We have been talking about the Ego, but did you know that there are other aspects of the human mind? Maintaining a balanced working relationship between all four major aspects is important to our happiness and success in life.
The first aspect of mind is the clerk. The clerk handles all of the secretarial work. It has no major opinions or agenda and acts a bit robotically to file, sort, and recall information. When our clerk begins to fail us we can’t remember details, we lose words or forget to keep appointments. A healthy clerk keeps us sharp and effecient.
The second aspect of mind is the unconscious mind. It is referred to as the repository and the metaphor of a vast ocean is commonly used to describe it. This storehouse of sensory data can be accessed by the clerk. It also sends impulses and impressions out on its own that can influence our dreams and our thoughts. The unconscious is powerful, immense, and misunderstood. Both repeitition and strong emotion increase the power of unconscious impulses. Working with our addictions, habits, and desires helps to slow down the power of these impressions so that they don’t overwhelm us and carry us away into unhelpful directions.
The third aspect of mind is our ego, the self-appointed boss. We have already covered how our loud, bold, and myopic ego can get itself into trouble. At its core, ego’s perspective is what creates all of those problems. Ego sits facing the physical world. Its self identifications are all based on sensory data alone, and not on our deeper self.
The fourth aspect of our mind is the mystic, or the enlightened mind. This is the part of our mind that is thought of as being able to listen to our deeper intuitive impulses. Where ego faces solely forward, listening to the physical world, the mystic listens to both our senses and our more subtle, more connected, self. The personality of the mystic is one of queit as opposed to the ego’s bluster. Thus it is said that the soft voice of wisdom coming from our mystic is often overshadowed and overridden by the rowdy voice of ego.
What does it mean? Happiness and wellness are better achieved via a healthy relationship between all four aspects of our mind. With all four players working effeciently and as a team, we can accomplish our life’s purpose with grace. Looking for details on how to nourish and strengthen each aspect of mind? There are more details than we can get into today. However, the best practice for nourishing all four aspects of mind together is meditation. If you would like to learn more about meditation, ask someone who practices regularly or join one of our yoga classes or meditation groups.