The Thoughts That Grow

 

Thoughts grow over time, the more that you think them. Beliefs that are held over the course of years can grow to appear quite large. The structures of your beliefs are changeable, however—no matter how real they’ve managed to become.

Reality can seem quite implacable when one is faced with its undesirable aspects. You create your reality through your beliefs—you must look past the seeming concrete-ness of the “facts,” therefore, to your personal beliefs that attracted those “facts” in the first place.

When I say “facts,” I generally mean “truths about reality.” One’s personal beliefs can be hard to discern at times, since they appear in one’s experience first as basic truths about reality.

“Women are the more compassionate sex.” ‘“The government is corrupt, and means us harm.” “I’m more intellectual than I am athletic.” These are some examples of personal beliefs that tend to be treated as “facts,” when really, they’re only thoughts—thoughts that are then overly stressed, until they narrow down your awareness to perceive only the evidence that fits in with them.

You create these “facts” in the first place, as you create your reality as a whole. You must remind yourself of this with some persistence if you really wish to improve the nature of your experience.

Thoughts have an electromagnetic reality, and they grow as you persist in thinking them. A certain thought, repeated, will attract other thoughts and physical events that are similar to it. When you realize that your reality is yours to create, you can step back from the habitual flow of thinking, and choose anew which train of thought you’d like to entertain at any given moment. When you remember that your present experience is ALWAYS a reflection of your personal thoughts and beliefs, you naturally feel a greater sense of well-being, because these thoughts and beliefs are yours alone, to support or abandon, as your desire dictates.

Buddhists are fond of abandoning thinking altogether, in favor of a sunny, clear sky of pure experience, with no actual opinions one way or another about it. This tendency can be quite beneficial to those who wish to take a step back from the endless stream of human thought—they are then able to observe how those thoughts color their experience. Pursuing this clear, thoughtless state can prove troublesome, however —you are a MIND, as well as a body and a spirit, and thoughts are as much a natural part of you as your cells are.

Physicists are already beginning to notice how consciousness not only colors one’s physical experience, but helps create the phenomenon of ‘experience’ in the first place. You can have a much richer, more enjoyable experience by growing thoughts yourself, with the conscious intention that you will improve your reality.

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Howl was born in the wastes north of Hithlum, where only beasts and witches dare roam. He was raised by two old hags, Tabby and Wiles, who had an unhealthy fascination towards the literary arts. Howl now resides in a well-furnished cave off South Rim Trail, complete with an old iBook and Wi-Fi.

Comments

  1. Daniel says:

    Dear Howl,

    I like this a lot. Last summer, I actually had a very long debate with my dad that went around in circles about “facts.” I told him I didn’t believe in facts as containing the essence or substances that they are presumed to hold. He didn’t like this answer. He retorted by saying that without facts life, society, we couldn’t exist. But “facts,” I think are as you say. They are “truths about reality.” It’s noteworthy that “truths” is plural, because there is a plurality of “truths” constantly at play. People who then identify their subjective “truths” as being “facts,” then have a hard time adapting, and as you say “they narrow down your awareness.” It creates walls and boundaries, not just by compartmentalizing one’s own mind, but by also creating rigid separations with the “other.”

    As concerns the Buddhists with their pursuit of no-thought, I think it might be unnatural to think of thoughts as having the capacity to be non-existent, because ironically even the most skilled meditator can come to a place during meditation where she or he thinks “I’m not having thoughts.” That is a thought.

    What I think is natural is the variability of thoughts, truths and facts, through which we should frolic like trout in a stream.

    -D