Thoughts have weight:
Thoughts have weight and mass, our mind runs rampant with them. Many are fleeting, relatively new thoughts, others are reliable servants, popping up at the perfect time, everytime. i.e. where the door knob is, where I put the car keys, etc.
Other thoughts persist and are unwanted, such as worrying about health or money. Ever think about an ex lover when it's seemingly inappropriate to be doing so? Most people are unaccustomed to communicating openly, honestly, and spontaneously and so they keep those kinds of thoughts to themselves; it's called withholding. Withholding has an effect on your aliveness. That is to say, some thoughts eventually begin to preoccupy the mind, and as the saying goes, they begin to weigh heavily on the mind.
All cheating begins with a thought that is not communicated verbally. All sex-related child abuse begins with a thought that was not communicated verbally.
Thoughts occupy space:
If you will, grant also that thoughts occupy what's commonly referred to as space. That is to say, if you are a salesperson and you are about to make the most important presentation of your life, your mind would be loaded with all sorts of thoughts. Many of these thoughts are essential to the sales process. i.e. order of presentation, product data, don't chew gum, don't badmouth the opposition. etc..
Others thoughts are detrimental to the sales process. i.e. "Boy, I'd sure hate to work for this guy." Sometimes it seems as though it's not appropriate to tell the truth. "Boy, his breath stinks." At other times the unwanted thoughts cloud the mind, getting in the way of spontaneity and clarity.
You can begin to see that there are micrograms/ounces/pounds of thoughts that can occupy the mind. It's easy to tell when someone is carrying around a lot of them, they actually weigh heavily on the person; they have cost the person their aliveness. There's no energy. The person looks preoccupied, grumpy, shut down, sad, dishonest, unapproachable or even mean. We all know at least one truly "heavy dude." Some old people, who never learned how to share their thoughts, are actually bent over from the load. In some cultures people just don't open up and communicate spontaneously. Even expressions of love are covert and implied rather than joyously verbally/nonverbally expressed—hugging is non existent. Later in life one can see the lack of aliveness (in an old person's face and posture) that comes from such conscious withholds/suppression.
One disadvantage of withholding thoughts and perpetrations is that a person who is in-integrity (all perpetrations acknowledged, zero withholds) can experience another's withholds. They may not know exactly what is being withheld—sometimes it can be misinterpreted to be deceit. That is to say, deceit takes its toll on a person's face. It often communicates untrustworthiness or flakiness. A parent addicted to unconscious lying, who has uttered, "I'll be with you in a minute" and "No candy" and later acquiesces to the badgering, comes across as a person who is "not home." Clearing can alter ones physiology or health from within; done with intention it can restore one's innocence.
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Thoughts can get in the way of clear thinking:
Most often what's running around in the mind are dozens of non-essential thoughts, thoughts that actually get in the way of clear thinking— "Writer's block" is an example. There are many thoughts that linger and come around/up again and again.
We'll call persistent thoughts considerations. They are what your mind is considering to be possibly true or not true—that is to say, some considerations are out-right lies you have yet to acknowledge as lies. If you're a salesperson, some of your negative, unwanted thoughts may be your reasons and doubts as to why the client might not buy from you.
How much does any one thought affect the outcome of many endeavors?
Perhaps you've noticed that when you are clear and free of heavy thinking and worries you seem to find the best parking spaces easier. Allow that it has something to do with the fact that your mind is spacious and free of considerations which allows you to create, to manifest your conscious intentions.
If you wish to master creating, first learn how to create nothing, the kind of nothing called space.
The way to create space is to communicate something, an incomplete, a thought or consideration. Then place an intention in the space. You can produce the same effect by cleaning out your closet. It will fill up, within a year, with clothes that more nearly reflect who you are today.
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There is also a metaphysical explanation and a Zen explanation.
Kerrith H. (Kerry)
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