Think a thing in and of itself



For any particular thing, ask What is it in itself?  What is its nature?  

Marcus Aurelius Meditations ~ 175 AD


 
I first learned this pricipal from a pamphlet by  #RS which i think was titled “Practical Training in Thought”.  

We must understand that the colouring of our thoughts has its origin far deeper than is generally imagined. It is the feelings which frequently impel a man to hold certain opinions. The logical reasons he puts forward are often a mere screen, a mask for his deeper feelings and habits of thought.

To bring ourselves to the point where logical reasons really mean something to us, we must first learn to love the logic in things. Only when we have learned to love what is real and objective, only then will the logical reasons be the decisive thing for us. We gradually learn to think objectively — independently, as it were, of our affections for this thought or that. Then our vision widens and we become practical — not in the sense of those who can only think on along the accustomed lines, but practical in the sense that we learn to draw our thoughts from out of the things themselves.

Practical life is born of objective thinking — that thinking which flows out of the things themselves. It is only by carrying out such exercises that we learn to take our thoughts from the things. And these exercises must be done with sound and healthy things — things that are least perverted by human civilisation — things of Nature.

Practical Training in Thought – Rudolph Steiner

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Comments


Mark de LA says
XOR from BofNK:
17:27 It is possible to learn to experience whatever is perceived prior to the addition of self-oriented interpretations. As was introduced in the last chapter, this occurs when we perceive whatever is there for-itself rather than how it relates to us. Recall trying to interpret something in what appears to be its most basic form—as simply there—without any judgments or reactions added to it. Of course, I’m sure it proved very challenging, but we’ve been moving in this direction all along, and such things take time and effort. Two exercises we did much earlier—trying to see an object while not-knowing what it is (Chapter Four), and trying to stop our thinking altogether (Chapter Six)—helped prepare us to better recognize the nature of mind and perceptions. Now we can ask the question: What is the relationship between experiencing something for-itself and being at effect?

Ralston, Peter. The Book of Not Knowing: Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness (p. 334). North Atlantic Books. Kindle Edition. 

Seth says

Seth says
#RS’s “Practical Training in Thought

Si says
Just to note. I agree with #RS here. Some may want to relate the above to #LOA … but they are quite different things. #LOA talks about the outcome of thought only, while the above talks about improving the quality of thoughts. #LOA does not specifically talk about how to go about improving the quality of one’s thinking, but clearly the outcomes (manifestations) resulting from thoughts will be different depending on the quality of one’s thinking … so the above becomes a nice complement and paring with #LOA.  

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