The weather man is able to forecast upcoming weather due to his skill in observing a certain pattern the weather takes. Similarly a fisherman can tell through his own experience where and when is the appropriate time to fish so as to maximize his catch. Having skills, irrespective whatever area of interest, is a blessing as it derives benefit of wellbeing to the beholder. By having skills, one does not need to go through unnecessary trials and errors to arrive at a certain result.
Skills can be derived either through personal experience or through learning what others have experienced. The former may not necessary be found within everyone as a certain level of wisdom is required for one to learn and rectify mistakes, else it may be taken as failure and giving up can be its result. Whereas the latter can be relatively an easier journey to take on since it does not involves trials and errors and mistakes are easily pointed out and understood through logical reasoning.
In short, everything has its own peculiar and unique pathway, which when given time, can be easily recognizable, only if one takes the interest to understand its mechanics behind the processes. The mind too is of no exception. One can learn about the mind through personal introspection of each moment of occurrences without any prior knowledge – deriving personal understanding and realization from it; or through a certain set of information that he has acquired from elsewhere and using that knowledge he applies it to the mind to derive its result.
There are many skills we can acquired from life – yet, rarely do we see the importance of learning about the mind. Probably it could be due to lack of information and understanding that the mind is the forerunner of everything, if that is what you don’t already know. To have the know-how of the mind is essentially a must as most of our happiness or misery are derived directly from it though seemingly we are been given the impression and experience that it is because of something out there that is causing us to feel a certain way.
The more we investigate the mind instead of chasing after the experiences of the world, we come to get a better glimpse of how, or the way we relate to the world is what we experience from the world. The source is within the mind. As an analogy, when we look at the mirror we tend to forget that the image in the mirror is merely a reflection of what is looking at the mirror – the mirror is only doing its job of reflection just as the mind is merely doing its work in projecting the innate qualities to the world. When we don’t like the world we are in fact complaining about the qualities that is already inherent within the mind, forgetting that the source has never left us. Hence to begin learning about the mind is the source of happiness to ourselves and also a way of freedom from the bondage of ignorance.