'Thought creates our world and then says ... "I didn't do it." ' David Bohm
How is it that one moment - we can love our work, our homelife, our relationships with others, enjoying a creative life, hopeful of more of the same - and in the very next moment, these good feelings can tail off, leaving us experiencing boredom, frustration, worry, anger, lack of focus and fearing the worst?
Most of us would directly attribute how we feel, and therefore how we're able to think and perform - to our circumstances.
That after all, sounds very reasonable.
But we know that any one situation, to a greater or lesser degree, is experienced differently by the people involved.
As human beings, we like to think that we can make meaning of every experience. And yet, the deeper truth is that it's (always!) our thinking that is creating our experience, moment to moment. Simply put - we experience our thinking; accompanying each fresh thought is a new experience.
Each of us lives in the world of (our) thought, from which all our experience is created. Thoughts follow thoughts. And when they move on, our feelings and experience change.
The way we're designed means this happens only one way, from the inside out. However strong and compelling the experience feels, it remains that thoughts affect feelings; not the other way around!
Knowing this enables us to be resilient through the inevitable ups and downs of life. With resilience, the quality of our thinking increases, we ask different questions; we look in a different direction, and with that comes an ability to not only survive, but to thrive - in a place above ... or beneath our (thought created) experiences.
The relevance of this for individuals, families, communities, organisations, and business is massive, as it enables us to effortlessly increase listening and communication skills, teamwork, collaboration, creativity, innovation, efficiency, and competitive edge whilst also releasing our innate compassion.
Understanding the nature of thought expands our capacity to be ourselves, and therefore to enjoy healthy, caring relationships not only at work but also in our personal lives.