The age old saying "Know Thyself" requires us to ask these questions, and through various practices, we come to reevaluate how these patterns are serving us. For any person to truly make a transformation, it cannot come by holding on to old paradigms and patterns that have kept them tied to the same cycles. An Alchemy of the mind must take place so that our fears and discomforts are revealed for what they truly are, and so that we can come to understand where our desires are originating from.
While for the common person, the moving away from discomfort and towards comfort makes up the majority of what the mind is used for, the Mystery Traditions teach that the mind has far greater purpose, one that reveals an inner landscape of awe and wonder.
The 3 Minds
Training the 3 minds
The Four Secret Powers of the Mind
Training of the mind reveals four faculties that are crucial for cultivating and releasing the magical and mystical powers that can be harnessed through the proper application of the powers of the mind. These four secret powers are represented in the Eastern traditions (Taoism) in the image of the Four Celestial Animals (Green Dragon, White Tiger, Red Phoenix, Black Turtle), and in the Wester Tradition as the 4 Powers of the Elements.
In Taoist teachings, the Tao (Source) manifests as a series of polar and dual forces, most readily recognized in the famous symbol of Yin and Yang. Here we find that Heaven refers to Consciousness, Earth refers to the body. Fire is the manifestation of the "Will of Heaven", and so experienced as intention. Water is the experience within the body in the mind, and so associated with attention.
The fusion of the 4 powers is a prerequisite for creating true magical power within the magus/mystic. The magical energies of the Green Dragon (Imagination) and White Tiger (Sensation) must be combined in order to create and sustain the energy body. The energies of the Red Phoenix (Intention) and Black Turtle (Attention) must be combined to create and sustain the Spirit body. The energies of both the Energy body and the Spirit body must combine and fuse as one in order to create true magical power, and awaken to ones true nature.
By using these 4 powers and ascending through to attain direct experience of the 3 minds, we completely transform the very idea of who we are and what we are capable of. Not only do we free ourselves from the cycle of running from pain and towards pleasure, only to find pain at the end, but we are able to fully step into our true identity and fulfill our Higher Purpose.