Thoughts and the Golden Flower

There are many methods of meditation that can be utilized for many purposes, and most of them in simplified form can provide a great platform for inner peace, personal change, exploration or denial of the mind, and exploration of the universe itself. Consider that there is a place, or “state of mind” that can be a “launching pad” of sorts, a place that is a platform to be built upon, or a stage for us to jump onto and play. It is as you like it

Your mind is not a generator, but can be as a transformer that converts pure light into thought as it passes through us and the portals of our minds. How our minds deal with this information as it arrives is usually determined by a “personal” convenience or relevance. In other words, your mind will ask itself, “is this convenient to deal with this right now”, or, “is this relevent to me for any purpose?” This pattern continues even after translation and even attachment.

As a transformer, the mind will take anything it deems potentially useful and transform it — and it will do this by our prior conditioning, our beliefs, and our existent thoughts, individual and collective. The corruption of this light-information begins with the mind.

It is evident, therefore, that our thoughts are not generated in our minds because they pre-exist it. The substance of thought is actually delivered into your mind, and only then is this substance transformed into something we think we understand. We must consider what this thought-substance could be without being changed by our own wishful thinking. This thought-substance exists in two states–pre and post-conversion.

Pre-converted thought is pure, and is extremely rare. Some might say that there is only one pre-converted thought and that would be equivalent to an I AM state of being. All other thought-substance then is post-converted — converted by mind to some degree or another — and so it would benefit us to have a “method” of accessing that purer thought to gain greater wisdom, understanding, and variety of knowledge that this vast universe offers us.

Consider “thoughts” for what they are —  interpreted information. Consider the fact that MOST of your thought have been given you in a post-converted form by media, friends, and even your own memory. This information is no longer living, but is given momentum by each person’s qualification of it. This information also travels by waves, and is easily modified by anyone who locks onto it. This is the grapevine of thought, and is most likely responsible for much of what you believe.

In the case of pre-converted thought — waves carry this potential information throughout the known universe incessantly. The mind will seize certain particles and packets of this information and will quickly convert it into whatever it wishes — what becomes of this primordial “message” is based upon the individual receiving it. However, most information as light that passes through us is ignored, limiting what we can know on a conscious level. What could we be missing here?

The information available to us in pre-converted form is far more vast than anything you can find in academic institutions, libraries, and museums all combined, for those are finite sources. The “universe” as a source is infinite. Because the unprepared and cluttered modern mind is overwhelmed by such an abundance of information, thought has become chaotic, or at least random in its nature — this is where we will begin.

By detecting patterns in this random reality, things can begin to be sorted. This we do all the time — at work, at home, everywhere. This is the realm of the left lobe of our brains and houses the rational ways in which the mind is used.  This categorical practice  is not unusual, but it is currently done in a very crude and abrupt way by most people. We can so easily be “bulls in a china shop.” This is what we must stop doing.

To begin a more gentle way, we must know three things:

  1. Know that our thoughts essentially come from an outside source, not from our minds. Our minds only accept or interpret what is pre-existent.
  2. Information is carried by wave towards us and is only received by our minds much like radios “catch” the signals that are ever-present in the space around us. We “hear” those thoughts that we are tuned to receive.
  3. What we do with the information (i.e. how we convert it) is based upon our established modes of operation, e.g. our beliefs, desires, fantasies, philosophies and attitudes.

Based upon the above, understand that even while thoughts do spin around in our heads incessantly, we will begin to focus on them in a directional way. This can be read correctly in two ways — 1) thought travels from one place to another in a given direction, towards you and away from you and 2) you can direct these thoughts to a certain extent, and can become more adept with handling thought with practice. We will not attempt to stop thoughts from happening, we are only going to step aside from them in order to understand them more clearly.

So, information comes towards  us from another place, and it travels at the speed and frequency of its carrier wave. The mind is tuned to certain frequencies, and so it “picks up” only the information that is at that same frequency and then interprets it, seemingly to its own advantage. This is, of course, assuming that the mind knows what it is doing, but this has been discussed. It will be said that your pre-conditioned state leaves very little room for change, but so be it.

The information is interpreted (or corrupted) and moves on. We then project our interpretation (our thought) back out of ourselves and into the current of today’s thought-stream, contributing to a muddy and murky floodwaters that threaten to drown any who take part in it. It is time now to “direct” your thoughts.

The Method

Picture yourself standing in the middle of a freeway on one side with all the speeding traffic coming from behind. Every car and truck is a single thought, and it is rush hour. You have no idea what is coming, or when it will come, so you would naturally turn yourself around to get a better view and more information about your surroundings. Even better would be to direct all this traffic, these thoughts, around to a point in front of you, with them rushing towards you. Choose to direct this traffic in a methodical way by using the skills of your left brain in a very clear and concise way. Command is a key.

At first it may seem that there are hundreds of these “cars” rushing past you in multiple lanes, but this you can change. You begin by closing down a few of these lanes, essentially treating some of them as irrelevant — this will effectively slow traffic. As I have said before, the left-brain is great at excluding what it does not wish to know. Bring your thought-traffic down to speed as any good thought-cop would do, and continue closing lanes of thought until there is only one lane left, and all this traffic passing by you on your right side. Now you have something you can manage easily. Continue slowing this traffic until each individual vehicle/thought can be distinguished from the rest, and you will see they all have 3 things in common: they come towards you, they arrive, and they pass by.

Here is the important part — as these thoughts pass by you on your right side, you notice that there is a space between each of them. Again, you stand to the left, and they pass by you on the right. These thoughts travel more slowly now, so you are able to observe the details of each thought as it passes by. You can change them any way you wish or even journey with them into far-off places,  but be assured that any journey you take you have taken probably (at this point) taken many times before. If you hitch a ride on a thought, simply return to the place of being the director of this traffic, and practice this. Practice your command…. Practice, practice, practice.

Do this in contemplation, in meditation, in your waking life and in your dreams until you are more confident in directing traffic. New York should seem like a playground.

I will tell you now that just across the street (on your right) in Central Park is a little open patch on a rise — a place in the park that affords a great view of all that is going on around you. It has been said that in this place, every so often, a rare flower will bloom, but this flower will only bloom for those who are there to see it — the local Chinese call this flower the “Golden Flower,” and it is this flower we will discuss next.

The Next Step

So we’ve seen how information as light exists for just a moment as it passes through us like an electromagnetic sneeze, and then it is gone — gone on to other places on its never-ending journey. This wave will never dissipate, but will leave its essence with you, and it is this you are working with. Only you choose to observe or attach to the quality of this post-converted information. Only you choose to follow, guide, or explore it. Only you choose to possess it and manipulate it in clear or deprecating ways. Only you choose to see the beauty in all things.

I hope by now you have spent (minimally) a few weeks at being a traffic-cop. You really do need a modicum of skill in understanding your thoughts as waves and their “directional” nature to continue with this, but be things are as they are, I am not the cop that makes sure you are behaving as a good cop would, and the rest of this will serve you not if you are not prepared in a conscious way for it. Needless to say, this practice of turning the light of your mind around can serve you for a lifetime, so continue on as you desire.

So you are comfortable with direction, and you understand the nature of the existence of post-converted thought (your thought). Now we must examine one single thought, for essentially they are all the same, behave the same and display the same characteristics. So what does a thought do? It moves like a wave.

It comes, it arrives and it leaves. Observe this process —

Here it comes.

Here it is.

There it goes.

That’s it — the story of a thought. It is no more than that.

For us to actually learn from this work, thought must continue, and in reality, they do indeed. We need to focus on this incessant arisal of thought for now, and view thoughts in a linear reality, and directed to travel in a single line. This is the practice for now, and while it does limit the infinite nature of your mind,  it is a place to start.  You must begin with a single lane of traffic before you can effectively direct the 5 – 805 merge in San Diego.

Meditate now on this single lane of traffic in you mind. Notice peculiarities such as how a thought might try to use a closed lane and dash ahead of the rest. Regard these thoughts as they do the most unpredictable things, and regard what you do with them — how you label them, how some attract you and some repulse you. Notice how they will pick you up and carry you away, and notice how you CAN return to begin this practice again. Your mind is a wonderful place when you give yourself time to observe it.

As you begin to allow your thoughts to simply pass by you, notice how slowly they actually can travel. Begin now to focus on the thought itself — its substance and body. Its separateness from all other thoughts. As a thought comes slowly toward you and passes by, notice its end. What do you see there, after this thought has passed and the next one has yet to arrive. There is nothing there, nothing but space, but while you see the next thought approaching, you can take a glimpse of that little grassy hill in the park off to your right. Then the next thought arrives, but all is well.

What do you make of thought now? Do you see how each approaches, how each exist, and how they pass? Do you see the space between each thought? Do you see how each thought begins its existence in this space in your mind? Do you see how they rush into this space, only to rush out again. This space, this silence, is the punctuation of all thought. This, too, is essential to thought, and this is what we will work on next.

Remember, for now, to practice two things —

  1. Keep your thoughts on your right side as they come towards you.
  2. Regard the space between your thoughts, and the grassy hill across the street.

It is not time for you to take a break yet, for there is still plenty of traffic and your relief has not yet arrived. Just keep at it, keep doing your job, and soon things will begin to change for you.


10 Responses to “Thoughts and the Golden Flower”

  1. KoraKaos Says:

    Excellently phrased. I wonder if certain brain-imaging doctors, who believe thoughts in the brain to be the whole of our selves and souls, ever think of this. I have been reading a book about a doctor who was convinced that thoughts make the man, and when thoughts are “fixed” (whether by medication or meditation), then, the soul is transformed into a new and better person. Since the brain is running programs differently than before. Curious stuff.

    • Pete Madstone Says:

      Hi Kora,

      Sounds a little bizzare, if not life-demeaning. I think more and more people, even in the Medical industry, are moving away from the mechanistic, Cartesian view of the human condition.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      • korakaos Says:

        Yes. If they think our thoughts are us… then… who is watching the thoughts? 🙂

      • Pete Madstone Says:

        Yeah! Always a good question. Do you study eastern thought?

      • korakaos Says:

        Shoot, I can’t figure out how to use the comment tree correctly.

        But yes, I do 🙂 I’ve been interested in just about every religion for as long as I can remember. But I know a couple of them much better than others. Eastern thought is relatively new to me, but it usually makes perfect sense.

      • Pete Madstone Says:

        Yeah, it comes out it your thoughts, not that that is entirely conclusive, but I appreciate the place you’re in!

      • korakaos Says:

        Oh, no hard feelings ever. I don’t think I’m quite capable of them anymore in a real way. I had wondered if this was a more promotional than personal setting; but when I am Kora I tend to just act however I please. If you would like to be friends on Facebook you can friend me or send me a link to your page if you have one 🙂

        It’s too bad some people do shut out reality because of paradox- but I remind myself not to feel sorry for them. I like looking at my reflection.

      • Pete Madstone Says:

        Cool, and I’m the same, can’t drag a stick through shit forever, ya’ know. Between us, forget the FB thing — I lie what we have going with the blogs. BTW, gotta check to see what you’ve done lately. I’m putting another short post on Shiva in a few minutes ( I hope…). Its getting to be dinner time.

        I like my reflection, as well, which all things and people show me in every instant (including you). Are you familiar with the Kaballistic Tree of Life concept called Da’ath – it is the ultimate reflection, allowing Source to proclaim I am THAT I am.

        See ya, Kora Kaos, and blessings!

      • korakaos Says:

        I am relatively familiar with the Tree of Life- I’ve looked into it and done meditations utilizing it in the past. I am not as familiar with it as, say, Catholic tradition or ashtanga, but I think I know what you mean here ;D

        I’ll be doing a few Dionysian posts myself once I get them more organized. I’m rather excited today because tonight I will be attending a personally special channeling/healing session. So much more adrenaline than usual!

        Have fun exploring the universe, Pete! =)

      • Pete Madstone Says:

        Hey, Thanks!

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