Foundational rules for right spiritual work, # 3


Yesterday it was all about illusions and next we focus on our emotions.

Rule 3 Control the body of emotion, for the waves that rise upon the stormy seas of life engulf the swimmer, shut out the sun and render all plans futile.

There is a lot of talk about the validity of emotions. We need our emotions or we need to express our emotions but most people do not know the difference between their emotions and their feelings.

There is a distinct difference between our feelings and our emotions though these distinctions maybe hard for us to understand. We move through our feelings every moment and sometimes and most often these feelings can and do trigger emotions in us.

Our feelings can be consciously identified. Something good happens to us and we say I feel happy. Something sad happens to us and we say, I feel sad. We can describe our feelings and easily identify where they are coming from.

Our emotions can make us feel like we live life on a roller coaster. Up and down we are depressed, we are angry we are one thing and then another. Our emotions are linked to an underlying cause in which we may not even be aware of. Issues in our past that have caused a reaction good or bad become trapped in time and leave such an impression that forever when certain conditions exist we react in that same manner whether the original cause is happening or not. Over time we react to events with emotions unconsciously. It is difficult to describe our emotions and very difficult to identify where they are coming from.

The difference between feelings and emotions is time. Only constant self-awareness can keep us from identifying with our emotions as true states of being. This keeps us living in that past affecting our health and our being in this moment now. Living in the present moment helps us to identify with the feeling that is manifesting and not allow it to trigger an emotional response.

So the rule says to control the body of emotion, for the waves that rise upon the stormy seas of life engulf the swimmer, shut out the sun and render all plans futile.

So you can see the wisdom in the rule when you live your life reacting to your emotions you are being pulled into the sea of confusion and maya or illusion and suddenly you are not living at all frankly drowning. Anything that you might have been going to do or think or change is wrapped up in a swirl of chaos, the sea has you and the light of the sun cannot get to you.You will be stopped in your tracks, nothing you do will come to completion.

When we become overwhelmed with our emotions the only thing that works is self-control. Self-control can be achieved through a meditation practice, living a mindful life, or how about open your eyes to the reality around you instead of allowing the roller coaster of life to drag you around.

Once you begin to know and understand the difference between your emotions and feelings as you check in with yourself it will be easier not to get so caught up in your ‘stuff’ and as the light of awareness comes into play your life will become effective. Then you will be in conscious control of your life and not drug around by the nose and people it is not a good look to be drug by the nose…

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