The Character Of Thought: The Choice To Be In Process Or Flow with Laura Basha, Ph.D.

Laura BashaDr. Laura Basha discusses how the power and quality of thought influences our ability to bring choice into process. She describes the three principles of Mind, Consciousness, and Thought and how they are connected: “The mind is formless but has energy…consciousness is the movement of the mind according to our level of understanding and is the gift that brings thought to life.” She goes on to say that thought has two attributes, personal thought and universal thought. Personal thought has such characteristics as worry and memory. We tend to get more attached to this mode of thinking and it is influenced by the culture in which we are raised or the culture in which we reside, including corporate culture. Basha encourages us to notice where we are placing our attention. Are we paying attention to worry or are we paying attention to peace? ”Like in a garden, if you water the lilies, the lilies will grow. If you water the weeds the weeds will grow.” She advises us to water the flowers of our thoughts. She also describes two different modes of thought, Flow and ProcessProcess Thinking Mode is necessary and very useful in allowing us to navigate much of the logistical necessities of everyday living. However, because it is a closed system, data oriented mode of thinking, it has a tendency to lead to worry. Basha characterizes Flow Thinking Mode as having access to “[I]nfinite intelligence, omniscient wisdom, omnipotent love. It’s compassion, it’s genius, it’s creativity. It’s where Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and Einstein lived. They tapped into that…That realm of infinite intelligence is available to all of us.” She challenges us to listen to what we don’t know, rather than what we do know. Basha also talks about the concept of Transformational Humor, which she believes is the highest quality of thought. Finally, she reminds us how important silence is to transformation. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)

Bio

Laura Basha, Ph.D. holds a combined doctorate in clinical and organizational psychology. She’s an international consultant in leadership development and a personal coach. And she is a fine artist whose paintings reside in many private collections.

She is the author of:

To learn more about the work of Dr. Laura Basha go to www.whitebirdrising.com.

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • What is “The Three Principles Work”
  • How do the Principles define “Mind”, “Consciousness”, and “Thought”
  • Why can’t we comprehend “Mind”
  • What is “Process Thought” and  “Flow Thought”
  • How Basha worked successfully with schizophrenics and how this relates to flow
  • Why is our cultural context important to our thinking
  • What is “Transformational Humor”
  • Why is silence so important

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Host: Justine Willis Toms               Interview Date: 4/9/2015                Program Number: 3541

Music Playlist

From Album: Prayer For Compassion
Artist: David Darling
2009 Wind over the Earth #WE2340

Music Break 1: Track 03 Stones Start Spinning
Music Break 2: Track 10 Shoe Strings
Music Break 3: Track 10 ShoeStrings (reprise)