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?

963 thoughts on “Thinking about Thinking

  1. This really changes where our true responsibility lies – it is no longer about what we can come up with, how clever we are, but it is about taking care of the tower to make sure what we receive and transmute is of a quality that we would like.

  2. This is one of the best articles I’ve read in ages, I really get it. It’s funny how we don’t question the TV, the radio or any of the electrical devices in our home, we just take them for granted. but how does the waves or electricity travel to you? You can’t see it and some may find it hard to explain but it’s just there, right. It makes so much sense for us as well or do we think we just stand there on our own and our thoughts come from us? Cut in input from the TV or radio and they are just mute, don’t allow electricity into your home and nothing will work and yet we think we are these individual items that think and power themselves. There are so many parts to this great article and for me the immutable fact is that we receive energy and the only way to ensure the quality of energy entering you supports us all is to take care of the receiver, take a deep and ongoing care of the receiver and in that every move you make is important.

  3. It is worth thinking about – thanks Adrienne. I notice that when I let things slip like how I care for myself then the quality of my thoughts also change. I often lose the appreciation and my focus because on the issues instead of what is there to be appreciated and enjoyed.

  4. Wow, considering the fact that our thoughts come to us sure takes the pressure off because it means we don’t have to come up with things, we don’t have to be smart! We can just care and love.

  5. This topic could be quite far out for many to think about, but reading through your blog and the practical examples of it happening around us (i.e. scientists/chefs discovering something at the same time plus friends thinking of each other and then connecting at the same time), make it more common than we think. Good food for thought.

  6. This seems very possible to me.
    “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.”
    The treadmill of life that we have currently adopted does not allow us time to ponder how we are actually living and we are just so busy getting on with life and caught up with time management we seem to follow each other like sheep and have accepted a way of thinking to be true, when actually it is not true and it is not us thinking at all. Like you Adrienne, I wonder, is it possible that we are hooked into live streaming from a consciousness that doesn’t want us to know that there is a different way to be and it is not thinking but an impulse or knowing. And I have to say I would not be writing from such an understanding if it wasn’t for the teachings and presentations of Serge Benhayon as it was he that woke me and many others up from the deep sleep we are all in.

  7. Taking this fact of being receivers instead of originators aboard brings us to an whole other level of understanding life and our place in it. Being descerning of the thoughts we choose brings us a way to live in harmony, when we choose responsibly.

  8. ‘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.’ How beautiful it is to know we have this choice to tune into a vibration that supports us all to evolve.

  9. In general conversation with friends I have asked where do our thoughts come from? Given that sometimes they are quite bizarre and out of any kind of context. I find it interesting that we can latch on to these thoughts, which go as fast as they come if we don’t latch onto them. It actually makes sense that they do not come from us and we are receivers of them, especially when you consider that the same idea can occur in different people at a similar time, not connected. I am understanding more that the more I care for my body and am aware of my body the more I develop conscious presence, where my mind is with my body no matter what I am doing. This way I can much more easily recognise the thoughts that do not belong.

  10. This is a great analogy Adrienne that clearly explains how we receive information and that the way we move is what will attune us to receiving either all that is love or, all that is not. It really is that simple. The complexity is brought in when we try to own our thoughts and thus identify with them so as to delineate ourselves from the background. That is – we try to carve an identity for ourselves that has very little to do with the truth of who we are.

  11. Understanding our mind as a receiver rather than a creator of thoughts makes sense to me and begs the question what channel are we choosing to tune into?!

  12. I never quite understood how our brain would ‘make’ thoughts, the fact of that we are tuning into thoughts and have them come through us makes much more sense.

  13. This is a beautiful exploration of responsibility through our movements. How our every movement can either connect to our bodies and move in a way that picks up quality, clear frequencies or disconnect from our bodies movements and find channels filled with static. The simplicity of choice is a magical thing.

  14. Yes we like to think ‘I came up with that!’ because it gives us a sense of ownership over something, something we can say ‘that’s mine’. And yet there are countless examples of people coming up with the same thing at the same time all over the world, without knowing the other also ‘came up with it’…

  15. It’s very interesting to ponder on the fact that my thoughts are not my own and the quality of those thoughts depend entirely how I am with my body and how I move my body. Psychology and Medicine 101.

  16. If we are indeed receivers of thoughts then what we tune into would be determined by what we are open to being aware of and receiving ie the quality of our antenna.

  17. The self hates the fact that it doesn’t think, whereas the soul expands at the truth that we are all, all knowing.

  18. I love that our movements are like a radio station. I’m doing a Connective Tissue exercise course at the moment, in which the presenter offers certain movements for us to feel how when we hold our body in a certain way we allow certain thoughts/energy to flow through us. It’s given me great appreciation of the power of movement.

  19. To consider the possibility that we don’t come up with anything is something many perhaps would find too challenging a concept, yet at the same time we tend to blame or discount our part in something we don’t like such as a miserable marriage, an unsatisfying job etc. Interesting how we pick and choose when it suits…

  20. By continuing to support and honour our bodies we will continue to expand the quality of thoughts we have. I love how you have used the analogy of the radio tower to present to us a very powerful lesson, thank you Adrienne.

  21. The quality of the ‘output’ of our own ‘tower’ is determined by how well we care for ourselves and just like a radio, we can go on producing output even if the radio is battered and broken, but this eventually affects the quality of the sound and its ability to tune it to the channel it wants to be tuned in to.

  22. “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.” Great point Adrienne, this is the arrogance we live with on a daily basis, that we are the creator of our thoughts and that everything we have created is owned by us when we are receptors of energy and the energy we choose will give us our thoughts.

  23. I love that we are not the originators of our thoughts. It means we don’t have to be at all concerned with whether they are clever, innovative, dark, brooding ….etc. We simply have to ensure the quality of them by tuning in to the wavelength that will ensure they come from Love and take care of our transmitter – our body.

  24. As far as I don’t want to own my thoughts, I feel lighter and have the feeling of learning more quickly. When there is a thought that doesn’t feel good in my body, I simply let it go without identifying with it, just understanding why it came to me and tuning to a more loving source. Again, then when something beautiful comes through me, I don’t own it, but I simply enjoy being part of that by allowing it. This takes me to a place where responsibility and freedom go hand with hand.

  25. Thank you Adrienne, I love the quality of the thoughts that you allowed through your receiver to write this awesome and inspiring blog that supports us to all feel and understand that we can access the wisdom of the ages instantly by how we nurture, care for and hold our bodies.

  26. It’s funny because there are many phrases we use that actually shows that we do know that we receive thoughts and information and are not the originator of thoughts, for example, “where did that thought go?” and “wait a minute that thought will come back to me”. Also, we can all relate to spending hours on the couch watching TV completely checking out from the body and then get up off the lounge and the thoughts that are there are about eating food you usually wouldn’t eat or thoughts like “let’s not do anything we need to do and sit back on the lounge again”.

  27. What springs to mind is those times where something is blurted out of my mind and it is not something I believe in, or it hasn’t been said in the way I would like it to be received. In these moments I would say I have tuned my antenna to a dodgy station and am giving a very poor representation of myself as a consequence. By contrast I might sometimes express an opinion and the lucidity of what I speak surprises myself, on this occasion I have tuned into the premium channel. Either way it definitely feels like a source I tap into, rather than a thought I own.

  28. “The idea of being a mere receptor, not a creator of thoughts, is somehow insulting to our intelligence…”
    This says a lot about the scale of arrogance that has dominated the landscape of what ‘intelligence’ is and has been deemed to be.
    Enter the game-changer, Serge Benhayon, who has brought back the ancient and ageless truth, that the quality of our thoughts can only arise from the way in which we live – we can be vehicles of the divine, or vehicles of that which would hold us separate from our innate godliness, e.g. the arrogance that would say that “I know and/or am smarter than you are.”

  29. What I continue to learn from Serge Benhayon, and be inspired by every single day, is just what ‘true intelligence’ is – and how powerful is the wisdom that comes not from the regurgitation of others’ thoughts, but from a direct access to the Universal Mind, the wisdom of God, ever ready to express through us, if we have chosen to live in a way that would allow it so.

  30. The type of thoughts we have change when we begin to consider the impact our movements have on others…

  31. I do notice that the more that I care for my body, the more loving my thoughts are. However, when I disregard myself and don’t appreciate myself then my thoughts are of the same quality. It requires a different movement in me to shift this.

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