1. The Universal Mind – Consciousness, God, Spirituality, Intuition, The Universe

The Universal Mind is based upon the insights that we have been given, it lies in our understanding and appreciation of what we are told and what we choose to accept. Some people relate to different things within the universal mind such as Consciousness, God, Spirituality and The Universe as a whole. The universal mind is best described as the reason why mankind has been at war throughout history as different religions and cultures have their own definition of the Universal Mind and what each of these beliefs mean to each other. The reason that the Universal Mind can be linked to war is because of mankind’s lack of understanding in each other’s beliefs and customs. Each of these words or idea’s will have their own set of “rules” or understanding related to them and even you reading this will feel more drawn to one word more than the next as that word is descriptive of your universal understanding of the world. Having control of our universal mind though requires us to seek more than that which we are drawn to and to understand and not only tolerate but make an attempt to understand the things we are not drawn to. This is what we refer to as mindfulness within the universal mind. For many people feeling a connection to The Universe can leave them feeling overwhelmed as the Universe as we know it is vast and endless, however once we are capable of understanding the universal mind; then we become capable of understanding more of the universe and its connection to each of us. The Universal mind is about what we are drawn to without thought of what we are being drawn towards. The universal mind is a Buddhist concept that was brought into understanding thousands of years ago and is the basis for all mindfulness, as it is the teaching of being mindful towards other people’s beliefs and feelings regardless of one’s own beliefs or emotions.

  1. Universal Consciousness – Awareness of Self and Others

Universal Consciousness is very different to that of the Universal Mind in that there are two parts to it. There is the awareness that we have of ourselves and then there is the awareness that we have towards other people. The most important thing to remember with the concept of Universal Consciousness is the vast difference that exists between being aware of one’s self and being focused on one’s self. Being aware of one’s self is a broad and open concept that can more easily be described as being aware of where you are and who you are. The recognition in being aware of self comes in the form that once you are aware of yourself you will be aware of others, however confusing self-awareness with self-focus is easily recognised by ones inability to notice others. In this regard we become mindful by being self-aware as we become aware of our actions, our emotions, our words and our body language and how these actions affect those around us. Whereas without mindfulness we would find ourselves being self-involved whereby we only focus on our own actions and emotions without any regard to the effects that they might have on others. Being self-aware forces us to shift our focus from an inner focus to an exterior focus. It will allow us to be aware of our emotional reactions and how we interact with others in order to find peace and understanding. Self-awareness is consisted of how we understand ourselves and our emotions and in being self-aware we become vigilant of the emotions and thoughts of those we interact with.

  1. Universal Thought – Future, Past, Big, Small, Dreams and Visions.

Universal thought can be best described by asking one simplistic and yet rather complicated question; “How big is big”? We are all automatically programmed to have an idea in our own minds of what big means and we have some form of an example of how to describe big. But then we need to challenge ourselves in a way that if we are capable of describing what big is then too must we be able to identify with what small is. So if I were to take your idea of big and place it next to your idea of small how big would big really be and how small would small really be? Twenty years ago the atom was thought of as being the smallest particle on earth and yet today we know that particles exist which are far smaller than the atom. If an elephant is your idea of big how then would it look compared to the Eiffel tower? Would the elephant now be considered small and would you then change your mind or rather change your thought in order to now consider the Eiffel tower as your new definition of big? Just as with thought what is big and what is small is completely dependent on our situation, our mind-set and what we have been taught to accept as big or small. We all have ideas of what is big and what is small and what we consider to be big might be considered small to someone else. And in the same regard what is small to one might seem big to another. By this new understanding of Universal Thought we are now able to look at how people might approach different things in their life by understanding that although it seems small to us, it might be big to them. Once you are capable of becoming mindful of Universal thought you will become capable of looking at life differently.

You will be able to identify in your life where you are trapped and what is trapping not only yourself but others. Many of us become trapped by the past with both positive and negative experiences. We live inside of memories that we have within our own lives and we hold onto the good as well as the bad and use the past as a reason to not move forward to the future. In very much the same way people become trapped in the present, they become trapped in their present state of mind or circumstance and are incapable of looking towards the future because of what they are experiencing right now in the present. In the same way that there are people who are trapped thinking about the future and are therefore unable to remember the past or to appreciate the present as they are so concerned with what could happen or how things might turn out that they forget to do anything now. Becoming mindful of universal thought allows us to have a deeper sense of understanding  and awareness to the past, present and the future as we learn to stop falling into the traps but rather to accept what is and to choose our truths.

Through using universal thought we are capable of finding balance in if you are someone who places a lot of attention of the small things or the past, then partnering up with someone who focuses on the big things and the future would lead the two of you to find a health balance whereby you would bring out in each other what each of you is focusing on. Therefore by finding out “opposites” we are able to find a stable balance for our lives as we were placed onto a scale the attention that each of us placed on the vastly different ideas and thoughts would lead to a middle ground for both parties involved. We tend to seek out those people who have the same universal thought pattern as us as we find it easier to relate somehow to these people but if you focus on the past and your partner focuses on the past then you will both stay trapped. By one party focusing of what has happened and the other party focusing on what could happen the two parties will eventually start to find balance in the present moment. In the same way what is big to you might be small for your partner and what is small for you might be big for your partner and in this manner you will become better suited to help each other.

We can also experience Universal Thought through our dreams as our dreams are a reflection of things in our lives that our subconscious mind thinks of and once we learn to in some way understand where our dreams are coming from in our lives we are also capable of visions within our lives. These “visions” are what could be referred to as intuition about one’s own life. Our day dreams become visions of where we see ourselves and also the way in which we see our lives and those whom are in our lives on a daily basis, having of vision of who we would like to become.