Thoughts on Thinking

"When somebody persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes

"If you're unhappy with your life, change your thinking." Charles Fillmore

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." Eckhart Tolle

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." Epictetus

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

"Consciousness is a terrible thing to waste." PunditGeorge

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Power of Perception. Part One.



“You never miss your water until the well runs dry.”

That adage contains a wealth of knowledge.  As a parable, it informs a simple fact that can be further explored, the extent of which is limited only by the explorer.  The usual interpretation of the adage is to avoid taking for granted something important or essential.  To take for granted would mean to neglect or not cultivate.

Just behind that awareness is a profound observation:  Everything has an opposite.  Often referenced as polarity, there are “two sides to every coin” and so on.  Thus we learn that it is natural for opposites to exist.  Up, down; back, forward; high, low; good, bad; wet, dry; pretty, ugly; gentle, rough...you get the idea.

It is how such insight is used that’s important.  Everything exists as a scale with opposites separated by infinite degrees.  Temperature is a good example.  Where, on a thermometer, does “hot” end and “cold” begin?  That’s not how it works.  For temperature, it’s a matter of atomic activity.  The greater the movement (frequency) the greater heat is produced.  The slower the movement (frequency) the less heat is produced.  In our daily experience we’re fully aware of temperature and its scale.

Love and hate are the same emotion.  Where, on the scale, does hate end and love begin?  It’s a matter of degree and the higher the degree (frequency) the better the feeling (love.)  And the opposite for what is called hate. 

Wealth and poverty.  Poverty is the absence of what constitutes wealth.  What constitutes wealth is relative to culture, but its absence is universal.  Where on the scale does poverty begin and wealth end?  There are degrees of wealth and degrees of poverty.  The measure is elastic; in the USA “poverty” is a very good standard of living in much of the world.  The degree is determined by its frequency – lower becoming more poverty and vice versa.  Opposites exist and will always – that’s the way the universe works – and is why Jesus commented that the poor will always be present.

Ebb and flow; back and forth; light, dark; sharp, dull; flat, round...the list goes on and on.  This is the breathing of the universe.  Everything is in motion, nothing is static and a condition’s frequency determines its nature.  Evolution is a study of this process.  Evolution seeks to understand the movement from a lesser state (lower frequency) to a higher state (higher frequency.)  A lower state of vibration is more dense than a higher state.  Frequency determines how a thing is expressed.  Water is the supreme example.  At its low frequency water molecules move slowly and is expressed as ice.  At a higher movement water flows as liquid.  At even higher frequency water zips around as vapor.  Regardless of its expression, water is still water.

This is a fair analogy to describing the human experience.  The human evolution is generally regarded as the process of moving away from a basic animalistic foundation towards a more dynamic “human” state.  Since we are always in the process, the highest manifestation is unknowable.  We do, however, know about the lower expressions.  Water exists in three forms, all possible three-dimensional expressions at the same time.  So with humans.

Let us ascribe to water, consciousness.  The consciousness of ice may not comprehend liquid water or vapor.  Liquid water may be aware of ice but realizes it is liquid and flows.  It may or may not comprehend vapor.  Vapor, from its higher frequency position, is aware of both ice and liquid.

 Is water self-aware?  Who knows.  Humans are.  Many animals appear to be.  Even sub-atomic particles demonstrate a degree of awareness in a strange instantaneous communication that Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.”  Yet always there is polarity, yin/yang and all of that.  For every thing there is a scale, consisting of infinite degrees, that constitutes perceptual reality.  Perception, then, becomes important.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

FREEDOM!



By tradition we celebrate the Republic on July 4, the date when the document declaring independence was adopted.  Our great experiment continues to confound history.  From the get-go was the debate over primacy – the individual or the government.  The principal factor in the debate is creation of wealth, another way of stating standard of living.  Wealth is created by individuals, We, the people.  Government cannot create anything.  It must take what others create.  In our Republic, this is taxation – a touchy issue that created the House of Representatives and its responsibility to originate all spending bills.  The structure is good.  As always, implementation is the key.


Attitude is everything.  Let’s look at two prevailing attitudes:

1.  Unless it is stated in the regulations, you can’t do it.
2.  Unless it is prohibited in the regulations, you can do it.

Which do you prefer?  In the former, one must have permission to do something.  In the latter, freedom of action is the norm unless specifically prohibited.

Our Republic was established on the latter although through the decades great amounts of personal freedom have  been surrendered to the government.  Once upon a time, travel by flying was a delight and airports were happy places.  And, once upon a time government did not recognize, or impeded, your inalienable rights.  The machinery to amend the Constitution has been used to correct instances where government prohibited or limited freedom for many people.

It is attitude that rules.  There are people on this July 4th who are in mental and emotional bondage.  Rather than enjoy their lives and share that joy with others (a rising tide lifts all boats) they instead dwell upon the “wrongs” and injustices of long ago.  Quite literally, that was then.  A different people, a different world-view, a different perspective from that of the present.  This is now.  Do you wish to be free?  Do you wish to be controlled by others?  The beauty is that you have the freedom and ability to do either.  I would encourage freedom – living in the present and making the present the most enjoyable moment.  (Hint:  There is only one moment, now.  There’s no such animal as past and future as far as experience goes.)

Those who get it, get it.  Those who don’t, can’t.  It took me a long time to fully grasp that.  Yet it’s true.  The Law of Attraction is the example.  Those who understand the Law of Attraction benefit from that knowledge.  There are people who deny that there is such a thing as the Law of Attraction.  It is the working of that law that helps convince such folks that there is no such thing.  Like attracts like, and if one thinks there is no such thing, then evidence of no such thing will come forth.

There are many unhappy people on this Fourth of July.  That is sad.  Let’s help them by having a rollicking good time celebrating freedom and all that is joyous.  You don’t have to convince anyone of anything (because you can’t) but you can demonstrate your joy in Life.  Perhaps, after a while, they’ll get curious.  Once curious, here’s a great place to get some information on how to live happier.

So celebrate!

And, yes, it is quite the right and proper thing to appreciate what a group of amazingly thoughtful men did for us.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Reminder of How it Works.


Thus the self-defeating language of "I've GOT to lose weight," or "I MUST eat less," or...well, you get the idea.  Just as you instinctively RESIST being ordered, so do the cells in your body system.  Think the thought of what you WANT - which is to feel good.  See previous post below.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Think What You Want.



I must lose weight!  I’ve got to cut down on (fill in the blank.) I can’t continue doing (something you like)!  I ought to spend more time (doing this or that)!  I should (fill in the blank.)   Or, some version of  “breaking or beating old habits.”  How do you feel having such thoughts (intentions?)

If someone comes up to you and says “You’ve got to do this!” what’s the first thing that goes through your mind?  Your immediate reaction:  The hell I do!” you think.  You didn’t have to work at it.  As soon as those dreadful words “got to” were hurled, you immediately, instinctively, resisted them.  A bit of anger flared at the same instant for protection, didn’t it?  You were prepared to defend your freedom and identity.  That’s part of what makes us human.  Now, where it gets dicey is when this instinctive reaction is directed not at some external threat, but at yourself.

You react to your own thinking in the same way you react to the words spoken by another.  If you think to yourself words such as must, got to, can’t, should, ought, then you  risk resisting yourself.   That resistance becomes your point of attention rather than what you desire.  In a fight against yourself, you lose.

So what to do?  First, practice thinking and speaking to yourself as you would want others to speak to you.  Second, speak and think about what you desire, what you want, rather than what you lack or what your fear.

This is a good time to practice what you want.  Re-consider your intentions.  For example – “I must get up earlier each morning,” or “I must go to bed earlier each night.”  The issue is time.  How about:  “I desire to have all the time I need to do what I choose to do.”

“I can’t eat my treats, I must lose weight.”  The issue – comfort with self.  How about:  “I enjoy everything I eat and everything I eat nourishes my healthy body.”

And, a big one:  “I can’t worry so much.”  The issue – worry makes me feel badly about something I can’t control.  How about:  “Life is Good.  There is Good for all.  I enjoy thinking about Goodness.”

The bottom line is that you select the words you use to speak with yourself.  Are you clearly communicating what you desire?  Or, the tricky part, are you giving more attention to what you don’t want?  Law of Attraction means “ask and you will receive.”  Whatever you’re giving attention is asking.  You have a lot of control over your life experience, afterall.




Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The More I Thought About IT, The Angrier I Got!



You know how it goes!  As the day progressed, I realized that the more I thought about “it” the angrier I felt.  The transgression by a co-worker was irritating and somewhat irksome, yet the more I “thought” about the minor offense, the stronger I felt about it.  About that time the “Duh!” factor came forth to reveal the formula for creating emotional mountains out of mole hills.

The Duh Factor is that moment when we can see the forest and the trees; that happy moment when mentally we gain a splash of perspective on what we’ve been doing and how it directly affects what we experience.  “The more I thought about it (the initial offense) the angrier I felt (really, really pissed after tossing all night!)”  Duh.



Why not spend the same amount of mental energy (and burned calories) thinking about something good or desired rather than on something negative or unwanted?  Duh illuminates self-evident truths:  The more one thinks about something, the greater the emotional response to the thought.  Thinking, once again, is the important activity.

“So what are you saying, George?  That if I think goody Pollyanna thoughts my life will be a bed of roses, red wine, dark chocolate, hot rolls and butter?”  If you like roses, red wine, dark chocolate, hot rolls and butter you’re more likely to experience them if you think about them rather than thinking about that foul tempered so-and-so who you know is plotting against you.

American mystic and philosopher Charles Fillmore once wrote that thoughts held in mind produce after their own kind.  The more I thought about it, the angrier I felt.  Well, I have proved that.  It is true, simple, self-evident and undeniable.  Duh.

The tricky part is becoming more aware of how I am thinking and to consciously choose the activity of my mind.  I might want to fuss and fight, and thus so think.  But if that’s not how I really want to spend my time, then I am free to think according to what I want.  I know, having demonstrated, that the more I think about something, the stronger  the associated feeling.