Something to think about:
"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world." Gautama the Buddha
Just about 30 years ago I was lucky enough to meet and persuade a Dr. Jan Foudraine to work as a consultant for Browndale-Gunning Stichting - a residential treatment centre I was associated with in Holland.
I love the 'we are what we think'
quote. I want to share Dr. Foudraine's 'take' or interpretation. Dr. Foudraine was quite a famous stage actor in Europe before he studied to become a psychoanalyst and did some very cutting edge
pioneer work in Connecticutt before returning to the Netherlands.
"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world." What is the meaning of those words, "With our thoughts we make the world"?
It means that the world that we are perceiving is not just an extension of our senses. The re-cognisable world of names and forms as it is being observed, as it appears, is the result of concepts (thoughts or words) drifting in consciousness. We ‘think’ the world, we are ‘dreaming’ the world. We are seeing and hearing the world not through our eyes and ears but through the mind. All that we see is ‘mind’ and we do not perceive what-is. We clearly do not see ‘a tree’. What is being seen is a trembling movement in consciousness and made of consciousness, and we stick very rapidly the label (or word) ‘tree’ onto this movement. We snatch that label out of our reservoir of concepts and that reservoir is the accumulated past. So we are all mind-dominated and thus past-dominated. We are, as it is said, sleeping, like Lazarus, in our grave and that grave is the past. How about that for a definition of our general, and shared insanity!
Are we then actually living in a world of words? I had to ask myself that question. The answer is clear. Of course we are!"
Sounds like words are very powerful tools, guys. Sharp, shaping, demanding respect.