Each aspiring student of Theosophy might well ask himself, "What can I give as the average of my thoughts? What quality may be revealed by their ultimate essence, the final synthesis drawn from my life's thinking; good and bad, high or low, heated or cool; thoughts that are emotional or stoical, intelligent or stupid, concentrated or scattered? Dare I even face the average, or the ultimate synthetic essence of all I have thought from earliest awakening of the mind to the present moment?"
Nature of Thought Paper
To have come to the state where desire can be made to turn inward for facts long hidden, and to have the courage to face these facts, the soul must first have aspired to or taken one step upon the upward path (Boyer, 2001). Yet it takes great strength to face the results of this averaging. Mental deposits long since put out of memory have a strange faculty of springing up like phantoms in a dream. And, stranger still, the selfishness of the past seems to return to our vision much more readily than thoughts and acts which may have had altruistic motives.
It is therefore not hard to see that the process to be used is that of cleansing and distillation. The flow of thought -- that stream which ceaselessly turns the wheel of our mental mill -- becomes less turbid and more under our control, even though the process is followed but a little (Boyer, 2001). But if carried forward profoundly with inner vision until all mental deposits are brought forward for their ultimate averaging, the whole nature is completely shaken and stirred to its depths. The individual has brought upon himself one of the great trials, which sooner or later comes to each and all ...