It is rightly said that intellectual, or creative, achievements are the outcome of persistent thoughts connected to knowledge, or the quest for wisdom or what is deemed as good, true and noble in nature, or life. Such achievements may not always be connected to humility, all right, but to pride and ambition. All the same, they are, doubtless, outcomes of certain characteristics linked to natural consequences — of long and laborious efforts, powered by commitment, vision and dynamism. Spiritual achievements, likewise, are the result of virtuous goals. It is, again, rightly said that one who lives, or dwells, by way of unpolluted or selfless thoughts, will be sensible and gracious, and blessed with strength of purpose and purity of action.
All of us represent experiences independently, thanks to our ability to view, or imagine, things. This natural aptitude not only helps us to grow in our intellectual power, it also aids us to expand our capacity for thinking, or envisioning things, through our emotions. When we cultivate our minds, we begin to represent ourselves, as we are. Each of us is endowed with this ability to synchronise our past or future experiences, through our capacity for perception. This is the basis for our mind to dwell longest when it looks at situations that we picture, or visualise, profoundly.
This also holds a connotation when we look back at life in 3-D — or, recall past experiences that helped us to conquer a dilemma, health problem, or job loss. Not all of us are celebrities, or celluloid stars, but each of us, in our own small ways, undertake the most difficult of efforts, attended by apprehension, anxiety, or stress. When we prevail, it helps us to realise how a blueprint of great harmony between what is best and most durable in oneself, which are the most resolute resources of our being, can steer each of us to success, achievement and fulfilment.
This is the best part. At the other end of the spectrum, our nature, by nurture, is extremely complex. Our sequence of thoughts or actions is, likewise, just as composite, delicate and multifaceted. So much so, it leads us to generalise facts. “To generalise,” as the visionary poet William Blake said, “is to be an idiot.” All the same, in reality, our inquiry into everything we know, or do not know, directs us to some sort of truth. We all go through such a process during the course of life — practically everyday. It allows us to measure positive and negative elements and bring about balance with geometric, if not computerised, precision. Not all our inferences are foolproof, though. They are as flawed as our varied experiences — although they are essentially representative of what we think, or anticipate, by way of either awareness or pure chance.
There are as many qualitative differences between the numerous varieties of agreeable states of consciousness or awareness, as there are complexities in our thought processes, beliefs and feelings. It, therefore, seems predictable that when the time for any contemplated experience comes through, it can engage our mind to remain innately focused upon the most important element that helps us to determine a choice. When our mind dwells longest upon such an experience, the more vibrant it is — this, in turn, guides us to formulate a number of clear details. This is what that makes us winners. This is what that helps us to aim at ideas that work, or are harmonious. It is this nature and nurture of thought that fortifies our moral effort. It propels us to strive for the realisation of our life’s goals too.