Originally Posted by ludlow
If getting caught up with thinking is somehow a distraction from Being, does that mean you have to reject the idea that thought is the basis of reality? Can you believe in some kind of Zen-like "enlightenment" and also believe in The Secret?
here is my understanding of things... No you dont have to reject one to embrace the other. they may appear to be contradictory at first, however looking closer they are in fact fully compatible and complimenting of one another.
the reason why we must quiet our mind IS because thoughts create reality. if we have a bunch of thoughts flying around and we are not aware of what half of them are, we will be experiencing 'automated reality', which will be a reality based on these, often negative, thoughts. as we learn to still the mind and get rid of the unnecessary noise, we create a clean slate on which to create our desired reality
it could be compared to being a windshield wiper: if the windshield is full of bugs, you will have to clean it in order to see the road clearly.