As far back as ancient Greece man has been investigating the human mind. Socrates, Freud and countless others studied the very complex and mysterious mind. The mind cannot be seen with the eyes, nor can it be photographed or repaired by surgery like the brain can. If the mind is not the brain, nor any other part of the body, what is it?
I am someone who “wonders” about things. Wondering is a very relaxed form of thinking or pondering. In wondering – there is a tiny element of already having some kind of answer but it is hidden inside of me and there are no words to explain. In 2008, I sent this email to Ra with my “wonderings” and his answers are in blue.
From: Ra Uru Hu [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 10:34 AM
To: 'Mary Ann Winiger'
Subject: RE: Brain - Mind - Passenger - Form
The brain is part of the body/form - created by the Design Crystal in the womb?
The brain is physical - the Mind is not.
It is not about what is physical or not, at some level (atomic) it is all physical. Mind is a by product of Brain, like gas is a by product of the stomach.
The Personality Crystal - when it is not in form - does not have a mind?
When it comes into form - and becomes the Passenger - and part of the experience of consciousness in form - is this then the birth so to say of Mind?
When the form dies - does the Mind still "work" - until the Passenger is picked up by its bundle?
Yes a by product of the limited activity of the decaying Brain
Does the Mind then disappear once the Personality Crystal leaves the dead form?
Dealing with the Mind is perhaps the most difficult aspect of being in the experiment.
In Human Design there is the Conscious and the Unconscious. The Conscious is the Personality – the Passenger and the Unconscious is the Design – the Form. Strategy in a way forces the Passenger to surrender to the Form – letting the body have its life. When you look at all the aspects in Human Design – it seems that the only one that moves between the Conscious and Unconscious is the Mind. Ra said that the Mind is a by-product of brain similar to gas being a by-product of the stomach. It is an aspect of the brain and the brain is part of the Form. Yet, it constantly talks to the Passenger. In fact, as far as I can see, the only influence the Mind has is on the Passenger. The Mind is constantly telling the Passenger what it should do, how it should do it, who it should be with, and on and on. In essence, it is the Mind that prevents the Passenger from actually enjoying the ride. I should say it is the Passenger believing and/or acting on what the Mind says that disturbs the harmony that exists between the Personality and the Form. It is this very same thing that creates all the problems that the Passenger perceives as reality as it sits in the back seat. And perhaps the greatest illusion of all is that the Passenger is in control.
The Mind is not part of the Personality. The Mind is not part of Consciousness. It no longer exists beyond the 72 hours after the body dies. The Mind is not part of the ultimate journey for Consciousness. Consciousness – the Personality Crystal – comes into form – into the Unconscious – to have a ride. It is not in charge of that ride. Its place is the back seat of the vehicle. The Human Design System has given humanity the very secret that people have searched forever for. It gives the way to stop the Mind from interfering with the ride of the Passenger. And that way is Strategy & Authority. It is the only way for the realignment of the cellular structure to happen. It is a physical experience to live one’s experiment. It is not a mental experience.
One of the most incredible by-products of living one’s experiment is that blame disappears. Guilt disappears. Jealousy disappears. It disappears slowly from the body – as we live year after year according to our strategy. Yet, having lived so many years blaming others, feeling guilty, being jealous – it is almost as if there is scar tissue left behind. When something happens in our lives, we can experience a trace of blame or guilt or jealousy ... or whatever the lingering condition may be. It is like a ghost in that sense. Something lingers – yet isn’t really there at the same time.
The Mind does not go away as long as the body is still alive. So no matter how long you have “lived your design” – the Mind is still there. And it’s not sleeping either. It’s waiting for a chance to grab back the attention of the Passenger. Ra spoke of awareness all the time. We all need to stay aware. The only way for the Passenger to stay surrendered to the Vehicle is to be aware of the Mind. Be aware of the Mind talking in its ear. There is no way to stop the Mind from talking. The only thing that can happen is by watching what you are saying to yourself and not believing or acting on it – the Mind cannot regain its power over the life. Suffering is believing what the Mind is saying.
The Mind is not going anywhere. And the openness in your Design is always going to be open. And it is because of that openness that the Mind created patterns of behavior in the first place. It was the Minds way to deal with all that came in to that openness. This is what gets cleaned out in the first 7 years of the experiment. But the openness is always there. The Mind is always there. And vigilance is needed. Staying aware of the Mind talking to you is as important as Strategy and Authority. We can’t stop the talking – but we can stop believing it. We can stop acting on it. And it is this that truly changes the life.
Mary Ann Winiger, a 6/2 Generator, trained live with Ra Uru Hu and has been deeply involved with Human Design for over 20 years. Personal site at key-to-you.com
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