The sense of thought – by An­dreas N. Bjørn­dal

Yes, you can sense your own think­ing as well as the think­ing of an­other. Last month, we ex­plored the sense of words but even deeper than words is the per­cep­tion of con­cepts. We did not dis­crim­i­nate it much last time. Now, we are ready to look into this more sub­tle level. For some peo­ple the level of words is what they re­late to. To per­ceive the other per­son’s way of think­ing is to get be­yond the words, to get even closer to the core of their iden­tity.
When Descartes for­mu­lated “cog­ito ergo sum” he un­der­stood the close con­nec­tion be­tween the think­ing and the aware­ness of an in­di­vid­u­al’s iden­tity.

This abil­ity to per­ceive the think­ing and the con­cepts they use to ex­press un­der­stand­ing and mean­ing, is glimps­ing be­hind the door of the words they use. You might even per­ceive their think­ing so deeply that you know other words that would de­scribe the mean­ing more pre­cisely.

If you know dif­fer­ent lan­guages you will know that cer­tain con­cepts can­not be ex­pressed to the same de­gree of ex­act­ness in one lan­guage while the other lan­guage has a very good con­cept.

Arthur Koestler (1905-1983) coined the term holon to de­scribe some­thing that is a whole­ness and a part of a big­ger whole­ness at the same time. Be­fore that that ex­act mean­ing could not be ex­pressed in one word. I have coined the term holonity to de­scribe the de­gree of har­mony with the next big­ger holon. The health you have on a phys­i­cal level is de­pen­dent on the health of the sum of each of your or­gans, the holonity of your or­gans. The health you have as an in­di­vid­ual is de­pen­dent of your har­mony with the fam­ily, the so­ci­ety and hu­mankind, that is your de­gree of holonity.

This is shar­ing my think­ing and un­der­stand­ing with you telling you more of who I am and what I think about re­al­ity. 
Re­ceiv­ing my think­ing de­fines a big as­pect of me. To­gether with the sense of hear­ing, the sense of speech  and the sense of self (com­ing next month) this sense of thought or con­cept en­ables you to per­ceive the iden­tity of the other hu­man be­ing. These are the senses that makes you an aware part of a big­ger holon, that makes you a con­scious so­cial be­ing, a per­son tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for your ac­tions to­wards oth­ers. Tak­ing as much care of their well-be­ing as your own, tak­ing the big­ger pic­ture into con­sid­er­a­tion for your ac­tions.

Learn­ing to pic­ture what an­other per­son con­veys is the first step away from liv­ing in the il­lu­sion of your own sov­er­eignty. It is tran­scend­ing a child­ish per­cep­tion of be­ing right or hav­ing the only pos­si­ble opin­ion. This is the first step to­wards per­ceiv­ing that re­al­ity can be de­rived from dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives and lev­els of aware­ness. This steps cul­ti­vate your in­tu­ition, it cul­ti­vates your abil­ity to think new, to think dif­fer­ent, to find your own con­cepts and words and to re­al­ize that you never un­til now was able to per­ceive re­al­ity in this way. It cul­ti­vates your in­tu­ition.

Be­hind words there is con­cept, mean­ing or thought. When you start to look at re­lated con­cepts putting them to­gether in piles or when you start to try to find what two con­cepts have in com­mon, you tran­scend the word as­pect of the con­cept and get in-touch with the mean­ing as­pect. This process has two steps. First, you have it on the tip of your tongue, you sense it, you feel it, but then you have to con­cep­tu­al­ize it and give it a word. This dis­tinc­tion is the dis­tinc­tion that dis­crim­i­nates the sense of word and the sense of thought or con­cept. When you sense that more sub­tle part that we can call sense of thought, sense of con­cept or sense of mean­ing you are in touch with a big­ger holon. A mind that tran­scends the in­di­vid­ual mind, and hence you are con­nected to a big­ger holon and ac­quire a higher holonity.

You can read sim­i­lar ar­ti­cles at

Or read about the other senses:
The eye a ques­tion of per­spec­tive
Wis­dom is hid­den in the ears
Jus­tice a mat­ter of nose
Love comes out of the mouth
The sense of touch is the foun­da­tion of kind­ness
Do we have a sixth sense (pro­pri­o­cep­tion)
When all is well the sense of life gives you com­fort
The sense of bal­ance
The sense of warmth
The sense of speech/ word / lan­guage or mean­ing

Holon, unity and wholeness, holonistic knowledge, self-development, spirituality, nature and mysticism as the way to truth

%d bloggers like this: