Only imaged thoughts reach into the inner levels of an individual's consciousness, those places of intimacy and true revelation. The automatic ones that require little or no thought stay on the periphery in the realm of the brain.
Scientists have estimated that the average person thinks 50,000 thoughts in a 24-hour period of time. By far most of these are linked to the five senses of the physical body.
My stomach feels empty.
I must be hungry.
I see an apple.
I'd rather have the orange.
Or better yet, something hot.
I will go to my favorite diner.
I'd like company.
Perhaps my neighbor will accompany me. I can call him.
One thought leads to another as if they have volition all their own.
While awake, one thought seems to lead to another of its own accord. Yet the willfulness in our living is too often guided by an unconscious recognition of that which powers the will. On and on the train of thoughts continue until the waking, conscious mind tires from the effort, and the brain and body must rest.
The outer mind has drained the inner mind of its resources, and sleep allows them both the space and time to replenish. This is one reason we feel the need for rest,– why, if we are to be clear-headed and heart-centered, we must sleep sometime in any day-night period.
This turning of the earth to face the sun followed by the rising of the moon, constitutes one day and one night in a sentient being's life. This physical measurement of time catalogues our experiencing.
For some, life is a "things to do today" list that, at the end of the day, stands as testimony to their productivity, accomplishment and success. Then there are the days that the list is an unfavorable judgement, a condemning record of a series of undisciplined thoughts and actions.
Take a moment to reflect upon your own experiencing.
What has transpired in the past 24 hours of your life?
Who shared your time?
Did you conduct the barter of business with them or engage in intimacies?
Did you meet someone for the first time?
Where did you eat? Sleep? Work? Study? Play?
The answers constitute the experiences you chose, allowed to happen, or at times felt forced to endure. The measure of success is conveyed largely through your body, the deliverer of your code of conduct in life.
How we spend our time reveals the depth of our thinking.
Once we have a sustainable lifestyle, reasonably free from fear, our measure of life evolves accordingly. We come to believe that life is more than a series of physical actions to perform. We begin to measure success through our interactions with others. The questions we now ask are like these.
Did I offer my best effort today – at home, work, school, play?
Were my choices based on the welfare of all concerned?
Was I mindful in my choices, foreseeing the impact my thought and action might have upon the present moment, and in the years to come?
Did I give and receive with the fullest of understanding?
Did I respond to opportunities to aid someone else, to lighten their burden with a smile and a kind word?
Did I miss an opportunity that I might amend tomorrow?
Were my judgments far-reaching?
Did I leave the world a better place because I lived this day?
These are the questions that arise from vision. This is the kind of sight the eyes cannot see.
This sight arises from an entrained mind who whole-heartedly embraces a reality where every moment is precious and every happening divinely orchestrated by the thoughts of the creator of that world.
That world is your life, the people, places, and things that comprise your daily experiencing. That creator, is you.
You create your world with your thoughts. Every moment you have every available opportunity for peace, contentment, and security. Such choices, well-directed and well-made produce a confidence in self as creator. The mind's creative potential, activated and engaged, is realized. Now, a deeper yearning surfaces for communion with the Source of all creation.
This yearning is not created in the outer, conscious waking mind. It surfaces from within the depths of your being. It radiates from a core essence that gives life, animating every life form around you and within you.
This yearning speaks to you when you are still and quiet. It beckons you to enter into a universe where time is transcended and the Real Self is known.
The yearning speaks to you each day. It is the voice of the wind through the trees and the waves caressing the shore. Its voice is comforting. This melody of the Spirit, that spark of life from the Creator, manifests through you as the will to live.
Heeding this inner voice, is the beginning of aligning your will with the Divine Will. This aligning is always a function of Kuan Yin.
The Divine Will, expressing as I AM consciousness, asks questions of you that evolve your wisdom.
What filled you with wonder today?
Were you tested, and if so, what virtues did you call upon to meet that test?
When the unexpected arose, what deeper understanding did you cultivate in the garden of your life?
How did your love shine in your dealings with others?
Who sought your counsel, and in what light did you offer it?
Responding to these questions, exercises the gifts of the Spirit, long awaiting the light of your attention. These gifts are treasured in an inner reservoir existing beyond the mundane world of finite knowledge.
Receiving the quantum space of enlightenment, you come face to face with your own wisdom manifesting as your Inner Teacher.
Your Inner Teacher is the sense of Infinite Being.
Your Inner Teacher pervades any space it claims, for however long it will serve the common good.
Resonating with Universal Law, your Inner Teacher lifts your Spirit to harmonize with Divine Will unlocking the Real Self.
– from The Taraka Yoga of Kuan Yin by Gael O'Guinn