Even my beloved intuitive healing Irish mother was not known to expound on this topic. ‘Feelings’ she would say ‘are made up from a specific type of energy which is beyond the comprehension of the greatest of minds’. To be honest with you I wasn’t exactly sure what she meant but I sense that she was suggesting that maybe we will never truly understand our emotions because so often they reside deep within our subconscious mind.
In the chart below you will see a list of pleasant and unpleasant words. Gently take some time out to examine this list and tick any words that are omitted from your vocabulary.
|Pleasant feeling words
|Unpleasant feeling words
Slowly, read through this list again and ask yourself if these words are
- Active or passive?
- Static or mobile?
- Experienced in the mind or the heart?
- Stagnant or transformative?
When you look at this list you will notice that it consists of feeling or emotional words. Emotional words are very powerful.
Even by definition emotion means power, for example, when you remove the letter e from the word emotion you are left with the word motion which, according to Encarta Dictionary, means power of movement.
When we express ourselves with ‘E – motional’ words that come from the heart we are releasing the power of energy in motion into our lives. This energy provides motivation for healing.
Generally, most of us experience emotional tension between whom we are and who we want to be. The more divided our self is, the greater the torment. Conversely strife is good, because it forces us to look at certain aspects of our personalities we would otherwise choose to ignore.
Often, it takes a crisis in our lives for us to examine how we feel as the following story will illustrate.
His name was Augustine. He was born in 356 A.D into a wealthy Roman family in North African in province of Numidia (now known Tunisia). His father was Pagan and his mother a Christian. He was a wild young man who pursued all life experiences with wanton abandon, but despite his best efforts to reach the extreme in all things his behaviour failed to satisfy, and left him feeling unfilled and empty. His hedonistic lifestyle ended suddenly with the death of a good friend. Augustine fell into the depths of despair, which was overwhelming and all consuming. Gradually he turned his attention towards the gentle teachings of Jesus who urged all seekers of truth to;
‘Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks will receive, and anyone who seeks will find, and the door will be opened to those who knock. Would any of you who are fathers give your son a stone when he asks for bread? Or would you give him a snake when he asks for fish? Bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (Matthew 7. 7-11)
Note to self
I wonder if St Augustine had unraveled a spiritual secret that is the foundation for all religions that faith in a Divine presence can open the way to finding the Real Me?
More of this next Wednesday my dearest friends.
In the meantime.
And don’t forget to breathe, slowly, deliberately and with concentration .
Hugs and love,