gym, I had known this guy for a few weeks and I could tell that he didn’t truly know what it means to be consciously aware of presence so I decided to wake him up in the moment by asking him to visualize something that happened to him.
When someone believes that who they are is the mind the only way to work them out of it is through the mind. The mind is the only thing they have to work with at that point until a further expansion of consciousness is revealed to them within.
So I asked him to go back to a time in which maybe he got into a car crash. And it just so happened that he had almost got into one 2 weeks prior to our conversation.
I asked him if it terrified him. And he yes absolutely and I asked him if it seem like time had slowed down and his perception had sharpened in that moment of almost getting into a crash. And he “Yes” in fact for that moment it seemed like time had stopped and yes, indeed his perception did sharpen to point that he was completely aware of the present moment.
I told him something along the lines but not verbatim of “BAM, right there when time had stopped and your perception had sharpened, you almost got into a crash zapped you out of time, out of the mind directly into the feeling aware presence.”
So when time had stopped for him, just as the crash almost happened did the clock stop ticking?
Of course it did not, the clock continued to click just as it always does, so what he experiencing in that moment?
He was aware of the conscious presence, regardless of what the clock says, which is precisely why conscious presence is not a part of time as your mind knows it.
I said “The difference between making your life a foundation of conscious presence is that, the life situation that you had the almost car crash was why you had entered into the presence out of fear whereas when you become unidentified with the mind, with thoughts, emotions and images you will begin to be aware of the conscious presence and for longer periods of time on a more consistent basis then being forced there by an outside situation.”
The irony here is that, we haven’t talked much since then, not that I haven’t wanted to talk with him, it’s the other way around, simply because the phantom self or false identity had been threatened, because when you go into conscious presence everything your mind understands intellectually vanishes.
“The light is too painful for someone who wants to remain in the darkness.” – Eckhart Tolle
In this conscious presence, the self-image vanishes, the image that you had held onto for so long which was created by the mind. Remember all labels, objects and or things you can grasp such as time is annihilated and dissolved by the feeling aware presence.
So when you go to the root of why the human mind is insane it is because the collective mind or universal mind has created 7 ½ billion individual FALSE identities, which creates separation and thus is the root of suffering.
The irony of you is that you are not a who or a what, because both are objects, things you can grasp which why you then have to disidentify with all words as well and simply use them as a tool and only a tool to communicate with other humans such as this article.
Once you disidentify with the mind, you can truly be aware of this conscious present moment as it is. Life, existence, freedom from time and thus freedom from insanity.