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I go dancing with my thoughts

Have you ever danced with a thought? Have you ever made love to an idea?

Do those questions sound crazy to you?

Well, what about these questions;

Have you ever disagreed with a thought? Have you ever analyzed an idea?

Why does the first set of questions sound so absurd while the other questions seem perfectly normal?

If you’re open, I would like to invite you to play around for a moment with a different way of thinking about thinking.

None of what follows is the absolute truth. It’s just a thought experiment. But some interesting discoveries can be made while conducting thought-experiments, so let’s see where this one takes us.

Light, sound, and perception

Basic Physics tells us that an electromagnetic wave is experienced as light when it is perceived with the eye.

That same electromagnetic wave is experienced as sound when perceived with the ear.

One wave.
The same vibratory activity.
Two different ways of experiencing it.

Whether or not you SEE LIGHT or HEAR SOUND all depends on the organ you use to apprehend electromagnetic wave activity.

The reality behind these two varying experiences is the same, but it’s the way we process it that determines if we perceive it as light, sound, or something altogether different.

Here’s my question for you:

If there’s more than one way to experience electromagnetic energy, is it also possible that there is more than one way to experience other familiar forms of energy? 

Is there more than one way to experience a thought?

In a way that is analogous to electromagnetic energy, what we call “thoughts” can be viewed as a form of mental energy. From one point of view, thoughts can be described as ”the vibratory activity of consciousness.” Let’s call them “thought-waves” for now. 

When we attempt to apprehend “thought-waves” with the mind, we experience them as ideas.

What we call an “idea” can be viewed as merely one way of experiencing “thought-waves.”

Now, what if “thought-waves” are more than just ideas? What if they also have an inner core or energetic essence that can be directly felt with the heart?

The mind can certainly lead to many interesting discoveries, but what if the heart can take us straight to the inner essence of an “idea”?

In other words, what if the energy behind an idea was expressing something that could be grasped differently or more fully with the heart?

The Energy behind the activity of thought

For ages, mystics and poets have affirmed that Consciousness or Infinite Intelligence is the Source and Substance of all that is.

They claimed to experience the activity of this Consciousness as a Living Energy and a Felt Presence.

This Energy, we’re told, isn’t just mathematical. It’s also musical. It vibrates. It moves. It’s also personal. It feels. It breathes. 

This Energy, they say, does not wish to be contemplated with the mind alone. It wishes to be engaged with the heart. It longs to connect with us at a level of experience that transcends the boundaries of thought. 

Bringing Ideas to life

We’ve been taught that ideas are lifeless.  But are they?

We’ve been trained to see concepts as cold and abstract. But are they?

We’ve been conditioned to think of thoughts as impersonal. But are they?

What if the millions of thoughts that pass us by on any given day are not JUST thoughts?

What if so-called “ideas”are simply our head’s one dimensional interpretation of a higher multidimensional reality?

What if we just haven’t been taught how to perceive this energy we experience as thoughts in a way that goes beyond the mind?

Thinking with the heart-brain

Eastern Orthodox monks often spoke of something called “The Prayer of the Heart” where a state is attained in which “the mind descends into the heart.”

The “Prayer of the Heart” is a form of meditation that is said to lead to a mode of knowing that transcends logic. Through this state one is able to directly encounter the “Uncreated Energy of God” which lies behind all phenomena, mental and physical.

What would happen if we all dared to “wax monastic” a bit by thinking with our heart-brain rather than JUST using our head-brain?

What kinds of experiences are we capable of opening ourselves up to when we playfully explore life in this manner?

What we regard as mystical or supernatural just might become more of the norm.

We just might find ourselves doing seemingly magical things like dancing with our thoughts and making love to our ideas.

If such a concept sounds unthinkable, then perhaps that’s a clue that there’s room for us to open up to broader ways of thinking.

But that’s just a feeling I have.

Feel me?

T.K. Coleman

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  1. Hi TK…. let me start by thanking you for communicating your ideas so well. You have a great way of analogizing and breaking what might be otherwise complex or abstract concepts into very digestible formats.

    Your analogy about two different receptors experiencing the same wave in two different ways holds a lot of meaning to me in how my thoughts transitioned from how I used to receive/process them to how I do today.

    So I most definitely believe that we can receive/process thoughts with different parts of our beings and glean different messages or manifestations.

    There is so much I could say about my experiences with this. I will try to be concise. A number of years ago, someone said to me rather sternly, “Why don’t you get out of your head and into your heart”? To be honest, I had no clue what he was talking about. None whatsoever. He may as well have been speaking a different language.

    Over a few years, I discovered what this meant. I had conditioned myself til well into my 30’s to use my head almost exclusively. I didnt know how to process messages with my heart. And even if I did, I probably couldnt recognize it. My heart-receptor had probably atrophied for lack of use. I used and trusted my brain almost exclusively.

    It wasnt until my hyper-brain-processing began to fail me that I got desperate enough to dial it down. Kind and loving friends slowly guided me to start using and listening to my heart. I took a leap of faith and slowly began to use and trust it. So now when information came my way, internally or externally, I began to consult my heart as well as my brain.

    What do I mean by heart? Well, to me it means the inclinations that are different from rigid linear logic. When my heart-receptors are active and receive a thought or information, they speak differently than my brain. My heart-receptors may then give a nudge or inclination that I can’t explain as easily as those communicated by my brain-receptors. Brain seeks to be mathematical and rational and communicate in near-audible sentances in my head. Heart speaks more gently and often through feelings in my whole beings rather than just dialogue in my head.

    Fast-forward a number of years and I have learned to receive with, process with, and listen to my heart far more than I ever used to. Yet this does not mean that I abandon my brain. It simply means I have a better balance between the two. And in doing so, I found my brain had to get humble and admit some wrongs. I think it bore too much of the load for too long and got off track.

    Brain inadvertently trained itself into some bad habits and thereby twisted and contorted a lot of thoughts into painful untruths… misconceptions… inaccuracies.

    When heart woke up and got active, it helped brain learn to process better.

    Today, I have a balance between the two that helps me function better than ever. And hopefully the balance continues to improve and cooperate. Maybe there are other receptors in my being that can add another dimension to thought processing. But that has yet to be revealed.

    Thanks for another enlightening, thought-provoking topic. And thanks for your kindess.



    1. I humbled again, bro. Thanks for those uplififting words about my writing.

      What you had to say about feeling after the truth with your heart receptor goes a long way with me. I think our journeys intersect in many ways. I remember when people used to tell me to “get out of my head” and I had no clue either. Part of my journey has been about learning to open up to a more multi-dimensional understanding of truth and embracing the wisdom of what esther hicks calls my “emotional guidance system.” Another part has been learning to respect my thought life as sacramental. When I use logic and reason from a place of alignment, I can feel God in that process. Once again, your comments contain nuggets of wisdom that are worth blogging about. You’ve stimulated lots of great ruminations in my heart and mind, brother 🙂

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