Are You a Mess of Wimpy Thoughts or a Wishing Tree?
SADHGURU JAGGI VASUDEV ON WHAT IT TAKES TO GET WHAT YOU WANT
Everything we have created on this planet was essentially first created in the mind. All the work done by humans – both the wonderful things and the horrible things – first found expression in the mind, then became manifested in the outside world. In the yogic tradition, a well-established mind is referred to as a “Kalpavriksha” or a “wishing tree.”
If you organize your mind to a certain level, it in turn organizes your whole system; your body, emotions and energies get organized in that direction. If this happens, you are a Kalpavriksha yourself. Anything that you wish will happen.
Once we are empowered with a potential like this, it is very important that our physical action, emotional action, mental action and energy action are controlled and properly directed. If they are not, we become destructive, self-destructive.
Right now, that is our problem. Technology, which was supposed to make our lives easy and beautiful, has become the source of our problems; we are destroying the very basis of our life, which is the planet. So, what should have been a boon, we are making a curse out of it.
For life to happen the way you wish it should happen depends on a variety of things:
• How you think and with how much focus
• How much stability is in your thought
• How much reverberance is present in the thought process
This determines whether your thought becomes a reality or whether it is just a wimpy thought.
But then the question arises within a human being, “Is what I wish even possible?” This question is destroying humanity. What is possible and not possible are not one’s business, it is nature’s business. Your business is just to strive for what you want. Nature will decide whether it is possible or not.
Today, modern science is proving that the whole existence is just a reverberation of energy. It is a vibration. Similarly, your thought is a vibration. If you generate a powerful thought and let it out, it will always manifest itself.
To create what you really care for, what you want must be well-manifested in your mind. This is the first and foremost thing. Once you can maintain a steady stream of thought without changing direction, it will definitely manifest as a reality in your life.
So either you make yourself into a Kalpavriksha or you make yourself into one big mess, which is happening all over the world. Hence, what you really want must be clear. If you do not know what you want, the question of creating it doesn’t arise.
If you look at it, what every human being wants is to live peacefully and joyfully. And in terms of relationships, human beings want to be loving and affectionate. Or in other words, all that human beings are seeking is pleasantness within themselves, or pleasantness around them.
So once your mind gets organized, your emotions will get organized — the way you think is the way you feel. Once your thought and emotions are organized, your energies become organized in the same direction. Once your thought, emotion and energies are organized, your very body will get organized. Once these four are ability to create and manifest what you want is phenomenal.
Yoga and your health
Fundamentally, the word “health” comes from the root word “whole.” So what we call “feeling healthy” means that we have a sense of wholeness in us. Medically, a person may be free of diseases, but that is only one part of health. When you feel like a complete human being in your body, mind and spirit, then you can be fully healthy. So there are any number of people who are healthy by medical standards, but unless they experience that sense of wellness from within, they are still lacking something. If human beings have to experience this sense of wholeness, this sense of wellness within themselves, it is important that their body, mind and above all their energies function at a certain level of intensity.
Let’s say a man is walking down the street. If you look at the way he walks, you clearly know whether his body is well-exercised or not. The very way he strides, you can tell. Similarly, if you look at his face, you can see whether his mind is well-exercised. There are also ways to see whether his energy is well-exercised. So as there are ways to keep the body fit through physical exercise and the mind fit through the process of education, there are also ways to keep the energies fit.
So physically, you may be medically healthy but your energies are still lethargic. If you get this checked out, you may find that everything is okay, but still you know you are not rolling the way you should be in your life. Things are not happening for you on the inside or the outside the way they should be simply because you have not taken care of the well-being of your energy.
For every physical or psychological situation that a human being goes through, there is some chemical basis to it. Modern medicine has studied this extensively. And today, all medicine has just become chemistry. So for every problem that arises in a person’s body, people are just taking one chemical or the other to come to some kind of balance; that is how the whole of modern medicine is being handled right now. But we know very well that if you use one chemical to reduce or enhance something, something else is bound to happen. For one ailment, there is an antidote. And for the antidote, there is another antidote. It’s an endless chain because whatever is happening on the chemical level in your body, it is only controlled by the way your energies function. Now somebody says, “No, this man has got acids, so give him alkaline.” But why does he have acids? Simply because of the way his body, mind and above all, the way his energies function.
In yoga, when we say “health,” we don’t look at the body or the mind; we only look at the energy. If your energy body is in proper balance and in full flow, your physical body and mental body will be in perfect health. Now when we say keeping the energy body in full flow, this is not about doing a patch up job with some healing; this is about going to the foundation of your energy system and activating it in a proper way. It is about building a foundational practice which establishes your energy in such a way that naturally your body and mind are fine.
When it comes to health, no human being gets to live in perfect conditions. The pressures of life, the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink can affect us in many ways. The more activities we have in the world, the more we are exposed to things that can throw our chemistry off balance and create health problems. But if the energy in our system is properly cultivated and kept active, these things will not have an effect. The physical body and the mental body will be in perfect health. There is no question about it.
See, life functions in many ways. Let us say you do not know anything about electricity. If the room is dark and I tell you that if you press a button, the whole room will be flooded with light, will you believe me? No. But if I press the button and light appears, you will call it a miracle, isn’t it? Simply because you do not understand how electricity works. Similarly, life happens in many different ways. But people have limited themselves to the physical and the logical – the physical in experience, the logical in thinking. Right now, medical science is limited to just knowing the physical body. If anything happens beyond that, people think it’s a miracle. But it is another kind of science. The life energy in you created your whole body – your bones, flesh, heart, kidneys – everything.
Sadhguru is a contemporary mystic rooted as strongly in worldly and pragmatic matters as he is in inner experience and wisdom. He has addressed prominent global forums on issues as diverse as socio-economic development, leadership and spirituality. He has served as delegate to the United Nations Millennium Peace Summit and the World Peace Congress and has been a special invitee to the World Economic Forum (2006-2009), the Australian Leadership Retreat (2006) and TED (2009).
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