thinking that could be used in the media, see the thinking course at
and (preferably read this before the thinking course) a list of errors to avoid at
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Learn The Basics Of
MAKING PERCEPTIONS, ARRANGING THE MEMORY AND GOING THROUGH WHAT ONE THUS HAS MEMORIZED
Thinking consists of noticing things, so objective thinking is very much like using the senses.
What is thinking? Thinking means forming a correct picture of the world. Thinking is based on undisturbed perceptions: “This is like this and that is like that.” Thinking is not based on words, terms or concepts. Instead objective thinking is based on ordinary sensory perceptions and on memories of sensory perceptions.
Based on our experience of life we form a picture of our living environment with its human relationships. So the base, the starting point for all thinking, are one’s perceptions, one’s memories of what the world is like, of what our everyday life is like.
Gardening mode: think in practical ways as if you were sensing the things in your memory or imagination.
The best way for making perceptions for the purposes of objective thinking, is to do like one who enjoys gardening does: a concretical clearly sensed nearest environment, where you can use all of your senses to feel the things in it, maybe touch them and try them; plus an awareness of the whole landscape that one is working in: the garden and the wider landscape.
Similarly it is very good in thinking if you can from your memory imagine the things to think about as a very concretical picture in front of you, where you can best watch it and try it, at the same time as you are aware of the place of those things in the world.
You have kind of zoomed yourself to the environment of that subject in your picture of the world so that you can make as clear perceptions as ever: “This thing I see clearly, but about that thing I cannot know because it isn’t in my picture.”
A holistic view of the world: here I live, there is the shop, and so on; future rising to the air and one’s experiencies of life as a trail on that map: here was I at each moment.
Arrange your experiencies of life with the help of the sense of sight to form a map of the whole world. Some parts of the map you know well – they are described by your experience of life – and some you do not know at all: those are left blank.
“Here I am sitiing, there is a stool below
me, a table in front, the window over there and the door over there, behind the door a corridor via which I came here,… Outside there is the street. Via it, so and so, I can reach home. My home I know likewise but more detailedly. The shop nearest my home in on another street around a corner, the homes of the friends of my kids there near by and the park close by…” Build this way a map of the whole world. Place all things that you know at their right places in that map, like you via your experiencies know them to be. Add to this the official map of the nearest environment, of the whole district, up to the level of the whole globe. This way you have all the world in the same picture!
The past you can place underground, the lower the further away in time it is, and future up into the air. This way you can see the track of your experiencies find its way in the landscape, rising upwards all the way to the ground level, while the future is left up into the air.
You can think of anything in your picture of the world, if you zoom into it and its environment.
You can see any place in your picture of the world if you zoom to that place in your map, and you can see the whole world at the same time when you zoom out to the large scale map of the whole globe.
This way you have one single correct picture of the world, with sizes and proportions right, which is a very good starting point for your objective thinking and in itself already much of what objective thinking aims at: an objective picture of the whole world!
If you want to think about a certain thing in the whole, colour it momentarily so that it rises to meet the eye and is so easy to notice without losing sight of its place in the whole.
When you then need to, or you want to think about something, clolour it momentarily with some colour that you find easy enough to notice, and take a look at it as if you were gardening, like I adviced you before. This way you see both the thing in question and its place in the world, which is very good for youyr understanding.
A gliding glance and forming a holistic view: do not let your glance jump at all!
In these instructions it is the idea to handle all thoughts at the same time, so that you can get everything handled at once and do not need to get stuck in some endless mosaic of things for example as if you were thinking by words.
One who has been highly educated thinking advances slowly and carefully from one piece of information to the next, kind of lets one’s glance glide along the regularities of the thought subject and takes care to not to let one’s glance ever jumb – not even if the one that one talks with would be prone to thought jumbs. This is so because with every jump one easily loses the thread, the idea of one’s thoughts and so the trustworthiness of one’s thoughts is lost too.
So let the focus of your eyes glide along the subject that you think about, at the same time as you form a holistic view of the subject and about its role in the world – just like you would do if you met the things in the life in the living, visited some place or whatever.
This is one of the basic skills in objective thinking, one of its basic rules. From the thus formed holistic landscape like view of the things that you think about, you will later see clearly how thigs are.
HANDLING THE HOLISTIC VIEW
A nature view at the background helps you to conceive complex things.
Sometimes things get too complicated. At those times it is good if you can imagine a seen nature landscape or even a single detailed tree at the background of your thoughts, so that you can compare the thought to the much much much more complex nature view which is still easy to conceive. In other words, you place each detail of your thought next to some detail of the nature landscape, look first at the nature view and then as if there was nothing special to it, you look at the nature view’s style at the thought as if the thought were simple too – and it has thus become simple!
Concretical fact associations are an easy organised way to change from one subject to another and a way to arrange your picture of the whole.
You get your picture of the whole world arranged in practical ways if you use concretical fact associations to move about in it: our farm -> our tractor -> its repairwork laterly and in the near future -> the maney that the repair works cost -> the farming equipment shop -> what our neighbour bought last time from there -> his tractor -> their family altogether -> what we have like them and what different -> how each person lives in one’s own way -> the rainbow of life -> what is important in life -> happiness, and avoiding catastrophes -> understanding helping in reaching for one’s goals in life.
DEDUCTION, IN OTHER WORDS: MAKING PERCEPTIONS BASED ON YOUR EXPERIENCE OF LIFE ABOUT THINGS THAT YOU HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED:
Make generalisations and find things from your memory as if you were finding all spots of a certain colour or form from your environment:
all such things in your vocabulary
(-> finding words)
or in your objective picture of the world
(-> putting things to an objective form)
or in what is available to build from
(-> finding solutions).
Once you have mastered
all the other pieces of advice here
and reached very rational holistic objectivity, this is where you can
develop in intelligence and creativity.
Check where do things apply.
If you want to know things that you have no experience of, you will have to make generalisations and see where they apply, where they at least do not apply – and what would apply there?!
You generalise something by taking some single characteristics of it and by paying attention only to them. For example: cats see well in dark -> seeing well in dark -> Well, if you see well in dark, you notice in darkness things that others with poorer eyesight cannot notice. -> Usefulness in hunting and in survival.
Now compare your generalisation to all the cases that you can find from your picture of the world: were your generalisation right? If not, you have typically forgotten to mention some important detail (“all animals whole eyes are healthy”). Fix it.
It is easiest to generalise very sure common sense truths, since the basic things of life are essential also in the world at large. Like: I need food. -> All people need food in order to stay alive. -> So arranging food for all is one of the most important questions in the whole world.
From a holistic view to details: what you need for a solution, where you could build it from, do you have those blocks, build it!
Many people try to solve problems by trying what they could build from a certain set of available building blocks. If they do not succeed, they give up. An easier and more efficient way to solve problems is to solve them solution centeredly: Think what you would need for the solution, what kind of structures – you can lift them up from your memory by associations – and what you could build them from – that too you can do by lifting the possible types of building blocks from your memory. Then just build it! This way you know what you need and how you can get it and so you are not wasting your time!
One cannot reach one’s thinking ability or objectivity by copying school like looks.
Humans have via the natural evolution adabted to a life in a close contact with the nature. So also our thinking ability gets support from doing practical work (-> gardening mode), using our senses (-> accurate perceptions) and our natural sense of place (-> a map). So objectivity cannot be reached by copying the looks of schooled thinkers or of the town environment. It has to be reached by living in harmony with our sensing nature which builds so a picture of the environment.
School likedness has gotten its main charachteristics from the written text, not from thinking. And the written word is just a means of marking things up. It is not a means of thinking!
Do not think by words. Think instead by the memories of experiencies and by holistic pictures!
Words are just a tool for communication. Words are not a way of thinking. Instead all our observations are made by the senses, by the feelings and sensations.
Words break things to an endless mosaic that one gets lost to. It looks complicated but it is not good for thinking.
One who thinks by words is like one who has an extremely narrow tunnel like eyesight: For example take a cartoon cylinder from which you can see through one thing at a time, like as if described by a word. It makes an enormous mosaic of even simple things, like your own room. But if you look wirthout such tunnel sight, without the cartoon cylinder, you can see everything at once and so understand much more via using such holistic pictures in your thinking instead of the tiny words.
Sometimes one’s head is dizzy and it is difficult to think. That is often connected to tensing the middle part of your body, especially the neck, the shoulders, the back and the stomach area. So just relax in an alive way: exercise, stretch or whatever. Try to make your social reklationshgips friendlier and less formal because that relaxes you profoundly, making you happier, more intelligent and wiser. Do not consider thinking hard work but think with enthusiasm!
You will remember things easier if you can emphatize with the point of view that you were using when you memorized the things. Emphaty too works better with a relaxed body and makes also your social skills better.
You cen remember things better if you are sincerely interested in the subject.
Remember to carry responsibility!
A sense of direction or a compass is for a traveller more important than speed. So pay attention especially to your choice of goals and valuyes that you follow. That affects your life much more than intelligence (speed) in itself!
MOTTO FROM FINLAND: “I love Life in happiness, like You too! So I take happy Life as my value in the world at large…”
A MAP OF THE WORLD & DIRECTIONS
Thinking forms a picture of the world for you. That is a map of the world.
Feelings mark what things in it mean to life: strong negative feelings mark things to avoid, while strong positive feelings mark things to reach for. (Be fair!)
An atmosphere is a landscape with feelings connected to the phenomena in it: “There is a huge storm cloud coming, let’s run for shelter!” Look separately at each cause of feelings to see what that phenomenom or that class of phenomena mean to life. The seen landscape in the atmosphere gives objective sizes and objective structure to the (relationships of) the phenomena in the landscape.
Atmospheres offer a natural quick and accurate way to think objectively.
LEARNING THE BASICS OF SOCIAL SKILLS AND OF ANY OTHER SKILL:
You can of course learn them in the ordinary way: by memorizing the advices of others, but there is also another way: you can observe things yourself. That means keeping your eyes open, paying attention to what stays constant, what changes and how, according to which factors and in which ways: just sense, let your sensations form a landscape from which you see by your eyes how things are, you should be engulfed by the experience, so you will know what is what and how things are. The deeper your attention, the better you will notice things. Do not make school like forms out of what you have noticed but let it stay as a pleasant experience instead!
You get BUILDING BLOCKS: a stone, sea, sun, a bird flying,... and STRUCTURES:
there is a huge stone by the sea side and a bird flying in the sun above the
water... Those are your understanding of the thing in question, those are your
thinking. Similarly, if it is a question of your own action, you can conceive parts: thinking, feelings, moving, social side of things, the sense of sight,... and their relationships, structures that they form: If I use my sense of sight in thinking this way, I can think very clearly! Similarly you can conceive both your own action and the landscape that you act in: “Here am I using my muscles and a strong motivation to lift the stone by the sea side...”
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Getting Rid of Thinking Errors
Everybody has naturally a good thinking ability. It is just drowned in a mass of thinking errors. Once you get rid of thinking eroors, you naturally find a good common sense like thinking ability underneath.
The most usua thinking errors include:
* putting things to a word like form
* putting edges to thoughts, to experiences, to your own being etc. Just leave the edges away and let each thing have the place in teh world that it naturally has.
* copying the square forms, straight lines etc of the build environment. Instead look at a living healthy tree while you think (it is complex and not word like in it's forms.), but not at an apple tree since it's branches are cut and bent to an unnatural form.
* Reaching for thinking like or educated looks in thoughts is an error, instead of letting the just be exactly like the reality that they try to descrtibe.
* Pretending or acting that you think or are clever instead of putting your energy to humbly just thinking things through.
* Do not replace your always new thoughts with memorized thoughts and formal ways.
* Tensing the neck, shoulders and even the whole body slows down thinking extremely much, even almost stops any new views from entering your mind to an as long times as you stay tense. Sports bring a relaxed reactive body that is better for thinking too.
* You must choose your goals and values with your very best thinking ability and not just cunn with a stupid head, since your goals and values affect the most where you will end up.
Some additional observations:
* Don't be theory-based in your observations. Do not ask yourself: "Is this a door, or is this a wheel? What is it?" since that is kind of replacing your observations by words. Instead let your observations be just like you sense those things: "This is like this. And that is like that."
* If you are not up to the level of somebody else, avoid doing anything extra on top of the things that the other one does: for example looking manly, acting educated, reaching for some style in thoughts or otherwise. Also, if the other one is clearly better than you are, avoid dropping away things that you consider needless to do since it often is that such differencies in preferencies in what to do and what to avoid, cause the differencies in skills and intelligence: the other one just knows the value of atmospheres, beauty, relaxed body, love of the nature, the avoidal of artificialities and nasty things etc.
* Intelligence and skill are questions of what you exactly do, in other words of your way of doing: do you use the eyes, how much at least, is your body reactive, which things you pay special attention to, which you bypass to avoid disturbancies, have you dropped other actions momentarily away, etc.
* Once you have learned some better way to think or to do things, use it in the matters of major importance in your life and in the lives of others and in the world at large.
* The easiest thoughts are clearly seen, so the stupid appear rational. While intelligent thought go quickly and cover vast areas with a good clear view. Intelligent ones seem vague and without form. So do not copy from the most man like in appearance, since they are likely to be more stupid than you are, but instead copy from those who live in healthy ways and do well in skills!"
30th March 2019 in Savonlinna, Finland
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Kaisa Hannele Tervola