Is thought a form of matter?
Is thought a form of matter?
When I think of the consciousness and particularly the dynamic nature of it, I cannot help wondering if thought is as tangible as matter. With so many theories abound about the effect that thought has on the universe, it appears at first glance that is, indeed, tangible. However, when observed more closely, does that tangibility hold up?
Cause and Effect
If there is one constant law that applied to the universe, it would be cause and effect. This asserts that one action is responsible (at least in part) for the next one, and that the second action is partially dependent on the first. At its foundation, it borrows from Newtonian third law of motion which states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. With direct meaning being applied, the nature of causality solidifies the idea that that thought is tangible. This form of “karmic” reaction to thought (negative and positive) implies that the universe itself reacts to thought and that it is observable when the “thinker” is aware of the outcome.
If you believe in “The Secret”. religion, mysticism, or the laws of attraction; it becomes clear that tangibility exists in all things. What makes these things tangible is that the effects of one aspect directly affect the aspects of another and both are observable to some degree. When you apply something as direct as thought to the process, the murkier points begin to reveal themselves. For example, if a person prays or meditates on a desired, specific outcome, the ending result is observed by that individual. If the desired outcome is achieved, the result becomes tangible because it is directly experienced by the “thinker.” It is only when the desired result is not achieved that there is question as to whether or not the thought carried any weight. It is almost never viewed as the universe answering the thinker in the negative.
This brings about another question. Did the universe actually respond to the meditation or prayer (thought), or was the outcome merely the result of dynamic nature in action? When causality is involved, there is no way to really know. In determinism—which postulates that everything that happens in the universe and nature is a direct result of everything that occurs before it—we find that causality is an inevitable process without reason to define it. By this, I mean that the prayer or meditation itself wasn’t solely responsible for the outcome, but that all things leading up to; and including the prayer/mediation were.
Is Causality Equal to Tangibility in cases of verbal expression?
Since causality is more of a concept than an action, it can be difficult, if not impossible to relate it to a physical thing. However, this point gets murky when you add the spoken word. Knowing that tangibility generally requires touch rather than sound to be perceptible you have to really dive in deep to equate oral communication to cause and effect, but it is possible when you apply the natural behaviour of how sound works. Since oral communication emits sound and sound travels in waves that run through matter, creating vibrations that are felt physically, it is clear that verbal expression IS tangible. Since verbal expression is a projection of thought, the chain of causality is implied here. So, in the form of verbal expression, thought is indeed a form of matter.
What about silent thought or thought without verbal expression?
In psychology, thoughts are deemed to be felt when experiencing emotions, such as anxiety (sinking in the stomach), excitement (butterflies in the stomach), rage (heat) or fear (breathlessness, lump in throat). This isn’t the same as “feeling” thoughts because there is a chain of causality taking place that is causing the brain to send signals to the nervous system that triggers a physical response. When I say “feeling” thoughts, I mean the thought itself can be felt, most likely in the brain since that is where the thoughts generated.
I have practiced thought exercises to see if I can actually “feel” anything, or if anyone around me can feel anything and the result was interesting. When sitting in silence and attempting to ‘think’ on any specific topic, I did notice that my brain felt “touched” (best description I could give) when specific thoughts were activated. However, random or passing thoughts didn’t promote the same “touched” response. Needless to say, no one around me noticed or felt anything different during my thought process unless verbal expression was involved. Naturally this means that even with the tangibility of personal thought being present, it was only on an individual basis.
I did notice that I could “feel” thought, but only when intent was directly involved. For example, if I thought randomly about a flower, nothing happened, when I added a desire to see one, it triggered an image of a rose in the back of my mind and the faint aroma of a flower was present. The ‘intent’ also caused me to feel something physical in the brain itself. This is that feeling like the mind or brain was “touched.” When relaxed and focused on something it is as if I could ‘feel’ my brain ‘do’ something. See what happens if you try and do the same thing.
In essence, that silent thought triggered a physical reaction in my brain or mind as well as creating a couple of responses to the other senses. If I concentrate long enough, I can even feel the wind that blows the flower when a field is added to the scene. In this manner, I guess thought was definitely tangible. Is this a trick of the brain? Or did something else occur here? I will be exploring that in a future article, but for now, it would seem as if thought is not just tangible, but can be converted into matter when intent was applied to it.