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The Projection of What You Think

How often do you find yourself assuming that you think you know what someone else is thinking? How often do you find yourself telling other people what you think someone must have been thinking? How often do you believe that you know why a person did what they did or said what they said? How often are you wrong? And, when you are wrong do you admit that you are wrong?

There is a certain subset of humanity that thinks they know what someone else is thinking. There is a certain subset of humanity who thinks they know why someone does the something that they do. But, where does this knowledge come from? What makes anybody think that they possess the insight into another person’s consciousness to the degree that they can know why they think what they think and why they do what they do? Take a moment and decide upon an answer to that question.

Certain people base their life upon a predetermined belief that they have knowledge into the mind and the action(s) of someone else. Why do they believe that? Again, take a moment and decide upon an answer to that question.

Now, let’s take a look at you. How about you? Are you one of the people who thinks they know why someone else says or does the things that they do? Are you one of the people who tells other people why someone thinks or does what they do? If so, why? Why do you believe you possess that knowledge? Now ask yourself, if you do believe you hold this knowledge, how many times have you been wrong? And, once you found out you were wrong, what do you do about the judgment they you previously believed or expounded? Did you have a conscious realization and correct yourself in your own mind? Did you find out the truth and work to restate what you once stated to others? If not, where does your truth lie?

Each person is a unique expression of themselves. Each person does what they do, motivated by a understanding that only they can truly understand.

Look at yourself. Look at your own life. You think what you think. You do what you do. You say what you say. You probably know why you think what you think, why you do what you do, and why you say what you say but does anyone else truly understand your inner-lying internal motivations? Most probably not. Perhaps you are close to a person and you may have revealed the inner-workings of your mind to them but what about the everybody else? They have no true understanding of who you truly are and why you do what you do. As they do not, that means you do not—you cannot and do not truly understand anybody but yourself. So, why should your present facts that you do not possess?

A certain subgroup of people constantly shift the focus away from themselves. They think, talk, and form opinions about someone else out there—someone who is not themselves. Though there are many reasons of what motivates a person to behave in this fashion, the primary factor is that it is easier to focus on the someone or the something out there instead of finding the interpersonal, internal truth within. By looking outside—by discussing the other there, one never has to confront their one internal being. As the focus is shifted from them, no one looks too closely at who they truly are and/or why they do what they do.

In life, there are a million methods for a person to hide from themselves. In life, there are a million ways to cloak yourself from the world. One of the most common ways is to constantly shift the focus from you studying your own mind, leading towards self realization, and instead place the focus on someone out there by believing you know why they think what they think and why they do what they do. But, there is no truth in that. At best, there is only speculation.

So, next time you think you know why someone is thinking what they are thinking, the next time the conversation arises and you are describing to others why you think a person thinks what they think, catch yourself, stop yourself, change the focus and find out why you are behaving in this manner. From this, if nothing else, you may realize that putting your thoughts onto anyone else only robs the beauty of understanding your own moment in reality.