Ten Bodies - Neutral Mind
Updated: Jul 19, 2019
The neutral mind is the 4th of the 10 bodies and is the balance of the negative and positive minds.
The neutral mind can give a comprehensive answer of time, space, your environment and how you relate in that environment. The neutral mind is about responsibility of action. It gives a constant assessment of alertness and awareness. The neutral mind gives confidence. The neutral mind is aware of inner resources and who is responsible for what in a situation. The neutral mind is closely aligned with what we call intuition and gives the ability to see beyond the surface. Yogi Bhajan often spoke of seeing the unseen, and there is actually a meditation just for that! The neutral mind doesn’t see failure and success; it sees “learning” or success. You’ve likely heard the saying, “Success is a terrible teacher”. The neutral mind allows you to be a human being not just a human doing (i.e. the element of action).
When the neutral mind is too strong you may be cool and calm, but not involved. You miss the personal impact your choices have on your relationships in life. In life, you can’t find what you are looking for because it always seems like it’s out there. In a way you might live in your mind, becoming too attached to insights. You rely too much on yourself and miss that others can also help you. You lack action in the world. This can lead to you becoming reactive and emotional. When the neutral mind is too strong you might underestimate how much effort will be necessary to reach a certain goal. Another aspect is that you may assume everyone knows as much as you. This will leave you confused in relation to others around you.
On the other side, when the neutral mind is too weak you can become embroiled in others feelings and are too concerned with how your own behavior might affect others. Essentially, you lose yourself or your compass. This makes you become too reactive to your environment and confuse your ability to navigate a (social) situation. In fact, you overvalue your own agenda instead of doing what needs to be accomplished regardless of personal feelings. We might call this naivety. When the neutral mind is too weak you can misuse your abilities and gifts to manipulate others. You can also be easily influenced by fame and recognition.
Ideally, we want a balanced neutral mind, because after all, the neutral mind is about balancing the negative and positive. When the neural mind is balanced you can manage and arrange resources masterfully. You have steadiness and strong nerves under stress. With a balanced neutral mind your goal may not be clear, but you have a sense of the steps you need to take to get there. You are conscious and graceful.
“Service creates a permanent love and friendship. Self-discipline creates grace. And a neutral mind creates wisdom. These are the rules of life.” –Yogi Bhajan
People will naturally trust a person with a balance neutral mind. These individuals make good leaders. With a balanced neutral mind short-term gains are examined in the context of your long-term values. In other words, it is great to win, but also to have that win be in alignment with your long-term goals. This means, “win-win” for all involved. With a balanced neutral mind you can absorb, assimilate, and understand large amounts of information very quickly and will have a strong projection of character.
Prabhusukh Singh, PhD
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