Awareness, Thought and Instinct

Cosmic awareness is to thought as thought is to instinct.

Thought is awareness of instinct. In that awareness one steps back from instinct, recognizes it as one among several ways of acting. In thought, one is not compelled by instinct but sees a broader array of possibilities.

Cosmic awareness is awareness of thought. In this awareness one is not compelled by thought, but steps back from it to consider it from stillness. Free of the compulsion of thought, one is open to the possibilities of the world without prejudging them.

Thought isn’t a substitute for instinct. Life functions mostly on instinct. This is just reality, neither good nor bad. But when instinct becomes harmful, when it contorts into a knot of confused action, thought unties the knot and reawakens action which flows positively.

Likewise, cosmic awareness is not a substitute for thought. Human life functions on thought. But when thought becomes unhelpful, lost in mazes of mindless repetition, anxiety and confusion, awareness of the limits of thought clears the mind and resets thought in its natural, productive mode.

Thought is maintanence of instinct. Cosmic awareness is maintanence of thought.

Cultivate thought to be free of mindless instinct. But do so by cultivating awareness, which fosters uncluttered thought.

One who thinks when he wants and stops thinking when he wants thinks clearly. One who can’t stop thinking can’t seperate clear thoughts from unclear thoughts.

Exercising all the time ruins the body. Thinking all the time ruins the mind. Cultivate awareness to still the mind and limit thinking, so the mind stays fresh and rejuvenated.

One thought on “Awareness, Thought and Instinct

  1. > Exercising all the time ruins the body. Thinking all the time ruins the mind. Cultivate awareness to still the mind and limit thinking, so the mind stays fresh and rejuvenated.

    This is a profoundly Taoistic insight. There is really nothing more to be added, as you have pierced to the heart of it, but just to riff for the fun of it:

    Holding on to a thought, feeling ownership of a thought, feeling the weight of a thought: hard and stale.

    Letting thought run through mind like water through fingers: supple and full of potential.

    Thought rooted in no-thought: life.
    Thought rooted in thought: no-life.

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