It is very amazing that even though all of us have been thinking right from the beginning of our life, rarely we have thought, “Where was the thought before we thought it?” The origin of thought. Nobody bothers about the origin of thought, how the thought starts, and how it develops to come to be appreciated as a thought on the conscious thinking level.
A thought starts from the depth of consciousness, like an air bubble from the bottom of a lake. As the air bubble starts, it’s very small, and as it comes up, it becomes bigger and bigger and bigger. Coming up to the surface, it explodes, and there it is appreciated as a bubble.
Like that, a thought starts from the deepest level of consciousness—modern psychology calls it subconscious—and as it comes up, it becomes bigger and bigger and bigger. Coming up to the conscious thinking level, it is appreciated as a thought.
Experiencing the Source of Thought
In Transcendental Meditation, we experience the thought on the ordinary thinking level—the surface level of the mind, the conscious thinking level—and then appreciate its finer states until the conscious mind reaches the source of thought, and thereby the conscious mind expands.
By the time the conscious mind has experienced the source of thought, the full depth of the subconscious has been explored. Nothing remains subconscious. The whole subconscious is incorporated in the conscious, and this is called the expansion of the conscious mind. This is the way to use one’s full mental potential.
“In Transcendental Meditation, we experience the thought on the ordinary thinking level, and then appreciate its finer states until the conscious mind reaches the source of thought.” —Maharishi
Developing Our Full Potential
Modern psychology says that man has only been using a small portion of the mind. Transcendental Meditation is a way to enable every man, to educate every man to make use of his full mental potential.
Imagine the development in all fields of civilization when every man is using his full potential! The man will not gather stress and strain in his aspirations to accomplish more and more. And advancements will be glorious in all fields. That is a society we want to create.