There is something about the process of thinking in Buddhist philosophy that seems to be often misinterpreted. Far from it being a worthless, passive exercise, thinking can be the result of a very dynamic, connected and creative essence. When we awaken to the folly of the world internalized in me our experience begins to move towards becoming externalized into the world. Suddenly the world opens and the barriers increasingly fall away and thinking becomes attuned to that. In my experience this is the goal of contemplation. A natural unfolding, through awareness takes place when what we have been conditioned to be becomes realized. Through awareness, the limited sense of self increasingly becomes less of an influence in our cognition and overall existence. In that awareness we are more capable of differentiating the source of thoughts. There is a distinction to be realized between an imagination influenced by our limited self and what spontaneously arises in awareness in letting go of that conditioning.

Author: Gord Clements

I find some satisfaction in the act of attempting to express my experience of life through painting, writing, language and other art forms. I have been painting for over thirty five years and combine my love of art with a meditative and contemplative way of life. I have an intuitive sense that true creativity is something that arises from beyond and through Qthe self that can be explored and shared through some form of expression although I always hope to open to the influence of that which is beyond my limited sense of self.

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