Mastering Emotion

This entry is part 32 of 73 in the series 2015

Oct 18, 2015

Mastering Emotion

Dan has written about an interesting situation that has developed in his life. Before he came across my teachings he was basically Mr. Nice Guy and contained all negative feelings so he wouldn’t create a disturbance. Then, after applying my teachings about the problems that develop with suppression, he examined his emotions and decided that more of them needed to be let out of the box which would avoid congestion of the vital energy.

Now that this box has been opened it seems that some of the emotions are too out of control and need to be harmlessly contained and the Principle of the Observer must be applied.

So, the big question is, how does one avoid suppression and yet still apply the Principles of Harmlessness and The Observer so emotional energy is not suppressed, yet does not get out of control and become destructive?

Here’s the situation the seeker must deal with. He has examined his feeling nature and discovered that he has suppressed and even denied the existence of negative feelings. This situation has created health problems and possibly cancer or tumorous growths. To solve the problem he faces his real feelings and lets them out. He then discovered why he suppressed in the first place and that was to avoid the problems and the conflict that negative emotions can generate.

He doesn’t want to suppress again, but does want to neutralize or control his negative feelings and render them harmless. What to do?

At this stage of the game the all-important Principle of Judgment must be applied. There is no black and white formula to guarantee that at point A you will identify with your emotions and at point B you will be the observer and direct them toward harmlessness.

To get from point A to point B requires a journey that takes numerous turns and a judgment call is required for each turn. When you arrive at point B you will clearly see how you did it, but it would be difficult to explain to your past self at point A. All you could do is give him some pointers.

It is really like learning any skill or art. For instance, let us say you wanted to learn to paint portraits of people. You attend a class on the subject and find that there is no simple formula to attain this ability. The instructor does not give a simple assignment saying, “Do A,B and C” and then you will be a great artist.”

Instead he teaches you some basics and gives you guidance. To learn to be a good artist you find that the tips are helpful, but the most important ingredient is practice.

At first your portraits are so bad you throw them in the trash and doubt yourself. You might feel discouraged and think your ability will never amount to anything. But if you stay with it, focus and apply the right principles you will eventually succeed to the point where every portrait you draw is a good one and represents a degree of mastery.

There is a story I like that illustrates this principle.

After a violinist performed a piece with great skill a member of the audience came up to him and said, “That was absolutely beautiful. I would give half my life to be able to play like that.”

The violinist looked at him and replied, “That, my friend, is exactly what I have done.”

Mastery of any kind takes effort and attention. Nothing worthwhile is ever gained without it.

One more thing is required. A student must incorporate the right principles. If he has a teacher who himself is mislead on the subject he may find himself going in the wrong direction and eventually must backtrack and correct. But even here he has developed some focus and attention that he takes with him when he finally settles on the right path.

The seeker who is attempting to master elements of himself is no different than the artist who learns through trial and error along with hints from his teachers. There is no instant formula for success, but if the goal is kept in the consciousness his success is assured.

Once the seeker honestly faces his negative emotions and does not deny or suppress them he must then render them harmless, taking the viewpoint of he observer.

The key to doing this is the mere realization that you are not your emotions, but they are merely a circulation of energy in a vehicle (emotional body) that you are temporarily using. Just like you can control the gas petal of your car (a vehicle) even so can you take charge of your emotions and direct them toward a harmless end.

Confusion may come because suppression and denial require self control just like consciously directing emotions toward harmlessness does. The seeker may fear using self control to direct emotion in the latter case for fear he may wind up suppressing again. At this point it is important that the seeker not remain still but forge ahead – and here is the key to success.

When a person suppresses there will be a certain feeling generated deep inside. It will be like a little voice you want to ignore that wants to speak and express itself.

Control from the vantage point of the observer doesn’t have to deal with that voice for the feeling nature is given its true recognition. When the observer controls the emotions the astral deva lives do not feel suppressed but thankful that they are being intelligently directed.

You’ll know you are on the right track when your emotions tell you that they are glad your mind stepped in and took control and guided then to harmlessness.

Each of us should not lack for opportunity to practice controlling our emotions from the vantage point of the observer. There are plenty of unreasonable people in the world who are happy to press our emotional buttons. Each time the button is pressed, realize that the feeling is not you, but something generated in your emotional body. Respond to the button pusher in an honest, but friendly manner. Even though you give a kind response you may find you will generate a conflict because you are sending the energy generated right back at him. The odd thing is being civil will often send the energy back with more force than cussing at him would.

If a conflict arises see this as a classroom situation that you must handle well to get an A. After the situation has passed then reflect on your performance and grade yourself while making plans to do better next time.

Hope this helps.

Each generation should produce those able to ascertain subjective fact for themselves; they will utilize that which is exoteric and known as stepping stones on the path to perfect knowledge. They will know, and they will give out, and only the next cycle of fifty years after their work is accomplished will see the recognition by the many of the truth revealed by the few.

Treatise on Cosmic Fire, Page 707

Copyright 2015 by J J Dewey

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