Jan Cox Talk 3161 - June 14, 2004
Copyright Jan Cox, Jan’s Legacy 2016
Notes by Cfish November 2016
Suggested Title: Make the Talking Part of The Brain Tell the Truth/Not an introduction to Waking Up
Begin: If you have been trying actively, to follow what I have been describing the last two weeks, it leads to a two step process. Step one is “my mind” is out of control/asleep.
Whatever approach you start with, (Yoga, Zen, Sufi) the reason you cannot remember every breath, remember the name of Buddha, etc. is because “my mind” is out of control/asleep. And it takes a while to realize that.
05:00 Some folks never get past Step One. Picture the brain and the cerebral cortex. The cerebral cortex/conscious part of the brain is where thought and speech exist. The rest of the brain keeps us alive and it does it without thought.
If you keep looking at the conscious/talking part of the brain as “my mind” -and it is out of control, asleep, and then keep looking past that to, “this is brain speaking and I am out of control”, the difference is unfathomable.
But when you first hear there is a difference between “my mind” is out of control and “brain” speaking I am out of control, It is almost impossible to grasp the difference between the two.
10:00 You are born with the conscious part of the brain (cerebral cortex). When the talking part of the brain first starts talking, it does something that no one notices: The cerebral cortex pretends to be something else.
(Some of you may be saying to yourself “what the hell are you talking about?”)
Step Two: The conscious part of the brain doesn’t say “this is brain speaking.” The talking part of the mind is not “my mind.”
15:00 Anyone trying to awaken actively (maybe once/twice a day) trying to bring “my mind/thoughts” under control by remembering Buddha, etc. forces you to confront “my mind” is out of control.
20:00 Remembering yourself, or remembering a mantra, or remembering your breath are simple and a real task. And they make you aware that you can go thru a whole day without knowing where “my mind/thoughts” were the whole time.
I am guessing “my mind” was still in my head but it was totally out of control. Because I did not remember myself, did not remember my mantra, did not remember my breath, etc. But that is misguided.
25:00 “My mind” is a whole other reality. The conscious part of the brain has made up this entirely fictitious mind (my mind) and it keeps you an arms length away from the truth and it is invisible, and its vocal. And its weird.
30:00 Here is a simple statement: “My mind is not under my control.” This is what you should say: “This is the “brain” (talking part of the brain) speaking and quite often I (conscious/talking part of the brain) am out of control.”
Your brain, the brain in your head, talks constantly and shows pictures and lies. Not so much about the physical world but everything else, pretty much a lie. And it never admits it’s “brain” speaking and “I” (talking part of the brain) is out of control.
35:00 If you belong here, when the talking part of the brain says “my mind, my thoughts, my consciousness,” is out of control, and “I” (my mind) is asleep, it seems correct, even after forty years.
But you have got to see, truthfully “my mind” has not been out of control. It is a misspeak. These are not introductory steps to “waking up.” “You” should ask “you” why don’t I do this?
40:00 Instead of “I (my mind) have been asleep/distracted all day,” make the brain tell the truth. This is “brain” speaking. And I (the brain) am asleep, identified, and out of control. “My mind” takes you back to “I” am on the job, “I” am in control.
It’s a super form of sleep/distraction. Why doesn’t the talking part of the brain, when it first becomes operational, think to itself, wow, how neat, pictures/talking/thinking?” For all we know it may do that a few minutes a day.
45:00 But as soon as one engages in meaningful dialogue, its all about reflections that constitute “my mind/ my thoughts. It is not reflections from the view that this is “brain speaking.” If you look, you know the mind is not a possession, its like one of its operations. (ex. heartbeats, breathing)