To ever reach it, you’ve first got to understand the true nature of potential. The interesting, and truly humbling, thing about that is that potential is infinite. It only took me 25 years of intellectual education to realise! (not bad)
There are many ways people point to potential and our connection with it; “The Zone” in sport, “A Quiet Mind” and “Clarity” are just a few.
What is happening in all these instances? The collapse of our intellectual system.
See, I realised that the intellect (or ego) can do some amazing things, but there is no capacity in it for potential. It doesn’t exist there. This made me laugh quite a lot, seeing as a I spent most of my life living from and expanding mine in order to try and improve, and ultimately realise, that potential.
It’s paradoxical, but there is more intelligence and answers in a state of ‘no thought’ , than all the learning that mankind has ever done intellectually. When our ego shuts down, even for a moment, we are no longer seeing and interacting with the product of thought. We are living through thought, the power of thought, moment to moment.
Athletes, senior business leaders, international concert musicians, surgeons, all people who look for clarity and access to more intelligence when they need it most, will all tell you that they get their best ideas and incredible performances when they’re not thinking. In fact, when we as human beings have our best ideas, for example solving a problem or being creative, it’s often:
In the car
In the shower
All of which point to the fact that it is a lack of thought, not more of it, that will yield what we all are striving for. I mean, how much thought do you need to take a shower, or sunbathe? The truth of it is that we don’t need personal thinking to function. It is what limits us, not develops us.
Are looking for answers to your problems, for clarity? Maybe you’re just looking for a nice feeling, to be peaceful, connected and have a sense of understanding?
By realising that what you know, or what you think you know, won’t give you any of that, you’ll be quiet and free.
In that moment, you’ll start to connect with what you’re really looking for.