I was on the beach, looking out to sea, meditating; it was a windy day, the flag was yellow, indicating a low level danger to bathers. That day my wife was in bad mood, and as usual when I asked her what happened the answer was the laconic and well-known “nothing”. While I was meditating, with a quite mind, in stillness, for a brief moment, a thought related with her mood went through my mind, while I was looking out to the brave sea, and then I realized the ordinary mind is like the sea, variable with the winds, at one moment peaceful, then agitated, then even seething …
But, like a diver, we can dive under the surface of our mind; is not necessary to dive deeply, like with the sea, with only a few meters under the surface, we find peace, no motion, and an unlimited space. The waves and the winds stay in the surface, can’t affect us.
At this level we still are into the mind: is a “potential mind”?; the base of all the thoughts/waves, containing all the infinite possibilities, maybe the “Universal mind”? or the “mental plane” of the Theosophy?. From there, we can see the thoughts arising and fading, in a unattached state, with equanimity and peace. We are surrounded by a potential creative energy, clean, primordial. Learning to dive when things go wrong in the surface gives us the ability to quickly scape from bad mental frames and recover the equanimity, the global vision.
This week I learned and practiced this “diving under the surface of mind“. Is not the same that simply calm our superficial mind, is to go beyond it. Relaxation for example is the technique that calm the surface or our mind, but deep mind is always calming.
Soon, while diving, I clearly realized I’m not the mind, even not the deep mind, but the one who swim and dive into the sea of mind; our real self must be deeper. Trying to go there, in meditation, I I thought I saw another deeper level beyond the mind, maybe the basis of the mind, maybe not, I’m not sure; maybe the “causal plane” of the Theosophy? or the “nothing” of Buddhism? I think our real self must belongs to these deep level, beyond mind, even beyond the deep mind.