Mind – Negative, Positive or not at all?

The messenger.

Background: Recently, after putting aside reserves for emergencies, I donated the equivalent of about three weeks of my pension to a family in need. I use the criterion, “Who needs this more than I do?”

Entry: Last night when I lay down in bed and relaxed prior to sleeping I neopted that as a result of my donation I felt neither happy nor unhappy and that I could, at will, switch my mind – my moul – to negative or positive or detachment. This neoption, though unsurprising was enlightening and clearly illustrates non-attachment to a deed and the resulting balance and harmony.
I was aware that to switch to the negative all I had to do was ment about one or more of the “What if?” questions, that to switch to the positive all I had to do was to ment about the act and its results and, the third option was to remain non-attached and in that unique state of being stemming from the simple fact that something needed doing and was done.
Note: Dear Reader, you can do this too!

About Ian Gardner

Ian Gardner was born on the 20th February 1934 in Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, and christened Basil Ian Gunewardene. He was born two months prematurely and nearly died five times in his first two months. He moved to Australia in September 1969 where he changed his surname to Gardner. From childhood, he had an enquiring mind and an innate interest in the supernatural. Since 1986, nineteen years of regular periods of meditation, "searching within", reading and revelations have culminated in this free book which has been nine years in the making. Further writings followed and all his writings are available to all on the Internet free of charge. There is more information in the preface of the book. February 2020. My search - my journey, is now complete.
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2 Responses to Mind – Negative, Positive or not at all?

  1. Reader says:

    Dear Ian,

    “Who needs this more than I do?” is an open question.

    I have asked myself the same question when I am happy. I have asked the same question when I am sad.

    To the first, I have had mixed responses. When I share my joy, an unhappy person tries to share his / her suffering at the same time – a suffering that I don’t want to know about. I just want to share my joy.

    To the second, there are consistent responses. When I share my pain, both happy and unhappy people want to express understanding. I don’t want understanding. I know what it is. I want to get rid of it with an anti-dote!

    So, I have now reached a state on this – an answer. “Who needs this more than I?” No one. Neither do I.

    Anything that is needed more or less is a differentiator. I share an undifferentiated universe – where identities are nice to have, not necessary.


    “What if” is often used for assessing a risk. Anyone who needs my money or my means of living is seeking relief. I have something more precious to offer – tranquility. I am searching for a customer for tranquility.

    It’s a slow moving product. But has a timeless shelf life. I am not in a hurry!

    🙂 Thank you!

    • Ian Gardner says:

      Dear Reader,
      In the final analysis (or ‘The bottom line is’) it is the “thought” that counts – one’s state of mind – one’s mentality – one’s state of being.

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