It was obvious to me there was a lot on offer. She spoke in terms of attaining peace of mind, of learning skills to harness the power of the mind, of gaining an understanding of the mind. She actually used the term "solving the mind" - as if the mind is a kind of quadratic equation to be solved algebraically in a mathematics class. I liked that analogy, even though it seems to me that "solving" the mind would be a bit like solving the riddle "Who's buried in Grant's tomb?". I asked her what attracted her to this course, and especially to its focus on the mind and on managing the mind.
There was nothing untoward about her responses. She had obviously put a lot of thought into her decision. It was clear to me she was impressed with the introduction she had received to the material. She said she wanted to control her mind and have it be less intrusive to her daily reverie. She said she wanted "less noise in her head". "That's actually not a bad way of saying it" I thought to myself.
She also said she wanted to learn how to control her reactions, how to have more choice in the matter when situations reactivate her. The course, she said, promised control over her reactions. It promised being able to direct the outcome of the mind's reactive machinery. Indeed it almost sounded like she was intent on taming her mind's reactive machinery so that it doesn't simply "go off" but rather follows her commands in much she same way as she commands her arms to raise and lower and / or her legs to walk on demand. When she'd finished saying what she wanted to get out of the course, she asked me what I thought of it - or at least what I thought of what she said about it.
I said "It depends on what you say the purpose of Life is.".
"Say whut?" she said. "It depends on what you say the purpose of Life is? What are you talking about?". I asked her to consider that the role of the mind in the life of a human being is to ensure survival. If she sees the purpose of Life as survival, then the course sounds like a good one for her to do. However, what if the purpose of Life isn't survival? What if the purpose of Life is experiencing completion?
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