To consciously choose to be without thought is the gateway to direct experience. If we are bound to our thinking process for our reference points of reality, we will ask only those questions guaranteed to keep attention on analysis, cause and effect and conceptual evaluation.
One of the most powerful phrases in human language is "I am here." It is powerful because it is utterly simple and profoundly true. Anything that is said or thought afterward is just an addition to this basic, unfaltering truth.
Exploration and technology have often enjoyed something of a symbiotic relationship. At times it has actually been exploration which has led to or enabled a number of the new tools that were developed as a consequence of discovery.