Bohm: Thought invented us. It uses us. We have not learned to use it as an instrument, except in a limited way.
Q: Isn’t thoughts only real problem the notion that there is ‘somebody’ who is thinking?
Bohm: That is so. But it’s quite hard to get at, because it seems obvious that there is a thinker. - 1989 Ojai Bohm Seminar
Bohm: Thought runs you. Thought, however, gives the false information that you are running it, that you are the one that controls thought, whereas actually thought is the one that controls each of us.
Bohm: We’ve said that when we have a thought, it registers in the memory. It registers in the form of a reflex.
Bohm: We have this picture of someone inside us who is given all this information and then decides to have the intention to do something based on that. I’m suggesting however, that that is not so.
Bohm: I’m suggesting that if you try to touch the self, it will be the same difficulty as trying to touch the rainbow.
Bohm: If we had an insight right away into all this - that the observer is the observed, as Krishnamurti often said - then it would all evaporate. The point is we have resistance to that insight. - Thought As A System
K: Now when you look at yourself as an ego, the self, the self-centred entity, what is it? Actually, what is it? Is it the name, the form, the shape, the idea, the concept, the image? Right? That is the ‘me’, with all the tendencies and all the rest of it. Essentially it is the product of thought. Do you see that? - Saanen July 1979
K: This consciousness is the consciousness of all human beings. If you feel the depth of it, the extraordinary beauty of it, the strength of it, that you are the rest of mankind, that it is a fact, and when you feel it in your blood, in your heart, in your mind, then you are no longer an individual.- Mind without Measure
Bohm: We are saying that thought is not merely the intellectual activity; rather it is one connected process which includes feeling and the body, and so on. Also, it passes between people - it’s all one process all over the world. - Thought As A System
K: Is it possible to have a total insight? It is only possible - we went into that step by step - which is the ending of the ‘me’, because the ‘me’ is put together by thought, thought is time, ‘me’ is time - me, my ego, my resistance, my hurts, all that. Can that ‘me’ end? It is only when that ends there is total insight. Right? That is what we discovered. Right? - Ojai April 1980
**What actually determines human behavior? Is it a collection of limited past thought imagery, in the form of an ego, a self-image, a centre, or, an awareness of what is?