"The capricious and carnival-like nature of the mind's activities precludes it as a fruitful focus for spiritual evolution. One can order the mind to do one thing or another, but it will refuse. To try to control the mind is like a cat chasing its tail. To try to control the mind already results in the duality of the 'controller' and the 'controlled', as well as the contents of what is to be controlled and the 'how' of controlling.
The only space from which to address mind is from that quality called Will. One can locate this area without too much difficulty. Whereas thoughts, feelings, and images pass through the mind continuously, the will is relatively motionless and fixed. It tends to persists in a more stable and therefore approachable manner. The will can indeed by quite fixed, committed, one-pointed and immovable, unlike the mind, which flits about like a nervous butterfly. Therefore, the most profitable point of view from which to approach the mind is afforded by focusing the sense of Self as emanating from the will. The will is malleable, but only slowly and deliberately so by reflection. It is a workable 'place' from which to proceed and explore. The will is closer to the true Self than is ordinary mind with its thoughts, beliefs, concepts, ideas, and fluctuating emotions." (p 132-3, The Eye Of The I by David R. Hawkins)
"The ego can be thought of as a set of entrenched habits of thought which are the result of entrainment by invisible energy fields that dominate consciousness. They become reinforced by repetition and by the consensus of society. Further reinforcement comes from language itself. To think in language is a form of self-programming. The use of the prefix 'I' as the subject, and therefore the implied cause of all actions, is the most serious error and automatically creates a duality of subject and object." (p. 137)
"Physical appearance is a great deceiver. Most people look like adults but are not really adults at all. Emotionally, most people are still children. The emotions and attitudes which prevail in kindergarten and on the playground continue on into adult life but are hidden in more dignified-sounding terminology. Within most people is a child who is merely imitating being an adult. The 'inner child' we hear so much about is actually not inner at all; it is actually quite 'outer'.
As people grow up, they take on various identifications and copy what they conceive of as adult behaviors and styles; however, it is not the adult who is doing this but the child. Therefore, what we see in daily life are people acting out the programs and scenarios that they identify with as a child. The young child, as well as most animals, already exhibits curiosity, self-pity, jealousy, envy, competitiveness, temper tantrums, emotional outbursts, resentments, hatreds, rivalries, competition, seeking the limelight and admiration, willfulness, petulance, blaming others, disclaiming responsibility, making others wrong, looking for favor, collecting 'things', showing off, and more. These are all attributes of the child.
As we watch the daily activities of most adults, we realize that nothing has really changed. This realization is helpful for compassionate understanding rather than condemnation. Stubbornness and opposition, which are characteristic of the two-year-old, continue to dominate personalities well into old age. Occasionally, people also manage to go from childhood to adolescence in their personality and become endless thrill seekers and challengers of fate; they are preoccupied with the body, muscles, flirtation, popularity, and romantic and sexual conquests. There is a tendency to become cute, coy, seductive, glamorous, heroic, tragic, theatrical, dramatic, and histrionic. Again, this is the child's impression of adolescence being acted out. The inner child is naive and impressionable, easily programmed, and easily seduced and manipulated." (p. 140-1)
This is the keystone to all spiritual progress as well as success in the world. It means letting go of resistance and finding the joy of going one hundred and one percept. Unpleasantness is due to resistance, and when resistance is let go, it is replaced by feelings of strength, confidence, and joy.
In any endeavor, there is a point of resistance which becomes a block. When this point is overcome, the endeavor becomes effortless." (p. 144)
This is an attitude of withdrawal of emotional entanglement in worldly affairs. It leads to serenity and peace of mind...
... Nonattachment is not the same as indifference, withdrawal, or detachment. Misunderstanding that the development of detachment is required often ends up as flatness or apathy. In contrast, nonattachment allows full participation in life without trying to control outcomes." (p. 145)
"Q: But what about morality? Doesn't letting go of right and wrong and judgment of others lead to immorality?
A: Denotations of right and wrong are practical guides to behavior to people who are not yet spiritually evolved. They are a temporary substitute for a greater awareness. Thus, we teach the child that it is 'bad' to cross the street alone because they lack the awareness of danger. By adulthood, such a contextualization as right or wrong about crossing the street is no longer meaningful or significant. We look both ways before crossing the street to avoid being run over, not because it is wrong or bad. With spiritual progress, ethical values replace moralistic dictums, just as awareness of spiritual truth replaces dogma and coercive belief systems. Behaviors that have to be outlawed to suppress their occurrence in the general population have lost any meaning to people who are far more advanced." (p. 167-8)