There’s energy behind thought. It moves and animates. It’s alive and powerful. It has momentum and a compulsion to keep moving. Like a snowball rolling downhill, thought takes counter-energy to stop it. Thought requires opposing power, like presence, to finally bring its momentum to a standstill.
One of the great benefits of meditation is its counter-energy, its opposing power, to the rampant and incessant activity of thought. To bring the thought snowball to a standstill, practice meditation.
Once, when in meditation, my inner experience was moving so slowly that thoughts were easy to watch. It felt as though I was awareness itself, watching what was slowly arising inside. I was the Witness through and through. Suddenly, a thought came in. I watched it and I watched my response to that thought: it felt like a thief trespassing the terrain of inner stillness. It seemed to be breaking and entering, slipping into the spaciousness of my mind. But the thief-thought carried the quality of the Trickster, the archetype who goes back and forth from different worlds, like Prometheus who brought mortals fire by stealing it from the gods.
This Prometheus-feeling thought arose from another realm, from outside the scope of my awareness, it slipped through a little door, softly entering the world of my consciousness. The name Prometheus means fore thinker, and some believe that the name derives from the Vedic Sanskrit word pramathyus, which means the thief. In a way, some thoughts are thieves, stealing our serenity and sense of self. They can be harmful, destructive and disruptive.
At the same time, other thoughts are remarkable. One of the benefits of meditation, in addition to what’s mentioned above, is having extraordinary thoughts, thoughts that are incredibly creative and innovative! One of the benefits of meditation is accessing the transcendent, creative, brilliant thoughts.
Imagine deep in the Earth, rocks of light that are brilliant, transparent, and clear. Unlike the other solid stones and boulders around them, crystals stand out with their luminosity and light. This is true of the mind too. Among the heavier, denser, less clear mirage of everyday thinking, radiates a crystal-like, clear thought that transcends time. It is the sort of thought that geniuses are made of.
And it’s a type of thinking we all possess. Buried deep within, beneath the subjectivity of our lives, is an intelligence born of objective perception and thought. Unlike most of us, a mind full of bright crystal clear thinking is a mind that Einstein likely possessed. Having an understanding of the cosmos way ahead of his time, he had a unique relationship with the beauty of the universe.
“The most beautiful thing we can experience,” he once wrote, “is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
With Einstein’s crystal-like mind, it is no wonder why he also once wrote, “I want to know God’s thoughts; the rest are details.” Of the many benefits of meditation, experiencing God’s thoughts – a thought that is clear and translucent and radiant – is a rare gift to receive. In this case, thoughts are not thieves; they are transcendent and crystal-like.
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