Meditation on Ideas

12Feb09

Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself.
Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things.

Dogen

When an unfamiliar car in the neighborhood keeps passing by your home, it is wise to take notice and be on the alert.   That unfamiliar sedan circling the neighborhood could be a menacing threat to safety or security.  More likely, the vehicle represents the opportunity to be a good neighbor and provide  directions to a lost traveler.   The odds are not impossible that a new friendship will begin.

The same is true with ideas. When an idea keeps bubbling to the surface of the concious mind,  refusing to go away, daring to be ignored , begging for attention or beckoning you to come spend quality time with it, take notice.

Is this new  notion attempting to be formed into a theory? A  philosophy?  A new outlook , attitude or a belief?  Is it the next big idea that will change the direction of your life?

It is never possible to know the answer to these questions until the persistent thought is explored like all the facets on a diamond.  In fact, an idea is like a diamond in the rough.  It is up to the individual to cut, polish and craft the thought until it takes on its destiny as a precious gemstone.

Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images effect a very simple communion of souls.
Gaston Bachelard

At the present phase of this  blog, I am going to jot down and try to develop thoughts that have been coming to mind since my deconversion.   I don’t necessarily expect them to be new, revolutionary or destined to change the world.  To the reader, they may be old territory, long ago charted and mapped.  My best hope is that they are new enough and powerful enough to change me – – for the better.

Your challenges and feedback are always welcomed.

2serious
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2 Responses to “Meditation on Ideas”

  1. 1 escape2outerspace

    I’m at a similar place…

    • 2 2serious

      Thank you for stopping by.

      You said :

      I’m at a similar place . . .

      How so?
      2serious


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