We have more than one level of thought. There are thoughts that live out on the surface of our being, they are active and easy to detect. When we are debating on taking one route or another on our way to work we think to ourselves “I wonder which route is the fastest.” Or when we are trying on a new set of clothes, “This doesn’t look good” or “This looks great.” Although these thoughts are easier to detect, some still go unnoticed in moments of unconsciousness. We may have full blown conversations with ourselves that go completely unnoticed. This is just one level of thought. Moments of stillness and being bring these thoughts out of unconsciousness. But it is only one way that shapes our thought processes. There is another thought process that goes on and it can be simultaneous to the active thoughts that are easier to detect, and the tricky part is that this more subtle thought process can contradict the other thoughts that we are having. One can say to themselves one thing, but feel something inside that is contradicting that thought and it will often affect how we react to that certain thing. We can be conscious of our thoughts and unconscious of our thoughts both at the same time. One thought process points to truth and the other thought process doesn’t always point to truth, but it can point to truth. One is surface thought and one is hidden thought.
Since surface thought only sometimes points to the truth, how can we ever come to trust ourselves when we have contradictory thoughts like this? We go deeper and find those hidden thoughts, but the surface thoughts will always find a way to make sure we confuse the hell out of ourselves and keep going back and forth and back and forth. So how do we change this, how do we fix it and how do we make sure that it’s not just our ego surface thoughts that are trying to trick us?
Listen to your body. Feel your body and your feelings, your emotions point towards truth. If you are afraid of flying in an airplane, for example, you may not be actively repeating to yourself on the surface “we’re going to crash, we’re going to crash” “something is going to go wrong” but if your heart starts to race and you start feeling nervous or scared, you’re definitely telling yourself those kinds of phrases somewhere deeper inside of yourself, somewhere that is more difficult to detect.
I have found, in order to change this though, using those surface thoughts can help. In the above example, instead of leaving your head as a “blank slate” or continuing on with surface thoughts like the above, change it up. Use a mantra and repeat it actively in your mind. “I will be okay” “Everything will be fine.” Since even these thoughts can be contradicted I also find thoughts that point towards “Whatever will be, will be” and other surrendering thoughts can also help too. It’s also good to point out that we also have power ourselves too, as to not get into a pattern of helplessness.
All of these different thoughts happen to us simultaneously and in the blink of an eye. If we are not completely immersed in the present moment, we will not be able do detect these thoughts. It takes some practice. The hidden thoughts are so far imbedded into us that they become our patterns, and in order to change that pattern, we have to create a new healthier pattern for ourselves. We all know that breaking out of a pattern is not easy to do, it takes some work, patience, and persistence but eventually you will break through thought…and break into truth.
Do you think that you are in thought?Or do you think that you are out of thought?
Or do you think that you are out of thought because you are in thought?