Originally Posted by skydust
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.
That's how I see it. Spot on! Basically, thoughts create reality. The amount they affect reality depends on how conscious you are-which corresponds with how quiet your mind is. If your mind is constantly noisy, the message on what to create is muddled and confused. If your mind is quiet, and the sole thought you are thinking, or the sole picture you are visualizing is of one thing in particular, then it will manifest.
So basically, the more conscious you are, the more easily your thoughts will manifest, because your mind is quieter, so the message is more clear. In this way, the mind is what Eckhart Tolle says, A TOOL, to be put down when you are done using it, otherwise is doesn't work.