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Personal growth: Do we really control our thoughts? September 30, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Concept of personal growth.
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Can we control our thoughts, or is thinking an automatic process like digesting our food, as Eckhart Tolle suggests.

In his book A New Earth, Tolle writes:

“The voice in the head [thinking]* has a life of its own. Most people are at the mercy of that voice; they are possessed by thought, by the mind. And since the mind is conditioned by the past, you are then forced to re-enact the past again and again.”

This can have a cumulative effect, which Tolle compares to an emotional energy field:

“This energy field of old but still very-much-alive emotion that lives in almost every human being is the pain-body.”

This phenomenon can be highly damaging to our emotional development.

Fortunately, Tolle spends a lot of time in the book providing advice on how we can limit the negative outcomes that might result from our personal pain-bodies.

A New Earth is not an easy book to thoroughly understand and implement, but it is well worth making the effort to do so.

* My parentheses

– Dennis Mellersh