Roger Harty: Why We Don’t Like Taking Orders

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IF our mind was to be called after a County, what County would it be called after?

Answer:  Cork

Why? Because Cork is known as The Rebel County and have no doubt that our mind by its very nature is a rebel.

Do you know that over 80% of our thoughts are negative and 98% are repetitive i.e. practically the same as the day before – if you don’t believe me – Google it!!

So the nature of our mind (thinking mind) if left to carry on without interference is responsible for wasting an enormous amount of energy and is also extremely resistant to any effort at improvement.

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It doesn’t want to improve it just wants carry on in its normal everyday way as any effort at improvement would put it out of its comfort zone and it doesn’t like that!

Why? Because it feels threatened. You can bring a horse to water but you cannot make him drink it.

So even if we come up with the answer to make the mind work efficiently it will still resist it.

It will give every reason not to do it and just like the horse will kick against any effort at improvement and is willing to fight to the death. Now if that is not rebellious tell me what is.

The mind simply does not like taking orders!

Ok here is an obvious example. The simple answer for improving the mind is meditation (Mindfulness, being present, living in the now, being still, prayer etc, etc) call it what you want. It is a known fact that it will improve the efficiency of our mind.

That is why mindfulness has become the buzz word these days and we are told that it was introduced to us in The Western hemisphere by one Jon Kabat Zinn.

Not so!

It has been practiced for thousands of years by Buddhists and there are now over 400 million of them. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle has sold over 32 million copies teaching us to be Present. It is the advice of Wayne Dyer, Ghandi , Oprah Winfrey, among many other gurus.

Yet the human mind resists this healthy advice which will get it to work far more efficiently and save enormous amounts of energy. (Is that not what everyone is trying to do at the moment I ask you)

I also ask, is it not the advice that Jesus left us with 2,000 years ago when He said “I Am (is) the way” and “Be Still and know that I Am God”.

Yet despite all this advice from the highest sources the human mind still resists. Why? Simply because it is ‘A Rebel’ and it doesn’t like taking orders.

Good advice is still good advice whether you like it or not or whether you apply it or not.

• Next week I am going to write about — Right is Right

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