How to be Both Clever and Mindful (1)

Written by on February 21, 2015 in Conscious Evolution, Conscious Living with 0 Comments

Our education systems are in great need of individuals who are both clever and conscious.

In Champion of the Soul I have stated that awakening from the dream of mind is the most important aspect of any human life on this planet. I have written that we must develop the right relationship with the ego, mind and the psychic realms. But what of the intellect, the world of reason, analysis, classification, empirical observation? What of the world of creative imagination, debate and argument, or learned and scholarly endeavours?

Is it possible to become an awakened being – to become a Champion of the Soul – and still develop the intellect and engage in learned education? Or do we need to dispense with most or all of the human intellect if we are ever to awaken?

The answer is that, just as with the mind and ego in general, it is unnecessary to discard the intellect. In fact, the plain reality for many of us is that we need the cleverness of the abstract conceptual mind in the modern world. Researchers have to read papers and analyse ideas. Linguists have to possess advanced verbal-linguistic acuity. Physicists, computer-programmers and engineers have to spend years refining their mathematical intelligence in order to perform their jobs. And all these people have to communicate results and share knowledge via social media, media, professional publications and public forums.

Many of you reading this book will be well educated and highly intelligent. You will also have an interest in human spiritual development; otherwise, why would you be reading this book? Most likely, the question that lies at the heart of this chapter will have occupied a great deal of your thinking over the years.

How can we maintain mindful presence and develop the right relationship with mind, when we are required to spend a great deal of time in the thinking mind?

The truth is that any time you are thinking, you are in the mind – the ego. And this thinking effectively renders you disembodied until such time as you return to presence.

How many hours are there left till Christmas. Go on, work it out.

Now, where did you go when you were making these calculations? What happened to the room you are in and to your body?

Any time you are in the world of abstract thought, thinking of remembered pasts or imagined futures, you are, at least temporarily, a disembodied being.

The key then is to be able to develop the capacity to move into the mind and intellect at will, yet not get lost there. You then need to be able to return to mindful presence at will.

When you begin to awaken, you will still retain the capacity for the intellectual. You will still be able to analyse, classify, experiment, calculate and engage in abstract thought. However, these cognitive processes will no longer dominate your awareness. They will be mediated by a deeper awareness, a kind of intuition or feeling sense that does not require a linear, analytical process of thought.

For the awakened soul, mindful presence and intuition lead, then reason follows.

This inverts the relationships between the mind and awareness which has dominated western civilisation since the scientific enlightenment. However, what I am writing about is not a return to the religious thinking which preceded the development of science, which was typically heavily dominated by indoctrinated beliefs. Religious knowings tend to be learned from texts and associated with morality.

Deep awareness is simply grounded in being.

The shift towards awakening will require that you base your life experience in presence. If you base your life experience in the mind and intellect, and move into presence irregularly, it will not work. You will find that the mind will dominate you, and you will be regularly drawn into the world of mental anguish and suffering. This is the point at which many of today’s spiritual seekers terminate their spiritual evolution.


The limits of reason

Words, concepts and the intellect can only deliver so much meaning. They can also distort meaning when the listener does not connect to the intended meaning, where that listener becomes distracted by the words.

Further, there are some things that simply cannot be conveyed purely by words. For the master of the intellect, his spoken words emerge from a deeper place of knowing. His ears connect to that same place, such that when he listens, his understanding delves into spaces beyond the words and connects to the soul of the speaker.

There can be no deep knowing without deep listening.

Deep listening does not require words.

Deep listening can be drowned out by words, where the listener pays them too much heed, not listening to the intention which lies behind them.

The Champion of the Soul has eyes that see into the souls of others. He hears their words and sees the expressions upon their faces; but his heart finds a deeper truth: the genuine intention of the speaker. This ability stems from his deep presence, and the deep awareness that he has of his own mind and ego.

Once a person has become present to himself, transparent unto himself, he sees past the masks that others wear and into their souls. But he has no judgment of them, as with the non-judgment he has of himself.

Such it is that the Champion of the Soul is not easily fooled by the words uttered from the mouths of others.

In my next post (next Saturday) I will go into more detail about how to balance reason and intuition in modern education and life.

This post is an extract from Marcus T Anthony's ebook, Champion of the Soul.


Marcus T Anthony (PhD) is a futurist of the human mind, writer and spiritual adviser. He is the author of Discover Your Soul Template and many other books.

Marcus posts a new article on CLN every Saturday. To view his articles, click HERE.

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