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

Monday, October 17, 2016

A Reminder

In these tense times, it is good to remember the basic:

IT is all connected.
It IS all connected.
It is ALL connected.
It is all CONNECTED.

Friday, September 30, 2016

We've Always Done It THAT Way...

Thoughts That Go Bump in the Night explores concepts that are often novel, obvious, subtle, and sometimes mysterious.  The whole arena of habituation is the basis for Habits, Patterns, and Thoughts That Go Bump in the Night.  This video, highlighting an experiment in social conditioning, further demonstrates the subtle ways habituation can drive decisions and behavior. The old saw "we've always done it that way" had roots in something.  The something may or may not have been valid, useful, meaningful, etc.  But, there was a something that was established as a norm, and members of the community (be it tribe, party, faith, race, etc.) were trained to follow it.

The good news, of course, is that the process of habituation is continual and neutral, and with awareness, more effective and productive routines can be established.  But, you get an idea how entrenched belief systems can be established.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

Thoughts That Go BUMP in the Night

Take a dozen minutes and enjoy the exquisite clarity and logic Graham Hancock brings to bear on history and contemporary thinking.

I've read most of Hancock's books.  They resonate.  

Sunday, September 11, 2016

DUH! The Factor.

As the day progressed I realized that the more I thought about “it” the angrier I felt.  The transgression by a family member was irritating and somewhat irksome, yet the more I “thought” about the situation, 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.
The Duh! Factor at work

“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.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

The Magic Word!

LASACT folks -  if the slides for The Magic Word are not available from the conference website, send me an email and I will send you a pdf file.

Thanks for attending.  It was a great gathering.  If you'd like the book, click on the cover at right - "Habits, Patterns, and Thoughts That Go Bump in the Night" to order.


For those who may want more information about the Complaint Free challenge, here's a short video by Brian Johnson that gives a great summary of Will Bowen's book and challenge.

MORE!  Here's the LINK to how the Magic Word was discovered.