Right Mind/Wrong Mind

Have you ever considered someone’s behaviour and thought, “who in their right mind would do that?” The wrong mind is the part of our mind that feels separate, alone, angry, confused and guilty. The right mind is the part that experiences oneness and feels calm, peaceful, clear and forgiving. The wrong mind is vying for our attention every second of every day but the right mind is the memory of who we truly are. This concept has been described in depth in the spiritual texts, A Course in Miracles and The Bhagavad Gita. It has many practical and powerful applications.

Psychologists over the years have split the mind into a myriad of parts but I like right mind and wrong mind, for one reason because there’s only two – it keeps things simple. It’s a feature of the wrong mind that it enjoys complexity and confusion but from the perspective of the right mind everything is simple and clear. Because the concept is simple it’s easy to learn. And if you learn it you’ll be more likely to apply it when the s*~t inevitably hits the fan. If you can apply it at times like these you’ll know you’re making progress towards less drama and more happiness. So unless you don’t feel alive without drama, do yourself a favour by considering making this concept a part of your life.

How right mind and wrong mind affects us

A useful way to look at the impact of right mind and wrong mind on our lives is to take a model from cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT):

Triggering event → Beliefs → Thoughts / Emotions → Behaviours → Outcomes


This model says that when something happens to us (triggering event) we draw on beliefs (mostly unconscious) to make sense of it. This leads to particular thoughts and emotions. These thoughts and emotions drive us to behave in certain ways which give us particular outcomes.

I’ll give you a real life example but first let’s look at these different elements from the point of view of right mind and wrong mind:

Beliefs 1

Would you prefer to be around people who are in their right minds or wrong minds? Would you prefer your loved ones to work for someone who’s in their right mind or wrong mind?

If you are in touch with your body, you will feel physically better when you read the right mind list than the wrong mind list. Wrong mindedness puts us on alert, ready to defend which is extremely useful in some situations. But our creative abilities and our body’s capacity to heal itself go on hold as we prepare to fight, freeze or run away. So if we stay in this state for too long our bodies start to break down and our minds don’t function at their best. We cannot be loving and creative in this state which is why wrong minded leaders will never get the best from their staff.

Putting right mind/wrong mind into practice

So, using the CBT model, let’s apply right mind and wrong mind to a real world situation and see how it works. Below is an example situation with the possible beliefs, thoughts, emotions and outcomes that could result depending on whether the person chooses their right mind or wrong mind.

 Beliefs table 2


Think about an event in your life and how this model might apply. The practice is to start recognising that you have a choice of whether to be in your right or wrong mind. While it doesn’t feel like we have a choice because our thought processes are so fast, we actually do. When you slow down and notice your thoughts (meditation is helpful) you will recognise this.

You can then start asking yourself what sort of outcomes you want in your life. If you are currently getting negative outcomes and you want positive, look back through the behaviours, thoughts, emotions and beliefs to see what you can change.

Beliefs are largely unconscious

Most of our beliefs sit within the unconscious mind. So if you find yourself unable to change your wrong minded thoughts or emotions it will be because you have unconscious beliefs sabotaging you. This is why plain old positive thinking and ‘the law of attraction’ rarely work. In this case you may need help from a good therapist. I would recommend finding someone who uses Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) as this works rapidly to uncover unconscious beliefs and resolve them.

I’m happy to answer any questions you have about right mind/wrong mind. I also encourage you to tell me about your own experiences of being in your right or wrong mind.





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