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Is There Original Thought?

February 26, 2011

I am sure that you won’t believe this but all of these posts on ‘a thought’ resulted from my life long contemplation on whether it is possible to have an original thought.

A review of recorded history shows overwhelming evidence of the ‘remake’ and redefining of thoughts….about everything!  Just when you believe that someone or a group of ‘someones’ have come up with something unique, look closer.  Chances are it has been thought of or done before.

I was watching a PBS special the other night that was reviewing the life of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (born July 15, 1606 – died – Oct 4 1669).  Rembrandt, unlike many artists, lived a privileged life.  He spent his days doing what he loved to do and was recognized for his talents in his lifetime and paid handsomely for these talents.  After the death of his wife, Rembrandt’s commitment to painting in his well known style, began to waiver and a new style emerged.  He was commissioned by the City Fathers to paint a very large piece for the new Town Hall – titled Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis.  What emerged from Rembrandt’s brush was viewed as intolerable by those same Fathers and the piece was ordered from the walls (by the Fathers as stated in the documentary but some say by Rembrandt himself).  To my great surprise, the smallish piece of this painting that survives today, showed a painting in the style of the great impressionists, full of Rembrandt’s signature light but also full of a new found symbolism.  This symbolism was in my mind, akin to ancient Egyptian symbolism.  This was a full two hundred years before the great impressionist movement of the mid to late 1800s.

Although the documentary did not make mention of the fact that this image was very, very impressionistic, it did not escape my contemplation of whether or not there is in fact an original thought.  It was now obvious that impressionism was attempted well before the advent of the great impressionists…..interesting I thought.

There were many times when I was young, that I believed I had come up with something absolutely new, unique, only to find out that this was not so.

I often wonder if there might be a great pool of ‘thought/ideas’ on some energy level, that is available to everyone.  Some tap into it, some do not.  Interesting….yet another thing to think about….yikes!

Just What Are You Thinking?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April White permalink
    February 26, 2011 5:09 pm

    If you remove the factor of time and agree that all things occur simultaneously, in essence all thought new (as in yet to be manifested into our world) and old as in already manifested, is indeed fact. I believe the Universe does in fact have unlimited supply of everything, including creative thoughts, and we need to do is choose how we wish to manifest our thoughts. The Universe responds with like thought, and there you have it, manifested reality. Is there original thought? No, I don’t think so. Is there orginal manifestation of thought, absolutely. Everyone’s imagination is different, so every manifestation is slightly different even if basically stemming from the same thought. That’s my 22 cents on the question.

  2. March 3, 2011 8:19 pm

    Thank you April for your comment. It is an angle on manifestation that I had not previously considered. I do wonder if imagination is inherently unique though…. might be impossible for anyone to know that truth without being able to enter another beings thoughts.
    I do love this blogging and being able to consider others’ thoughts on things.

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