Thinking is a series of images that we have gathered in memory

Thinking is the most conscious soul force. When we think we connect mental pictures we have stored in our memory as a result of past experiences. The capacity to form images, both past and present, gives us the possibility to have a wise understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Whether our understanding and subsequent actions are wise particularly depends on the effort we make to be conscious of what we experience. Life constantly streams by us and if we take in images without observing them we have less chance of making sense of these images and using them to respond wisely. Of course we can’t expect to be fully aware of everything around us, but the more we strive to increase our awareness the more empowered we are to respond appropriately.

One area to be particularly aware of is the images from the media that stream into us. The media is responsible for so many urban myths that rarely contain any truth. We need to have the courage to say “I don’t know” when asked for our opinion. The whole “trial by media” phenomena is based on opinions that have no way of knowing the truth of the matter.

We are served up so many ready-made thoughts that it can be hard to discern what we ourselves actually think. Try this exercise.

Make a list two ready-made thoughts you have gained from each of the following sources:



Other relatives


Work colleagues

The media