Why do we all have same thought patterns?
Recently I had this thought (1 is allowed!) that maybe it is better to unlearn some of my mind’s bad habits than to have no mind at all. But then I thought (fine, 2!) how did these habits get learnt at all? Which leads to my actual question — if a human’s true nature is love and nothing else, then how is it that everybody has, more or less, the same and shared patterns of thought if they weren’t already pre-programmed somewhere in our nature?
Brilliant question, darling! Let’s start with the basics. Everything and everybody in this creation is a combination of ‘Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Ether’
What is thought?
Thought is nothing but Mind. Mind is a permutation and combination of ‘Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Ether’.
What is a thought pattern?
‘Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Ether’ give birth to everything including an idea or experience. An idea or experience gives birth to thought. A thought is just a mere notion in the consciousness at this moment of birth. Repetition of a thought produces attachment to this notion. A mental or physical action/reaction is born out of this attachment. Repetition of action forms a habit. This habit when difficult to break out of becomes a ‘set pattern’. What is this pattern finally of? It is a pattern of ATTACHMENT to ‘Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Ether’.
How come all of us share the same patterns of thoughts?
There is no outside of this ”Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Ether’ for the physical plane of existence! So everything and everyone that is born here, and lives here and dies here only has thoughts and patterns of the here i.e. of ‘Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Ether.
- All of us are of ‘Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Ether’.
- All of us are for ‘Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Ether’.
- All of us have come from ‘Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Ether’.
- All of us go back to ‘Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Ether’.
So our patterns are caused by our ATTACHMENT to the products of ‘Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Ether’.
How do all the paintings of a painter follow a similar underlying pattern? Why is there a common thread between all the songs of a composer? Why is every one running the same rat race of desire? Because there is a self-created subconscious pattern of ‘Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Ether’.
Who is the cause of this set pattern?
I myself am the cause of this set pattern because of my ATTACHMENT [raaga and dvesha] to the first notion. If I had dropped the attachment right in the first place, this entire drama of patterns would not occur.
Is there a way out of the set pattern?
Revered sages who have meditated have gone beyond the plane of ‘Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Ether’. Transcending this physical plane of existence, helps one overcome this limitation of ‘thought patterns’! So go back to your practices of ‘unlearning the patterns of the mind’ until you succeed in attaining the complete ‘cessation of the mind’.
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