I was thinking what to write for CJ this week when I came across a friend’s Facebook post on her fear-filled encounter with a cockroach trapped together with her in the car in the middle of the congested highway for quite some time. What a harrowing and terrifying experience it must had been for her! But it wasn’t necessary.
I’ve written an earlier post on Fear Is Not Real (Fear Is A Choice) (yeah, it’s that famous movie quote from Will Smith’s latest blockbuster After Earth) where I borrowed Michael Neill’s thoughts in one of his newsletters into my post. This post is related and an expansion on that. It’s also the first introduction to the Principle of Thought here in my website.
As I’ve mentioned earlier in a couple of posts, I’ve been soaking in the Three Principles (Mind, Consciousness and Thought) for quite some time and I’ve only got a “breakthrough” in my understanding lately, thanks to the works of Michael Neill and Jamie Smart. Of the three, the Principle of Thought seems to have the most profound impact on me, at least in my understanding so far. The understanding of this principle alone changed everything for me.
The Nature of Thought
“Thought creates the world and then says ‘I didn’t do it'” ~ David Bohm, Quantum physicist
Back in 1896, the Lumiere brothers showed a motion picture in public for the very first time in history. All the audience that were present were very excited and proud to be part of this history-making cinematic experience.
It was a short film (less than 2 minutes) of a train arriving at a station. The angle was shot in such a way that the train was moving towards the camera. So as the rain roared closer to the screen, many of the audience screamed and jumped out of their seats, as if to avoid the onrushing train. After the movie had ended, they turned on the lights, went behind the screen and saw that there was nothing back there.
That audience didn’t understand the nature of film.
People back then had no concept whatsoever of the motion picture. They’re just particles of moving lights projected onto a blank screen. The train was never going to escape out of the big screen and run into the audience.
You see, the perception of ‘the train is going to collide with me’ comes from the inside of us – it’s a THOUGHT. The audience reacted to a THOUGHT-generated illusion as though it was a material reality.
With the advancements in 3D technology, we can now experience (even more ‘real’) scary monsters and objects seemingly flying out of the screens.
After watching a scary movie, you will realize it’s just a movie and shake off any feeling of horror in no time (well, some take slightly longer than others!). You don’t have to do anything. The scary monsters cannot harm you in any way because you understand the nature of movie and 3D images.
Therefore the Principle of Thought is this: We create our own experience of reality through our thinking in the moment.
Just as you’re reading this article on your computer right now, you’re actually just seeing millions of pixels (micro dots of light), but the formation of the pixels generate something more, from the inside of you, in the form of ideas, thoughts, emotions.
This is the inside-out understanding – that your experiences of the world outside ALWAYS come from the inside (your thought). There is no other way your experience can be generated.
For example, there is no way a book or a movie can ever put the experiences in you directly. Everyone watches the same movie, or read the same book, but there are differing experiences, opinions and views. It’s because they’re all generated from the inside-out. They’re tangible experiences, but not real. They are just…..thoughts.
We live in a THOUGHT-generated experiential reality – 100% of our experience is coming from 100% of our thinking in the moment.
All we ever experience is the feeling of our thinking, moment by moment.
Our experiences are never generated from the outside-in although it seems to appear that way. It’s an illusion, a trick of the mind, a misunderstanding, a misconception on the nature of how experiences are generated.
Everything Changed For Me
If you read about the Three Principles for the first time, you may not ‘get it’ immediately. That’s ok. It took me quite a while from “This is nonsense” to “I get it (intellectually)” to “Wow” to “This is obvious” and to everyday walking with the wisdom of the principles. However, I’m still just a babe!
The first time I got it (early this year), the understanding of this principle totally blew my mind away, and for this first time, my mind was as clear as the cloudless blue sky. It was like something in me was awakened after a deep slumber.
I suddenly had the realization in my journey that now, there is nowhere to get to, there is nothing to do. All these while, like most people out there, I try to better myself, pursue more in order to be more, to have more, to get to somewhere. I understood intuitively that it’s an inside job – I have to change what’s inside me, not external things (people, circumstances).
In my pursuits, I’ve learnt techniques and strategies to change my inner states, my thoughts, my unconscious parts. Have you heard of the famous saying ‘Change your thoughts and you change your world?’ Well, that’s one way of making things better for yourself. But once you understand the nature of how thought works, there is nothing to change. There is nothing to do, really.
It’s like being scared by creepy monsters in a movie, and to erase that feeling, you watch a comedy or love story to replace that initial fearful feeling. But if you understand that it’s just a movie, there’s nothing to do. And you’re just feeling your thinking, and they will pass. Why trick your mind with another trick to undo the previous trick? It’s better to understand how thoughts work and save you all the time and hassle.
Suddenly, all the knowledge and techniques I’ve learnt for many years are irrelevant. There is nothing to be fixed, no pill to swallow, no monster to kill. Many of my insecurities and fears are just……thoughts!
There are days (many) that I do feel lousy, nervous, fearful, angry, anxious, sad and other undesirable emotions, which tested my depth of understanding of the principles. I admit I do get caught up and lost in all of that at times, but after a while, I remembered where they come from and I just don’t take them as seriously as before. There is no need to freak out.
Thoughts create. Thoughts pass. Thoughts die. New thoughts come. And they pass.
I’ve been discouraged by some things and certain people lately. So I’m not writing this article very lightly and say that the negative experiences that we feel is nothing and they don’t matter. I’m saying that I’ve recognized the true source of my experiences, that I don’t experience what’s happening out there directly, and I’m just feeling my thinking. And those thoughts are just….thoughts. Yes, the pain I felt was tangible, but it was generated from my thoughts and they too will pass.
Therefore, I’ve a clearer mind and free to think better, make better decisions. I do what I do and go for what I want, not because of the loaded thinking from the previous misunderstandings, but in connection with my innate desire and authentic self.
And therefore, I can do so much more than before.
They Can’t Harm You
Back to my friend’s incident in the car with the cockroach. We know that a cockroach cannot bite or do any harm to a human being but many people imagine the worst terrors that it can do.
My friend finally summoned the courage to face it, and get rid of it. With lots of sweat, prayers and tension.
If she understood that the cockroach was never terrorizing her directly in any way and it was her thoughts that did that, then there’s no problem. She would have gotten rid of it without any fuss.
I will be writing more on this and the Three Principles. Stay tuned.