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

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Whole Lot of Thinking Going On

Any thought, ever thought, still exists. So it is said. When you think about it, it certainly makes sense. What is a thought? “Where does it go?” We know through electronics that very weak signals can be amplified. Astronomers are receiving the faintest of emanations from the instant of creation. We’ve discovered that creation, the universe, is expanding. What is driving that expansion? Maybe the force of thought. There's nothing new about thinking about thinking, as the following history demonstrates:

Heraclitus (535-475 BCE) Greek philosopher studied change. “The only constant is change,” and “You can not step into the same river twice.”

Epictetus (55-135 CE) Greek Stoic philosopher. “Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them,” and “Suffering arises from trying to control the uncontrollable.”

Shakespeare (Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 1) “...for there is nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so.”

George Berkeley (1685-1753) philosopher and empiricist. “The only thing we can perceive are our own perceptions.”

John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) Economist. “When someone persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?”

Emmet Fox (1886-1951) Minister, author, mystic. “People are trying to change outer conditions but leaving their consciousness unchanged, and it cannot be done.”

John Wheeler (1911-2008) Physicist, coined term “black hole.” “We inhabit a cosmos made real in part by our own observations...our observations influence the universe at the most fundamental levels.”

Charles Fillmore (1854-1948) American philosopher and mystic. “Our mind, body, and affairs are the expression of your thoughts, so, if you are unhappy, change your mental habits.”

Michael Beckwith (1952-) “You can begin to shape your own destiny by the attitude that you keep.”

This is just a sample of the repository of thoughts waiting for our access, whenever we’re ready.

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