There are two ways that our emotions arise. The first way for them to appear is for them to be born in our mind, and the second is to come from our body.
The emotions emerging from an egoistic mind are caused by the mind’s relative and, at the end of the day, illusive interpretation and explanation of an external and internal life situation. A selfish mind unconsciously assesses a temporary situation in binary terms of “good-bad”, “fair-unfair”, “pleasure-pain” and so on, and then, as an unconscious continuation of the label emerges “positive” or “negative” emotion.
It’s important to understand that emotions arising from our mind are entirely dependent on the interpretation system in operation. The way we assess situations determines our emotions. If we want to learn how to consciously experience our emotions, we have to constantly remember that they are caused not by an external situation but by its interpretation and explanation.
Our selfish mind plays the role of a middle man or “translator”. Moreover, we have to understand that this “translator” is always biased! It always monstrously distorts and limits beautiful Reality Here and Now according to it’s own mental conception. Two people will react to the same situation differently depending on their belief systems, subconscious programs and levels of consciousness.
Imagine for example that you and your foreign friend who can’t speak a word of English are in a café. Suddenly you hear someone outside shouting “Fire!” and automatically the emotion of anxiety or even fear appears. It appeared because your mind understood the meaning of the word “fire”, negatively interpreted the external situation and labelled it with “bad”, “scary,” etc. But your friend doesn’t experience any any emotion of anxiety simply because his mind didn’t understand the meaning of the word “fire”. And he won’t until you translate it for him. He won’t feel anxious until you play the role of a middle man between him and external situation.
That’s exactly what our egoistic mind does: it plays a role of “middle man” between our Soul and external situation. Our perception of Reality Here and Now as well as our emotional reactions totally depends on the type of middle man “sitting in our head”. In the previous example the external situation was the same for both participants but their emotional reactions were entirely different because their minds interpreted incoming verbal information differently.
Emotion is rooted in our body – it’s our constant background subconscious state determined by such factors as food and drink intake, sleeping, socialising, state of our health and so on. Most commonly a person doesn’t realise what background emotional state his subconscious is in. He doesn’t realise it because it seems a normal state of living for him. This background state is much better noticed by other people.
A lot in our emotional life depends on the food we eat (much more than one who isn’t familiar with the subject of the subconsciousness can imagine). For example, if a person eats meat he also consumes the emotions of fear which the animal experienced whilst being killed. After entering a person’s body this emotion of fear becomes a part of the emotional background of the meat eater. This background is the soil in which one’s thoughts will grow. Therefore, an emotional background full of fear from consumed corpses will produce thoughts accordingly: fearful, anxious thoughts, which often becoming aggressive.
It’s very important to pay attention to who cooks our food, who sits with us by the table and what emotions they are experiencing whilst doing it, because these emotions will become a part of our own emotional background later.
© Don Druzhinin