In Tibetan Buddhism a thoughtform or tulpa arises from the mind which creates illusory states often referred to as realities. Sri Aurobindo reports that Modern Humans do not have the ability to think in complete thoughtforms. As a result of incomplete thought forms negative thinking manifests in lower vibrational environments as violence, war, murder and death. If a random negative thought occurs in us and we don’t take responsibility to stop if from entering into the stream of the world then it seeks out a lower vibrational reality to manifest itself.
Most thoughts do not originate with us. It is extremely rare for an original thought to arise in us. Whether you subscribe to the human brain as a manufacturer of thoughts or a transceiver of thoughts from a wider consciousness the current gestalt of ordinary human thought must be considered (see also The-Locus-of-Consciousness)
The question remains then if an original thought is rare where do all these thoughts originate?
Most of the thoughts we think are recycled, passed on to us from our parents (and previous generations et. al.) and born from dysfunctional behavioral patterns based on fear instead of love. Lower vibrational thinking based on fears are easier to accept due to our neurological hard wiring and biological survival instincts. This kind of thinking and the emotional correlates make it easier for it to bond with the body’s thoughts and habits. Fear based thought is held by the body for the purpose of survival and harks back to human’s pre-language survival behaviors. Fear is a useful emotion when it alerts us to an immediate danger. Fears in modern civilization are often separated from immediate dangers and produce neurotic impulses from which arises anxiety and increasing stress.
“New Age” thinking though useful is predicated on the illusion that we are capable of original though and free will or free choice. Examples of this paradigm of logic can be found: a-conversation-about-ego-and-unconditional-love.
The Dali Lama and others who meditate report that the best time of day for the practice of meditation is at 3:00 am. The reason – when the mind is quieted it is increasingly receptive to the noise of the thinking of others. Most people who sleep at night – the cycles of sleeping are deepest at 3 am, and the noises of others thinking is quieter at that hour. Quieting of the mind for meditation can occur more readily at that time. Meditation allows for a quieter mind allowing the nature of peace and expanded consciousness to be perceived by us. Meditation is the beginning of making space for the practice towards mastery and generating complete thoughtforms.
The neurological basis of thought is an electrical firing of energy across a synapse connecting with another synapse. The electrical nature of thinking fills our aura or electromagnetic field with the residue of our thoughts each with distinctive charges. Our biology creates an electromagnetic atmosphere around us that varies in size anywhere from 6 to 12 feet in terms the most personally charged field. Other more subtle fields can range from 25 to 100 feet in diameter and “sit” outside the personal field.
When we interact with many others we come in contact with the matrices of thought and shared thinking with others. This could be referred to being “psychic”, but it is not. It is not psychic because we have been sharing this chaos for so long it is difficult to tease out individual thoughts for two or more reasons: 1. There are too many thoughts to differentiate one from another. An automatic screener has developed in us and manifests unconsciously; 2. Receiving one thought of many thoughts triggers an association based on our ego’s constellation of previous thoughts and received thoughts are then mistaken for original thoughts. When we live in a sea of thoughts that are invisible absorbing the matrix of thinking that has existed since the technologies of language were first put to use then we create an illusion that we are original thinkers and continue to make assumptions that are built on the platform of language and ego.
The chief purpose of spiritual practices and disciplines are to assist individuals in developing essence and unifying the fragmented and wounded voices within (that make up ego) while bringing essence to a level of mastery. It is only then during the process of unification towards mastery that the field of thoughts and so-called original thoughts can be seen as recycled materials. Once the student begins to see this then the beginnings of accountability can take hold around thoughtforms.
When we begin to see evidence of the ego as illusion and feel an insatiable thirst for wholeness of our Being then essence work can start and grow towards mastery. It is only then that incomplete thoughtforms can be stopped through a process of taking responsibility for thoughts, emotions and somatic reactions. This is a monumental task and not everyone is up for the extent of work that the quest for mastery requires.
For more on Tibetan Thoughtforms: esoteric-philosophy-thouthforms