Our conventional mind is always creating thought. Some of this is useful but more, far more, is repetitive, useless or destructive.
So why do we do it?
Thought is inextricably linked with identity. It is thought that fabricates, and constantly re-fabricates, our outer sense of self. What Freud called the ego.
When we think or speak about ourselves, when we use the word ‘I’, we almost always mean this fabricated self. This story of ‘I’: where I came from and who I am and what happened to me and where I’m going.
That ‘I’ is full of likes and dislikes, fears and failings, desires and disasters, opinions and information. That ‘I’ is never quite satisfied, still hasn’t found what it’s looking for, as U2 so perfectly capture in their song of that name.
There is another ‘I’ in you. It is the one that, in reading this, recognises the futility of that seeking, the redundancy of much of your thought, that you are something more than your social identity.
This is the creative self.
When you recognise that the thoughts in your head are only partly you, and really a very small and often very silly part, you expand. You are awakening out of conventional thinking into creative being.
That expansion, that awakening, is the “the kingdom come… when the colours bleed into one,” that U2 sing of.
That’s what we’re all looking for.