The first step to higher consciousness, is to think for yourself. The second step is to think big. And the final step is to let go of thinking and allow intuition to guide you. Let’s take the first step together. It has not yet been taken by most.
Your thoughts, mental images, opinions, beliefs and ideas: Are they yours?
Can you imagine, for a moment, a pink Elephant floating in the sky?
That’s how easy it is to provide a thought for you to think. It’s not yours – I put it there. I implanted it in your mind. You did not consciously choose or create it. This is the norm. Most of your thoughts were put there by others. You have tens of thousands of thoughts each week of which you probably didn’t say:
“I like this thought. I choose to make it my own”.
Some of the thoughts people give you are well-intended, some aren’t. But even well-intended thoughts are not always true.
If you have TV or Radio running, it happens thousands of times a day. An image on the TV screen or in a Smartphone, is a thought, no different than those of the mind. Many indiscriminately buy into whatever is presented on screen. Scroll through Instagram or TikTok and you can feed yourself a hundred thoughts in five minutes. People use it to drown out what they really feel. Even though you consciously claim not to buy into most of those images fed to you, the subconscious has a more difficult time not being influenced.
To awaken fully, that needs to stop. I got rid of my TV 30 years ago, but if I still had one, the least I’d do is to carefully choose the programs I watch. The word “program” itself, doesn’t mask what TV is: Programming. If you’re going to use “entertainment”, then at least choose what you program yourself with.
So are your thoughts yours? Most of them aren’t. The naïve, untrained mind takes it’s thoughts from others. And if there are no others, it takes it’s opinions from the great thought-generators called TV, Radio and Internet.
Our first exercise in thinking for yourself: In a few seconds, I am again going to ask you to imagine a pink Elephant floating in the sky. But instead of imagining what I tell you, I’d like you to imagine something of your choosing. Let’s try.
Can you imagine, for a moment, a pink Elephant floating in the sky?
If you defied my instruction by choosing your own thought, you’ve successfully completed the exercise.
That was easy, right? But only because you consciously intended to defy the thought I provided. Wouldn’t it be hard to monitor every single thought that comes my way? It would. And I don’t recommend it, because it’s too difficult to sustain long term. All I am suggesting is to take some time in a week, to be more discerning between thoughts that are genuinely yours and those that aren’t.
Believe it or not, most people are conditioned to such a degree that they have difficulty defying external commands. They’ll say “I tried, but it was hard not seeing that pink Elephant!”. Just because it was easy for you, don’t assume it is for others.
I could have said “think nothing”, but it’s easier to defy external impositions by pivoting to something else – a beautiful landscape, a car, a house, making love – the more intense the thing pictured, the easier it is to keep attention.
Let’s do another exercise.
Do not think of a pink Elephant in the sky now. I repeat, do not think of the Pink Elephant. And don’t think of an orange car either. Do not think of the orange car!
What happened? The command not to think of something is almost the same as the command to think of it. Those untrained in thinking for themselves, will have thought of an orange car when I told them not to, even if briefly. Some thought they are defying my command by thinking of an orange car! But a person (or media outlet) that is telling you not to think something, is subconsciously (or secretly) telling you to think of it.
The mind and subconscious do not process the “don’t” or “not”. If we were walking in a crowd, and I say about one woman “Don’t look at her”, I am putting your attention on her. If I didn’t want you to notice her, it would be best I say nothing. This is why what we resist will persist and why “negative publicity is also publicity”.
If most thoughts are not yours, how can I tell which thoughts are mine? Well, let’s do an exercise:
Write down 5 thoughts you’d like to have.
Was that easy to do? How did it feel to choose your own thoughts? Self-chosen thoughts feel better than imposed thoughts.
Example: I choose to think that this article awakens something deep and profound in you that changes the trajectory of your life.
I chose that thought, and there is nothing anyone can do about that.
How much power does that thought have, to affect my reality? That depends upon how many contradicting thoughts get in its way. When I formed that thought, it stood unopposed. I imagined it clear as day and felt a warmth in my chest radiating into the world. Choosing the thought affected me positively and is likely to affect some of my readers.
In an untrained mind, the self-chosen, positive thought, will likely trigger internal objections. For example:
“I don’t know if this article will have that affect. Maybe it’s boring”
“It’s not up to me to know”
“This sucks, I want to do something else”
“Really? I doubt it”.
If these doubts were to arise, then I either need to a) write a better article or b) create a more realistic thought or c) release my doubts and practice my new thought.
The word “doubt” derives from the Latin word for “two”. It means that attention is split between two things. A sense of certainty or belief, comes from being able to think about one thing, unobstructed by doubts.
I could write a better article and that would sooth my doubts. Or I could create a more realistic self-chosen positive thought, such as: “It is my wish that this article help people feel better”. That could be more believable than “This article awakens something deep and profound that changes the trajectory of your life”. I recommend not to think too small or too big. Thinking too small doesn’t the needle of emotion. Thinking too big can become overwhelming, putting the frequencies you are aiming for, out of reach. If you are struggling financially, thinking “I am a Billionaire” is probably not in your reach and holding that thought won’t have any effect on your inner state. But thinking “I will get any random job, just to get by” doesn’t feel inspiring either. There must be something in between the very high and low thought? How about this: “I do what it takes to find a product, service or value I can provide to the world and make good money with”. Doesn’t that resonate more than those two other thoughts?
Or I could consciously practice to release unwanted thoughts and re-align with preferred thoughts. That’s an exercise I’ll leave you with as homework. The technique is useful and universal. It can be used by anyone at any time.
- Make a list of five thoughts you’ve been having, that you’d prefer not to have.
- Now list five thoughts of your own choosing, that you’d like to have instead. Make them realistic but positive, neither too low nor too high.
- Intentionally create (think) the negative thought. Then intentionally create (think) the positive thought. Hold each for 10 to 60 seconds.
- Now intentionally think each positive thought on the list.
The reason you intentionally think negative thoughts, is to bring them under conscious control. They used arise automatically, now they arise intentionally. Then you show the subconscious what you’d like to think instead. When you show yourself the negative and positive side by side, the subconscious, automatically and naturally begins working in the direction of the positive. This is because the subconscious job is to assist in your survival and well-being.
I recommend this as a weekly practice, over several months. Every week you look at your thought list and take stock: Which old thoughts have disappeared, which are still there? Update your list accordingly and repeat the exercise. If you do this week by week, you will find that foreign thoughts fade and your self-chosen thoughts become more dominant. As a result, your health, finances and relationships improve.
These are mere baby steps in thinking for yourself. The long-term implications are profound. You gradually de-condition yourself from the world-mind and think a few octaves more creatively and optimistically than the majority of people. Your insights become fresh and unique, unlike the repetitive and stale propaganda of “conventional” schooling, media, corporate and state lingo. This is the “think big” phase mentioned above. Thoughts feel exciting because they come from a higher cosmic intelligence, from the soul level. The final phase is to be guided more by intuition than by thought. Here, the mind is mostly serene. No inner chatter. Decisions and actions arise from the moment, based on what feels right. Past indoctrination is not required to handle the situation in the present. Life is lived in a state of flow, more effortlessly than the grasping gripping, over-focused mind.
And it all starts with a basic awareness of a) your most dominant thoughts and b) the thoughts you’d like to choose instead. This is how you think for yourself.