While reading “Leap Beyond Your Limits” by Chris Curran (definitely recommend this book) I came across this sentence:
“With the glut of information that we suffer from in modern society, more of our thoughts are formed based on the experience of others rather than our own personal experiences.”
How true! I know from personal experience (lol) that I SURELY DO THIS, and I notice this in others as well. Perhaps in a light form, we go to YouTube or Google to find others to validate our thoughts, therefore confirming them without deep analysis. Other times, we go outside of ourselves to learn “new” thoughts.
We trust others using our own discernment mechanisms, but how often do we actually evaluate our own experience before accepting a thought as a belief? Also, how often do we actually try to obtain our own personal experience??
Extending this idea even further, when I go to YouTube or someone’s blog- how much of their experience is actually based on their experience and not someone else’s?! You can’t always know if someone is spouting off knowledge they’ve actually tested with their own mind/body/spirit complex or if they’re trusting someone else’s beliefs and distortions when they choose to share “their” knowledge.
The book also mentions how advertising and media are full of “false thoughts” that creep into the mind. Your body/hair/car/house/clothing is not good enough- you need this. Other people love this, so you should love it, too. Your health/emotional/financial problems are not created by you, so you don’t need to think about them- you need this pill to get rid of it (i.e. mask it).
These kinds of thoughts are dangerous, because they tend to creep into the subconscious mind for processing before “you” (your conscious self) are even aware of the thought-forms that are being created into beliefs.
Soon you start thinking, “Man, I’m depressed. I should ask my doctor for pills” without even stopping to evaluate your experiences when you’re “down” or “hopeless” or “isolating yourself socially” or “anxious.” Maybe these things are diet-related. Maybe these things are just your body telling you you need to recharge for a minute. Maybe there is an unhealthy element in your life that needs to be addressed (the people around you, work environment, family circumstances). Find the “depression-trigger” and address it – don’t just mask the symptoms alerting you to a problem. (Note: this is not a blanket statement for ALL CASES OF DEPRESSION, so don’t worry about defending the use of medication- I simply mean to encourage people to EVALUATE their experience before they run to a solution)
Always judge your thoughts. Test them. Weigh them. Where does the thought come from? Is this true? Does this fall into my beliefs, based on my own experience? Are the thoughts really “me”? The answer is always “no” to that one, by the way- “I” am never “my thoughts.” Nan yar?
Bottom line: Go out and form your own experiences!