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.

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