Thoughts on Thought

March 16, 2017 | By | 3 Replies Read More

Sea Of Thought

An ever-deepening lesson for me is that I can’t believe anything I think! The thoughts in my head can veer unpredictably from sacred selflessness to petty spitefulness, from the exalted to the reprehensible.

I once thought that awakening meant that only the most holy and sublime thoughts would enter my mind. Now I believe that most thoughts are uninvited guests who flit from one mind to the next. I’m no longer sure that there’s such a thing as a private thought. Rather, there are thought-forms that inhabit our shared mental plane, which sneakily dress themselves up and pretend that they’re uniquely ours.

I’m not saying that everyone has the exact same types of thought-forms passing through their heads. Your customary vibrational resonance, and where you typically place your attention, will attract certain flavors of thought more than others. But we do live in a shared mental field, and the borders of mind are permeable.

If I have a horrible thought, it doesn’t mean I’m a bad person. Any thought can potentially enter any mind. But if I focus on a thought, I lay personal claim to it. If a stray cat yowls at my door, it will eventually wander off if I ignore it. But if I feed it, it may become a daily visitor.

Planted Thoughts

I’ve even had the experience of having a thought-stream run in my head that clearly wasn’t mine. Once, during a group shamanic breathwork process, a vivid and elaborate scenario played out in my mind of me becoming a particular person’s romantic partner. But these were unlike any thoughts I’d ever had, and their vibration felt very strange.

I believe that someone was deliberately projecting these thoughts into my mind, so that I would think they were mine and take action on them. After about five minutes, the thought-stream stopped. The sender must have realized that I was wise to their trick, and wasn’t going to take the bait.


On a more routine basis, there’s entrancement that doesn’t involve another person. All on its own, my mind loves to spin out a variety of possible solutions to a problem, but never settle on a final choice. Sometimes it seems as if its main job is to keep me endlessly engaged in the mental plane for as long as possible!

Head or Heart?

The best alternative I’ve found to this mental hamster wheel is my heart. When I see that I’ve once again gotten lost in my head, I drop into my heart and check in with my inner knowing. When I can relax into it enough, it will always give me the answer I need, straight up and no nonsense.

The choice is always there: head or heart? One will run you in circles. The other will bring you home.

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As an “AstroShaman,” Benjamin Bernstein offers the soul-level insights of astrology, the healing power of shamanism and the ongoing support of life coaching. Benjamin hosts This Week in Astrology, a Top 10 Astrology Podcast Award winner, and was voted Western North Carolina's best astrologer three years in a row. After doing over 7000 sessions, Benjamin has fine-tuned his ability to help you master challenge, embrace transformation and enjoy a more wonderful life. Satisfaction guaranteed, or it’s free!

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  1. Andree Marnan. (Nee LeCheminant) says:

    These alien thoughts are now really rare in my mind – but if/when they arise I give them pretty short shrift . . .
    e.g.: “I don’t know what you think you’re doing here – I do not choose to entertain you.” Aloud. It’s always been enough.

  2. Elisha says:

    Many thoughts are influenced by cultural variants and their early childhood conditioning. The idea of collective unconscious is also somewhat culturally relative, i believe. Notions like ‘morphogenetic fields’ coined by Rupert Sheldrake, do cover some of what you describe here.
    I don’t think it has to be even as near or literal as you describe (i.e. someone wanting you to think those thoughts). Many who say they connect with non-incarnate energies claim to be vehicles for such things, all the time.
    In many ways, that makes sense.albeit hard to verify. Sometimes I feel a message comes through from a deceased relative or friend, but can’t be sure if it’s my own thoughts or theirs. Channelling is an interesting, but questionable notion.

  3. Alecs says:

    Where’s the LIKE button, Benjamin? Lovely article, thanks for sharing it!

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