“Thought cannot exist without consciousness but consciousness does not need thought.
Enlightenment means rising above thought, not falling back to a level below thought, the level of an animal or a plant. In the enlightened state, you still use your thinking mind when needed, but in a much more focused and effective way than before. You use it mostly for practical purposes, but you are free of the involuntary internal dialogue, and there is inner stillness. When you do use your mind, and particularly when a creative solution is needed you oscillate every few minutes or so between thought and stillness, between mind and no mind. No-mind is consciousness without thought. Only in that way is it possible to think creatively, because only in that way does thought have any real power. Thought alone when it is no longer connected with the much vaster realm of consciousness, quickly becomes barren, insane, destructive.
All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no mind, from inner stillness. The mind then gives form to the creative impulse or insight. Even the great scientists have reported that their creative breakthroughs came from a time of mental quietude.”
The above is what Eckhart Tolle says about thought and the mind in his book “The Power of Now” which I have been reading repeatedly for the past few months. In other words, I don’t think I’ll be wrong if I say, all those thoughts which are not self-seeking or ego-feeding are valid and are more powerful than those which are selfish in a way which divide one from the other or create a distinction from others. Since all of us are connected at energy levels, those thoughts which unify are stronger than those which divide.