The world is a giant thought

Image: Jeremy Bishop

You can go deep down the rabbit hole if you meditate on this little nugget for a moment.

Think about it. Everything is a thought. That coffee cup over there symbolizes what it is for you only through thought. If you had no thought, what would it be? Nothing, right?

Think of the big-picture stuff in our world…

Our economic system. 
Our transportation system. 
Our government. 
Our music.
Our culture and the way we interact.
Our social norms.
How we get food to our tables every night.
Our morality.

I could go on for a very long time here. But all of these are fruits of human thought.

Even when we boil it down from the bigger, macro concepts above to the more micro and personal…

How you cook your pasta (I’ll take mine al dente, thank you).
What kind of socks you wear with your Birkenstocks (what, you don’t?).
What kind of cheese you enjoy.
What you do with your Friday nights.
Why you’ve been at that same shitty job for twelve years.
Why you talk to yourself the way you do.
Why you tell everyone you hate Justin Bieber, but you’ve given him a dedicated playlist on Spotify that you listen to in the gym.

Again, I could go on… And on…

We live in an ocean of our own thought.

If we can be aware of this and can see the nature of it, we can much more easily navigate.


Jonas Ellison is a spiritual writer, teacher, practitioner, and an interfaith minister-in-training. He helps people deepen their lives through applied spirituality while documenting his journey along the way.

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