Starting a blog about the mind

It is not about information, but about transformation’
– Unknown.

Who am I

I am Krista Lagus, from Helsinki, Finland. I am the founder of this blog and currently its only author. I am a PhD by training and academic scientist by profession, a mother of three wonderful kids, and a spiritual seeker and meditator for over 20 years. Most recently I’ve also become a therapeutic energy healer and spiritual coach.

For years I have been exploring different methods and long-term processes of working with my own emotions, beliefs and belief structures, as well as transforming persistent personality traits. As a result, I have transformed my own mind, as well as transformed my life into a much more functional, fulfilling and happy one. Others around me have benefited greatly as well, as test subjects of whatever methods I have discovered. I am still a work in progress and expect to learn more throughout my existence. I welcome a larger community to discuss with, and invite you into the community.

Over the years I have realized that I am extraordinarily sensitive. I could be classified as a super-empath. Easily and without actual intent I tend to experience  sensations (such as thirst) and emotions (such as grief) of those around me, even regardless of physical distance. Coming to terms with this has been a slow progress of learning to exist here without the constant onslaught of everyone’s emotions and energies. Sometimes I pick up thoughts as well. I know there are many, many others struggling to cope with similar experiences. I think we need to discuss these matters more openly than has previously been considered possible.

When I begun in earnest to work with clearing my own emotions and emotional blocks, over time I discovered that I am able to help others with their emotional blocks as well. Given a permission, I can enter the ‘field’ of an individual, and make similar changes as I do with my own field. Or I can offer guidance on the mind practice that I use myself. In effect I can teach many thins that I know how to do.  I have therefore become a healer and a coach in many different ways.  In addition, I have a 4-year training in Therapeutic Energy Healing, which has helped me immensely forward, and given me also a lot of psychologicval background as well as conceptual understanding of these matters.

Most of all, however, I consider myself an empirical researcher of the mind from within. I seem to have have a fine internal measuring laboratory within me for perceiving the changes that various practices of the mind are able to produce within me and also within others. With this internal laboratory, I conduct experiments. I learn how the mind works, how blocks can be released, how wounds can be healed, and how restricting structures can be released. After making a finding within myself, I then start testing my finding on others, with their permission. The question then is: can I help someone else with the observation that I found? Does it work outside of my own mind as well? Over time, my conceptualizations of the mind progress, and I am able to find practices that work for specific conditions. Some of these practices come from long-standing spiritual traditions such as tibetan buddhism or yogic philosophy. Others are intuitively formulated or ‘given’ from the upper layers of consciousness, or from spiritual guides, if you prefer that terminology.

Since there exist many different traditions regarding working with the mind, there also exist many different conceptualizations. Much like with different religions, it is very diffcult to say whether a concept that is used by one spiritual tradition has an equivalent concept in another tradition. Making the connections across traditions requires testing their methods and making observations within a single mind, i.e., within the same testing laboratory. It also requires a lot of discussion, if we are to learn from all the traditions, and from many people.

In my view, experience in itself is a sufficient method of observing what happens in the mind. It has been customary to require external measurement devices. This is in error in my view. The mind does not yield to external measurements, not in its entirety. Even to the extend that it will eventually yield to external measuring, the first step of any new field of research is to perform qualitative research. Only later can one hope to perform quantitative research – once it has been clarified, what are the dimensions to be measured, ad what is the quantifying scale. Getting that far requires a lot of conceptual work, a lot of description of individual case studies, and of recording of individual  experiences. We are not there yet, but this is exactly the work that we must begin.

Why start a blog?

After a long period of ‘learning undercover’, I wish to start sharing what I find. There are two main reasons.

Firstly, I see a great deal of suffering everywhere in the society. People wish to change their lives for the better, but do not know how to attain the change. Therapists are costly, and spiritual traditions may not ‘fit’, or they are from a wrong culture to be acceptable. It is time that people can more efficiently learn to heal themselves.

Individuas who are able to heal themselves, will begin to heal the society as well. It is clear that our societies and the world dearly need this. We need all the hands we can get, on board, rowing for a better life for all, with every paddle and makeshift oar that can be conceived.

Secondly, I see the need for actual scientific enquiry regarding the mind from a purely internal perspective. While spiritual traditions have in the past been a suitable vehicle for transferring this kind of knowledge, currently the proper vehicle for transferring knowledge is science. We need to find ways to include examining the spiritual as part of the scientific endeavour. This requires a change, a paradigm shift in effect, in the scientifc world view. Currently the most prevalent world view amongst scientists appears to be scientific materialism. However, already quantum theory has challenged our fundamental views of what the universe is made of. We may yet need a field theory of the mind, or another conceptual framework capable of expressing ‘non-standard findings’. After all, these seem to be more and more common also among individuals with a scientific background. Conceptualizations such as ‘energy’ (as in having a lot of energy, transferring or clearing energy, or energy healing), ‘spirit’ (as in raising team spirit, or having spirit guides), ‘soul’ (as in having a connection with your own soul, working with soul retrieval, or having wounds of the soul) should not be foreign to the enquiry- rather, they need to be included in the realm that we examine and attempt to discuss scientifically.

Objectives for the blog

  1. I wish to benefit others who are working with their own mind, who wish to heal themselves, to overcome internal blocks, to change persistent personality traits, or in general to change their lives for the better, when they have previously tried in vain. To do this, I will present my own findings regarding practices that I’ve found to work particularly well.
  2. I hope to find others who have a scientific mindset and are also transforming the mind from within, to locate a suitable, open-minded and curious scientific community with the intent of learning generalizable facts about how the mind can be transformed from within. If you are like that, please let me know. I am aware that there may be such communities at least in the field of positive psychology.
  3. I look forward to having an open discussion on the findings I present. Let me call this proto-scientific endeavour of examining the mind from within.  Eventually, I hope that this attempt will pave way towards integrating this work into the activities of a suitable scientific community.

To end with a wish that is inspired by a Buddhist practice: Let all beings in all universes, realms and realities become happy, and attain enlightenment.