Stuck in our Heads

12th September 2012

mind-headSo what is the big issue with the linear mind, if any? Well, it depends on what is important to you and what you are focusing on. Lets start by looking at some simple day to day situations.

For example, if you are working and are using a computer to prepare a report or presentation, linear thinking is great because it is just what you need to order information and create something that is fit for purpose. Conversely, if your partner is really upset about something and just wants someone to listen to them and to give them a hug, being loving (ie being centered in the heart) is more appropriate than being in your head thinking about stuff. It is so easy to relate to the people we love and care about through our minds, rather than through our hearts. Work has leaked into every aspect of our lives, through technology and longer working hours, and so it is all too easy to be checking and answering work emails at the weekend or on holiday.

So what? Well, let’s look back at your energy system: if your energetic focus is very much in linear thought, then you are more likely to be mentally and physically stressed. Mental energy is very structured in comparison to the more fluid energy found in other parts of the energy system (for example the emotions in the sacral chakra or the love of the heart).  So if we spend a lot of time in this field of energy, we restrict the flow of other types of energy through your system. This can lead us to feeling physically tired, even though we have not been physically active.

So getting stuck in our heads or in a particular way of thinking creates repetitive patterns of behavior and experience. This does not happen simply because someone is incapable of experiencing their feelings, more that they are too busy or too stuck in a pattern of behavior to allow this to happen. Sometimes it is because their feelings are too difficult or challenging to experience. This is the subject of the article “Our Thoughts Create our Feelings”.

When we are stuck in our minds, we also relate to ourselves and others less through our heart. In practice this means that we are relating through our conscious and subconscious beliefs of what, for example, a loving relationship should be. This is quite different from just giving and receiving love freely – the difference is simple when stated like this, but it is profound in the context of our relationships.

So what do we do? Well, first we become aware of how we are relating to ourselves and others by observing where our focus is at different times of the day. How are we behaving and relating? Where is our focus? This awareness starts to give us choices about where we want to center ourselves. One possible outcome is that by balancing the time we spend in our linear mind with the other aspects of our energy system, we ensure that our energy system is getting a “full workout”. Many of us do this already in simple common sense ways, such as by  ensuring that we exercise regularly and take time out of the office to relax and spend time with friends and family. These sort of lifestyle choices are quite obvious, but some people work very long hours or decide to bring work into every aspect of their life, checking emails and responding to issues on holiday or at the weekend. When we start to work with our energy, then these questions become more pertinent because the energy that we are connecting to stimulates change and brings into focus the parts of us and our lives that are not working for us.

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