The Distance Between Thought and Belief

Anyone alive today has been raised during the time of rational thought.

The Age of Reason has been the driving process for everything we’ve developed during the past 300-400 years, since the Age of Enlightenment.

During the Enlightenment age, man’s focus was centered on intellectual and scholarly movements, and scientific advancements.

“Philosophers and scientists of the period widely circulated their ideas through meetings at scientific academies, Masonic lodges, literary salons, coffeehouses, and in printed books, journals, and pamphlets. The ideas of the Enlightenment undermined the authority of the monarchy and the Catholic Church and paved the way for the political revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries.” - Eugene Weber

The Enlightenment included a focus on rational thought as an expression of sovereignty, and the evidence of the senses as the primary sources of knowledge, which made way for ideals such as liberty, progress, and ultimately separation of church and state. The Enlightenment was marked by an emphasis on the scientific method and reductionism.

“I think, therefore I Am,”

as famously stated by René Descartes, perfectly embodies the shift from faith (belief)-based to thought (reason)-based idealization. And we have simultaneously benefited from and suffered the consequences ever since.

We moved from believing to thinking, which, while it has allowed for the creation of countless advances, inventions and discoveries, has distanced us from our own sense of self. When we make a statement that begins with “I think…,” we remove the strength of ownership which is contained in “I believe.”

Our head brain, or intelligence center, is responsible for all rational thought; for story-telling; for making meaning of the world around us. It is perfectly designed and very adept at these functions. It is also necessary for creating pictures or visions of what our future might look like. It allows us to process data and create formulas. It is where we do our critical thinking and analysis. It is the seat of our creativity. It is also where we have the power to trick ourselves into believing our thoughts are real.

Now that we’ve moved into the Age of Aquarius, it’s time to return from the seat of rational thought,