Shocking as it may be, our minds are being deeply conditioned to conclude all the time. And what are conclusions, except personal fixated opinions that we have about another that we believe is entirely true, but which more often than not, is not exactly in tandem with what really is? It can be as simple as passing by a person and making eye contact, and in that split second we would have fallen prey to conclusions based on what we thought about him or her in that moment. Not to mention that we don't even notice that it was a judgement. We think about people. We evaluate them. We just can't get rid of such thoughts. Worst still, we don't even notice they are thoughts and instead believe entirely in what we think, as if they are really true. You will find this very rampant in anything your mind makes contact with, be it the daily news or social media which the mind got addicted to, or while chatting about another person.
When one is not aware or mindful of his or her own mind, one may not notice how incessant these conclusions can be. The question you may want to know is what will be the effects of conclusions since each of us has our own free-will to think whatever we want. There are implications to it and I wish to share them with you so as to initiate your interest in beginning to become aware of your own mind.
First, conclusions are not realities. Conclusions are based on what the mind made up from the past. It may be true, it may be false, and guess what? It is false most of the time because it is "made up" and also, we can never truly know others until we truly understand our own mind. What we know about others are again, evaluations, a made up conclusions. It is all happening in our heads so to speak, not the reality or “what is”.
Secondly, knowing ourselves and understanding our own minds are different things altogether. Knowing ourselves usually comprise judgements about ourselves, be it pleasant or unpleasant. It is another work of conclusions about ourselves. It changes over time. The truth is, we don't know ourselves yet. Whereas when we understand the mind we begin to know the universal nature of the mind, of its workings and how deceptive it can be. Only then can we begin to know and understand what this "self" is. Understanding, as the word implies, doesn't change but deepens broadly over time.
Thirdly, unbeknown to us, we are all living in our own cocoon of a delusional mental world. We live in it, make believe by it, blinded by it and finally ended with it. Is there truly life or merely falling into dreams with our minds? And what is the worst that could ever happen if all of us believed in our own thoughts, and not care what the Truth, or rather, reality around us is? We never wake up even though death takes us asunder, not to mention thinking we are awake before death. As in any dream, if we don't wake up, we will still continue on upon death, whatever there is.
Are we then really living, or thoughts are living us? I can't begin to impress upon you the importance of that until you take on the journey of waking up to "yourself", to what is truly taking place now, right under your nose. It all begins with awareness and its result is an astonishing awakening to truly what is.