The Absent Landlord

I was on my walk this morning and there was this moment where I caught myself thinking about an email I needed to send first thing when I got home. Sound familiar? It might sound familiar and seem even normal, but is it really?

It might be worth looking a little deeper into this conundrum – this split between the body and the mind. Age-old it may be, the common experience it may be, the norm it may be called – but what are we taking for granted, putting up with and actually condoning and accepting?

There I was walking along, the body was doing its thing, my legs were faithfully taking me from A to B and my mind was not only in another place, it was actually in a different time zone. My feet as part of my body were on my walk, putting one step in front of another and my mind had catapulted me onto my seat in front of the computer and right into an imagined future event.

To be even more precise, I was in two time zones (the present moment and the future) and in two places (on my walk and in my office) at once.

Shortly afterwards I walked past an empty house: it had been empty for months, a perfectly good house in a great and very quiet location, just standing empty. And the words ‘the absent landlord’ came to me. It felt a lot like what I had just experienced: my mind had been absent to the present moment, unavailable and otherwise engaged.

My body had been left to its physicality, bereft of my presence. I had checked out from the physical body and what it was doing and an obvious disconnection from my ears down had occurred.

Not only that, but I had also lost all those moments when I was elsewhere and in another time zone following my mind’s meanderings – I had actually squandered that time, I had no recollection of it and it was gone.

As I continued my walk, staying present with and enjoying what I was doing, it got me pondering … with the rates of dementia and mental health problems ever soaring, can we really afford to shrug our shoulders and keep thinking that this kind of body / mind split and absenteeism from our-selves is normal or even healthy?

Is it possible that the way we move and go about our everyday life is making us sick?

Is this escapism into our heads one of the cornerstones of ill health?

Is it really okay to live checked out from what we do? And what else does it lead to?

Up until about ten or so years ago, I would not have thought that there was anything wrong with my behaviour. I might have even felt a bit elated or slightly down afterwards, depending on how my thinking had affected me and depending on whether I would have been looking forward to the next task or not.

I would not have registered the disconnect between the body and the mind, quite to the contrary – I would have prided myself on my ability to be elsewhere from my body and be following several trains of thought in my head concurrently.

Or I would have thought, every so often and ever more infrequently, that I needed to empty my mind of all thoughts and achieve a state of vacuousness that would make me immune to the ups and downs as dictated by the quality of my thoughts.

This has all changed since I heard Serge Benhayon present on conscious presence – the ability to have the mind think what the body does and have the body do what the mind thinks, keeping both in the same place and in the same time zone.

This practice has been immensely liberating and totally put a stop to the wild ups and downs of being dependent on whether I find my thoughts exhilarating or depressing. (Sounds like a mental disorder? I am sure that over time it will be seen as such.)

With deep appreciation of Serge Benhayon and the teachings of the Ancient Wisdom, without whom and which I would not have discovered the joy and fulfillment of conscious presence.

By Gabriele Conrad, Goonellabah NSW

Further Reading:
Connection To Self Through Conscious Presence
Leaving It Up To God
Mental Awareness Vs Conscious Awareness

711 thoughts on “The Absent Landlord

  1. My mind has been on getting ready for work while I have been reading your blog. Not a coincidence! A gentle reminder to stay present with what I am doing. Thanks Gabriele.

  2. ‘Is this escapism into our heads one of the cornerstones of ill health?’ This is a concept that is definitely worth formally studying Gabriele. Great blog.

  3. Gabrielle’s comment on what will be seen as a mental disorder is indeed prophetic, as what we accept as normal now in so many aspects of life will be revealed as the deeply dysfunctional paradigms that they are.

  4. It’s interesting I read this blog now because this morning while I was collecting the eggs and giving water to the hens my mind was in the future and couldn’t wait to get into the house. It’s interesting because my awareness in that moment was so clear and strong. I felt the disconnection to my body, I stopped the thoughts and let go and brought myself back to what I was doing but it was done mentally and not in connection to my body… it is great to reflect on this.

    1. That sounds like you were virtually standing to attention and trying to change from being in your mind to being WITH your body; it is great to then feel the difference between that and coming FROM the body.

  5. It is almost crazy that the things that we can champion in life can be those that cause us great harm…. You can’t but wonder at what point however will people really stop and consider that the way they are moving though life may be contributing to their physical and mental health? It feels like one of our greatest flaws is that we are not motivated to take responsibility for, or even question our choices, until our health is adversely affected… but sadly rarely before.

    1. And even this can be the painted rosy picture version in many cases as – I find even when our health is affected by the choices we make daily, there is still a tendency to shirk responsibility and seek a quick fix or handy solution instead, something that buys time.

  6. Thank you Gabriele. This blog absolutely stuns me because I am seeing the choice to check out in a whole new way. If I am not present within my own body then what on earth is really running me? I have used ‘checking out’ as an escape but you are reminding me that it is not worth the price that I am paying (and it’s not a true escape either – I’m always left with the consequences).

    1. So true – checking out only ever works for so long, even if it is lifetimes. Sooner or later we are all left with the consequences, no matter what. There’s no escaping the Universe that we are a part of.

  7. Dampness and decay have set in in areas around my home, I definitely need to get back and attend to it. There’s a room where a really warm hearth is, this is the centre and the furnace of it all. I reckon the attic and the basement need some loving attention and a few places in between.

  8. “Is it possible that the way we move and go about our everyday life is making us sick?” The simple answer is Yes.

  9. Yes it is interesting how we often pride ourselves for being able to juggle multiple jobs at the same time yet we fail to pick up on how the rushing around flitting from one thing to another has on our body in our focus to be ultra-organised and get everything done.

  10. Is not being in the body making us sick? In time we will know this is true, because when we are not connected to our bodies, when we have checked out, when the landlord is not there, something else can enter, which is not pretty. The illness and disease resulting will prove this fact, sooner or later.

  11. Being on another time zone and place while being here and now – sounds fascinating, and we chase after this very ‘here and now’ when it becomes ‘there and then’ – it’s just insane. We are piling up emptiness on top of each other – for me, that used to be a very familiar way of being as well. Constant anxiousness and nervousness was part of life so much so I wouldn’t have called it as such. And I totally agree that this way of being has a lot to do with the increasing cases of dementia across the globe.

  12. We all know this joy of having the mind be with what the body is doing: that’s what we experience in things like intensive sports, high speed racing and dangerous mountain climbing (the Mount Everest!). All these events force us to have the body and mind perform as one otherwise we dead or we lose. We think we enjoy the racing, but it is actually the conscious presence we enjoy.

    1. Interesting, I’m pretty sure that it’s called “being in the zone”. And to know that we don’t have to engage in anything extreme to be in the zone, it only requires being consciously present. How good is that?

  13. Keeping my mind and body in the same place at the same time – sounds like a dream come true! Well, I know it’s possible because when I am reminded of conscious presence, I give it a go, and look, it sometimes only lasts the 10 paces I’m walking until another thought about the future pops in my head, but with practice, like anything, you get better at it. It is very liberating when you allow yourself to realise that in that very moment, you are only required to do one thing whether that be walking, cooking, eating, reading etc.

    1. I find that the sheer fact of being aware that the mind has gone elsewhere is in itself already a blessing; years ago and before Universal Medicine, I would not have felt that there was anything wrong with walking around in a head that is separated from the body it is a part of.

  14. If we are not present with our bodies what then is the quality moving us? This is wise for us to consider for if we are not with ourselves who is? For what you speak of here Gabriele is the practice of yoga in its true sense, something we all have the opportunity to practice every day with our every move, in order to live its true meaning that is the union of God, Soul, body and mind moving as one. This is where our true power lies as we then are able magnify the quality of this Divine union through our bodies and into the lives we live.

  15. In a world that champions multi-tasking we can see just how the rise of such illnesses like dementia and Alzheimer continues to climb. I was very good at multi-tasking too once upon a time and sometimes still do as I am not perfect but I find it is a lot easier to reconnect to my movements when I make it simple. For instance if I find myself chopping vegetables in the kitchen and I start to think about tomorrow, I simply stop and connect to my hands and how they hold the knife and instantly my connection to my body returns. It’s great to note that we always have a choice to reconnect to our bodies and the divine expression we hold within.

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