Contemplating god/the gods is an excellent practice. It structures our perception of our narrower lives in a useful way. Even if your highest principle is an abstract notion, it serves the same purpose.
When your imagination and your thought are in conflict, your imagination will inevitably win. You will choose behavior based on what you imagine is real, and you represent every event or situation to yourself by the same process that we call imagination.
The child who’s afraid of the monster in the closet is genuinely afraid. Their minds and bodies are reacting as if it were literally real. We are no different as adults, except we have had more practice at it and it does not actively occupy our attention anymore. It’s still going on.
The views that occupy our social imagination are why our social ills still exist. People imagine that the social roles are how it should be and have “moral” virtue. They even develop anxieties based on how well or how poorly they satisfy these imagined roles. People want change, but are much too busy in general imagining that they are stuck where they are and are doing what they must. That they “can’t” do anything about what they imagine is the truth and the ideal they would see made manifest in the world.
What were you thinking? You probably still are. Thank you for opening your awareness to me for this.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.