Choose between Being, Doing and Becoming

Mental Modes

Get to know conscious innervation, part 5

Laust Lauridsen, MD
4 min readJul 31, 2020


The brain is a physical structure with a vast network of neurons, which can learn and be trained by forming new connections and circuits. The mind is more volatile with no physical presence and cannot be trained in the same way as the brain. Instead, we can set the mind in a certain mental mode.

Depending on the focus, the mind can be in three different modes: Being, Doing and Becoming. Being is the basic mode underlying the two others. Doing is mostly unconscious and automatic, but can also be conscious and will-controlled. Becoming is associated with intentional change, moving from possibility to actuality, from imagination to realization.

We can only focus on one mode at the time. When focused on doing, we are also becoming, but with little direction and intensity. When focused on becoming, we are still doing, but with less attention and accuracy. In the being mode, ideally, there is no focus on doing and becoming.

Being, doing and becoming are the natural modes of the mind. In the being mode, we heal and recreate, in doing mode we react and adapt, in becoming mode we create and evolve. By deliberately shifting between the modes, we can shape our brains and the world around us and — over time — our lives as we want. In all three modes, we can be either conscious or unconscious. When we are consciously present in one mode, we are unconscious about the two others.

Being — heal and recreate

Being is effortless; it can be mindless, mindful or ‘mindfree’. Mindless being is when we are asleep, daydreaming or unconscious in other ways. Mindful being is when we are present without participating, commenting or judging. Mindfree being is the enlightened state of pure consciousness, where even the observer position has vanished.

Being is the mode of healing and recreation. Here we can experience not only freedom of choice, but also freedom from choice. Physiologically, it is the resting state dominated by the parasympathetic nervous system. In sleep, it is the non-REM phase with slow brain wave patterns. In meditation, it is a thought-free period of stillness and oneness.



Laust Lauridsen, MD

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