A. Through time and diligent practice we become more and more aware of the arising of thoughts, and crucially our attachment to them. Through awareness we see that it is our own attachment to those thoughts that make them ‘real’ and ‘substantial’. We discover through awareness that if we learn to leave them alone, they lose their power over us and stay in their original form of being transparent, ‘neutral’, and something that is always simply arising and passing away. I’m not sure when on the path thoughts stop arising, but their arising or not arising is not the issue. It is identifying with them as being ‘me and mine’, and learning through awareness to leave them alone, that is at the heart of wisdom.