I am always thinking. But then, really, who isn’t?
Our entire reality as we perceive it is based on thought. We see this life in our own, individual ways, which differ as they do because of our thinking.
While it’s true that at our core, we are all energy, and thus all the same, as I have been writing about this week both in Positivity and Pathwalking, how we think defines our individuality. Not simply what we think, but how we think. And this is the single most variable thing between me, you, those people, and the often referenced “them” and “they.”
It’s not just a matter of the what of our thoughts. That’s complicated enough as it is. HOW we think, the manner in which we begin our thought process, is dramatically different.
Take clouds for example. I might look up in the sky, see a triangular cloud, and think, oooo, Star Destroyer. You might see the same cloud and think, cool, racing horse and rider. Another person might see race car raising dust behind it. Someone is going to see it and think, huh, cumulous. Same cloud, completely different perspectives on it.
This is where the difference between conscious and subconscious thought comes into play. When we are more aware in the here-and-now, we become conscious. Once we are conscious, we are more aware, and being aware we can take control of our thinking.
The subconscious also is built on thought. In some respects it’s easier to let the subconscious do the driving. Unfortunately, when we do, often we will find dissatisfaction in where we are, because we didn’t do all we could to control that.
Is conscious thinking harder to do than subconscious thought?
Simple answer – no. More complex answer, and given my deep and abiding love for all things Star Wars, let’s borrow a quote from Yoda. It was about the Dark Side, but it also could be applied to subconscious thinking. Luke asks, “Is the dark side stronger?” Yoda replies, “No. Quicker. Easier. More seductive.” Subconscious thought is just like that. More seductive, simply because it is easier to just fall into the pattern and routine of the subconscious.
We do more subconsciously than consciously. Breathing, blinking, swallowing, etc. Thinking also happens subconsciously, because we are always thinking. Conscious reality creation is a matter of choosing how we think.
I am at an interesting place in my life right now. I know what I want to be doing. Crossing the bridges between the worlds I live in and the worlds I create is important to me. I am aware of my own tendencies to self-sabotage, get in my own way, and let completely intangible fears derail me.
When I was almost five years old, Star Wars came out. Yes, I know it’s now referred to as Episode IV – A New Hope – but it was and probably always will be The Original Star Wars for me. There are a lot of missing memories from my childhood, but I remember watching that Corellian Corvette flying past, pursued by a Star Destroyer, lasers blazing back and forth. I was instantly hooked.
To some degree, Star Wars inspired me to become a writer. I spent a lot of hours creating my own adventures for the heroes of the Rebellion in my backyard with my action figures. From there, I began to create my own original stories, and my love of science fiction and fantasy blossomed.
I am always thinking of new story ideas.
There is a near-constant stream of characters, starships, swords, sorcery and ideas careening through my thoughts. When I went on my first hike through Sedona, I took pictures of rock formations that instantly sent my brain to fantasy worlds or far-away planets. One of the things I most love about a good hike in general is discovering unusual landscapes to inspire me.
With the completion of my recent move, I uncovered my old journals. I started keeping a paper journal in 1992. There are eight books full of my thoughts. Some are pretty interesting, and some are just reflections of my struggles with depression. Physical journaling gave way to LiveJournal, some of which I began to share, some of which was kept private. Then I created this blog, and almost six years ago began weekly posts with the creation of Pathwalking.
While to some degree I write these things for my own edification, I also share them because I know I am not the only one thinking in these ways. The how of our thought processes are different, of course. Many of the actual thoughts are dissimilar…but if you are seeking to be more empowered, and to consciously create reality, then we’re going in similar directions.
It is all too easy to get discouraged. Let’s face it, these are chaotic, surreal, frequently distressing times we live in. Yet on the other side, there is unbelievable possibility. We are capable of manifesting incredible things. To do so, we have to be aware of how we are thinking.
We can control only our own thinking.
The single most important thing to remember about the idea of thought is that we can only control our own thinking. We cannot think for anyone else. We can tell people how to think, but they will only do so by their own choice.
So why bother sharing my thought processes with you? I am striving to empower myself to manifest a better reality. My belief that Consciousness Creates Reality is strong, and how I am thinking is constantly testing it. I share because I know I am not alone with these challenges, testing my steps. Maybe in sharing the journey, I can help you on yours.
We are always thinking. Consciously or subconsciously. If Consciousness Creates Reality, then we need to be more aware of how and what we are thinking. Conscious thinking gives us more control, and with control we can manifest almost anything. That’s what I am striving for.
As always, thank you for crossing the bridges between my worlds with me.
This is the sixty-fourth entry of my personal journey, the Crossing the Bridges series. My collectively published writing can be found here.
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