We are hindered and kept down in so many ways by believing that our thoughts are a literal representation of our circumstances, people, ourselves and things around us. It is an illusion. I say "banana", and you know what I am talking about, but the word "banana" is not what the thing is. In the same way, your thoughts about your mother or father or brother or sister or friends or foes or work or tasks or schedule or past or future or anything at all, are not what these things really are. It is an illusion. Thought is practical for survival, it is excellent as a creative tool, but to respond to the world with thoughts, and then believe that these thoughts are the things around you, means you can be trapped in a dream that you always thinking is real...
It depends if your thoughts empower you. Do they present the world as a dark place that you feel a victim of? If they do, see and feel that they are not a literal representation. Our assumption is usually as if our thoughts about things are literally what we are seeing, that the way the world is, is what we think about it. See that there are millions of ways to think about one thing. You could hate a chair, you could love a chair, you could think it's beautiful, you could think it's ugly, you could think it's lucky, you could think it's unlucky, you could think it's brown, you could think it's black even if someone else says it's brown. There are millions, even unlimited ways of thinking about anything. What makes us think that our little version of the world is true?
If you love your life and everything within it, then this probably isn’t for you. If you feel bogged down, burdened, unhappy with life and the world, even occasionally, we have to see the fallacy of thought, the illusion of it beyond a mere means of communication so that you can pass me the salt or so we know when we will meet, and that other than that, thought is nothing. It is creative, yes, but as an interpretive tool, it can be highly misleading.
A computer can work out how to do something. So can your mind. If you ask the computer about the world, it can only tell you what it has been programmed to tell you. Our minds are often the same, robotic, reflexive, sure of themselves for no apparent reason other than being engrained with patterns of belief which have not yet broken, and have often come from other people.
Test your thoughts, see that how you think of me, is not me, that how you think of you, is not you. It is like me painting a picture of a tree. My painting is my version, it is not really at all connected to the tree. It doesn’t even call itself “a tree”.
And surprisingly, when the mind is not selling you a story of the world that it pretends is true, your attention naturally falls back into a place that makes your thoughts and attitudes and actions far more inspired and creative.
Hope that rings true, thanks for reading,