During a recent inner debate, I wondered about thoughts and where they originate from. I thought of several options, one being - they are produced by our brain. However I felt this was borderline self-indulgent and therefore decided to venture on a semi-existential philosophical quest for the right answer to my question - see below.
I thought to compare thoughts to the universe. As we do not know when the universe came to be or when it will dismantle itself into nothingness (whatever "nothing" may be), I questioned whether the origin of something as simple as a thought could run parallel with the universe. I envisioned that one day, somebody thought of the universe, after which it appeared, not flawless, perhaps not as great as it was imagined to be, but it appeared and it was magical.
I realized that in the history of mankind "things" only initiated existence when they had been thought about. Let us take gravity as an example; it was granted a valid place in the mind of mankind solely after Sir Isaac Newton thought to appoint it its properties and name it "gravity". So, if gravity didn't exist before Newton's thought, does this mean that thoughts are creators of entities?
Up until this point I concluded that thoughts had the following qualities:
1. they are in congruence with the universe
2. they have no beginning nor end
3. they are the creator of entities
Apart from their power to create entities, I remembered how potent thoughts can be and how they can influence physical properties of the human body. Moreover, I had experienced that bad thoughts or an excess of thoughts (stress) can cause illness whilst on the other hand they can cure and communicate inner universes.
A last question and perhaps the most complex one was just how deep and layered a thought could be. In another comparison to the universe, I thought about black holes and how scientists say they could possible lead to other universes. Furthermore, I imagined it to be very much in line with the human condition of sinking into a thought, the kind of traumatic, imprinted, deeply rooted thought that leads people into other mental worlds, the kind that makes them forget where they were before that one thought.
When I think about the universe now, or when I fail to understand why the world we live in is tempestuous, temperamental, beautiful yet terrifying, I think it could be the result of somebody's thoughts. I imagine we could all be creating universes every day; flooding our world with tears, bringing frost with our hesitance, covering it in sunshine with happiness or warming the universe with our unconditional love.