You will notice that the brain has the tendency to “voice out” thoughts in a language that’s native to you, or the language you are comfortable with. However, the efficient/normal mode of operation in a brain is when it operates in “silence”, without translating every thought into wordful noise. Translation of thoughts is an additional “burden” on the brain, and it takes up more resources and energy. Also, the constant translation of thoughts leads to a noisy brain, which is a huge source of irritation and discomfort. In an unconscious state of being, one can develop the habit of translating all the thoughts happening in their brain, causing an inefficient and sluggish mental process, plus the discomfort of a noisy mind. In a state of consciousness, you can simply “disable” the translation process and allow the mind to operate in silence. Remember, that translation of thoughts into “language” is just a feature available in the human brain, and it’s not required to be activated all the time.
Before languages were developed, the brain naturally operated in silence, and hence was highly efficient and caused very little fatigue in the being. Language provides a huge advantage in allowing us to communicate thoughts with each other, but it’s completely unnecessary to keep talking to ourselves (as if we were talking to another person). You don’t have to talk to yourself in a language; you can understand your thoughts without requiring language. Remember that “language” was devised, or invented, by humans, whereas “thoughts” are inherent to your being. You don’t have to use a language to know your thoughts, you can know your thoughts in silence itself – thought in its pure nature is always silent. It’s the translation of thoughts that makes it noisy. Some translated thoughts can get stuck in the memory due to over-repetition (owing to your unconscious attention to it), and can become a source of irritation and discomfort – the solution is to be more stable in your awareness so that you are not fueling the repetition any further, and thus allowing its dissolution.
Ability to switch off the translation feature in the brain
Before the advent of languages, in the primitive era, humans had pure silence in their brain while being intelligent and wise in their movement, guided by their instinct and intuition – this sharpness was necessary because even the slightest lack of instinct could result in them being a prey to a predator. You can see this sharpness in animals in the wild where their brain is constantly alert to their instincts. Animals don’t have a language, and hence their brain is always silent – their communication is mostly emphatic and the noise they produce is also a way of conveying their state of being through the “frequency” of their voice. You can also process thoughts in silence and function in a highly efficient manner, with more connection to your instinct and wisdom, if you simply turn off the necessity to translate all your thoughts.
A level of awareness is needed before one can start thinking in silence, without the need for translation of all the thoughts. In fact, even the translation of thoughts into “images” is quite unnecessary, and in the presence of awareness the brain is mostly just processing its thoughts in silence. You can, of course, enjoy some mind noise and mind images as you per your desire, while having the ability to process thoughts in silence whenever you want. When you are helplessly translating every thought into words and images, it makes you feel powerless, a prisoner to an unconscious habit – translation is an ability in the brain that you can enjoy, but when it’s an unconscious habit you are operating at a much lower efficiency and much lower intelligence than your brain is capable of.
You can practice this right now – just for a few minutes, stay in a state of awareness, so that all your consciousness is taken up simply in staying aware. In this state, you will notice that the brain is silent (it’s active but silent), and you seem to understand thoughts happening inside you without “translating” them into words. Staying in this awareness can seem like an effort because you have developed the habit of translating thoughts into words, and feel uncomfortable with the silence. However, the more you allow your brain to just operate in awareness without requiring it to translate every thought that goes on in it, the more comfortable you become with this mode of silent operation. This is a highly efficient way of functioning because not only does it relieve the brain of the additional job of translation but it also ensures that the “mind noise” does not cloud your receptivity to your inner voice of instinct and intuition.
Mind’s self-images can blur your core personality
You will notice that brain tries to translate your core self into some form of “image”, what we call the self-image. In many cases, this self image is highly distorted and ambiguous, created from the brain’s mood at present and the brain’s ability to create images. Not all brains are good with creating “accurate” mental images – some brains are naturally good at imagining in the form of pictures, while most have very little cognition of scale, angles and length. To see how good your brain is with images, just look a picture of car, or look at a car in real life, and after a few minutes try to imagine that car from all angles and see how close you can get to the original picture – some brains can produce a picture perfect, well detailed, image of the car, and see it clearly from all angles (these are the people who are good at painting, architecture and designing), while most brains would just have a hazy image of the car lacking in proper scale and detailed definition.
When you can see how limited the brain’s ability to work with images is, just imagine what it can do to your self-image – it can create a highly distorted self image of your body, and your personality, based on its limited capacity and its mood of the moment. For example, when you feel fear, the brain seems to translate it by creating a image of a frightened face (basically your face in a frightened profile) and this image can get stored in your memory and be repeated several times to create an ambiguous self-image of you as frightened person. You will be surprised to notice that your brain may be carrying images of you as a frightened child, and is still using this image to define you – which is part of the child-identity (as discussed in the post – dissolving the child-identity).
To take another example – you may see your face in a mirror (when you are not looking your best), at a certain profile, and your brain can record this image in a hazy way and keep using it to project a negative self-image. And even when your look has changed, it still maintains the old image and creates a feeling that you are looking your worst. This is just an example to show how the brain’s use of images cannot be trusted and in a state of unconsciousness, you can get identified with the brain’s negative self-images, and become completely disconnected with your true personality.
Why do we get addicted to the brain’s translations?
Translating thoughts into language becomes a habit owing to unconscious fueling of this process. This causes us to feel uncomfortable when we are not translating thoughts, we feel as if we are in the “unknown”. However, you need to realize that brain’s natural proclivity is to process thoughts in silence and it can do a much better job of erasing negativity and finding solutions if it did not have to keep translating every thought that it’s going through in the process of finding a solution. This is one reason why we find solutions much easily when we sleep on a problem, when you go to sleep there is a period where the brain can operate in silence without being asked for translations – and in this period of silent operation it efficiently comes up with a solution in connection with your life-stream’s intelligence. You can follow this mode of operation in your waking hours also, where you don’t ask your brain to translate its thought process and are comfortable allowing the brain to function in silence.
You must have noticed some highly unconscious people actually “speaking” their thoughts out aloud (we call them mad, sometimes), but actually they are just one level deeper in unconscious than a person who is translating all the thoughts into “words” in one’s own mind – and having an internal dialogue in the mind as if talking to another person. Both of these are unconscious habits, one being deeper in unconsciousness than another. A conscious human being, with a high level of awareness, is not lost in a noisy mental dialogue (unless he/she wants to enjoy the wordy thoughts) and has the capacity to just allow the brain to work out solutions, and process reality, in silence. A noisy mind is not only far less efficient but it also clouds the reception of your inner guidance and instinct, leading to less wisdom in your daily living.
Allowing the brain to operate in silence can feel highly uncomfortable initially, owing to the pull of your old habit of translating all the thoughts. But as you grow in the power of your awareness, you develop the stability to stay rooted in a calm, allowing the brain to operate in silent mode, without being too concerned about knowing its thought process – the brain in such a case is able to interact easily with your life-stream’s intelligence and hence comes up with solutions, insights and understandings that you may not have access to when you stay stuck repeating a noisy thought pattern. Being addicted to repeating some noisy thought patterns, stuck in your memory, also causes you to resist the brain’s natural movement, it’s like you rewinding a tape constantly instead of letting it play in harmonious manner – the pointer, here, is for you to let go into awareness and stop “holding on” to the brain. Reducing your mental dialogue is a natural benefit you accrue as your level of awareness increases.
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