The Mind – like body and heart – is a vast territory, much of which remains unexplored. Most of us associate mind with our cognitive functions and intelligence. This is indeed a wonderful part of it. We can make connections, we can compare and analyse, we can mentally file things for future reference. We use our mind to make decisions, take action, and implement change (or not…). Mindfulness nowadays is a very popular way of increasing presence, by paying close attention to all that we do.
However, our ‘mind’ has many more capacities. Some of these require to temporarily go ‘beyond’ mind as we have come to know it, to create space for new discoveries. This might seem dualistic, but opening ourselves up to a space “beyond rational arguments and logical analysis” can lead to other valuable insights (de Quincey, 2005). Although these might be extra-rational and beyond reason, they are not irrational. It requires a different view on what we (think we) know and how we know it.
One of these techniques is lucid dreaming. Another one is expanding our state of consciousness in waking reality, for example through meditation, or rhythmic drumming. Such tools can give us access to different perspectives that can inform learning and decision-making
Leaf 3 is the place of brain, thoughts, intellect and consciousness. It combines Reflection, Dreaming and Expanded Consciousness. In a quantum view we could say this is the place of information. It is also related to the element Air.
De Quincey, C. (2005) Radical Knowing. Understanding Consciousness through Relationship. Rochester, Vermont: Park Street Press.