The Art of Thinking.
Thoughts and thinking are not the same. Thinking is analysing or reasoning in the present, whereas thoughts are products of past thinking or programming, which are stored in the mind.
Thinking can either open the mind, connecting the dots and setting us free now, or it can create even greater fixated thoughts for the future, which drive us crazy!
In meditation, we first free ourselves from the present thinking mind and past thoughts. When our practice is stable, we then allow thoughts to arise, without grasping at them, as they no longer affect us. This helps with mingling meditation with daily life.
At a more advanced level, we can practise analytical meditation, when we either scan the mind for past data or experiences, or allow thoughts or thinking to be an expression of emptiness: thinking is merely recognition at this stage.
Thoughts are pre-conceived ideas from the past, whereas thinking is analysing that data – or lack of data. We should be aware that our thoughts may be subliminal programming that we have picked up!
The Art of Thinking is a matter of viewing information without bias.
We need to be able to lay all options on an imaginary table in front of us, without either accepting or rejecting anything. Then we wait to see what joins up, allowing an underlying principle to complete the picture. Then thinking becomes recognition!
This impartial objectivity is neither accepting or rejecting information. If we do we fall into the trap of accepting and rejecting, we come under the laws of hope and fear – the laws of attraction and repulsion. We can then be misled, which brings us to the next factor.
Information that we receive may be presented with two contradictory aspects at the same time, in order to deceive and confuse. In all media, arguments are presented for and against: alternative views are fed to us unconsciously, from a conscious source. It’s bit like the moon landing…did they land, or was it a fake setup…or was it both? This merely keeps people speculating.
This keeps the mind bouncing from one to the other, not knowing, but guessing. The object is to unsettle the mind, to distract it: this is psychology at work. The use of phrases such as “As cool as a mountain stream” to describe a cigarette is a case in point – and, of course, this is still going on today, but with greater refinement.
If we are too quick to jump to one conclusion or another without pure perception, we will be deceived. Thinking can either clarify, or add to our confusion.
The underlying principle of
The Art of Thinking
In Recognition, we know.