Thought: the Human Super-Power

There’s something we take for granted every day, and which determines, without fail, how our day turns out. It’s mostly invisible to us, yet it’s the thing that explains why we have “good days” and “bad days” and everything in between.

We tend to think it’s things outside of us that cause us to enjoy or detest what we’re doing or what’s happening to us. We blame or credit our experience (whether we think it’s bad or good) on things like:

  • our job
  • our finances
  • our relationships
  • the weather
  • being on holiday
  • not being on holiday
  • the choices we feel we have or don’t have.

The list goes on to infinity – it contains all the people, things and events that fill our world.

But it’s not how life really works.

Despite how it seems, none of those things have any inherent power to make us feel a certain way. Of course there is always stuff going on in the world around us, but it has no meaning to us until we make sense of it for ourselves, using the power of Thought.

Thought is the super-power which allows us to have an experience of the world; everything we perceive through our senses is filtered through, and brought to life by, our incredible power of Thought. We cannot have an experience of something if we are not thinking it (whether we’re aware of that thinking or not).

All those things we think give us a good or a bad day, are completely subjective; no two people will ever have exactly the same experience of them. Two people standing next to each other on a crowded, delayed train, each running late for an important appointment, will have a different experience because they don’t have the same thinking. One might be philosophical and one might be having a panic attack. Of two people arriving together to the scene of a serious accident, one may be calm and reassuring, taking charge and doing what needs to be done; the other may have lots of distressed thinking going on, and not be of much practical use at that point.

And that applies just as much to two different people, as to one person in a new moment.

Different thinking, different experience.

So next time you notice that you’re blaming how you’re feeling on what’s happened or another person, notice that there is Thought in your head. Then give a nod of appreciation for the super-power called Thought, that allows you to think whatever you like (or don’t like) and to be aware that you’ve just used it to create a whole experience, a whole world, in your mind.

That’s pretty impressive.

P.S.: If you think this means you have to 'fix' what's going on in your head, you might be interested in next week's post: "Relax, you don't have to think positive"