Why are you afraid of thoughts?

divine intervention's picture

Average: 4.6 (5 votes)

Someone asked me in a private message why I am afraid of thoughts. The question probably came after he read my blog post in http://www.gurusfeet.com/blog/trick-break-identification-thinker.

I find it useful to share my answer to him:

I'm not afraid of thinking the same way I'm not afraid of car engines. Most of the time, our mind is like a car engine in full gas in neutral. What a noise. What a waste of energy. What a diversion of attention. If you control the car rather than the car controls you - when you do not need the car to move, you simply put it in parking and switch the engine off. As opposed to some myths, it is possible to do the same with the thinking mind.

Stopping the thinking process does not cause any pain and at some point after meditation when the mind is weak enough, it does not cause resistance.

Do not believe the myths, test it by yourself and you will see this.

Watching the thoughts and letting them on their own is a good practice for weakening the thinking process but it appears that it doesn't make the thoughts to stop and in many cases makes them control you.

divine intervention's picture


The same person, who by his questions is clearly very advanced, then asked me in response:


The following is more or less the response I sent him:

Deciding to do anything is a thought, including the decision to switch off and on the thoughts. But as we are not seeking clear-cut methods as such for the record but optimal effective practical methods so the switching process being a thoughts can still be tolerated. When you are aware of your thoughts you notice that there are different kinds of thoughts, some of them are not "yours" at all, some of them are residuals, some of them are not exactly thoughts. This practice while done uses a controlling thought, but it leads at some point to a state in which there are no thoughts at all - If we continue our allegories from the automobile industry: it is like pushing a car down a slope - at the beginning you need to push it but at a certain point it gains momentum and moves by itself.

Maybe I'm wrong, if you think differently, please comment.

divine intervention | Sat, 12/19/2009 - 09:22
Quantum's picture

One more thought

"...but it leads at some point to a state in which there are no thoughts at all."

KNOWING there are no thoughts is also thought.

Quantum | Mon, 05/17/2010 - 17:33
jasdir singh jaura's picture

What are Ur Thoughts? Mr or Miss "THOUGHT".

What are Ur Thoughts? or What are Ur Afariding Thoughts?
Mr or Miss "THOUGHT",
OR Thoughting in Thought,
OR Thoughting Thoughts.

jasdir singh jaura | Sat, 08/21/2010 - 11:02
Mohan Singh's picture

Weakness of Thoughts

I do not believe that thoughts become weak after meditation.Mind becomes restful and free from chattering .A restful mind is a key to peace and bliss. Later when you mix up with material things of life, thoughts start infiltrating into the acquired blissful state of consciousness to create restlessness.

Mohan Singh | Wed, 06/29/2011 - 14:03
Quantum's picture

"...when you mix up with material things of life.."


That so called "Bliss" goes away with stress.

Quantum | Wed, 06/29/2011 - 21:47