Mar 8, 2019
Thinking happens of it’s own accord, just as breathing happens of it’s own accord. There’s no reason to believe that you must do your breathing, just as there’s no reason to believe that you must do your thoughts.
But you may argue that you can hold your breath, which is proof that you’re in control, that you’re doing the breathing. Go ahead, see how long you can hold the breath. It won’t take long before the breathing process will have reached it’s limits, will disregard your intention and carry on with the task of breathing. Yet there is no one there making the decision to override your will, it’s just a natural response.
The same applies to thinking. You may argue that you are in control of thoughts. You can choose what you think, when you think and how you think. If this is true, then try to hold your thoughts, to stop thinking altogether. Even if you manage to briefly hold them off for a time, they will eventually begin again, despite your intention otherwise. Yet there is no one there doing the thinking, or disregarding your wishes, it’s just doing what’s in it’s nature to do.
The thinking process, like the breathing process, happens of it’s own accord. Neither process requires someone there to do them. Really, this idea of control only disrupts the rhythms of a very natural and impersonal process. All will continue on with or without the idea of a ‘you’ there to do them.