A study by Dr. Fred Luskin of Stanford University found that humans produce approximately 60,000 thoughts per day and that 90 percent of them are repetitive. No one chooses to host this cranial roar. We think we think but we don’t. We are being thought.
What we call ‘ego’ is a mind addicted to thinking. Does it need to be said that thinking about this addiction can only feed the addiction? A higher faculty than thought is required.
When Hollywood goes to the beach, we get Jaws. When it goes to church, we get exorcism. But sharks are innocent, and we are not possessed by evil spirits. We are possessed by our own minds, by the thoughts we think. Worry is possession.
A common misconception is that the world has many problems. It has just one problem—the misuse of the human mind. A misused mind either wants something or fears something. It can’t relax.
The aim of counselling is to stop the mind, not stimulate it. Can we think our way out of a problem that thought has created? No chance. Lao Tzu: “More words count less.”