We will first explore that “still mind” is a paradox, because the mind can never be still. Like a river, it needs the flow of time to exist. As a consequence, it also can’t understand how to make itself still. You will then learn why we can only point to stillness as the timeless ground or causal realm from which time and thoughts emerge. These are called pointing-out instructions. You will see why the mind can only see the metaphorical finger that points towards stillness. We will then talk about that realizing the still mind happens spontaneously. It often happens after preliminary practices such as focusing on physical objects, reciting mantras, doing mandalas, creating art, performing prostrations, doing walking meditations, or other conscious activities increase the chances of this awakening. We will then discuss how ongoing practicing is essential to accessing the still mind. This will lead us to the important insight that instead of being identified with our mind and controlled by thought, we can direct and use our mind for creative thinking, problem solving, intuition, visioning, dreaming, and other enjoyable and useful activities.

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