Write a book on organizing your thoughts.

Write a book on organizing your thoughts.  It’s been a long time since you’ve used a typewriter…

Various things must be in the book.  You have all the resources that you need to get this thing working.  The Philokalia, the thinking that you’ve done over the years… and it is a continual interest of yours …

It is… though, a common enough problem.  What occurs within the brain?  What are the comings-up and goings-down that go on throughout the course of the day?  Various emotions rise up and take us over, even for a brief moment… then subside.

Dang.. this typewriter is SLOW!  I’ve gotten spoiled by the quickness of the computer keyboard.

You see, just there, a thought jumped in and made itself present.  Is this related to the organization of the internal landscape?


What is that Buddhist figure of time… the measure of the number of risings and fallings between thoughts?

One of the problems of organizing thought is that it’s either happening too quickly or too slowly.  A capture mechanism seems to be key.

What are the ways to capture thought?  Memory.. yes, through vocalizing aloud, perhaps capturing it in a tape recorder or in vocalizing it to anoher (using them as a recording device).  Also, there is writing.  Writing in pencil, on a typewriter, a computer, in the sand on a beach.. There is also symbolic capturings of thought.  Art, music, etc – that capture thoughts of feeling or mood.But this is not a book about communication with other people – this is about communication within the self.

Speed is another factor.How do you capture thought quickly enough, before it is lost? Fleeting like butterflies, they are slippery as soap…

You can slow down the thinking process to better match the capture mechanism.But capturing isn’t the whole picture.  It is critical, but where does the organization of thought take place?

There’s filters of thought.  The various things people have said to you over the years that interfere with a free-flowing thought process.But… before we get to that…CAPTURE of thought is of prime importance.

CAPTURE of thought is of prime importance.
Capture first, organize later.  Rather: Think, Capture Thought, Organize Captured Thoughts.

If you have trouble… such as an understandable lack of objectivity when it comes to organizing your captured thought, at least you can bring it to a trusted person in order to help you organize the captured thoughts.  Editors – that’s what they can help you do.But when that moment of inspiration hits… How do you get it all down?

Is it possible to…. THINK… ORGANIZE… THEN CAPTURE?

What is the nature of organization?


each part has a special function or relation…NOTE: look up def. for function and relation

So part of the problem is that “special” … that implies that other parts are less than special.. i.e. unimportant.  In other words ….. a JUDGEMENT CALL HAS TO BE MADE!!!!”

ok thought #283 – you are not important, and you will be eliminated.  thought #284, you are important enough to stay, but you are subordinate to thought #982, a thought that has not even come up yet, so wait here until that higher level of categorizational thought comes around to join this process…


One almost has to be heartless towards one’s own thoughts… the little babies of the brain… birthed through inspiration or wherever it is that thought emerges from.Where DOES thought emerge from?

Thought is an idea.  See Idea:

A presentation of sense, concept or representation:

  • PLATO: an archetype or subsistent form; a transcendent universal
  • ARISTOTLE: the form-giving cause
  • LOCKE: an immediate object or compound of immediate objects of sensation
  • BERKELE: an impression of sense or imagination / precept
  • HUME: a representation or construct of memory and association as distinguished from direct impression of sense
  • KANT: a trascendent but nonempirical concept of reason / noumenon
  • HEGEL: the highest category; the complete and final product of reason

How can anybody rank such noble things?  Well, are all thoughts noble?

Perhaps some system or rather… systems – each of which appeal to different personality types, could be devised.

For example: Simple example, one system may say such:

A) all negative thought bad. all positive thought good  (assumptions, principles, judgement)

B) push away neg, encourage positive (procedures, instructions)

Other people may have different systems… in fact, cultures may ahve different systems… or personality types,  But they are more complex than the type as above.

What thoughts to keep and what to discard?

For me, thoughts of inspiration or “AH HA!” sensations are always keepers.  It’s only through practice that I’ve been learning to find important mundane thoughts – that they must be captured.

ACTION: what are your PRINCIPLES AND ASSUMPTIONS when you approach a thought?

What PROCEDURES do you use to deal with them
What INSTRUCTIONS do you carry out

Internal dialogue is generally most known on the conscious level.

What is the name for internal dialogue?  Does it have a name?  It certainly needs one!

But let’s return to that.

Right now, what you want to know is: What are YOUR approaches to dealing with thoughts when they arise?

Is this a moral issue? An ethical issue?  I don’t think so… it’s a part of training – but where?  Monks, military, sometimes salesreps get that sort of training.

This isn’t about what you SHOW to other people.. a facade is easy enough to create of necessary.  No, what I’m talking about is authentic internal dialogue… a systematic organization of thought which already occurs within the brain, that we can’t always control until we make conscious our efforts while they are going on.

What can we do to facilitate the gathering of one’s own knowledge of hese matters?  How can I help people… and myself.. in determining what that thought process is that happens within my head?

It could be a series of questions.. open ended.. but then some people like to be handed a bunch of blank space to fill in… dialogue in a book can be difficult  People generally prefer to be guided.  Multiple choice is easiest.  It’s considered more scientific.  Might be easier to write too.  If a lot of “other” gets written in, then you’d need to revise the testing.

Yes. Yes., as simple as possible.


Well, I don’t know my judgement calls just yet.  That might not be the step anyhow.  The first step will be to come up with a system of capturing thought.  Whatever is the simplest, should be the first step.

Little habits to acquire:

Carry a small notebook.  Tape recorder.  Typewriters/computers/ec.

That’s the point of keeping a journal that many people recommended.  So long as one has had practice doing this, it will be very helpful to them in organizing their thoughts.  Sometimes this step is all they really need in order to better themselves.

So you’re at the stage of capturing.  Capturing.

There’s also reviewing.  Reviewing. Reviewing.  Re-reading the thoughts that you’ve captured… listening to the tapes you’ve made.  Some thoughts will be improperly captured, and hence mostly lost.  Alas, that happens.

Practice will fix that over time, improving clarity.  Of course, that’s one of the things that writing is about!

So, here you are: Reviewing your writings.  The ramblings of a madman, you say.  And perhaps they are.  But more likely, that you are disorganized.  Perhaps what you need at this point, is to get what helps you become a writer.  Or a book on how to write a term paper.  Things like that. What tips and traps and tricks do they suggest?  They might help you not only in writing this text, but in providing advice for other people in this predicament.


Branching out.  Right-brain – good at brainstorming!

1) What is the best use of my time now?

2) Am I wasting my time?

3) Is there a way to simplify this task?


“organizing for he creative person” Dorthy Lehmkuhl CSW

Ask those questions several times a day.. even once an hour or whenever our brain has a free thinking moment.  It’s a good habit.  I love the first question: What’s the best use of my time now?

That’s it for now.  You’ve got enough to get you started.  And at home, you have all of the material that you need there.

Notice how that book just jumped at you from off of the shelf!  It contains what you needed: One was the “ideal bedroom”.  The other is the three questions to ask yourself.  That’s something that may be invaluable: If you can get ONE thing you can walk away with this and can actually put into practice in your life.  Try to do that for other people who have your book.  Give opportunities for that “one thing” to have them ome away from reading your book with.  You don’t have to cram a lot of “AH HAs” in the book.. just a few good zingers.

Where someone will take one type, and the other will take another type due to their different personality types.  But most likely, people liek Mom and myself will be reading the book.


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