The Value Of Thoughts

The Tree Fallen

The Tree Fallen

NE MT. HOOD SITE #2—When it comes to thoughts, I value mine at a good, solid 9. Does that surprise you after all my rants against thoughts?

Well, it shouldn’t because that’s 9 on a scale of 100.

But from what I can tell—and from my previous days of yore—most people (and only on a scale of 1 to 10) value their thoughts at like 11.

Yesterday, I headed down to Hood River for some supplies and to satisfy a serious pizza craving, then, because my boss/client values his thoughts at around 15 on a scale of 1 to 10, I headed back up Mt. Hood to work on a project that should have taken a few days and now looks like it will take at least a month.

There are probably six primitive campsites along this road I’m currently calling home, and all of them are empty (even though it’s the 4th of July weekend). There’s this one particularly nice spot—a clearing behind it, soft grass below your feet, lush forest on two sides and sun on the other two sides for all my energy needs. It was even level (which is pretty hard to find on a mountain).

“Perfect!” my mind said.

But it just didn’t feel right.

Still, like the fool I am, I listened to my stupid mind and made camp there last night.

Stupid, stupid, stupid. I swear, the mind is a terrible thing to have.

Didn’t get a wink of sleep. Don’t know why, it just didn’t feel right. I was tossing and turning and when I would nod off, I’d jerk awake because…?

I’ve been talking a lot about the Emptiness level lately (and Emptiness is all very rational), but don’t be too attached to the mind and its stupid thoughts and theories. The Mystic knows Emptiness practice (inquiry) is only a third of an integral path toward Awakening.

In the morning, tired and miserable, I broke camp (read: jumped in the driver’s seat and started the engine), and returned to my previous spot.

And it feels good. I expect I’ll sleep like a baby tonight.

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4 thoughts on “The Value Of Thoughts

  1. Wayne,
    I think and feel that you’re right about this. I’d add that, also, it seems that the source of the thoughts determines part of the value. When I feel a thought that seems to be coming from Her, that’s a thought that has more value. After 50 something years on the planet and 30 something years on the mystical path, I’m now prone to toss out thoughts that seem to be generated from my ego or sense of self. Aloha! Aliman

  2. So then, is listening to our feelings, even if we think that something is rationally perfect, is the moral of the story? 🙂

  3. Attila,

    Well, first, to clarify: For me personally, I usually can’t tell the difference between a thought and a feeling. For me, it’s all feelings. E.g., at work during a meeting, I may have a “thought” about creating a spreadsheet to track all employee training hours. When I first become aware of this “thought” I experience it as a feeling. That feeling will hit me and I don’t have the words, but if the office manager is sitting next to me in the meeting at that second, I’ll turn to her and explain what I want done. When I do this, I’m actually hearing the words for the first time. I’m translating, on the spot, a feeling into instructions.

    This leads to the second point: most of the time I’m able to sense the source of feelings. If I feel like the feeling is from my ego or from my small self, which is always trying to conjure itself more strongly into existence by coming up with all kinds of hair-brained ideas, I’ll recognize it and ignore it. I’m still new at this process, so I usually smile a bit or laugh to myself about how silly it is. But if I sense that the feeling is coming from Her/God/THEOS, then it’s something worth acting on. I’ve been doing “Active Insight Meditation” for many years, and one result is that the source of feelings is fairly clear (most of the time).


    • Dear Aliman!

      Thank you for your answer!
      I see what you mean. And it is probably a thing that is hard to talk about, because it is about intuition and other things hard to grasp.
      One day, a few days ago I presume that is was in the mindful state. That day I received four phone calls and all the time I “felt” it a few seconds earlier then the phone started to ring. I even felt who the caller will be…

      Keep on “beliving/listening to Her”!


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