Originally Posted by Dharma
Thought is not a distraction from being... its a tool used to perceive the reflection of self in the physical plane of existance. It is a manifestation in itself; IT DOES NOT CREATE ANYTHING.
But it can, and we do, use it as a distraction from being. As Tolle says, when the mind quiets down there is more space available for the rest of the being to come through. The problem is we all go bonkers when that unfamiliar part of self comes through and we either shut down the space or fill it with constant thought and images.
Thoughts creating reality are not part of SR as I have seen it defined. (It is part of LoA though.) Beliefs are part of SR and are deeper, more unmoveable truths that we feel make up our reality. I described it to someone today like this: Beliefs are the deep undercurrents of the ocean and thoughts are the quick moving and fast changing waves on the surface. The ocean flows where the undercurrents take it even though the waves may be flowing in the opposite direction on top.
That's an interesting perspective.
So 'thoughts' are a result, and not a cause? I'm not sure if I can accept that.
It is conceivable that thoughts are a result, but aren't results the cause of some next result?
My next question would be: If thoughts only reflect what is underneath, how can we change what's underneath? A big part of the LoA methodology is to discriminate where and what thought is expended upon.