|Do we Use Thought, or Does Thought Use us?
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Have you ever looked meditatively into the cause-and-effect of thought, into the birth and death of thought, the cycle that creates fear and conflict with resultant sorrow?
Every expression of thought-emotion consumes psychic force, and every projection of thought drains the vital source. Each one is blessed with a specific unit of valuable life energy. Constant depletion of your energy through the mechanical activity of chronic and compulsive habit patterns is utterly stupid and in vain. Indiscriminate and ceaseless psychic activity results in energy dissipation, causes mental exhaustion and invites psychosomatic disorders.
Very few thoughts are necessary for daily living and functioning. One need not use thought when it is not necessary. Thought need not function automatically.
But now there’s no ending of thought, even when we retire to bed. Surprisingly, in sleep, too, the thought process goes on and on. The mind projects fantasies and fears. And even while asleep, it indulges in unfulfilled plans and pursuits. This wishful play of mind is constant and continuous. Living is nothing more than this chain of thoughts!
Like the pumping of the heart, the mind remains ever active throughout the lifetime, busily creating and then trying to solve conflicts. We are rarely at ease and never at fully tranquil rest. […]
You think that you use thought but I doubt it. It is thought that uses you, uses your life energy, by dominating, grabbing and dictating to it, and by possessing people and things.
Thought is a possessive, aggressive, dominant force, subduing and hindering the creative source. Realizing the limitation of thought, its exclusive pursuits and mediocre nature, mechanical habit patterns and subtle compulsions, is understanding. It is the beginning of the awakening of intuitive intelligence.
The world needs the discovery of such intelligence to experience a new-dimensional existence: a path of impersonal understanding, a way of happy and creative living, the life of freedom and peace. Meditative watchfulness generates a new insight, keeping one free, independent and whole with in, to function spontaneously as a creative being. Then within the field of human sensitivity, a new energy source will emerge. The dawn of a new impersonal intelligence shall swell and burst within the heart.
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|Do we Use Thought, or Does Thought Use us?
How do you relate to the notion of thoughts using us instead of us using thoughts? What does intuitive intelligence mean to you? Can you share a personal story that illustrates intuitive intelligence?
|Conrad P Pritscher wrote: Before I read Dada,, I thought thought uses me and I use thought. When I notice I am one with everyone and everything, I notice I think I am one with everyone and everything. I have…
|Conrad P Pritscher wrote:
After writing what I said earlier, I read this from tricycle. It applies to what Dada Is saying,
Tricycle Daily Dharma October 24, 2013 …
|A lover of Christ wrote: Interesting how you say you have not yet experienced yourself being “impersonally kind” (whatever that means) and yet you wish us (your readers) warm and KIND regards weekly. You kindly t…
|Ganoba wrote: For a long time now, I have stopped thinking. Thoughts/ideas come when there is a need to move on. They are in the form of suggestions and there is no compulsion to act associated with them. Th…
|Thierry wrote: It seems the author is speaking of the 95% of our so-called thinking which is vain, irrelevant, superficial, mechanical. The chattering mind. Yet to be aware of this chattering, of this was…
|david doane wrote: Thinking makes a fine servant and a terrible master. I’m not sure who said that — I definitely do believe it. I believe it is important that we have and use and control our thinking rath…
|a wrote: The most simple personal story I can share related to the seed question given would be: Having a history of anxiety/panic, the evil one/ill thought “uses me” periodically when I’m on the …
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