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Limitations of Human Thought

Skill is under energy, not thought.


Thought Has Its Proper Time & Place

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” —Albert Einstein

“I once tried to thinking for an entire day, but I found it less valuable than one moment of study.” —Xun Zi

“People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.” —William Butler Yeats

“If you have insight, you use your inner eye, your inner ear, to pierce to the heart of things, and have no need of intellectual knowledge.” —Chung Tzu


Discover the limitations of human thought and stop trusting in thought over energy.

  • Thought cannot do.
  • Thought cannot bind.
  • Thought cannot know.
  • Thought cannot sense.
  • Thought cannot create.
  • Thought cannot understand.
  • Thought cannot be anything but thought.

All great performers report the absence of thought during their best performances.

For the artist, it does not matter whether those performances are in theater, music, sports, or any one of the arts.

  1. Thought cannot be what it points to.
  2. Thought can point to experience.
  3. Thought can point to sensation.
  4. Thought can point to memory.
  5. Thought can point to thought.
  6. Thought can point to feeling.
  7. Thought can point to reality.

Confusion occurs when you try to understand two disparate thoughts with another thought. Why? Because thought cannot understand.

Understanding is difficult when you try to understand with thought. Why? Because thought cannot understand.


What Is Thought Not?

  • Thought is not talent.
  • Thought is not reality.
  • Thought is not action.
  • Thought is not wisdom.
  • Thought is not experience.
  • Thought is not what it is about.

Illusion is thought as reality.

Why?

Thought can only be about reality.


What Happens Without Thought?

  • Creativity happens without thought.
  • Talent happens without thought.
  • Skill happens without thought.
  • Joy happens without thought.

Stuckness always involves thought.

Why?

Because thought pointing to thought as reality prevents the natural flow or passing of thought.


The intelligent use of thought is to drop and forget thought once you see or go where thought is pointing–because its job is then done.

  • Thought is an alert.
  • Thought is a pointer.
  • Thought is a beacon.
  • Thought is a signpost.
  • Thought is a flashlight.
  • Thought is a ladder to something else.
  • Thought is a steppingstone to something else.

Thought Directs Attention

  • Thought is a magnificent tool to focus attention.
  • Thought is no more or less than that: a flashlight.

Thought Requires Outside Forces

  • Even mathematical systems cannot prove themselves.
  • Proof comes from outside a system because thought cannot create or understand anything. (Kurt Gödel)

Thinking is regularly distorted in order to meet the goals of ego.

See Freud’s Ego Defense Mechanisms.


Cognitive Psychotherapies expose common distortions in human thinking.


Book cover for We're All Insane


QUOTATIONS VARIOUS SOURCES

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“A book gives knowledge, but it is life that gives understanding.”–Jewish proverb

“Correct knowledge is dependent on objects, but the objects of knowledge are relative and changing. How can one know that the natural is not really of man, and what is of man is not really natural? We must, moreover, have true men before we can have true knowledge.”–Chung Tzu

“Do not apply reasoning to what is unthinkable. The mark of the unthinkable is that it is above all material causes.”–The Puranas

“He who knows what is of God and who knows what is of man has reached indeed the height of wisdom.”–Chung Tzu

“I once tried to thinking for an entire day, but I found it less valuable than one moment of study.”–Xun Zi

“If you have insight, you use your inner eye, your inner ear, to pierce to the heart of things, and have no need of intellectual knowledge.”–Chung Tzu

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” —Albert Einstein

“Let your ears and eyes communicate within but shut out all knowledge from the mind.”–Chung Tzu

“People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.”–William Butler Yeats

“The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.”–Lao Tzu

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