Mind Power :: Before Thought, There Is An Impulse To Think

The Thinker Sculpture

In 1889 Prentice Mulford wrote Thoughts Are Things“. A classic book on the subject of power of the mind. But what’s behind thought, where are our thoughts and what produces the initial impulse to think?

Not many people take the time to analyse their thoughts let alone seek to find out where they come from. The mind is an obviously useful part of us and must be understood as a tool at our disposal, let off the leash it can run wild. If you think “It’s only a thought so it doesn’t count” you are very mistaken. You can not hide your thoughts for ever, they will manifest in the physical world. You can not think one thing and be it’s opposite, that is impossible. The world is a mirror of your thoughts.

The Creative Process in Reverse

For the purpose of illustration I’m going to reverse engineer a particular condition, lets say a something trivial like a potter who has just painted a clay pot.

The finished pot is there sitting on the table, painted and beautifully finished.

  • Before she painted the pot she picked up the paint brush.
  • Before that, she had the thought of picking up the paint brush,
  • before that she thought about the colours she’d use, the brush strokes she’d make.
  • Before that she had the idea of how to paint it, the design etc.
  • As she thought about the design she did so using words from whatever language she speaks.
  • Before that, whether she realises it or not, there was an almost invisible thought, an instantaneous kind of action within her consciousness that gave rise to the language she spoke in her mind around the subject of painting the pot.
  • Before the mental dialogue there was an impulse to begin thinking. What is this impulse and where does it come from?


Language is taught to us, It’s not something we are born with. When we speak it is as a result of noise generated from our throats and in our mouths. Our voice box takes instructions from the brain and carries out the task requested. Before the words there is the thought of the words. Before the thought of the words there is an impulse to think. From a deeper part of us comes the inspiration to create.


If you had no language as we know it, if you grew up in a Jungle and had no contact with civilisation and managed to survive, you would still have found a way to DO. You would still have a thought process but without language as we know it. So there must be something behind the mind conversation that we all have on a daily basis. If you take away the mind speak then what is left? Can you imagine thought without the mind conversation?

The Mad Man

We look at the mad man shouting out loud walking down the street and pass judgement on him but fail to realise that most of us do the exact same thing only we don’t verbalise it. There is no difference. Not instructing your voice box to make a noise (speaking) doesn’t make you any less insane than the mad man you’ve just labelled. He’s just seems to have a more acute form of insanity than you.

The Doing

When you are in the “doing” you are in the final phase of creation. Your doing comes as a result of the thinking. Your thinking comes as a result of an idea. Your idea comes from some other quiet part of you. Our bodies are organic structures, machines, that react to our so called “sub-conscious” and “conscious” mind instructions. What we see after the “doing” is the result.

First always comes the creative impulse.


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About Larry G. Maguire

I'm a Blogger, Marathon Runner, Husband & Dad to 3 kids. I started Wokenmind so I could share with you all my thoughts on Existence, Consciousness and The Universe. I used to think "there's got to be something more to life" then I found out that there is none, and yet there is. It turns out, it is quite literally what we make it.

  • Beautiful write up ,I was very much moved when I read James Allen book As a man thinketh .
    Thought is every thing ,we are what our thoughts have made us .

    • GerardLBryan

      Raj, many thanks for your kind comment. And I agree James Allen’s book is an inspiration.