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?

1,059 thoughts on “Thinking about Thinking

  1. I agree, it is a game changer Adrienne. I love the simplicity that is offered that by taking responsibility and caring for ourselves from choosing the quality of energy we align to, we guarantee the quality of our thoughts and what we reflect and express outwardly through our movements.

  2. Love reading this again. It’s always something I find difficult to accept so identified with my thoughts am I – which is totally normal, like you say it is a game changer. Being responsible to not let negative thoughts run by changing the quality of our movements and connecting to our breath is something I am now focusing on.

  3. “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?”

    These are brilliant questions and so worth pondering on. I like the one about whether we are stuck on one frequency?.

  4. “It is like we are all radio towers designed to tune into and receive outer frequencies and waves,” This understanding brings the responsibility to care for our body as the antenna to be able to discern which vibration to tune into and to then reflect out to others.

    1. Yes looking after our bodies, because they are the receivers of the information, and because our bodies are therefore also transmitters of information, brings a whole new level to responsibility.

  5. Generally in society we’re quite attached to our thoughts and the seeming intelligence of the mind, so just to even consider the possibility that they might not be our own is challenging for the mind. But it’s also empowering and ultimately liberating. To consider the possibility that our thoughts don’t belong to us, but are a stream passing through us, means that we can choose to listen to that stream, or not, or tune into a different frequency – simply by changing the quality of our movements.

  6. If we think about thinking we get lost in our mind because the mind does not figure things out, our body does.

  7. This also brings in the responsibility as to what thoughts are we re-transmitting and adding to the pool for others to pick up.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

    1. Yes it is very simple and liberating, but we often recoil at the idea as we are so attached to our me, me, me, I did it, I thought it, I am so clever individualism.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

    1. Yes my sense is this is not a new concept, and anyone who receives information, like your musician’s example, might say the same thing – that they received the message/song/book/plan. Yet how we work with that communication and how much we take ownership of it and be identified by it, is worth considering as we may need to question the source the information comes from.

  21. 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.

  22. The more that I identify with me as an individual, the more I want to own every aspect of life as originating from me, especially what I think, produce and create.

  23. The point is not that intelligence does not exist but that we have an image of it. So, what we associate with it is ideas coming from our mouths. Yet, the Ageless Wisdom teaches us that intelligence is about vibration since it is the latter that opens the door to tune in into ideas. The higher the vibration, the more universal the ideas.

  24. “What determines the frequency we are tuned into?” – This is a big question, with an equally big and revealing answer. Is it the way that we move; walk, talk, eat, converse, get dressed, greet customers and drive our cars that determines what we receive. If everything is energy and even air is made from tiny atoms and particles that have their own energies and charges, then how can the way we move NOT also be a significant vibration?

    1. Yes, it is what we align to. A choice expressed in our movements and if we want to change what we are tuned into, we change our movements.

  25. This is something I really struggled and do still struggle to fully comprehend, that the thoughts in my head do not originate from me. I have many examples of this being true but completely 100% not from me challenged the core of my ‘self’. I definitely have less critical thoughts when I am taking better care of my body and what I eat.

  26. I totally agree, that there is constant communication, and it is our choice to tune in or not, and when we tune in, the communication is being passed on to everyone who is also tuned into that frequency, and when we understand there are different frequencies we understand that we have to discern which frequency the thought came from.

  27. I was just having a moment pondering on this exact truth, that we are vehicles of expression. There comes much resistance when trying to embody such truth. We like so much to stay as an individual that thinks they think and resist the surrender back to soul.

  28. I’ve been receiving some pretty wild thoughts lately and yet have played the victim of this incessant in pouring of thoughts. But how have I angled my radio tower/TV antennae/body to receive this constant stream? And if it is constant then what needs to change to change the energy being received?

  29. If we agree or even just consider that our thoughts don’t originate within us as such, but are something we receive according the the vibration we’ve tuned into, it opens up contemplating how we are with our body and in all areas of our life, reflecting on how that might affect the kind of vibration we align with…

  30. No use in trying to train the mind then, rather build the quality of presence in the body and bring the mind in line with the body.

  31. My posture and the way I move is pretty much the defining factor in what type and quality of thoughts I’ll receive. If I’m moving around closed, tight, slouchy, given up, angry, driven, emotional……then I am inviting in a quality of thought that will further intensify and magnify this. If I move will tenderness, Love, understanding, grace, honesty, delicateness, sacredness……. this is the quality I will then be magnifying. It’s simple and logical really.

  32. Reading this blog got me thinking again!….Before I used to think thoughts would just pop up. It is only since meeting Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine have I realised that this is not the case. The quality I live in has an impact on everything in and around me. The more quality I bring, the more quality is in my thoughts and everything I do – and this is a game changer for all.

  33. I love this Adrienne ! What a corker of an explanation of what thinking is! It is something I have really fought – I want my thoughts to be MINE ALL MINE waahaha ! But there isn’t any divine designs about that!

  34. It’s an interesting question to ponder on…where do our thoughts come from? To consider that we are receivers and that we do not generate our own thoughts is quite out there and potentially opposite to what we currently think. But that rises the question…Do we actually think? That’s enough for any scientist to ponder on for a life time!

  35. I love this, it is very humbling in that we cannot own anything, including our thoughts and there is nothing that is original. This may take a while for people to get their head round!

    1. Yes we are so identified with what we believe are our thoughts that we are not willing to see it comes through us not from us.

    2. That is true and saves us a huge amount of work trying to protect our ideas with the exception perhaps of where it makes commercial sense to do so.

  36. Realising we don’t own any original thought reveals that there is no ‘I’ as an individual and we all equally receive the energy of the Universe and the collective consciousness that is passing through everyone all the time.

    1. It is actually a beautiful teaching when I feel what is being presented. Gorgeous brotherhood and absolute equality.

  37. The radio tower is a brilliant analogy for our body and our thoughts, I love the idea of every movement changing or tweaking the stream of what we are receiving. How often do we try and address our thoughts by thinking about them – and so we never actually change the station or the stream. But what if instead, we go straight to the radio tower or to our body and change our movements and see if what we receive is different?

    1. Beautiful expansion on the radio tower adjustments! Movement and conversation super important now I see why.

  38. ‘our only job is to care for the tower we embody’ It makes total sense that if our receiver is up to par then we will be able to discern more readily the information at hand and as the quality of our tower or body improves then so does the resonance of higher quality energy.

  39. Once you are ready to open up to the possibility of not thinking our own thoughts, it is a fascinating process to more and more realize that thoughts are given and received, not produced by oneself. The more it is experienced and understood, the more we learn to play our part in the communication, i.e. to tune our radio station.

    1. I agree – it’s a fascinating process because we identify so much with our thoughts, and they are part of what we think makes us who we are, it opens up the possibility of being part of something grander and shows us our thoughts are not “IT” but simply a result of our choices, movements and alignment.

  40. I find this one of the hardest things to accept. I know the knowledge that I don’t think and that thoughts are fed to me constantly from a consciousness, yet all my experience has told me that I think and that they are my thoughts. This is a big one for all of us, but we need to grasp that we don’t think and also that intelligence is not in the head nor is it based on recall as we “think” our human intelligence to be.

  41. Thank you Adrienne, it’s a huge leap to understand and grasp the fact we don’t own anything, but instead are vessels for all that comes through us. And it’s a great support to be reminded about the care of the body being what determines the quality of what we receive, including how much care we take in how we move our body.

  42. It would be fascinating to have a brain timer or barometer that shows us exactly how long we think of one thing. I love the idea of tuning into thoughts from my experience I tune my body, or I build a certain quality in my body and that gives me the bandwidth for my thoughts. For example when my body feels clear my thoughts feel clear, and when I’m super caring with my body my thoughts are also super caring, or if I am disregarding or harm my body then my thoughts also echo that harm.

  43. The TV or radio example is a great way to understand thoughts. We know that what we see and hear from the TV is not from within us. I always imagine my body to be like an antenna. How aligned and open my body is will determine which channels or frequencies can flow through me. This affects which ‘station’ I can tune into, thus affecting which thoughts I get at that moment.

  44. We are attached to being something we’re not, identified with these false thoughts that come through but what an amazing thing then to stop and drop what we think. Then we can start to get to know who we truly are underneath. As you present Adrienne entertaining these thoughts as us is a big comfort.

  45. “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” – this is a wisdom we cannot remind ourselves often enough. Whenever we seek to change, understand, improve, solve something etc, we should make use of that wise insight into the human ‘thinking’.

  46. As presented by Universal Medicine it is the body who aligns to and receives the energy that then gives us the sort of thoughts we mentally are aware of. Everyone can test that for themselves simply by changing one´s posture and or movements (just changing the way of breathing has an effect) and observing the kind and quality of thoughts that are generated. Key is to bring awareness to the body, get a sense for its presence first so that one has a marker from where the accompanying way of thinking can be identified. This way we learn from and through our body to influence our mind.

    1. It really turns everything on its head (pun intended 🙂 ) that not only do we not think, but that the body is what determines the quality of intelligence we bring through.

  47. If we only think we think and do not really think at all, then who or what exactly is doing the ‘thinking’ on our behalf? That is, to which source of energy are we attuning ourselves to in order to be fed thoughts that say we think when we do not? Truth does not move in this way and when we align whole body and being with what is true, we immediately know that we are simple receivers and transmitters (vehicles of expression) for the source of energy we are aligned to – this being either all that is love OR all that opposes this love. Nothing in-between.

  48. Speaking 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.”, through a recent renewed focus on my body posture and particularly in keeping my spine straight, and my chest and shoulders open, I have noticed just how profoundly this effects my general state of well being. When I have noticed myself slouching and gone to this straighter and more open posture I instantly feel more open, confident, have a better self-image, and it changes the nature of my thoughts to ones that are more positive and aware of what is going on for me and others.

    1. Such discoveries Michael have the potential for revolutionising psychology and the mental health care sector.

  49. There have been many times when a family member or friend and myself have had the exact same thought at the exact same time and even began saying what it was simultaneously. What Adrienne describes here as us being receptors of thoughts seems like the only logical reason or basis for something like that happening with such regularity that it does for many people. It also explains how many people at work, including myself may have the feeling that it is actually a different day in the week or time of day than it really was at that particular time, or that the day seems to be going slower or faster.

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