'Thought creates our world and then says ... "I didn't do it." ' David Bohm
How is it that in one moment - we can love our work, our home life, our relationships with others, enjoying a creative life, and be 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 more profound truth is that our thinking is always creating our experience, moment to moment. Simply put - we experience our thinking.
Each of us lives in a world of thought, from which all our experience is created. What we see 'out there' in the world, is simply a reflection of our innermost, hidden, beliefs - about our world, and most importantly about ourselves. Whilst our thoughts and feelings reflect perfectly our core beliefs; the beliefs themselves are more often than not, inaccurate, or at least outdated.
Knowing that what we think (and therefore experience) in regard to a situation, always comes from our deep-seated and often mistaken beliefs about ourselves, brings a sense of resilience we wouldn't otherwise have. However compelling, our feelings are each moment determined solely from our deeper thoughts and beliefs.
Every feeling therefore, if we so choose, points towards a fresh realisation about ourselves, and 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 have hope, and to thrive!
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 while also releasing our innate compassion.
Understanding the nature of thought expands your capacity to be yourself, and therefore to enjoy healthy, caring relationships not only at work but also in your personal life.