The nature of thought is that it appears to be tied to intelligence. The reality is, it is not.
Many have intelligence but do not possess the wisdom to make good choices. Intelligence provides a mechanism to use apparent facts to draw inference and conclusions from tested conditions. Wisdom is the ability to think outside of pre-conditioned certainty. Many great advances have come from thinking outside conditioning. Einstein, Tesla and Elon Musk are examples.
This begs the question why? Buddha is quoted as saying “”What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow. Our life is the creation of our mind.” These past events become the influences our thoughts and perceptions and hence our intelligence. It is obvious to the trained and conditioned mind that our thoughts appear to be ours but are not.
We have many random thoughts and it is a common experience that many do not fit with being ours. They do not accord with our values, our morals or our hearts desires. Often we are pulled by the winds of desire into situations and actions we wish we did not do. There can be only one freedom that the enlightened mind would seek. That would be to find that which you do not have.
“I reached in experience the nirvana which is unborn, unrivalled, secure from attachment, undecaying and unstained. This condition is indeed reached by me which is deep, difficult to see, difficult to understand, tranquil, excellent, beyond the reach of mere logic, subtle, and to be realized only by the wise.” Buddha said this to point to what is missing in most of the world. We are so enamored with the mind and what it can do for us. However it is like an untrained child jumping form one activity to another never staying still. Always moving. Never still and uncluttered. It never has peace.
When we have peace there is a portion of our awareness that we call consciousness which reaches into a wisdom that is centered in clarity. This is what we do not possess and when we do reach for it, It provides startling advances. Einstein used this path to discover the General theory of Relativity. He did not use his intelligence but rather his awareness. His imagination, not a mathematical calculation. He utilized wisdom.
This is available to you when you are prepared to detach from your intelligent mind and align with the awareness that holds all wisdom and insight and can experience life outside of the pre-conditioned past that we are all tied to.
This awareness is contained in a third person experience. It cannot be held within the vessel that does the thinking. Hence it must be sought outside of rational thought. It can only be found outside through a meditation, carefully crafted to reach through the right path to it. There are many paths of false thought based constructs which will lead you astray.
Listening to those who have been there before is the way to transcend the false paths. These include many religions, western conservative thought and drugs. None of these will lead you to the awakening and clarity you seek. Heed the advice of masters in this area and seek one that exhibits the conditions of wisdom and not the words but the actions.
Take the time to find this path and you see why this is the ultimate path to follow.