I Heard There Was A Secret Chord

The first line from Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

stirs the spirit and ‘plucks heart-strings’.

Speechless, one can only say “Hallelujah”, and

it says everything! The mind cannot decode


The mind can hypothesize, and imagine many things,

but when the “spirit” and “heart” move in full vibrancy,

the mind is dumbfounded. It can only “babble”.

Where are YOU when this happens?

Who are you? What are you?

This “stunning of the mind”, is like the blast of bright

sunlight that hits your eyes when you quickly throw

open heavy window curtains. The “heavy curtains of

inhibiting concepts” have suddenly parted transporting

you” into non-local reality.

In that instant of non-local disorientation, where is the

personal” you? Your mind/thoughts, self-image, opinions about who

you are etc. are incapable of entering the dimension beyond mind.

That “you”, the “personal” you, the self-image you, are all constructs

of mind. They are limited ephemeral images that are always changing

with no concrete substance.

That YOU that you ‘think’ you are, had a beginning

and will come to an end when the body/brain/mind

passes away. But, there is a YOU that is not bound

by the limitations of body/mind. That YOU, knows

that it exists.

The body/mind “you”, the “you” that you normally think of

when you refer to yourself, your ideas, your feelings, your plans,

your desires, your fears, etc., that “you” is constantly changing.

It was once with a baby body; next “you” were associated with

the feelings and body of a school youngster; later “you” became

a teenager – then an adult.

Which “you” was the real you and not a conceptual mental

image-based “you”? Through all those “life experiences” of “you” there was

a steadfast, consistent YOU that was there “witnessing” all those

characters that you thought were “you”.

Begin with small steps, with little things of everyday experience.

Observe the activity of mind, the thoughts that cross your attention.

Notice how certain thoughts ‘grab’ your attention in such a way

that you feel helpless in reacting to the demands and stimuli affecting

body and mind.

Become a “witness.” A dispassionate witness. Do not get involved in the

thoughts parading before your awareness. Do not give them your attention.

Just watch them with curiosity. These thoughts cannot harm you, they

cannot move you to do anything undesirable – unless you let them.

These are the initial steps to Mastery of self. That “self” that is the

image of the mind. Go slowly, gradually. Note that you cannot really

define the real YOU which is not of the mind. That YOU might be

labelled as the “Self” as opposed to the “self” of the mind.

As you begin to be Master of self,

the greater Self has more and more opportunities

to guide you through life experiences.

There will be a lessening of inner conflict and turmoil.

You are on the road to the peace.

Not peace from something, but the peace that you naturally are.

Mastery of self is the road to freedom – not freedom from something,

but freedom itself, which is a state of being rather than a condition.

And then perhaps you might say

that you “heard a secret chord”

that the “holy spirit” played

on your “heart-strings”.




About Walt

= Here Now =
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