We have 64,000 thoughts per day. Here is the interesting statistic, 95% of those thoughts are the same things we thought about yesterday and the day before that. These are the same thoughts you will be thinking about tomorrow and the next day and the day after that. As you can see not much new information is being thought about. We become strongly attached to “our” way of thinking as we repeat these same thoughts day after day.
With each thought we have a chemical is made by our brain. Every thought has a corresponding chemical for each thought.
I believe that a critical part of learning discernment on the spiritual path is discovering the pervasive illnesses of ego and self-deception that are in all of us.
Most people think of themselves as having a free will because we as people identify with the things we do, think and feel. “I” thought this or “I” did that. And we often think that “I” had a choice to do something else. “I” could have skipped that dinner with my friends or “I” could have decided not to go on vacation on that particular weekend. We are used to believe that we have control over our lives and that we are separate identities who can rule our own destinies.
In this article I will argue that we are not as free as we think we are, and also I will argue that by giving up the free will and surrendering to a force bigger than us, we can bring about greater peace and love in our lives.
Revelatory answers in the search for meaning can seem to be the privilege of only the most evolved, brilliant, or blessed beings.
Author of Beyond Human: Claiming the Power and Magic of Your Limitless Self
People today seem quite fixated on the idea of cataclysmic change. I catch snippets of the apocalypse and the 2012 Mayan prophecy in conversations around town that usually end up pointing to humanity being magically transported to a new world, a new way of being. Seen as some enchanted departure from the world's natural, political, and economic devastation, mass enlightenment is trending in a very big way.
Is the world going to end in a year's time? Visionaries have passed down prophecies of humanity's demise for generations while promising an age of awakening, a New Age. By now we should be asking instead, does catastrophe, or lack thereof, determine our ability to "awaken" or experience enlightenment?