“If you start thinking about the way you think, you are changing the way you think.”
This beautiful insight was raised by David Bohm, who I consider both a source and a hero. Once you have read the sentence above, it can’t be unread. If we are able to change our own thinking with our own thinking, how much potential do we carry? I consider this, and all of Bohm’s ideas, a foundation for understanding Appreciative Inquiry.
David Bohm was a theoretical (quantum) physicist. One of his very accessible works is titled On Dialogue, and is about how we together, co-create meaning. Dia logos – through meaning. Between the noses? Or with the whole of our bodies, and everything in between and around us? Bohm’s less accessible, very scientific work is called Wholeness and the Implicate Order. I’m still trying to understand it, so I’m not going to recall every intelligent quote right here. His work suggests the existence of an underlying potential, an underlying whole (the implicate order) out of which everything, mind and matter (the explicate order) is continuously re-created. Are you still with me?
For more than 25 years, David Bohm worked together with one of the most profound educators and philosophers Jiddu Krishnamurti. A physicist and a spiritualist in co-creation? I think that makes both persons even more special. The co-production The Future of Humanity describes some of their inquiring dialogues on human consciousness. Krishnamurti said: “To be is to be related.”
What about the relationship between my thinking and your thinking? Imagine yourself descended to quantum level, flying between our elementary particles… you would experience a lot of space, and few particles on your way. Even more, you wouldn’t know if you were flying within the boundaries of my body, or your body, or somewhere in between. You wouldn’t see any difference between the elements I’m made of, the elements you are made of, and the elements the space between us is made of. From that perspective you could regard you, me and our in-between as one whole. And in that view you and I are very connected, especially when you consider that ‘our’ elements don’t stay within our body: electrons and family tend to travel freely.
I find it very assuring that nowadays quantum physicists and Buddhist teachers are connecting their insights for the purpose of exploring human consciousness and other processes on a quantum level…
So what do you think about ‘your thinking’ and ‘my thinking’?
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