The movement of conditioning is involuntary. There’s not actually a person driving this mind thingy around, which is relieving. Thoughts appear spontaneously, and minds are conditioned to think. This isn’t to say that the mechanically functioning mind cannot “do certain things to itself” to exert control over its own spontaneous movements, making it rather unspontaneous, and more often than not these actions are performed unconsciously in reaction to the emotional body or in the search for a certain mind state. So, before we go further, we see that this conceptual mind thingy that we’re talking about “doesn’t actually possess any substance”, and yet, we can also observe, that there is conditioning conditioned to think along certain lines. When you get hungry, you order the pizza, because you’ve been conditioned to know how yummy it is, even if you’re trying to watch your carb intake. And so again, we’re talking conditioning now, not unconditioned consciousness which isn’t appearing here in any form. Along these lines, we may as well equate the mind with the person, or a body mind, because it is the illusory dualistic experience of the individuated aspect appearing as a separate object in consciousness which is being conditioned. This opens the conditioning up to understand things which occur internally, in the body, as opposed to just within what can feel like a bounded mechanical mind, like emotions, and bunions and stuff.
So, back to doing certain things to itself, and by this, I don’t mean playing with your twigs and berries or multi vibrating on your multi vibrators. What I mean, is things like suppression, mind state cultivation, projection, self manipulation, unconscious reactivity, meditating to get somewhere, find something, be someone, with the underlying theme being mind identified mind control. If you’re controlling yourself “in here”, you will be unconsciously projecting “out there”, which will probably manifest as some form of control issue. Now, becoming conscious of this unconscious conditioning would entail “seeing the control issue”, whether it’s the emotional body which is noticed, or, the mind exerting this control externally, say, through projection onto a loved one, or by trying to control future events in some way, and when these things are noticed, they can be owned, not through self judgment or blame, but with the gentle touch of self understanding. Its just the conditioning, and you aren’t that, but this doesn’t mean there aren’t unconscious forces at play.
As unconscious conditioning “becomes noticed”, the conditioning can then inquire into why its conditioned that way. Its not like the conditioning akchully conditions itself, but we could say, it is like the conditioning can understand itself. This sort of “becoming conscious process” isn’t really a practice, because the mind which is doing the work isn’t actually you. You are the consciousness which is simply becoming what it already is, until that mind thingy is transcended, which implies time, but there really isn’t any. Now, the question was about mind stopping itself. Again, mechanical conditioning can be geared up to do all sorts of mechanical things, and all sorts of cool experiences can happen as mind manipulates itself. Granted, it’s the external forces, teachings, what have yous which have created this self manipulation, but this doesn’t mean mind isn’t geared up to do certain things, like meditate, drive a car, eat carrots. So—mind---is conditioned to think along certain lines. We could just as easily say, mind thinks when it wants to, and doesn’t think when it doesn’t want to. If mind is meditating, and in the process is wanting to not think or feel while wanting to think or feel, wanting to become something like enlightened, or awareness, or the Self, there is a split mind practice going on, mind thinking that it shouldn’t be thinking, mind thinking that it’s a thinker in order to become not a thinker, and its not a healthy thing for mind, and its not a conscious mechanical process. Its an unconscious process, which is why we talk about becoming conscious, to close these mind splits, and to do that, we have to see them, we have to really want to see them.
And so, there is no volitional separate self or person. But, the conditioning is still conditioned to move in certain ways. These movements are involuntary, which makes the idea of blame for anything which has ever been done, in this world or any other, to you or your loved ones, by someone else or by the hand of God, nothing more than your own shadow on the pavement. This is your own dream ya know.