The pattern of thinking is categorization of symbols. This processing is automatic.
In the same way you can’t turn off your sense of touch, you can’t turn off your thinking. You can focus on other things and that will change the sensation, but you can’t flip a switch.
You train your brain when you think certain thoughts, whether they’re realistic or not. You’re strengthening certain neural pathways.
The brain solves problems automatically. But whatever level it’s solving at, you can always focus and raise your consciousness and solve at a higher level.
Your brain will inherently think. Try meditation and you’ll find concentration is hard.
Know that your brain will continue to rattle off. That teaches you not to get so wrapped up in your problem.
Take a step back and just be. Sometimes that’s the real solution.
You can’t force innovation.