Thoughts are like water, forming a river passing by as they come and go. The more we let them freely flow the bigger the stream becomes.
But the river can also be blocked. This happens when the thoughts that rush by are thoughtlessly accepted and turned into convictions and beliefs. As they settle, they convert from liquid water into solid earth.
Unlike in the material world however, where bigger rocks are slowly eroded into smaller pebbles, when it comes to what goes on in our minds, gravel is gradually transformed into bigger boulders. And these boulders have the potential to hold back the current of free flowing thoughts.
Everything can be viewed from many angles, but when one of those angles catches our eye in such a way that we accept it to be the one and only truth, we are from that moment on cut off from all the alternative perspectives. And thoughts belonging to those perspectives dry up.
When a stream is small it’s easier to immediately accept the thoughts that pass by as being true, because it seldom leaves room for alternative ideas to seep through at the same time. That’s when drops of water often instantly turn into grains of sand, preventing alternative thoughts from even forming. Only thoughts that fit those grains of sand are from that moment on accepted. And as these one-sided thoughts stick together they form ever bigger rocks of sureness, creating a dam that closes off our minds.
We must reverse this automatic process that shrinks the current of imagination and vision as we journey from childhood towards being adults. The only way to find our way back from this, and to open up the way for more thoughts to flow by again, is to erode everything that we’ve been crafting into stone. And to do that we need to vigorously pursue new ideas, which will act like water wearing away everything we’ve made solid.
But where and how can you find new ideas that can help you overcome your current drought? Here are some ideas:
- Start reading things you wouldn’t normally read, about subject you wouldn’t normally be interested in. Explore.
- Dive back into fantasy. Don’t let the world tell you you’re too old for it; that belief is just one of many giant megaliths crafted, left over from times unknown. Imagine.
- Second guess yourself all the time; when it comes to what you think, not to who you are. Contemplate.
- Become open-minded. This is not self-evident when time has taught us to close off. We must force ourselves an active switch in consciousness to escape from this self-sustaining downwards spiral. Connect.
- Talk to people you wouldn’t normally talk to and listen to their point of view. Prevent yourself from feeling attacked, or from feeling your beliefs are under fire, for this will only solidify the conviction, and may as well be an automatic defense mechanism that is part of it. Communicate.
- Stop yourself from holding on to everything you think (or hear). It instantly forms muddy waters. Over-think opposite thoughts. Reflect.
Get back into the flow of free thinking. Discover for yourself more and more of the stone walls that exist inside your mind and dismantle them. There’s a whole reservoir of new thoughts and insights waiting to be released once the dam comes crumbling down.
|Jerry CorstensA visionary dreamer with a blind passion for self-reflection and contemplating life, a self-proclaimed philosopher with poetic ambitions. He’s serious about helping people with the insights he gathered, but playful in the way he communicates his wisdom. It made him leave a career as environmental engineer behind, in favor of becoming a personal development coach and thought-provoking writer.|