Notice I said "if one ONLY experiences limiting emotions". The negative emotions are good in that they hold many lessons for us. By no means
should we suppress any emotions. In fact, I would advise anyone to feel as many as possible. Remember the situations surrounding them. Remember how
you felt before, during and after. Compare with other emotions. Look for any automatic reactions associated with any particular emotion. Just one
exercise for knowing yourself.
But concerning the nature of emotions here is a quote from "The Book of Secrets" by Osho.
"How can an alert man feel hatred and anger? It may look paradoxical, but it is so. One who is asleep cannot be without hatred. It is impossible.
he can only pretend that there is no anger, no hatred. He can only pretend that there is love, compassion, kindness, sympathy. Those are all
pretensions. Quite the contrary happens to the one who has awakened. If anger is needed, he can only pretend. He cannot be angry; he can only
pretend! If anger is needed -- and sometimes it is needed -- he can only pretend. He cannot be sad, but if it is needed he can pretend that he is
In other words the illness that affects us is sleep. Not our character or emotions or even our programs. When you are asleep the emotions go back
and forth like a pendulum. But when you are awake, aware and watching you are above the situation and you pull up the energy with you. The energy
can't help but move up to where your attention is.
Energy cannot be created nor destroyed. Energy can only be transmuted.
Another quote from the same book....
"Energy is indestructible. It can only change into different forms; it can never become nothing. Energy cannot be suppressed; it can only be
transformed. A suppressed energy will become a cancer. If you feel anger, two ordinary routes are available: either you express it or suppress it.
If you express it, then it becomes a chain, because then you create anger in the other person and he will express it -- and there is no end to it.
Then the other ordinary alternative is to suppress it, and when you suppress it you are creating a wound within yourself. That will be a suffering.
That will create problems. And the anger will go on being suppressed, and you will become a volcano of anger.
[A third option exists] When you feel that anger is coming -- be uninterruptedly aware. Don't suppress it and don't express it. Do a third thing,
take the third alternative: be suddenly aware that anger is coming. This awareness changes the energy that is moving as anger into a different
energy. The very energy that is known as anger becomes compassion. Through alterness there is the transmutation. Alertness is the alchemy. When
you bring altertness, awareness, to any mood, any feeling, any energy, it changes its nature and quality. It is never the same again, and a new route
opens. The horizontal movement has stopped. With alertness it becomes vertical, it moves upwards. This is a different dimension."
Transmute lil buddy, transmute.
Originally posted by Emily_Cragg
is kinda hard to choke down when we have to look at what we're looking at, namely suffering and evil.
I agree with you totally; but I'm not IN the kind of body that doesn't mind experience, but just enjoys every thought.