The mind is a rationalizer.
Once the heart/ soul takes a decision based on an emotional instinct, impulse or desire, the mind rationalizes the decision you’ve taken, justifying it on rational principles. Sometimes when a decision cannot be so rationalized, the mind manufactures rational arguments and evidence in order to sugar- coat it for the world and itself.
The job of the mind is also to wipe the mud off when you fall flat on your face. The mind processes the incident and rationalizes the worst of it so that it can dilute it of emotional damage and make it acceptable to the world and to itself. You can then get up off your knees and walk on, albeit limping a bit.
The job of the mind is to console you when you are going through the worst of your emotional trauma. Again, it seeks to rationalize the situation and come up with evidence that proves that things are not as bad as they are. This helps you to create a distance within yourself and look at the situation with a uninvolved, detached perspective, significantly reducing your ‘overwhelm’ quotient. As we’ve all experienced, a lowering of overwhelm is the most important step we take towards accepting the unacceptable.
When the soul decides to do something outrageous, it is the mind that revs up and tries to find channels and resources so that the soul can go on its outrageous flight.
If the mind cannot- or will not- rationalize, it would become near impossible for you to move on after life hands you one of her tart lemons. Perhaps the emotional pain is too intense to allow the mind room to function. Perhaps the situation is so unreasonable that there is no rationalization to cover it.
That is when the mind goes into a tools- down state. The mind also defines the disaster as a disaster. The experience is not only bitter, it is also accepted as bitter. The very authority who was suppose to tell you it wasn’t bitter, distract you with a funny story and quickly pop a candy in your mouth when you were laughing- is now dejected and ranting about how bitter things are! Not a happy state to be in, I am sure you will agree.
This is the state you will recognize as a struggle. Struggle is the result of the mind rejecting the experience that the decisions of the soul are bringing it.
What your mind thinks about something now becomes crucial in determining how you experience it. Does the mind’s opinion detract or bolster the emotional content of the experience? Does the mind say, “Oh, no big deal; you’ll be okay in a jiffy” or does it say, “Man, you’re up the creek without a paddle!”
There is only one way to break this state of mind. Gratitude.
Gratitude can cause you to change your Mind about a situation. It is not a trick with which to fool the mind. It is a tool with which to open the mind. Gratitude thaws a mind frozen in a state of helpless rage and fear. Its warmth re-establishes the flow of grace. It opens your eyes to the evidence of love all around you.
Gratitude helps heal the wounds of the mind so that it can get back to the job of wiping the mud off your face, dressing your wounds and sending you out again into the world as good as new- or in the process of getting there. These are the jobs entrusted to the mind and it excels at them.
The job of the mind is NOT to deny that it heard the voice of the soul.