Do you THINK YOUR WAY out of a problem?
In minor situations by following a memorized
logical step-by-step process we are capable of
mechanically thinking the way out of a problem.
For example: simple mathematical solutions,
basic physical applications such as making simple
repairs around the house and so on.
These can be usually handled through a
formula - a simple, memorized, step-by-step
Thought is the movement of memory, so thought
never has anything new to show us. And
because it is a repetition of recalled things, thought
can never be creative. Thought is a history of events
and experiences. We can organize this storehouse
of memory in various useful ways, and this becomes
our "logical" and useful thought process. In this
type of thinking the simple "HOW TO"s are available.
To access a level of creativity we must go beyond
thought processes into the realm of intuition and
insight. Through this means we can experience
that which lies out of the range of thought.
The experiencing is stored in memory, reviewed
by the process of thought, then organized and put
into some useful application.
Thus you can see that one cannot really
think their way out of problems.
Thinking operates usefully only in a limited
area when it is logically and sanely employed.
Often thought can be chaotic, or just
filling in time with meaningless pursuits or
entertainments. This is the habit of thought.
It has a momentum gained over millions of
years and harnessing thought to useful endeavours
has been the major work of mankind,
most recently in the field of science.
But thought is limited. Therefore science based
on thought is also limited. But there is a
promising new direction opening up in science
with its intuitive ventures into fields such as
quantum physics. The future of science shows
promise if it is based more on consciousness
rather than on thought. After all, consciousness is
the source of mind which is thought. Thus
consciousness, hierarchically precedes
all manifestations, including mind/thought.
So if you are looking for success you must
find your way out of the limitations of thinking.
All the so-called "great thinkers", scientists,
musicians, architects, engineers, etc. tapped
that realm that supersedes thought and then
brought it into the world of mind/thought that
we are so familiar with.
And sometimes we still cannot understand
what these "great ones". We put them on
a pedestal and proceed to copy, or imitate
what they brought into our world,
but we fail to note that they were open
to something beyond limiting thought.