Five Kinds of Thought and What To Do About Them
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What are thinking when you think? What thoughts roll through your mind? Take a look. Watch yourself think. I’ve identified five kinds of thought: random, emotional, functional, no-thought, and universal. See if any of them sound familiar.
1 – Most thoughts are random bits of unfinished sentences, phrases, and pieces of this and that. You start a sentence in your mind, and half-way through you jump to a different topic. The mind wanders from one thing to another in no particular order, jumping freely from one topic to next. I call this random thought.
Random thought creates noise. The noise gets worse as population density increases. For some, the noise makes it harder to do other types of thinking, for others, it’s like a springboard. Still others fall into emotional thought to stop the noise.
2 – Emotional thought is thought fueled by emotion. You’re in love and all you can think about is your lover, the time you spent together, and what you’ll do or where you’ll go next time. Or, thoughts of anger, jealousy, or betrayal latch onto your attention like a vise, and hold on relentlessly. People can spend days on end thinking thoughts that are locked in an emotion, whether positive or negative. This type of thinking tends to repeat itself. The same thoughts echo over and over again, fueled by the emotion.
Emotional thought is entrapping. It can keep you imprisoned, especially when it turns negative. If you find yourself emotional-thinking, separate out the emotions by focusing on them alone. Dig into them. Don’t think about them, just feel them. This isn’t easy but it will set you free. If words do come into your mind, replace them with a repetitive chant like “I want to feel. I want to feel.” The more hurt that underlies the feeling the longer it will take to disengage the associated thoughts. The task can be made easier by working with emotional-healing gemstones such as Morganite (with its symbiotics White Beryl and Rhodonite, aka our HeartSong ™ formula), Rose Quartz with Red Spinel , and Pink Chalcedony with Pink Spinel .
3 – Functional thought is an active type of thinking that fills a purpose, desire, or intention. It includes a wide variety of mental applications including problem solving, creativity, and attentive observation. It’s how your mind works when its engaged in an activity that requires your attention, usually framed by work or a hobby. Writers, musicians, artists, architects, doctors, engineers, and scientists etc., may approach their work differently, but all use functional thought when engrossed in their work. Functional thinking is in fact required when you’re engaged in situations such as trouble-shooting, finding explanations, clarifying a situation, supporting a viewpoint, and presenting new information.
It takes effort to keep the mind engaged in functional thinking. The mind tends to wander to easier pursuits and can be tempted by distraction. Self-discipline exercises the mind and allows it to stay in the functional state for longer periods of time.
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4 – “No-thought” may be more accurately described as a type of mental state. Most people often pass through it before they fall asleep. It’s a place where your mind disengages from thoughts and is able to relax and rejuvenate. Those who meditate look for this place. In my experience it doesn’t come with trying; rather, by falling into it. You have to completely let go your mind, which can feel scary, but rest assured you never lose yourself or your sense of self-awareness. If anything it improves.
The problem with the no-thought state is that it can easily become habitual. When you’re there, you can tune out the world and everyone in it. It can become a place of escape rather than vacation. The mind can become lazy, and can slip into random thinking, which is far less restful. Find the no-thought state within yourself to get mental rest and to rejuvenate the mind. But don’t stay here too long. Exercise your functional thinking several times a day to remain mentally nimble and alert.
5 – Universal thought occurs during those uncommon moments when we slip from the common mind into the universal mind—that ocean of intelligence, creativity, and expansiveness where thoughts seem to originate. To get there requires deep, quiet, and uninterrupted pondering. You get lost in a river of curiosity that takes you beyond the realm of common thought into an atmosphere of possibilities and unconquered horizons.
Slip into this deeply contemplative state with an intention or topic in mind, while staying mentally alert, and you can glimpse new ideas, innovative thoughts, and fresh viewpoints. This is where inventors and creatives love to go.
What’s the difference between universal thought and functional thought? Both involve the creative process and mental work. Functional thought plays out within the confines of your beliefs. Universal thought takes you beyond them.
Indeed, your own limiting beliefs are the biggest barrier to universal thinking. They are the one thing that holds you back from the next big discovery, breakthrough, or advancement. If you hold strongly to your beliefs and enter universal thinking, you won’t get much out of it. For example, if you believe electricity must travel through wires, you won’t be able to access technology in which it doesn’t. If you believe it takes a certain time for tissue to heal, you won’t learn how to speed it up. If you’re sure you’ll never come up with a fresh idea, you won’t.
The willingness to let go your beliefs and open-mindedly and open-heartedly accept something new is key to enjoying universal thought. You have to be willing to have your mind blown, at least a little. People with small minds tend to belittle great ideas—especially when they’re not theirs. So be humble when you share your new ideas with others.
One more thing, if you’re told a new idea is obvious it’s because every time you bring something from the universal mind into the common mind it becomes available to all. It uplifts everyone. It becomes self-evident. Thus, the ultimate result of dipping into the universal mind is also the biggest service we can offer humanity—the evolution of thought.
Blue Sapphire & White Beryl is a tool the Earth provides to help us recognize the kind of thought we’re engaged in, and choose the kind we want. It can also help us access the universal mind. Besides having a natural affinity with the universal mind, Blue Sapphire nourishes the mind. A well-fed mind is more likely to have the stamina to remain focused enough while pondering and gaining something good from a universal mind experience. Otherwise it can be easily forgotten.
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