David Bohm

A Quote by David Bohm on pain and thought

Q:  You're saying that the pain is being done [to me] by me?
Bohm:  By the same thought that does it all in the first place.

David Bohm

Source: Thought as a System, Pages: 40

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by David Bohm on pain, negative, thought, positive, and mind

If you engage in positive thinking to overcome negative thoughts, the negative thoughts are still there acting.  That's still incoherence.  It's not enough just to engage in positive thoughts when you have negative thoughts registered, because they keep on working and will cause trouble somewhere else.

David Bohm

Source: Thought as a System, Pages: 44

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by David Bohm on thought, positive, negative, image, reality, and mind

If we can be cheered up by positive images we can be depressed by negative ones.  As long as we accept images as realities we are in that trap, because you can't control the images.

David Bohm

Source: Thought as a System, Pages: 46

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by David Bohm on thought, mind, pain, pleasure, and conditioning

The pleasure-pain reaction is generally appropriate for the animal, but you can see that for thought it is not.  The criterion for coherent thought is that it is true and correct.  But if you can get pleasure or pain from thought then coherent thought is no longer functioning.  Rather, the criterion has become whether the thought gives pleasure or pain, consequently that thought becomes destructive.  If thought can be determined by pleasure or pain, that's already the beginning of a lot of trouble.  And we conditioned by that.

David Bohm

Source: Thought as a System, Pages: 49

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by David Bohm on fear, thought, and mind

The system [of thought] doesn't stay with the difficult problem that produces unpleasant feelings.  It's conditioned somehow to move as fast as it can toward more pleasant feelings, without actually facing the thing that's making the unpleasant feeling.

David Bohm

Source: Thought as a System, Pages: 32..33

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by David Bohm on learning, knowledge, and ego

Can we learn to become more learning-oriented individually and collectively, rather than 'I know' oriented?

David Bohm

Source: Thought as a System, Pages: 36

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by David Bohm on thought, mind, body, and idea

Another problem of fragmentation is that thought divides itself from feeling and from the body.  Thought is said to be the mind; we have the notion that it is something abstract or spiritual or immaterial.  Then there is the body, which is very physical.  And we have emotions, which are perhaps somewhere in between.  The idea is that they are all different.  That is, we think of them as different.  And we experience them as different because we think of them as different.

David Bohm

Source: Thought as a System, Pages: 6

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by David Bohm on mind, thought, and brain

We have the idea that after we have been thinking something, it just evaporates.  But thinking doesn't disappear.  It goes somehow into the brain and leaves something--a trace--which becomes thought.  And thought then acts automatically.

David Bohm

Source: Thought as a System, Pages: 8

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by David Bohm on reality, mind, and thought

We can't simply take the way things seem and just work on that, because that would be another kind of mistake thought makes--taking the surface and calling it the reality.

David Bohm

Source: Thought as a System, Pages: 15

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by David Bohm on thought, mind, feeling, and assumption

When you are thinking something, you have the feeling that the thoughts do nothing except inform you the way things are and then you choose to do something and you do it.  That's what people generally assume.  But actually, the way you think determines the way you're going to do things.  Then you don't notice a result comes back, or you don't see it as a result of what you've done, or even less do you see it as a result of how you were thinking.  Is that clear?

David Bohm

Source: Thought as a System, Pages: 16

Contributed by: Chris

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