Lately my mind has been on the Mental Bodies. The negative mind, positive mind, and neutral mind are three of the ten Light Bodies (read more about the Light Bodies here). They work together, in or out of balance, to process the millions of thoughts we each experience in each blink of the eye. Our negative mind, also known as the protective mind, is where you get your ability to discern: what opportunities are beneficial and which are potential harmful? It protects us from danger without limiting opportunities of healthy risk. The positive mind, also called the projective mind, is where we get a sense of hope. Our positive mind is our inner-cheerleader, always looking for the positive aspect in any person or situation. The neutral mind is, of course, neutral. Also called the meditative mind, it exists beyond polarity and is deeply connected to the heart chakra. The primary function of our neutral mind is to guide the decision-making process, working with both the positive and negative minds.
Most of us move through life with imbalanced Mental Bodies, strongly leaning towards the positive or negative, sometimes never activating the neutral mind. An over-developed negative mind (and, therefore, under-developed positive mind), can immobilize us out of fear, because we can only see the downside of the situation. We become cynical about the future and stressed out. On the flip-side, an over-developed positive mind and under-developed negative mind leads to foolish choices and being overly-optimistic about situations that may be potentially harmful. It causes us to over-promise and under-deliver.
When a thought is produced, it moves first into the negative mind (the second Light Body), then into the positive mind (the third Light Body). It can vacillate between these two Mental Bodies without ever entering the neutral mind (the fourth Light Body), creating indecision and an inability to see what truly is. However, if our neutral mind is activated, balanced, and strong, we can make choices that always bring alignment with destiny.
“You have three minds: negative, positive and neutral. A person who does not deal with the neutral mind—even with all the wealth—shall not prosper and can’t be happy, because negative and positive cancel each other. It is the neutral mind which becomes the intuitive force in you.”
- Yogi Bhajan
For a few months now, I’ve become increasingly aware of the way my own Mental Bodies are working. As I studied my own behavior and thoughts, I realized that the faster I reacted to things, instead of gracefully and consciously responding, the more often I made choices from my negative mind. Which makes sense as our thoughts are first processed by the negative mind. In reacting hastily, I didn’t allow my being the time to move the thought through the negative mind, into the positive mind, and then into the neutral mind. I was short-circuiting my own capacity for grace by creating very little time and space between the stimulant and the response.
This is one of the reasons why it’s so essential to have a daily practice: In meditation, we create more space within time and within ourselves. This is why five minutes of practice can feel like ages if you’re not used to the experience of expanded consciousness. With more space, we have more choices, more freedom, and a greater capacity for compassion and grace. Naturally, things become less tense and pressure-driven because our capacity for stress is expanded (as well as our capacity for joy, abundance, success, etc.). This means that we are less likely to feel as though we’re backed into a corner and react negatively or defensively.
“In your life there will be good days and bad days, normal days and abnormal days, right days and wrong days, but you must understand that every day has to be followed by a night and every life has to end. Don't waste your life in reactions. You cannot make your life a reaction to others; you must make your life your own. ” - Yogi Bhajan
Using the teachings on the three Mental Bodies and the technology of Kundalini Yoga as a whole, we can create new sequences of behavior that are more aligned with our destiny and highest potential. These new sequences of behavior create a ripple-out effect, causing shifts throughout your life and the lives of those you relate to. The biggest, most significant thing you can do to balance your Mental Bodies and strengthen your neutral mind would be to start a daily practice, or Sadhana. This is a consistent spiritual practice, ideally done first thing in the morning. Committing to a Sadhana alone does wonders for your radiance and mental faculties. I’ve included a meditation to strengthen the neutral mind below, but doing any of the Kundalini Yoga kriyas or meditations will be beneficial to you.
I invite you to become aware of your own mental faculties and the way they are working in your experience. Know that you have the power to make them work for you through activating and strengthening the neutral mind while balancing the positive and negative minds. Kundalini Yoga provides what I consider to be the most powerful, effective, and efficient tools for creating these shifts. If you are seeking guidance in creating your own daily practice, I so look forward to connecting over a Sadhana Session. I also offer private Kundalini Yoga sessions geared towards activating radiance and prosperity, which naturally works with the Mental Bodies as well as the other Light Bodies to stimulate success and wealth in all realms of experience.