What can or what should I do to open my mind or how do I overcome the limitations of my own thinking?
Now, first of all, to overcome the limitations of one’s thinking, one has to first completely realise the limitations of thought. Now for that, the mind has to open up to the understanding, one has to open the ego, which is usually quite solid, which refuses to believe that it has any limitations and, looking carefully and observing, realise that actually the mind is quite conditioned. To realise, in clear terms, how the mind is conditioned, how the mind is limited, how all the experiences it has are based on the limited inputs from the imperfect sensory organs.
Once, that is realised, then one begins to figure out that it’s possible for the unlimited to come into being, not by overcoming the limitations of one’s thinking, but by understanding the limitations of one’s thinking process itself, as a whole and therefore, beginning to find ways and means by which the thought process itself can become quiet, can be settled down. When the thought process settles down, and when its own limitations are understood, the mind becomes still and quiet. Then perhaps, there is the possibility of unlimited consciousness coming into being, which transcends the ordinary mind and is the source of all thought.
To begin with, one spends short periods of time reflecting on these matters, sitting quietly, watching the mind, watching thoughts come and go by, without getting too much involved in them. That is the method of observing thought. There is another method, which is recommended by certain schools of Buddhism, which is—Sit quietly. Close your eyes. Don’t choose your thoughts. Let the thoughts come and go, as they like. But every time a thought arises, use your mind as a sword and cut it off. This means, the moment the thought springs up, it is immediately cut off. The next thought comes and it’s immediately cut off. The next follows and it is cut off too.