— David Bohm
What problems was Bohm referring to when he made this statement?
Bohm was telling us that our real problems were not wars, pandemics, pollution, the economy, and global warming, but instead, he was telling us that it’s really in the thought which is making it – all the time.
That’s a lot to take in because it’s not something we’re used to hearing or thinking about, but I believe Bohm was on to something that we need to pay more attention to today.
Because if Bohm is right, thought seems to be something we should all be taking a lot more seriously in today’s world.
Thought is fascinating to think about and explore. It seems that it’s hidden in plain sight and easily ignored until something calls it to our attention.
It’s almost like a password on our computer screen. Once it’s set, it’s masked out and operating behind the scenes. Hidden from our view. But it’s always there while we go about our work giving it little attention.
It works the same way with thought, according to Bohm. His deep and groundbreaking work into the nature of the universe and quantum physics led him to a new understanding of the nature of thought.
While we think we think our own thoughts, that’s not really true according to Bohm:
“Most of our thought in its general form is not individual. It originates in the whole culture and it pervades us. We pick it up as children from parents, from friends, from school, from newspapers, from books, and so on. We make a small change in it; we select certain parts of it which we like, and we may reject other parts. But still, it all comes from that pool. This deep structure of thought, which is the source, the constant source – timeless – is always there.”
The implications of Bohm’s findings are enormous. Because when we look at the world around us, we think that the problems are with somebody “over there.”
But Bohm is telling us that the problem is much more profound. He’s suggesting that there’s something wrong in the whole process of thought.
And because we’re all in it and part of it, then that means each person can do something about that thought.
My Journey into Deeper Thought
My journey has been one of progressively learning how to step outside the bounds of our collective thought to allow new thinking.
There are many dimensions to this. When I first started flying and began appreciating the higher perspective from above, it allowed me to get into a more reflective state and create space for new ideas to show up.
When I committed myself to ask more significant questions that can’t be answered, it allowed even more new ideas to come forward.
Learning from and reading the books of Joseph Jaworski, David Bohm, Michael Neil, and many others led me to a deeper understanding of the true nature of thought and dialogue.
Now I generally start a new project or writing a newsletter with a blank screen. I’m creating space for the new to appear.
But it takes time, learning, and commitment to move in this direction. At least it has for me.
Joseph Jaworski might refer to this as Stage IV leadership. It’s about allowing your life to be a vehicle for the future that wants to emerge by developing your:
“Capacity for accessing tacit knowing that can be used for breakthrough thinking, strategy formation, and innovation, including envisioning and creating the kind of institution or society we desire.”
Forward Thinking Pro
Forward Thinking Pro is the next evolution of my work that has been emerging all summer long. I’ve given it space to unfold before me step by step, not knowing what’s next.
Over the past ten years, I’ve learned that when you step into this new way of living, it’s best to allow it to lead the way. I have countless examples of pushing my ideas forward that didn’t work out.
I’ve been preparing a space for what I’m calling Forward Thinking Pro for individuals.
A space where Forward Thinking leaders deepen their journey and increase their impact and growth by learning, thinking, and leading together.
It will become clearer for me and everyone else what this space will look like in the coming weeks and months.
If you find this idea of learning, thinking, and leading together attractive, I’d like to invite you to join us at spaces.forwardthinking.pro or by replying to this email.
As always, I welcome any feedback or suggestions that may come up from reading my newsletters.
To your forward thinking life & success!
Bill Fox, Founder at Forward Thinking Pro