Friday, December 18, 2009

Beyond Reactive Thinking

Traditionally, a highly dynamic mind has been considered intelligent, inquisitive and profitable. But with the advocacy of ongoing neuroscientific, cognitive psychology and consciousness studies researches, the tendency towards “educating our minds” is been increasingly accepted.
The process of thinking is more and more acknowledged as a voluntary, intentional quality of our kind.
Thus, compulsive, or even helplessly hyperactive minds are considered to be a sign of untamed subconsciousness or dormant consciousness.

“As it is, I would say about 80 to 90 percent of most people's thinking is not only repetitive and useless, but because of its dysfunctional and often negative nature, much of it is also harmful. Observe your mind and you will find this to be true. It causes a serious leakage of vital energy.” 1

Helplessly hyperactive minds are a source of high level of stress. A forever talkative mind leaves very less space for purposeful and focused thinking, interferes with concentration and diverts attention.

“Thinking and consciousness are not synonymous. Thinking is only a small aspect of consciousness. Thought cannot exist without consciousness, but consciousness does not need thought.
Enlightenment means rising above thought, not falling back to a level below thought, the level of an animal or a plant. In the enlightened state, you still use your thinking mind when needed, but in a much more focused and effective way than before. You use it mostly for practical purposes, but you are free of the involuntary internal dialogue, and there is inner stillness. Only in that way is it possible to think creatively, because only in that way does thought have any real power. Thought alone, when it is no longer connected with the much vaster realm of consciousness, quickly becomes barren, insane, destructive”.2

The art of deliberate thinking

With the fast developing of science, the understanding of the mind processes has extensively advanced. The role of “mind over matter” is now more accepted with the introduction of new evidences. Reality as we perceive it is said to be not only affected by “the observer”; but also created by a complex process that involves high states of consciousness and thinking. 3

There are experiments that attest that our consciousness influences others, material goods, and our future in a co creative manner. 4 It does not matter if we believe in this fact, it still happens whether we believe in it or not. 5
That is the premises of the so called “Law of attraction”, which was introduced as early as 1902, by the physicist John Ambrose Fleming, and continued all the way through history until present days.

The number of statements is large, and the contemporary counsel show a regular trend towards training the mind to be the tool it was originally meant to be. By an endless number of methods and systems, the mind can be re-educated to be purposeful and disciplined in the pursuit of a higher level of intelligence. That is to raise the level of awareness by means of a more effective use of the mental processes.

1,2 Tolle, Eckhart. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightment. New World Library, 1999.

3 Greene Brian. The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality. Penguin Books, 2004.

4 The Institute of Noetic Sciences and Captured Light Industries. What the Bleep Do We Know!?: Study Guide and Manual for Navigating Rabbit Holes.

5 M. Bristol Claude. The Magic of Believing, 1948.

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