The Three Minds: Positive, Negative, and Neutral

Sat Nam!

Have you ever noticed you can go from thinking something is the best decision ever, and then 15 minutes later it seems like the worst?

This often happens because you are looking at the situation (sadhana) through the Positive Mind or Negative, rather than your Neutral Mind. 

Kundalini Yoga wisdom teaches that human beings have three minds: a Positive Mind, Negative Mind, and a Neutral Mind.

*Keep in mind that the “negative” in Negative Mind doesn’t mean it’s bad, wrong, or worse than the other minds. All three minds perform essential functions to navigating life as a Spiritual beings having a human experience.

Let’s briefly describe each one individually, and then we’ll talk about how they work:

Positive Mind: Your Positive Mind identifies potentials for growth, pleasure, and benefit.
For example: Your Positive Mind might thing: “I love meditating- I can meditate everyday for 1,000 days. Think about how great I will feel and how that will change my life”.

Negative Mind: Your Negative Mind identifies potentials for pain, stagnation, and loss of comfort or stability.
For example: Your Negative Mind might think: “If I commit to meditating everyday and don’t follow-through then I’ll feel like a failure. Or, I might not be able to do it everyday.”

Neutral Mind: Your Neutral Mind receives input from your Positive and Negative Minds, and checks-in with your soul to see what your Intuition and life’s purpose have to say about the situation.
For example: Your Neutral Mind might think: “I feel inspired to commit to a daily meditation practice for 90 days. I trust that I can handle whatever changes that practice brings into my life. I understand that missing a day and starting over might be a part of the process, and that’s okay.”

For the majority of people, when they approach a new or challenging situation their Negative Mind will kick-in first. Some people stay stuck there, ruminating over all the potential for danger and harm, and for things to go wrong, and some move from Negative Mind to Positive Mind.

For some people (like myself), our Positive Mind kicks-in first, showing all the possibility and potential for growth and joy in a situation. If you’re like me- I often neglect my Negative Mind, and then I’m surprised when a relationship doesn’t work out, or something doesn’t go the way I thought it would because I had not taken the time to consider the risks.

The first step is to recognize your Positive and Negative Minds for what they are: information gathering tools. They are not there to tell you the Truth of a situation, just biased, one-sided interpretations.

The key then is to access your Neutral (or Meditative) Mind. This can be as easy as taking a few long, deep breaths, or meditating for 3 minutes. But if the situation is emotional, or high-stakes, then you may need to take a few days break, get into nature, journal, etc.

Once you are in your Neutral Mind, you will have a more objective view of the situation, and will have access to important emotions like inspiration, and guidance like Intuition. Your Neutral Mind will help you weigh the pros and cons against the pull of your Soul in order to determine how to act or even just how to understand a situation.

Do you recognize your Three Minds? How have they been playing out during your 40-Day Sadhana?

To learn more about the Three Minds, you can listen to Episode 3 of our podcast.

We also have a free printable that gives you more information about the Three Minds, and guides you through an exercise on how to use the Three Minds to benefit you.

Click here to get the FREE Three Minds mini-workbook.


Jen & Ramtin


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