- Jeder Mensch hegt täglich ~60.000 Gedanken.
- 98% des Gedankenguts läuft unbewusst ab.
- 95% des Gedankenguts ist von gestern oder vorgestern.
- Durchschnittlich 80% der Gedanken sind negativ gepolt.
- Gedanken sind ihrem Wesen nach unpersönlich. Sie kommen nicht aus dem SELBST.
- Die Gedankeninhalte des Körpers, des Gemüts, des Verstandes, des Selbstes, sind weltliche Erzeugnisse.
- Gedankenbilder treten spontan auf. Sie werden nicht durch persönliche Entscheidung gewählt.
- Gedanken sind das Ergebnis von Verknüpfungen ideenreicher und gefühlsgeladener Programme.
- Der Mensch ist lediglich Zeuge, Erfahrender und Beobachter von Gedanken und Empfindungen.
Gedanken sind wie fliegende Fische
Hawkins verwendet die Analogie von fliegenden Fischen, die aus dem Meer herausspringen, um zu erklären, wie Gedanken aus einem Substrat, dem stillen Feld unterhalb der Denkschwelle, auftauchen.
"Gedanke A" verursacht nicht den "Gedanken B", der nicht den "Gedanken C" verursacht und so weiter. Jeder Gedanke taucht von selbst auf, ohne vom vorhergehenden Gedanken verursacht worden zu sein.
Hawkins empfiehlt, sich auf das stille Substrat zu fokussieren. Dies ist auch ohne Weiteres möglich, während man seinen Alltagspflichten nachgeht.
Zitate zum Thema Gedanken und Denken / Thoughts and thinking
Zitate von D. Hawkins
- Um die Herrschaft der Mentalinhalte zu brechen, muss man die Illusion beseitigen, dass Gedanken persönlich seien, dass sie irgendeinen Wert hätten, zum eigenen Selbst gehörten oder aus diesem hervorgingen. OU Das All-sehende Auge, S. 154, 2005
- Normalerweise ist der Versuch vergeblich, Gedanken zu unterdrücken oder den Verstand zur Ruhe zu zwingen, wenn man nicht auch seine Motivation und Gewinn entfernt. Man kann seine motivierenden Wurzeln identifizieren und preisgeben. Anschließend ist es überraschenderweise möglich, die Entscheidung zu treffen: "Denke einfach an nichts!" Dies wird ermöglicht, indem man sich auf die unendliche Stille ausrichtet, aus der Denkend-Sein aufsteigt, das nicht zwischen, sondern unmittelbar vor dem Aufsteigen von Gedanken angesiedelt ist. FU Erleuchtung ist möglich. Wie man die Ebenen des Bewusstseins durchschreitet, Kapitel 13 "Vernunft", S. 256-257, 2008
Quotes by D. Hawkins
- Each thought actually arises out of nothingness, or the blank field of silent mind, and is not, as presumed caused by a preceding thought. Source unknown
- To quiet the mind, certain motives have to be surrendered and relinquished to God:
- The desire to think
- The desire for the pleasure of thinking
- The comfort of the guarantee of the continuation of one's existence.
- Question: There must be some tools to assist in lessening the hold of the ego.
Answer: Ideation persists because it is valued. Notice that everyone has an opinion on everything. Notice that all thoughts are merely pontifications. Everyone is enamored of their own thoughts and ideas, even though they are worthless. The Eye of the I From Which Nothing Is Hidden, S. 180, 2001
- In reality, nothing thoughts say about oneself or other people have any reality. All statements are fallacious and represent programming and positionalities. There are also positive statements about one's worth, merit, or value that are equally based on fiction. The true Self is invisible and has no characteristics by which it can be judged. It has no describable qualities nor can it be the subject of any adjectives at all. The Self merely 'is' and is beyond verbs, adverbs, and adjectives. It does not even 'do' anything. I. Reality and Subjectivity, S. 25, 2003
- To let go of the thinking, therefore, seems frightening because it is also seen as the main tool of survival; plus it is 'me'. As 'me' it is viewed as unique, personal, and precious, and it constitutes the main data base of identification of 'who I am'. […] The fear of loss of the self-identity brings up resistance. As we get closer to the discovery of the source of the ego's tenacity, we make the amazing critical discovery that we are enamored with our self. I. Reality and Subjectivity, chapter 3 "Spiritual Purification", S. 40, 2003
Naturlandstiftung Saar, Saarbrücken, Germany
- Viewed from Reality, thoughts are actually an 'out there'. Although it may sound amazing, they can be totally dispensed with because they interfere with the achievement of true happiness. I. Reality and Subjectivity, chapter "Spiritual Purification", S. 41, 2003
- If we explore the relationship between mentalization and the brain using consciousness research techniques already described, we find confirmation that thoughts exist independently of the brain. [...]
Like a radio that converts unseen energy waves into intelligible sound, the brain is a receiver instrument of the energies of thought forms. Thus the attractor fields of the nonlinear domain of consciousness influence many 'minds' and brains simultaneously. Like an unseen radio transmitter, the attractor field radiates a field which is accessible to those instruments with which it has concordance. (Note that the mechanism is concordance and not causality.)
A calibrated level of consciousness then exists as an independent field that contains concordant thought forms attuned to the 'frequency' of that attractor field. The field therefore sustains, supports and gives a 'home' to similar thought forms. If an individual mind attunes to that level of consciousness, the field then tends to potentiate the emergence of associated thoughts. This may result in the phenomenon of entrainment as the associated emotions increase the energy of alignment and commitment to the field and its personification as 'me'.
Thus, we see great masses of people emoting and behaving in concert as though hypnotized. I. Reality and Subjectivity, S. 215, 2003
- Unless requested, thought is a vanity, an endless procession of opinion, rationalization, reprocessing, evaluated, and subtle judgement judgement by which the thougts are given value or importance via presumed significance because they are 'mine'. […] lt is confrontative to the intrinsic vanity of the ego to accept that unless requested to solve problems, its mentalizations are superfluous and of no intrinsic worth or value. Transcending the Levels of Consciousness. The Stairway to Enlightenment, S. 233-234, 2006
- With this [spiritual] orientation, processing of information becomes increasingly more contextual and general rather than particular, and there is less mental vocalization and languaging. This evolves into the capacity to 'realize' and 'know', without thinkingness. The subjective experiential quality of holding a purring cat or encountering a dog's wagging tail does not require thinking or mentalization at all. Instead, one just 'gets' what the whole situation is about because of the progressive capacity for the discernment of essence rather than mentalized perception. By this process, it eventually becomes quite clear that everything 'just is as it is', and 'what' it is, is its 'meaning. Transcending the Levels of Consciousness. The Stairway to Enlightenment, S. 338, 2006
- When looking at the exact mechanics, we see that what we hold in mind begins to manifest on the physical plane because it is the mind that has the power. Even a relatively neutral thought can have major consequences. For example, one has the thought, "I think I will go to Hawaii." That one thought now energizes one's finances and determineswhat one is going to do over the next six months to get ready for the trip. The thought held in mind now determines what one does with their money. Healing and Recovery, chapter 2 "Assisting Healing", S. 54, 2009
- It is an interesting experiment to find out where we think we really experience a thought. Most people think it is in their heads, but that is the thought about a thought. If we ask them to now let go of any belief about where they think they are experiencing a thought and instead point to exactly where a thought is being experienced - the radical truth of where the phenomenon is occurring – they learn that there is no particular place that thoughtness occurs. All they can say is that thoughtness is occurring, and they have an awareness of the thoughtness, but they cannot put their finger on where it could possibly be – no particular place where it is being experienced in a general overall way. Healing and Recovery, chapter 9 "Worry, Fear and Anxiety", S. 264, 2009
- The common fantasy is "I" experience things in my head. Actually, we do not experience them in the head. Where do we experience a thought? We experience a thought nowhere; there is no specific location or space in which we experience a thought. The nature of consciousness is that it has no particular form; it is without form. Its content is with form, but the field of consciousness itself is like space, having no particular locality. Healing and Recovery, chapter 10 "Pain and Suffering", S. 302, 2009
- Once we understand the power of the mind and the nature of thought, we begin to realize that one of the principles of consciousness is that we are subject only to what we hold in mind. This one sentence is the key to the healing of all illnesses, pain, and suffering. We are subject only to what we hold in mind. The mind is extraordinarily powerful. Healing and Recovery, S. 313, 2009
- A source of regret and loss is the unrealistic expectations of self and others. Nothing in the world of form is permanent. Eventually, all has to be surrendered to the will of God. To succeed at surrendering, it is neccessary to realize that God's will is not personalized to suit individual wishes. The will of God is really the karmic design of the entire universe. To surrender to God's will is to surrender to the truth that nothing other than the Ultimate Reality is permanent. All that arises in form passes away. A loss is an opportunity to become freed from an attachment. Along the Path to Enlightenment. 365 Reflections from David R. Hawkins, edited by Scott Jeffrey, Reflection of August 24th, Hay House, January 2011
- The ego is the imaginary doer behind thought and action. Its presence is firmly believed to be necessary and essential for survival. The reason is that the ego’s primary quality is perception, and as such, it is limited by the paradigm of supposed causality. Dissolving the Ego, Realizing the Self. Contemplations from the Teachings of David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., edited by Scott Jeffrey, chapter 1, S. 7, quote 1, Hay House, August 2011
- Thinking proceeds from lack; its purpose is gain.
In wholeness, nothing is lacking. All is complete, total, and whole. There is nothing to think about, nor any motive to think. No questions arise, and no answers are sought or needed. Totality is complete, totally fulfilling, with no incompleteness to process. Dissolving the Ego, Realizing the Self. Contemplations from the Teachings of David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., edited by Scott Jeffrey, S. 40, quote 2, Hay House, August 2011
Pink-wing flying fish taking off
- Ninety-nine percent of the mind is already silent and without linear content. Only one percent is active (as proven by consciousness calibration research), but that one percent is the focus of attention. Note by close observation that each thought arises from a silent, clear field of energy that is the source of thinkignness, ideas, and images. it does not arise, as the mind presumes, as a result of linear causation. On the contrary each thought arises independently of all the others', like flying fish soaring out of the ocean. The ocean is like the silent, primary, a priori condition of the mind and thoughts. The concept that they are somehow caused or meaningfully correlated is actually a superimposed afterthought. Each flying fish arises independently of the others out of a primordial stillness. Dissolving the Ego, Realizing the Self. Contemplations from the Teachings of David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., edited by Scott Jeffrey, S. 101-102, Hay House, August 2011
- There is an energy in the mind that is constantly creating a stream of thoughts. You watch what is going through consciousness, like goldfish through a bowl. The thoughts are the goldfish, but YOU are the water. The unenlightened person thinks, "I am the goldfish; I am my thoughts; I am this worry; I am this fear; I am this regret." You begin to identify where consciousness is. Consciousness is what is witnessing these thoughts. Thoughts are flowing through consciousness, and consciousness itself is invisible and has no form. You begin to identify with the observer instead of that which is observed. Dissolving the Ego, Realizing the Self. Contemplations from the Teachings of David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., edited by Scott Jeffrey, S. 103, last quote, Hay House, August 2011
- To bypass and transcend the seductive attraction of the content of stream-of-consciousness thinkingness, humility about its importance quickly reveals the following: that without the projection of value, 99 percent of thoughts are just plain boring and platitudinous. Disenchantment with them diminishes their attraction by withdrawal of interest. The other illusion is that attention to thoughts is necessary to survival, whereas in reality, survival is up to the Self.
With sharp focus, it becomes apparent that thoughts can be relinquished earlier and earlier in the process of their emergence and formation. With continued focus and relinquishment of their entertainment value, they will slowly disappear as recognizable forms and subside to just being a transitory urge to think. The gratification of this impulse can be refused. By doing so, it becomes amazingly apparent that one thinks only as a consequence of desiring to do so, and that thoughts and images only have imaginary value.
The discovery that one is really the source of thinkingness reveals that one is not really the victim of the mind, but rather the originator of the phenomenon by virtue of intention and desire. Dissolving the Ego, Realizing the Self. Contemplations from the Teachings of David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., edited by Scott Jeffrey, S. 104/105, last quote, Hay House, August 2011
- Every thought has a payoff or you wouldn't have a thought. Every thought has a payoff. Every thought has a postionality and you have a positionality because every positionality gives you a payoff. The payoff of being right, the payoff of being victim, right? Every thought has a payoff. Alright, so what you're really letting go is the payoffs, the emotional attachments to these thoughts. Sedona Seminar Causality: The Ego's Foundation, DVD 2 of 3, January 2002
- You sense that you are present. You sense that you are in the presence of the allness of us here. Just like when you walk out in nature [...] before your stupid mind says, "Isn't that a beautiful tree," you catch the space in which you saw the tree's beauty without comment. That's the space you live in. It's just prior to thought.
It's easy to just fall back into it. It's not like something you have to accomplish through years of study and meditation. The willingness to trust it and just drop back into that – that is your reality. Sedona Seminar Realizing the Root of Consciousness: Meditative and Contemplative Techniques, 3 DVD set, segment titled "Perception and Illusion, Distortions of Reality", 8. June 2002
- Thinkingness goes on and then if you want to put all these thoughts together with a descriptive term, you call it mind. The habitual positionalities that mind takes, we collectively term ego. Ego then is just a descriptive convenience. […]
Thinkingness goes on by itself, you don't have to call it anything at all, except to realize it's not you. You surrender it as it happens. Sedona Seminar Devotion: The Way to God Through the Heart, 3 DVD set, 27. September 2002
- Question: How do you stop that thinkingness?
Answer: You become enamored of God, instead of enamored of the thoughts. To discern the Presence of God in all that exists, is a gift that suddenly comes forth of its own when [there is[ the willingness to surrender all that stands in its way. The gratification, the satisfaction, the excitement of thinkingness, feelingness, emotions, [...]. It's a great leap because we transcend the instincts of the animal, we transcend the thinkingness of Homo sapiens, and respond to the Divinity within us. Sedona Seminar Karma and the Afterlife, DVD 1 of 3, October 2002
- Out of the void, out of the nothingness, out of the blankness, out of the silence arises this like fountain of thinkingness which gradually takes its form as a thought, then an image 'good, old dog, good, old Rover' and then the whole sad story evolves out of it. When you ride the crest of the wave, its pretty much like surfing, you stay on the crest of the wave. If you get behind the crest of the wave you get drowned in the past. If you get ahead of the wave, you get hit from the butt. So, you're gonna to ride the crest of the wave. Sedona Seminar Realization of the Self: Final Moments, DVD 3 of 3, minute 16:06, 14. December 2002
- The way to enlightenment is to observe that your mind is constantly mentalizing. Sedona Seminar Enlightenment, lecture 4, Poco Diablo Resort, 3 DVD set, August 2003
- There is really no necessity to think about anything once you understand who you are and what life is. Sedona Seminar Thought and Ideation, DVD 1 of 3, minute 19:34, 28. February 2004
- At all times even when you are thinking or think you are thinking the mind is actually silent. 98% of the mind is silent even when you think you are thinking. […] So each level of consciousness then is an improvement over the other. Sedona Seminar Thought and Ideation, DVD 1 of 3, minute 1:01:12-24, 28. February 2004
- So the thoughts are like little magnets. […] This thought says 'look at me I'm so cute'. […] Don't get suckered in by 'em. These thoughts, their job is to sucker you in because if you stop looking there you'll become enlightened and their days are over. An unemployed ego. Sedona Seminar Perception and Positionality, DVD 1 of 3, minute 1:22, 19. June 2004
- The reality that you're looking for is just prior to thinking; it's not between thoughts. Prior to the moment of a thought, there's a nothingness. That which you are is there before the thought. Thought is form. If you use form to try to catch form, it's not fast enough. From the witness-observer, you see that thought arises from silence. Sedona Seminar Identification and Illusion, 3 DVD set, 14. August 2004
- To hold in mind that which you would like to see happen in your life increases the likelihood of its materialization. I have used it practically every place I ever lived. Held in mind that which I wanted and where I wished to be […] the general setting. You can picture pristine woods and the sounds of animals and the sounds of water going by and it materializes. Mentalization would be trying to figure out how to make it happen. That is mentalization […] left brain. Just do it generally and leave the rest to God. Sedona Seminar Experiential Reality, 3 DVD set, 18. February 2006
- The sequential thinkingness in endless babble of nonsense that has to do with nothing other than perception and not with essence is totally worthless. All your thoughts, including the most treasured and wonderful thoughts surrounded with silver and gold are worth nothing. So you start [to see] with humility that all thoughts are worth nothing at all. They are amusement. Sedona Seminar Experiential Reality: The Mystic, 3 DVD set, 8. December 2007
- The way to find the silent source overall in the phenomena is underneath. There is a blankness underneath thinkingness. Don't try to stop thinkingness. Because you just end up as the person who is trying to stop thinkingness. Sedona Seminar Experiential Reality: The Mystic, 3 DVD set, 8. December 2007
- The sequential thinkingness in an endless babble of nonsense that has to do with nothing other than perception and not with essence is totally worthless. All your thoughts, including the most treasured and wonderful thoughts surrounded with silver and gold are worth nothing. So you stare with humility that all thoughts […] are worth nothing at all. They are amusement. Sedona Seminar Experiential Reality: The Mystic, 3 DVD set, 8. December 2007
- You are an unlimited human being subject only to what you hold in mind. If you think you are stupid and ugly, you are stupid and ugly. If you think you are loving and adorable, you are. If you are happy when you are stupid and ugly, then you are enlightened! Cottonwood Seminar Handling Spiritual Challenges, DVD 1 of 3, 24. April 2010
Zitate von anderen Quellen
- Wenn zwei Knaben jeder einen Apfel haben und sie diese Äpfel tauschen, hat am Ende auch nur jeder einen. Wenn aber zwei Menschen je einen Gedanken haben und diese tauschen, hat am Ende jeder zwei neue Gedanken. Platon [BW 485] (427-347 v. Chr.) vorchristlicher altgriechischer Philosoph, Begründer der abendländischen Philosophie, Aphorismus
- Nicht ich denke, sondern es denkt in mir, und dem, was wir 'ich' nennen, wird nur das Resultat bewusst, ein winziger Bruchteil dessen, was 'es' wahrgenommen und verarbeitet hat. […] Wir haben die besten 'Auftritte', wenn wir unserem Selbst freien Lauf lassen, wenn wir gerade nicht versuchen, es durch das Ich zu kontrollieren. Tor Nørretranders (*1955) dänischer Professor für Wissenschaftsphilosophie, Wissenschaftsjournalist, Sachbuchautor, Spüre die Welt. Die Wissenschaft des Bewußtseins, S. 417, Rowohlt Taschenbuch, Reinbek bei Hamburg, 1997
- So werden die Gedanken wohl von der Seele erzeugt; aber der erzeugte Gedanke ist eine unabhängige Macht für sich fortwirkend; ja in der menschlichen Seele so anwachsend dass er seine eigene Mutter bezwingt und sich unterwirft. Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling (1775-1854) deutscher Philosoph, Aphorismus
- Nach der Beschaffenheit der Gegenstände, die du dir am häufigsten vorstellst, wird sich auch deine Gesinnung richten; denn von den Gedanken nimmt die Seele ihre Farbe an. Mark Aurel [Philosophenkaiser] [Werk BW 445] (121-180 n. Chr.) römischer Kaiser, Philosoph, letzter Vertreter der jüngeren Stoa, Schriftsteller, Albert Wittstock, deutscher Übersetzer, Selbstbetrachtungen, Teil V, 16, 170-180
- Von jeder Wahrheit ist das Gegenteil ebenso wahr! Nämlich so: eine Wahrheit lässt sich immer nur aussprechen und in Worte hüllen, wenn sie einseitig ist. Einseitig ist alles, was mit Gedanken gedacht und mit Worten gesagt werden kann, alles einseitig, alles halb, alles entbehrt der Ganzheit, des Runden, der Einheit. [...] Die Welt selbst aber, das Seiende um uns her und in uns innen, ist nie einseitig. Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) deutsch-schweizerischer Dichter, Schriftsteller, Siddharta, Fischer, Berlin, 1922, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt am Main 1969, 1974, 1998
- "Ich war schon oft draußen im Weltraum", protzte der Kosmonaut, "aber ich habe weder Gott noch Engel gesehen."
"Und ich habe schon viele kluge Gehirne operiert", antwortete der Gehirnforscher, "aber ich habe nirgendwo auch nur einen einzigen Gedanken entdeckt."
[Zusatz: Der Pathologe Virchow warf ein: "Ich habe Tausende von Leichen seziert, aber keine Seele darin gefunden."] Jostein Gaarder (*1952) norwegischer Intellektueller, Schriftsteller, Sofies Welt. Roman über die Geschichte der Philosophie , S. 273, Carl Hanser Verlag, München und Wien, 1993
Parable of the fisherman – Arthur Eddington
Let us suppose that an ichthyologist is exploring the life of the ocean. He casts a net into the water and brings up a fishy assortment. Surveying his catch, he proceeds in the usual manner of a scientist to systematisize what it reveals. He arrives at two generalisations:
- No sea-creature is less than two inches long.
- All sea-creatures have gills.
These are both true of his catch, and he assumes tentatively that they will remain true however often he repeats it.
In applying this analogy, the catch stands for the body of knowledge which constitutes physical science, and the net for the sensory and intellectual equipment which we use in obtaining it. The casting of the net corresponds to observation; for knowledge which has not been or could not be obtained by observation is not admitted into physical science.
An onlooker may object that the first generalisation is wrong.
"There are plenty of sea-creatures under two inches long, only your net is not adapted to catch them."
The ichthyologist dismisses this objection contemptuously.
"Anything uncatchable by my net is ipso facto outside the scope of ichthyological knowledge, and is not part of the kingdom of fishes which has been defined as the theme of ichthyological knowledge. In short, 'what my net can't catch isn’t fish.'"
Or – to translate the analogy –
"If you are not simply guessing, you are claiming a knowledge of the physical universe discovered in some other way than by the methods of physical science. You are a metaphysician. Bah!"
Quotes by various other sources
My thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways are not your ways. […] As high as the heavens are from the earth so are my thoughts above your thoughts. Isaiah 55, 8-9 (AT)
- If I did not think, I would not exist. ⚡ A Course in Miracles, workbook [LoC 600], Lesson 54, paragraph 2:2, The Foundation for Inner Peace, 3rd edition 1976, revised edition 1996
- As soon as you have a thought, laugh at it! Lao Tzu [LoC 610] (604-531 BC) Chinese sage, philosopher, founder of Daoism, author of Tao Te Ching [The Book of the Way], verse unknown, 800-200 BC
- There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous. Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) German-Jewish political theorist, philosopher, specialized in analyzing the rise of totalitarianism, author, source unknown
- The thought manifests as the word;
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character.
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let it spring from love born out of concern for all beings.
Buddha [LoC 1000] (563-483 BC) Indian Avatar, teacher of enlightenment, central figure of Buddhism, Dhammapada [LoC 840] anthology of Buddha's teachings, source unknown
- All of the Buddha's teachings just had this single object – to carry us beyond the stage of thought. Now, if I accomplish cessation of my thinking, What use to me the Dharmas Buddha taught? Huang Po [Huangbo Xiyun] [LoC 960] (770-850 AD) Chinese Chan master of Zen Buddhism, John Eaton Calthorpe Blofeld, translator, The Zen Teaching of Huang-Po. On the Transmission of Mind, preface by P'ei Hsiu, Chinese scholar, S. 69 Grove Press, 18. January 1994
- All thought creates form on some level. ⚡ A Course in Miracles [LoC 550/600], The Foundation for Inner Peace, 3rd edition 1976, revised edition 1996
- Simply do this: Be still, and lay aside all thoughts of what you are and what God is; all concepts you have learned about the world; all images you hold about yourself. Empty your mind of everything it thinks is either true or false, or good or bad, of every thought it judges worthy, and all the ideas of which it is ashamed. Hold onto nothing. Do not bring with you one thought the past has taught, nor one belief you ever learned before from anything. ⚡ A Course in Miracles, workbook [LoC 600], Lesson 189, paragraph 7, The Foundation for Inner Peace, 3rd edition 1976, revised edition 1996
Butchart Gardens, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
- Thoughts [concepts] without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind. The understanding can intuit nothing, the senses can think nothing. Only through their unison can knowledge arise. Immanuel Kant [LoC 460] (1724-1804) German philosopher at the end of the 18th century Enlightenment, Critique of Pure Reason [Kritik der reinen Vernunft], A 51, B 75, 1st edition 1781, 2nd edition 1787
- A new idea does not succeed by convincing the world of its brilliance. A new idea succeeds by having those who do not believe it dying off and being replaced by a new group who take it for granted. Linus Pauling, Ph.D. [LoC 450] (1901-1994) US American chemist, biochemist, peace activist, double Nobel laureate (chemistry, 1954) (Peace Nobel Prize, 1962), educator, author, source unknown
- An intelligent person is not closed minded. He does not behave like an ostrich burying his head in the ground trying to avoid new ideas and developments. An intelligent person is not gullible. He does not accept ideas blindly. He studies and digests them thoroughly, then evaluates them against his reason; he tests these new ideas and developments through experiments and his experiences. An intelligent person studies these ideas with a clear objective mind. Choa Kok Sui (1952-2007) Philippine metaphysician, founder of Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga, source unknown
- [T]he new physics presents prima facie evidence that our human thoughts are linked to nature by nonlocal connections: what a person chooses to do in one region seems immediately to effect what is true elsewhere in the universe. This nonlocal aspect can be understood by conceiving the universe to be not a collection of tiny bits of matter, but rather a growing compendium of ‘bits of information’. […] And, I believe that most quantum physicists will also agree that our conscious thoughts ought eventually to be understood within science and that when properly understood, our thoughts will be seen to DO something: they will be efficacious [Emphasis in the original]. Article by Henry P. Stapp, Ph.D., US American quantum physicist, UC Berkeley, Harnessing science and Religion. Implications of the new scientific conception of human beings, presented by Research News, 1(6), 8. February 2001
- As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives. Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) US American historian, philosopher, leading transcendentalist, naturalist, abolitionist, surveyor, tax resister, development critic, poet, author, source unknown
- When you stop all thought, you stop your idea of who you are. When you stop thought, you dissolve into Spirit. Lucia René, US American mystic, ordained Buddhist monk, spiritual teacher, gender transition activist, author, Unplugging the Patriarchy. A Mystical Journey into the Heart of a New Age, Crown Chakra Publishing, 1st edition 21. December 2009
- Not only can thought about Ultimate Reality make no difference to the world or to my personal life unless we hear and respect the call of the Self but such empty thought can bring down our personal and collective world, even our Earth itself. When thought races ahead of being a civilization is racing toward destruction. Jacob Needleman, Ph.D. jacobneedleman.com (*1934) US American professor of philosophy and religion, UCSF, author, What Is God?, chapter 11 "The Emptiness of Logic", Tarcher, 24. December 2009
- Thought is in fact a process of chucking away information, and it is this detritus (happily labelled exformation) that is crucially involved in automatic behaviours of expertise (riding a bicycle, playing the piano), and which is therefore the most precious to us as people. Tor Norretranders (*1955) Danish professor of science philosophy, journalist, author of popular science like User Illusion (1991), presented by the British daily newspaper The Guardian, September 1998
- Conflict is the gadfly of thought. It stirs us to observation and memory. It instigates invention. It shocks us out of sheep-like passivity, and sets us at noting and contriving. […] [C]onflict is a sine qua non of reflection and ingenuity. ⚡ John Dewey (1859-1952) US American founder of functional psychology, 'progressive' pseudo educational and social reformer, pragmatist philosopher, author, Human Nature and Conduct, part 4 "Conclusion", section II "Morals are human", S. 300, 1922
- The idea is the result of the thought process, the thought process is the response of memory, and memory is always conditioned. Memory is always in the past, and that memory is given life in the present by a challenge. Memory has no life in itself; it comes to life in the present when confronted by a challenge. And all memory, whether dormant or active, is conditioned, is it not? Therefore there has to be quite a different approach. You have to find out for yourself, inwardly, whether you are acting on an idea, and if there can be action without ideation. Jiddu Krishnamurti [LoC 525⇒175] (1895-1986) Indian spiritual teacher, declined member of the Theosophical Society, philosopher, author, The First and Last Freedom, S. 92, Harper & Brothers, 1954
- Thoughts are manifested desires. When they enter your mind they fragment your awareness. Frederick Philip Lenz, III, Ph.D. [Rama] (1950-1998) US American Buddhist spiritual teacher, source unknown
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- How absurd men are! They never use the liberties they have, they demand those they do not have. They have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech. Søren Kierkegaard [LoC 410] (1813-1855) Danish existentialist philosopher, theologian, writer, Swenson, translator, Either/Or, part I, p. 19, Danish edition, 1843
- Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings – always darker, emptier, simpler. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) German classical scholar, critic of culture, philologist, philosopher of nihilism [LoC 120], writer, The Gay Science [Die fröhliche Wissenschaft], section 179, Leipzig, 1882, Random House, New York, 1974
Englische Texte – English section on Thoughts
Speed of thoughts
Conscious thoughtful awareness is not a continuous flow. It emerges in flashes.
The eminent English mathematical physicist Sir Roger Penrose (*1931) measured:
- The average person receives about 40 conscious moments [thoughts] per second.
- The Subconscious and computers process millions of transactions per second.
- The Unconscious and Social media communications happen nearly instantaneous.
- The Conscious as the rational mind of humans operates at a speed of 40 thoughts per second.
- The Superconscious as in intuitive insights and inspirations can virtually instantaneously access information at high speed.
Since 1999, the emergence of the IT Revolution, the World Health Organization tracked the increase of the rate of stress world wide. It has taken a distinct leap.
Watch your thoughts
| Watch your thoughts.||Your thoughts become your words.|
| Watch your words.|| Your words become your actions.|
| Watch your actions.||Your actions become your habits.|
| Watch your habits.||Your habits become your character.|
| Watch your character.||Your character becomes your destiny.|
| Source: Talmud, central text of mainstream Judaism|
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