When you are completely tired of struggling with the mind you are finally ready to just let go of it. You became addicted to the mind because it’s so in the face, so noisy, always in the foreground, always trying to sort things out, trying to solve problems that don’t exist, telling interesting/dramatic stories, creating unnecessary interpretations, producing engrossing images and most importantly telling you who you are. You became so devoted to your mind that you took it to be who you are, not realizing that it’s a conditioned machine – you forgot who you are and lost yourself in the mind’s story.
The word “mind” is just a pointer to the conditioned movement of brain in a human body. You become finally ready to let go of this addiction when you realize how much suffering this identification is creating in your life. When you let go of the mind, it doesn’t become silent immediately, it takes several months (6-7 at least on an average) before the mind’s momentum can slow down and finally come to its natural rest. But each day that you stay in a place of letting go, you will see transformation coming forth in your reality – both inner and outer.
Don’t be frustrated if the mind doesn’t shut up
If the mind wants to be noisy, allow it the freedom to be noisy. If the mind wants to be agitated, allow it the freedom to be agitated. If it has several questions, let it have its questions. Let go of trying to sort out the mind because it’s a losing game, no matter how hard you try to solve the mind’s questions, it will keep coming up with new ones – until you finally realize this pattern and simply let go of trying to solve it. When you let go, the mind, miraculously, starts sorting itself out on its own and comes to a rest.
Usually people let go of their mind addiction when they can no longer tolerate the sad/fearful/angry/hopeless stories of the mind. For example, there are several incidents when prisoners, who get long terms, are known to let go of their mind and find a realm of deep peace because they could no longer take the fearful story of the mind. A lot of people wake up to their true nature when the dream of the mind becomes a nightmare.
When you wake up you realize that you were never the mind, neither were you the “story character” that your mind made you out to be. But just because you woke up from the mind doesn’t mean that the mind will “shut up” immediately, because it has several years of momentum going for it and is connected with the universal human unconsciousness. It will slow down in its momentum slowly, but surely, now that you are no longer totally identified with its movement – be patient and don’t get too frustrated too soon.
It’s common to feel a little “dis-oriented” for a while
For years you have been identified with the mind, and so when you start waking up from its trance it’s very normal to feel a little dis-oriented for a while. It will feel like your whole world is turning upside down, everything you so strongly believed starts becoming almost irrelevant. This is normal, and it’s temporary – you will soon find a new grounding in this new way of being which is moving from the intelligence of life itself instead of moving from the past, conditioned, patterns of the mind. You can say that the wisdom heart takes over from the mechanical intelligence of the mind. Initially when you wake up you are like a baby Buddha just learning to walk, but soon you find your footing and are ready to stand on your own two shoes.
If you feel confused for a while, just let it be – it’s fine, and it’s normal. Be assured that you will find your footing and find a deep stability as you continue waking up. It’s quite like how you feel when you are woken up from deep sleep – for a while you are confused, for a while you might even be angry for waking up, you might find the surroundings a little unfamiliar for a bit, but as you continue waking up you become more and more comfortable with this new way of being – soon you start realizing that true joy of life comes when one is awake, not when one is asleep.