I found the comments more illuminating than the article. Einstein claimed he had very few verbal thoughts and used words as he used numbers - mainly to communicate his perceptions to others. I have lots of verbal thoughts, both addressed to myself and to various inner “test audiences.” I also have non-verbal thoughts; images, music, and impulses. I also have moments of “focused perception” where my thoughts are there but my consciousness is focused on the totality of my being and experience rather than invested in my thoughts. This seems to me a “higher” state which occurs in natural outdoor settings, during meditation, or during exercise or drug experiences.

I question the term “pristine” consciousness. What consciousness is not pristine?

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