My friend Marco tells me that he's been reading and rereading the "We are what we think" post in my blog, and started to wonder what is this pure mind... He says: "Of course, it's all about that, all the books we spoke about... But, I wonder, is there a shortcut to best decribe it, achieve it.... ? Pure mind?" Marco definitely has a talent for asking me the most beautiful questions! :-) My reply:
Pure mind manifests through impeccable thoughts, impeccable speech, impeccable behavior and action. Be impeccable. This is pure mind. :-)
How to do that? It takes a lot of courage, mostly.
Watch your thoughts. Every minute. Watch your inner lanscape like you would attend a beautiful garden. Attend to it daily. Weed out any impurity. Plant the seeds for beautiful flowers (love, compassion, gratitude, etc). Water often. Weed impure things again (they grow fast). Be patient.
Your thoughts are creative. When you fear failure, you often get failure, etc. I suppose you have observed that in your life, i.e. the truth in what Buddha says in that passage.
I find the following little phrase to be a summary of all we have been talking about: "Be creative vs. reactive". Pure mind is being fresh to any situation - not reacting to it as if pre-conditioned (e.g. "what an idiot", "it is raining, how sad", "it is a woman, I will seduce her", etc). Be creative vs. reactive means be totally conscious, totally present to what-is all the time. It means fearlessness - fearless loving - courage. It is also the act of "evolving". It is also the act of realizing that, in fact, we are God, manifesting. It sort of summarizes the whole field of metaphysics, theology, religion, my blog, etc. Be creative, not reactive :-)
I would recommend that you read Tomorrow's God, or maybe start with the Conversations with God series (1, 2, 3). (It's from this author that I draw this "be creative vs. reactive" way of putting things - tons of useful distinctions there). It will inspire you.
How to best achieve pure mind? Act like a god (or a buddha, or Christ, or a cool dude, whatever you call it) until you become one. Fake it until you make it. This is called "guru yoga" in some traditions.
If you want to engage in a practice to achieve pure mind, you can try this. This is a meditation I do daily. It is one way of practising "guru yoga".
If you like that particular meditation and are open to meditating in a group and mingling with a few Buddhists, you can visit the Diamond Way Center in London: it is their main practice.
Or, I'm sure you'll find other ways to fake it until you make it! :-)"