The Thought Realm: Put On Your Meta Thinking Caps


Ever wonder how it’s possible for two people to think of each other at the same time? Who thinks of the other person first anyway? Do we actually generate the thoughts we think? Put on your meta thinking caps and let’s examine the mysterious world of thoughts!

From self-help meditations to quantum physics studies, we are finding that the human psyche and the world of thoughts are much less connected than we suspected. In fact, we are coming closer to the conclusion that human consciousness is actually a separate reality from thought.

According to psychological theory, thought has a direct influence on human behavior. It theorizes that we experience thoughts first, then emotions, which leads to behavior accordingly. Basically, thoughts are the reason for the way we act. Despite the fact that some may argue the linear progression of the theory, thoughts are assumed to be a basic function of human psychology.

This article challenges that assumption. We are starting to see it make more sense that thoughts are not our own. Yes, that’s right: thoughts are not our own. Follow me on this. What if thoughts are external to the brain, external to the psyche, and external to the person altogether? What if a thought is just a tiny, quantum substance (like an atom) that appears and is able to disappear momentarily.

Science now tells us that atoms are able to appear into existence and disappear from existence faster than you can blink (or, of course, as slow as possible). For one second, an atom is visible; then the next second, the atom is no longer visible. If thoughts are substances that we already know can come and go, what does this imply about a thought’s relation to atoms or other quantum phenomena capable of pop-in and pop-out features?

I propose the existence of a thought realm: thoughts are not of this world, but come from their own realm of existence. When a person has a thought, that is because a “thought atom” is in the vicinity of the psyche or consciousness.

To help explain, here are some examples of how the thought realm is related to the human psyche.

• A person observes the thought, takes it in, and starts to think about that thought (what I call active thinking). This is the psyche entertaining that thought atom.

• Two people thinking the same thing: both persons are in the same vicinity of the thought realm and a thought atom appears. Both people become aware of it, each starting to think about it in their own way (again, active thinking). When one person says, “I was thinking the same thing,” they mean, “I observed and actively thought about the same thought atom.”

• In the same way, when someone is presented with an unpleasant thought, they try to push it away and not think about it. In this case, the thought atom remains entertained by the psyche and stays present.

When thoughts are entertained, they gain weight, thereby entering this human realm of psychology (what we traditionally have called thought, but I call active thinking). When a thought exists, it is not a “figment of your imagination,” but rather a glimpse of an atom from a different level of existence. The thought exists in that realm and is only present in the human mind if entertained. Otherwise, the thought disappears from this realm, remaining in its own thought realm, not affecting human consciousness.

Altogether, thoughts come from their own realm. My “thought realm” theory suggests thoughts are like advertisement algorithms that suggest products and services on web pages. Furthermore, anyone can take a thought or leave it. As much as we exist in this physical realm, we simultaneously exist in the thought realm as long as we are conscious of the phenomenon of thoughts. Yet, we are just beginning to open up to new thoughts on the reality of thoughts.

Of course, following all that I have examined in this article, my thought about the thought realm is, after all, just a thought!

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Amy Hunt
Amy Hunt, author of Spirituality Matters: Deeper Thoughts for Spiritual Curiosity, is a proven leader in spiritual events and workshops. She enjoys articulating the intersection of psychology and spirituality, intentionally challenging one’s mindset and personal growth. Read more of her deep thoughts at or on Twitter @amythinksdeep.


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