A Balanced Mind


“You have three minds: negative, positive and neutral. A person who does not deal with the neutral mind—even with all the wealth—shall not prosper and can’t be happy, because negative and positive cancel each other. It is the neutral mind which becomes the intuitive force in you.” -Yogi Bhajan


Balance of mind is one of the most vital characteristics of a developed yogi. One who can keep a balanced mind at all times is really a strong and happy person. He is a yogi. A balanced mind is free from anxiety amid pains. There is indifference amid pleasures. There is stability of mind or mental poise. The  practitioner lives without attachment. He neither likes nor dislikes. He has a great deal of strength of mind and internal peace.  In yogic philosophy we have three functional minds: the negative, or protective mind; the positive, or expansive mind; and the neutral, or meditative mind. All are important to us.

Neutral Mind works with the Negative and Positive mind to observe life and guide the decision making process. When a thought and idea comes from the CHITTA MIND, it is first processed through the Negative MIND and then the Positive Mind. Ideally, the thought flows into the Neutral Mind where we accept the situation and then follow up with appropriate action. The Neutral Mind is not about weighing pros and cons (that is what the Negative and Positive Minds are for).

The Neutral Mind operates beyond the polarity of good and bad. When decisions are made from the Neutral Mind they move us towards righteous action. This capacity of the Neutral MIND is deeply rooted in the Heart Chakra.

When the heart chakra is balanced it creates the sense of safety and expansiveness that allows for movement away from duality and toward neutrality.

If the person is in a state of deep trust with the Infinite, they move beyond the ups and downs of life and accept what is.

The energy wasted by constantly questioning and doubting, Should I do this? Should I do that? Why didn't this happen? Why did that happen instead?, is transformed into a state of acceptance and trust.

The state of Consciousness is not effected by the good and bad in life, it instead allows for, and exists in, a state of constant, neutral acceptance. The goal of many spiritual traditions is is to take a person to a place of oneness, where there is no duality between heart and mind, and where they can experience neutrality. This is accomplished by steady practice of yoga and meditation. A strong Neutral Mind serves the entirety of a person’s destiny.

Having daily spiritual practice is the surest way to support both the heart centre and the Neutral Mind. It allows for the release of pent-up anger and negativity and releases toxins from the Physical Body. A consistent practice (sadhana) is deeply valuable.


There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet…

The NEGATIVE MIND gives you discernment and protection, which is why it is also sometimes called the protective mind.

When balanced, The Negative Mind warns of potential dangers, both real and imagined. When out of balance it makes you scared of, or stressed by, everything and you can only see the down side of any situation.

The Negative Mind works to keep us safe and is able to see the downside of any situation. When balanced the negative mind protects us from danger without limiting opportunities of healthy risks.

The goal is not to get rid of the Negative Mind but to know when to let it protect us from real dangers in life.

The POSITIVE MIND opens you up to the possibility of every moment.

When balanced, the Positive MIND acts like a cheerleader within. You always see the silver lining and are willing to take the risks necessary to live the life you’re here to live.

It is also called the Projective MIND - it is fearless. It sees the bright side of any situation and generates unlimited possibilities.

When overdeveloped the Positive Mind can create a pattern of over promising and under-delivering. Disappointment sets in when reality doesn't match the dreams and ideas of the positive projections.

When balanced the Positive mind is calm, contained and inspires expansion and boldness. It allows the impossible to become possible.

When out of balance you think everything is OK even in a face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary and you become ineffective.

The NEUTRAL MIND finds the win-win in any situation.

When balanced it is meditative and exists beyond the polarity of “good” and “bad”

Decisions made from the Neutral Mind always bring alignment with destiny for the self and your community.

When out of balance or weak there is an obsession with weighing the pros and cons and a lack of ability to make decisions.

Igniting your Light


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