Badal Suchak takes us through four states of intention to help us get to the state of surrendering to the Higher Will
Very clearly, it has long been scientifically established that mind rules over matter. Mind shapes one’s life. Therefore, the quality of mind matters. The more evolved one’s mind is, the superior the quality of one’s life. There are four different levels at which the mind can function. These can be categorised on the basis of levels of consciousness and intention. Exploring these levels, one can observe for oneself the level of functioning of the mind and can make a shift to a higher level with awareness.
My friend Nithya Shanti has developed a model of four states of consciousness and intention, which I have interpreted from my perspective:
• Unconscious non-intention
Masters often give the metaphor of a dry leaf being blown away by the wind to explain the mind which is in a state of inertia. A dry leaf is lifeless, has no active mind, and, therefore, no intention of its own. It can get unconsciously blown away by the wind anywhere. It makes no choice as to where it wants to go. There is no awareness, and it is completely lost. It is dull, devoid of energy, and in a state of inertia. It is tamasic in nature. This state of mind is that of ‘unconscious non-intention.’
• Unconscious intention
One can either develop one’s own intelligence or get influenced by others’ intelligence. Have you noticed how most of us rush to shop when discounts are being offered during a sale period? We often tend to purchase products which we don’t really need but do so under the spell of getting a bargain. If a product is on 20 per cent discount, we greedily buy it, not realising that we are still paying 80 per cent for something which we do not need at all. One buys into the idea that owning stuff will make one happy by making one look successful, powerful, and desirable. This is a clear case of being influenced by cleverly crafted advertisements and marketing ploys by shrewd business owners. One is not consciously utilising one’s own intelligence, but, rather, is under the spell of someone else’s intention.
There are various other situations where there is a possibility of getting influenced by someone else’s intention. One can get easily influenced by one’s parents’ values, give in to peer pressure, or blindly follow societal norms without questioning their validity. This is a life governed by subconscious programming, by the intention and will of others. The quality of such a life depends on the quality of intention of others whom we allow to influence us. This state of mind is that of ‘unconscious intention.’
• Conscious intention
As one matures, one develops an increasing understanding of how the mind and consciousness function. It is malleable like clay in a skilled potter’s hands who can consciously mould it into pots of various desired shapes. Rather than being influenced by someone else’s intention, one intelligently exercises their own intention and moulds their life as per their will.
With such an evolved state of mind, one gets into the driver’s seat, feeling empowered to shape their life with consciously set affirmations. There is clarity regarding dreams, aspirations, and vision, with which one plans a structured pathway to achieve goals. One can intentionally use ‘The Secret’ of visualising, emotionalising, and actualising one’s goals, and experience success in life. It is the art of conscious manifestation which has gained much popularity. This state of mind is that of ‘conscious intention.’
The quality of one’s life depends on the quality of one’s intention. Largely, such people function from a highly materialistic vision living in a rajasic state of mind, creating success and wealth, and having an agenda of self-aggrandisement. Some people use conscious intention negatively to harm others. Conversely, others create conscious intention for a larger purpose to serve the world. This is the most positive way of exercising ‘conscious intention.’
• Conscious non-intention
The previous state of conscious intention involves intense self-effort driven by the ego. It is very structured masculine energy. There is a possibility of experiencing stress or even the burden of one’s own intention. Intentions can be binding, and there is a possibility of getting entangled by creating more karma.
As one evolves, one lets go of egocentric desires and intentions. One experiences a sense of oneness with the Universe: structures created by the lower mind collapse and an understanding of a larger purpose of the Universe emerges. One begins the journey from the head to the heart. Personal agenda and intentions effortlessly drop as one merges into the universal consciousness. One is divinely guided into doing the right thing intuitively by the developed psychic energy. Work is no more effort but a joyful flow of offering to the Divine. One experiences synchronicity, Grace, and bliss in every aspect of life. It is a sattvic state of mind of ‘conscious non-intention,’ driven by joyful surrender to the Higher Will. The heart overflows with gratitude as one affirms: “Thy Will be done!”
Thus, experientially understanding various stages of consciousness and intention, with awareness, one can choose to shift from inertia or victimhood to a more empowered, surrendered, or awakened state of mind.
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