Is there such a thing as a benign thought that
has no effect in our experience? We
are an opinionated people. Are those opinions that we hold in our minds
(both publicly and privately) simply benign thoughts that wisely or
innocently report on reality or are they contributing to our
experience in some way?
Turner, an avid researcher and cataloguer of leading edge scientific
studies, once told me about a study in which it was proven and
demonstrated that a person could, by only thinking, cause a measurable
physical event to appear in a distant vacuum box.
It seems clear that at least some thought has power.
Most of us believe and have experienced that some form of thought
such as visioning, intending or praying has concrete influence in our
has an excellent article on his website about the Maharishi
Effect. It’s well
worth reading. In it he
says, “According to physics, if the square root of 1% of a system
is coherent it will increase the coherence of the whole system, but all
incoherence in a system has a 1 to 1 relationship. This is how a laser
beam works. A small percent of light is made coherent. This creates a
cascading effect towards coherence until the whole beam is coherent.
Does meditation create coherence in the unified field from which all our
minds come?” Coherence
is defined as "consistent alignment of wave."
is also a wave.
not a scientist, like Frank, but it seems logical that if any thought
has power, then all thought has power.
Or at least, if any element of thought has power (language,
image, feeling), then all thought with that element has power.
So it is also logical to ask the question, “What is the
effect of holding opinions since they have all the elements of thought
(language, image, and feeling)?”
the weekend I engaged a group of six people in a face to face discussion
where we explored this issue. Our
leading question was, “What is the effect of opinion in our personal
experience?” We looked at
opinions we shared and opinions we did not believe we shared.
explored public opinion by using the current Walmart debate as our
sample (the opinion that Walmart is a bad corporation because it
exploits people and keeps their wages low). Our group had
union and management representation as well as those holding opinions
about greed, control, etc.
exploration took nearly three hours so I can’t report all the details
we considered but we were stunned to discover the degree to which
our personal experience is adversely affected by our opinions (private or
We saw ourselves
unconsciously contributing to the "realness" of the
limitations and fears we all experience. As we uncovered a piece of the creator-puzzle we looked into
our lives to see if the effect was there.
It appears to be present for each of us, even though it
superficially seemed independent of our opinions (We do love our
briefly explored the effect of our opinions on others but the most
surprising discovery was the effect of our opinions on our own
we dilute our focus or attention by attending to images and ideas that
we don’t want, we do so at the expense of what we do want.
It feels like we are "kept out" of our desires.
it seems possible to get where we want to go by focusing on what we
don’t want, we cannot. We
have to focus on what we want.
opinion is a silent continuous thought in the background of our mind
that constantly deflects many of the waves emitting from us toward
effects that are not fulfilling.
Even when we hold an opinion of another that seems unrelated to
self, it still takes our attention or focus from what we desire (unless
we are willing to say that we desire for another to be unfulfilled in
seems we can’t have it both ways.
Either our thought is powerful and we must learn to be
responsible for it, or our thought is powerless and we can remain
innocent thinkers of any thoughts or opinions that happen to sprout.
our exploring group, we re-formulated seven of our particularly
diffusive opinions and will observe and report the results to each other
over the next several days.
a simplified version of all of this, in a quote from a
wonderful teacher, Joe
got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative"
you more of creating the experience you desire.