Friday, October 18, 2013
Often when clients say, “I see that it’s thought” they feel heavier rather than lighter. They think to themselves, “what am I going to do about those thoughts? How do I get rid of them? How do I keep them from reoccurring? How am I going to manage my thinking? If I don’t do a good job my thinking will plague me!”
Conversely, when clients see that, “it’s just a thought” they invariably feel more free and more lighthearted. Seeing that it is, “just a thought” sheds light on the nature of thought. To me “just a thought” says two things about the nature of thought. “Just” suggests that thought is the only thinghappening. Your feelings, your perceptions, indeed your entire experience is exclusively coming from your thinking at that moment. It just means thought is the only thing happening. In short, thought is not a lot even though it is the very fabric of our mental lives.
“Just” also means to me that thought is not a big deal. It’s just thought. It’s not made of concrete or kryptonite. It is more like a feather, a cloud...
Friday, November 16, 2012
Three universal principles explain the thinking process: Mind, Consciousness and Thought. Simply put, Mind is the energy of life -- the fact that we are alive. Thought is our ability to create forms or ideas from that energy. Consciousness is our ability to experience what we think as real. In other words, we are born thinking. We think our way through life. We see life through our thoughts as we go. And the quality of our thinking -- how we see things moment-to-moment -- determines the quality of our lives.
Awakening to those Three Principles sets people free from attachment to the contents of any particular thinking with the knowledge that thoughts naturally come and go. It frees people to see their state of mind, their felt response to perceived reality, as an indicator of the moment-to-moment quality of their thinking. A stressed or negative feeling state or state of mind produces a low mood and increasing tension, a feeling of insecurity, or dis-ease. That feeling warns us to allow our thinking to quiet. As people learn to trust their state of mind as a guide through life, they catch themselves earlier and...