The worst thing that can happen to you is a thought – Dr. Aaron Turner
The other day I was having a conversation with a friend of mine who is very reticent when it comes to the Principles. He doesn’t want to believe that our human psychology works the way that it does even though he admits himself that it makes perfect sense. The fact that we live in the feeling of our thinking and not in the feeling of our circumstances is undeniable, for without the thoughts, thus our judgements of our circumstances, there would be no feeling around them, they would be just circumstances.
But when a person has spent so much of his/her life, believing that their circumstances are what define not only how they feel but also who they are, it is sometimes difficult for them to let go of that. The reason is very simple; if we base our well-being on our external environment, then it becomes highly important to control as much of that external environment as possible in order to preserve that sense of well-being. Letting go of that control can be really very scary when we believe that we have to stay in control.
As a Three Principles/Innate Health Practitioner, our role is not to force this understanding onto anyone… In fact, it would be an impossible task, for the simple reason that you can’t force someone to think something and you can’t force someone to have insights.
The way I see it, is that we are here to help each individual pull away the weeds and moss (our personal thinking) to uncover the treasure (our innate well being and wisdom) that is hidden below, but though we can point a person to where the treasure lies we cannot force them to take it in their hands.
When faced with someone who is particularly resistant, such as my friend, there may be times when his or her reactions to what we might say could be “violent”
In this recent conversation, when I once more pointed him in the direction of his own wisdom, I got the “violent” reaction in response, “You know I don’t like any of this. I want to be a free to think for myself, to make up my own mind by dipping into different ideas, that’s normal. I intensely dislike this spoon-fed, brainwashed thinking, and I don’t believe in what you’re saying. For me, this can only turn us into sheep! Of course that’s just my opinion.”
Now, I have to admit I was a little shocked by my friend’s propos and, he being a friend, I left things there; in my experience it serves no purpose to insist upon things when a person is in such a frame of mind. And so I took a cup of tea into the garden with my shocked thoughts and as my own thoughts quietened, I smiled.
Firstly, in general when somebody has such a strong reaction, it is because somewhere something inside them has been touched, that sensitive chord. And secondly, because the truth of the matter is we can only ever think for ourselves, it doesn’t work any other way. But what stood out for me the most in what he said was “I don’t believe in this”, not “I don’t believe this” but “I don’t believe IN this”.
To believe something is to think that it’s true, to believe IN something is to have faith in it – and this is where I saw that my friend had understood something.
And sure enough, two days later, I got another message, this time a question: “What if someone realizes that they’ve been, in some way, missing out on a better experience of life because they didn’t know about the illusion of thought before? Wouldn’t that make them very sad?”
I sat with this for a short while and I smiled again.
Because when we see that it is our thoughts creating our reality, our perception of our environment, and when we know that we don’t have to think what we happen to be thinking, though we cannot control the thoughts that come into our heads, we can, fortunately, choose which ones to give our attention to, then there we have the key, right there, that allows us to have a better experience of whatever it is we happen to be experiencing. And because we’re the ones doing the thinking, we’re the ones creating our reality ourselves, then we become very aware of just how illusory our thinking actually is, as we are literally making up our experience as we go along, and the illusion comes from the simple fact that we have the God-given gift of being able to change our minds at any given moment. So my response to my friend was very simple: ‘Well they might get sad about it for a certain amount of time but once a person understands the nature of the human experience, they would at some point realize that they’re also making that up, creating their own sadness via thought”
Becoming aware of the illusory nature of our thinking is not without importance. When we realize that what we are thinking is not real, we don’t take our personal thinking quite so seriously any more and because we’re not so tangled up in our thoughts, they slow down and that in turn puts us more in touch with who we really are as human beings, it puts us more in touch with our core being… we see that treasure was already in our hands; we gain a higher level of consciousness and we have access to a higher intelligence, that higher intelligence where our own best ideas come from.
In a sense, we cut out the middleman, the one who feels the need to control everything, and we just are.
And when we accept to let go of the control that we have had up until now, we come to realize that there’s nothing really that scary about it at all. By letting go we find ourselves living a far gentler and more enjoyable experience of life, no matter what the circumstances happen to be.
When we are basing our decisions and choices on wisdom, then we have no need to “dip into different ideas” in order to choose which ones our personal thinking deem better, in the end, we are truly making up our own minds, thinking for ourselves, and in the purest way possible.
Related Video – Aaron Turner, When the Principles Don’t Work
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Related Article – BBC News, Rumination: The Danger of Dwelling