Thinking about Thinking

Reading a blog about a friend’s experience of cooking something she thought to be original, only to find the exact same dish was simultaneously being ‘discovered’ by a colleague, got me thinking about thinking and the origin of ideas and information.

The example of a ‘new’ recipe being thought of, ‘discovered’ and created by two foodies at the same time, invites the notion that maybe we tune into ideas rather than create them, with more than one of us sometimes catching onto or receiving the same thought.

When we watch a movie, images and sounds come to us and it is interesting to ponder that this could be true on a wider scale that allows for the possibility that, like TV or radio waves, thoughts come ‘to’ us, not ‘from’ us, as we like to think.

We know this for sure about our radios and TVs, our computers and smart devices: that is, that they are receivers of information via waves that we can’t see but that they nonetheless constantly receive and then output in the form of a song, a movie, an ad, data and voice transmissions and so on. We understand that the device does not originate the data, it receives it, stores it and displays or expresses it at the push of a button, the flick of a switch or the swipe or tap of a finger.

Just like a TV, radio or telephone, we don’t originate any of our thoughts or ideas but receive and then output them.

It is like we are all radio towers designed to tune into and receive outer frequencies and waves, but the thinking we’ve been tuned into for the past few thousand years has us believing (as an unquestionable fact) that we are the originators and individual owners of all our thoughts and ideas.

The idea of being a mere receptor, not a creator of thoughts, is somehow insulting to our intelligence, rudely suggesting that we are not special, nor different, nor brilliant, but somehow passive, mute and dumb.

Far from it, as the recipe experience shows – we may pick up the same frequency as another ‘tower’ but the way we receive and then act on the information picked up is dependant on our individual makeup and the quality of our tower (each radio tower stands in its own place and comes with its own background and level of maintenance and care), and this flavours our expression of the information tuned into.

Just entertaining this possibility is a bit of mind bender, but if we play along for a moment and call it a given that we are radio towers receiving all our thoughts, then our focus shifts away from the question of are we or are we not receptors of thoughts, to something much more interesting. If we are receptors not originators of ideas, information and thoughts in general, then:

  • What level of thinking, data and information are we tuned into and receiving?
  • What determines the frequency we are tuned into?
  • Are we ‘stuck’ on or limited to one frequency?
  • How do we alter the frequency we receive?
  • Is there a way of knowing the type of frequency we are tuned into?
  • What relevance is the condition of the tower to the quality or type of frequency of thoughts it receives?

Einstein wondered these things – or should we say tuned into these thoughts – and talked about there being different levels of thinking available to us, memorably saying: “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”

But what if the other part to Einstein’s understanding is that we don’t actually create our level of thinking, we receive it, that is: we only think we think.

This is a game changer that explains so much of our behaviours, choices and everything from our crazy thoughts to our profoundly amazing ones.

Children are great examples of tuning into and receiving thoughts and ideas and so often from the mouths of babes, wisdom beyond their age and experience flows. There are many occasions where scientists separated by continents and culture end up ‘discovering’ the same thing simultaneously, without ever having access to the same physical data, yet find themselves to be sharing a convergence of the same thought or idea.

Starting to observe this phenomenon playing out in ourselves and others is a grand experiment in exploring our inner workings and our unseen connection with each other and the universe at large.

If our thoughts don’t come from us and we can’t see them coming, then to choose the quality of thought we’d like to have leaves us to feel our way, noticing how different thoughts make us feel when we receive them: heavy, worried, anxious, mean, jealous, self-doubting – or light, open, willing, joyful, focussed, definite and playful. Choosing not so much by content as by quality.

Once we take up a thought and express it in word or deed, its effects can clearly be seen and felt as they play out in ways that leave us or another feeling less, or deepens the responsibility and care we bring to ourselves and others.

We begin to know our physical selves – our body – as radio towers, that if broken or damaged with the hits and hurts of life, tune into frequencies that deliver a quality of thought very different to the quality of thoughts available to a tower cared for, maintained, tall and not only ready to receive thoughts, but aware of itself as a receiver of thoughts not by default but by design. Divine design in fact!

When we loosen our grip on thinking that we originate anything and start realising instead that as receivers of thoughts or consciousness, our only job is to care for the tower we embody so it can discern and choose to tune into and express thoughts from an intelligence that leaves us feeling not cold, confused or controlling, arrogant or dominating, but warm, wise, responsible, honouring appreciative, honest, humble and joyful in its brilliant simplicity and beauty. This way we begin to forever open ourselves to thinking about thinking that maybe we don’t really think. Now that’s worth thinking about!

Inspired by the inspiring work of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine.

By Adrienne Hutchins, BEd, Brisbane, Australia

Further Reading:
What is living medicine?
We Know More Than We Think
Connection, Choice & Energy: Are You the Pilot or is Autopilot Running You?

1,060 thoughts on “Thinking about Thinking

  1. Serge Benhayon has been presenting for many years that: we think we think, but in fact we do not, because we actually receive an energy that gives us the thoughts we think are our own – and which we then identify ourselves by. Which brings in to brilliant view – questions about who we are and why we are here – which again Serge is always on hand for providing the space to discover what the answers could possibly be.

  2. I can really feel the deadliness of thinking that we think. Letting go of the idea of ownership is a hard one, but we are all those antennas, no different from any other one. No one is special or more intelligent than any other one. The difference only comes from how we each take care of our own apparatus for it to be able to guarantee the quality of what gets transmitted, but we do not own a thing, we do not even own the apparatus – they belong to the Universe.

  3. It’s a challenging concept that we think we think, but if we simply are receivers then all we really have choice in is the quality of what we receive. A beautiful and very wise elder lady once said to me that the mind was never meant to be the master, only the servant of the heart. I know for me when I’m connected to my innermost heart the wisdom and love in my thoughts is truly beautiful to experience.

  4. Thinking about Thinking – moving in cycles until we come to the realization ourselves that we are not really thinking the way we think we do but that there is a different way we actually cannot think of before we experience it. God has quite some humor and knows how to riddle us in our waywardness.

  5. It seems we are collectively interconnected much more than we ‘think’ we are although even our thoughts stem from a collective pool we draw them from. Hence interesting that we think we think, ie. that our thoughts are created and produced by our very personal mental process. So why is it that at least one source of collective thoughts makes us think that it is us who think so that we don´t know that our thoughts are given? Somethin worth ‘thinking about’ or better pondering on.

  6. To see ourselves as a vessel that receives and delivers energy makes things so simple- care for the vessel and we will call in an energy that is healing rather than harming.

  7. The idea that we are “radio towers designed to tune into and receive outer frequencies and waves” makes so much sense to me. It clearly explains why often it felt like someone else had changed my channel as the thoughts that began to run through my mind were definitely not thoughts I was choosing, with some of them being not very loving at all. I had many ‘where did that thought come from?” moments, moments that used to totally confuse me but that are much fewer these days as my understanding of what thinking actually is begins to grow.

  8. It is a lovely feeling to have a great idea without needing to own the idea – it is just there and there are plenty more such insights available.

  9. Reading this again today brings an appreciation of the absolute wealth there is that is accessible for us all. When we fine-tune our instruments with the greatest love and care we are open to receive the vibrations that are harmonious and restorative for the whole.

  10. I love how the many reflections in nature and the world offer us a deeper insight into the truth of our nature. It is a vibrational alignment that determines the quality of what moves through our vehicles of expression, the body.

  11. A mere receptor has no choice of what it receives. Perhaps we may be more like a tuner that has a choice what it receives and that choice is very powerful.

  12. The fact we choose to remain ignorant to this fact is really interesting, it is like we don’t want to relinquish our grasp on identifying with our thoughts, as if it’s not from us then who are we is a closed question.

  13. It is so important to really take notice of this truth, and like you share, many great thinkers (or tuner inners) have felt the same, musicians often say the music and lyrics are one to them.

  14. The whole concept of ownership is very interesting. When we consider that in truth we don’t own anything but are responsible for ourselves and to everyone and everything else then we see how caring for and nurturing in life are natural to us and allow us to support health on this planet.

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