When you are working with or around sharp tools or objects, you tend to be very careful and alert. No news here – it is common sense. Sharp stuff is dangerous and should be handled with extreme care.
The mind is a very sharp object and should be treated with the same fear, respect, care and alertness as the finest scalpel. Unfortunately we let it run amok as if it was an old, rusted and worn out farm tool.
Within esoteric teachings every single word manifests into some form of reality. Words come back at you like boomerangs whether you are aware of it or not. Words are the utensils of the mind. The mind uses these ever expanding and copiously productive little scoundrels to create a sense of reality. In other words (see what I mean!?) the mind uses words to tell stories that then you believe as truths.
My hope for all of us is that we learn to respect the mind for the sharp tool that it is. Keep it in check and use it with care so the stories it spins with words are helpful, creative, expansive and life giving.
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