MSI writes about the mind in his book, Ascension! (1996). He explains that the mind is like a mirror. If it is dirty (from our limiting thoughts, beliefs and judgments), then this is reflected in the world around us; we interpret (and see) that things are not good enough, our life could be better, etc. If we cleanse this mirror of the mind, however, then the mind just dissolves and awareness is left experiencing itself. This latter experience is one of clarity and recognition of the unbounded aspect of our self. This has been termed “enlightenment” in the east and it is our birthright. However, this connection gets covered up by grooves of lack and limitation that have been formed in the mind throughout our lives. True freedom from stress comes when we heal these grooves or constructs in the mind.
How do we cleanse the mind? How do we break free from these thoughts? MSI (Ascension!, 1996) states that enlightenment is actually not very difficult if given the proper tools. It is only a small shift in what we choose to put our attention on. Once we have tasted the clarity of pure awareness, we know that another potential reality exists. We have all experienced this even for a moment – where we feel connected, thought is suspended, and we may experience a deep peace or stability. Perhaps we are watching a sunset on the beach, creating art, playing music, gazing at the stars at night, jogging (the “runner’s high”), etc... This is the mind in the present moment, living in real-time, not caught by the past or worried about the future. We want to be able to choose to experience this anytime we want, preferably all of the time. In his book Ascension!, MSI writes about an ancient technique, called Ascension, that offers us just that; a tool that allows us to return the mind back to the present moment.
The ego is extremely subtle. The mind may be completely tricked that everything that it thinks is real – is ‘out there’. However the shocking truth is that all of this is not ‘out there’. Rather, it is ‘in here’; in our minds. Granted, the mind makes it seem real, and the sheer momentum and force of the ego over all the years of our life is strong. However, it pales in comparison to the force of the Ascendant, or the Source within. We can ascend or rise beyond the limiting thought streams of our mind and connect once again to the Source of all thoughts. Even the first time that we do this, we cut through the old thought patterns and start to develop a new reality. As we develop a habit for choosing for the Truth, then the ego has no hold anymore and we find that we are no longer living in the illusion of stress, disappointment, low self-worth, and everything else in between. With the tools of Ascension, this is done for us easily and effortlessly, every time we use them. When we see stress for what it really is, we begin to experience what MSI meant in his statement: “At all times, there is only good” (Ascension!, 1996, p. 106).