An excerpt from Entering the Mind, the new book from C von Hassett which speaks to the ways we can enter our own mind in meditation to both recognize and stabilize in its already perfectly awakened state. To do this, we must first cleanse the body of the myriad mind-clouding toxins taken in through food. The chapter below, “Eclipse and Revelation,” argues in favor of a diet free from industrial pesticides, which only then will allow us to see our own naturally occurring mind within — or what is more properly known as ‘mind in its natural state.’ Here, in this state, we learn to Awaken.
Entering the Mind
by C von Hassett
Waterside Productions, 173pp., $12.95
Eclipse and Revelation
Before entering mind or having any opportunity to recognize its essence, we must first have a body that allows us to freely enter the natural state without awareness itself being impeded by the toxins we take in. The in-flight airplane metaphor is apt: when masks drop in a moment of alert, put yours on first before taking care of others. We must take care of our body first before there is even a chance to remedy the confusion of our own mind. If the body is sick, being poisoned each day by pollutants in our environment, then awareness, too, is hampered by these same toxins. Mind follows body, and when the mind is riddled – be it by thoughts or by the actual poisons absorbed into our flesh – it cannot recognize itself, let alone come to the experiential realization that wisdom-being arrives only from within. [Read more…]