It may seem to be an obscure question but being able to distinguish between the activity of thinking and the thought itself gives us greater insight into who we are as human beings. We find it when we differentiate between the place where thoughts originate and the place where we become aware of the thought and put it to use.
The one who thinks is the I, the one who has thought is the soul.
Contemplating this statement brings us to a deep understanding of the thinking human being; the ‘I’ is the thinker placing thought in the soul to make sense of it. Then, the body is the mirror reflecting the ideas so that we can see them and act on them in the physical world.
There is an assumption here that the soul will receive the thought and, furthermore, will understand it and know where to place it in relation to all other thoughts it has previously received. This does not always happen and some thoughts are never expressed because they don’t make sense to us. We have nothing with which to compare them. On the other hand, we may not receive new thoughts and simply rehash already thought thoughts.
For a thought to be truly useful we have to be able to receive it and then to decide on a practical use for it. In this regard, we can think about the falling apple that inspired Isaac Newtown’s understanding of gravity. We are told that was sitting in his garden contemplating the movement of the planets when his attention was drawn to a falling apple. He must have observed many apples fall from an apple tree previously but this time he was able to combine ideas differently and reach new conclusions. This suggests that his ‘I’, his soul and his body were in synchronous connection at the time.
One idea that arises from this is that the ‘I’ is less connected to the body, and the soul is more connected it. This supports the notion of ‘I’ Connecting. By connecting with our ‘I’ we have access to all knowledge. This may not be useful unless we are able to give meaning to this knowledge as Isaac Newton did when he combined two ideas and understood gravity differently.
Combining ideas in the soul is not automatic. In the book “I Connecting” there are a couple of examples of this.
“… when an Australian Aboriginal woman saw a truck for the first time she thought it as a moving rock.
Another good illustration of this is told about Charles Darwin’s voyage to South America. They anchored the ship, the Beagle, and went ashore. It was a large ship, larger than the natives had ever experienced before. A sailor asked a native what he thought about his ship and the native replied through the interpreter, “What ship? All I see is a large bird out on the water.” These examples explain the soul’s processes perfectly. The soul can be compared to a big database processor which searches and filters its data continually.”
Becoming aware of the difference between the thinker and the expression of the thought gives us a new awareness of our potential as human beings.