Our emotional core determines our level of consciousness and awareness. Being born into the consciousness of separation, our emotional core is filled with fear-based feelings. Fear-based feelings are: anger, hatred, fear, jealousy, greed, shame, envy, resentment, bitterness, lust, and guilt. This is simply how the world around us works. The good news is that we don’t have to remain filled with fear-based emotions. Emotions are a form of energy, and energy can be transformed from one state or quality into another. We do it all the time in our outer world. We flip a switch and electricity is transformed into light or heat. Unfortunately, the inner process isn’t as easy as flipping a switch. We must reactivate the emotion within us to a small degree so the experience isn’t overwhelming, and then we can use our mind to change the nature of the emotion into love. We can do this by using whatever imagery works for us as an individual. We can think of a favorite child, a puppy, a kitten, or a butterfly – whatever makes you feel loving. Then we end the exercise.
The secret to the transformation of emotions is that feelings are stored in the physical body in a more or less dormant state. By reactivating the emotion, we transform it from a type of solid state into a fluid state. This is where it can be transformed. Once we change the feeling to love we stop the exercise. This allows the feeling to condense down into a new solid state and be stored in a different part of the body. Each exercise can take less than a minute. A short pause is used between each exercise to clear the mind and let the feeling settle into the body. Then the exercise is repeated. I recommend doing the exercises for 20 minutes, twice a day.
The exercise can be boring. It will take some dedication to continue the exercises. It also takes time to see the results. The whole process can take several years. Over time you will see your core emotions changing to love-based emotions. This will manifest as kindness, gentleness, generosity, understanding, patience, and compassion.
When the balance between fear-based emotions and love-based emotions shifts to more than 50% love-based, spiritual awakening happens. This is the change from the consciousness of separation to the consciousness of oneness, also known as cosmic consciousness. The exercises need to be continued. Spiritual enlightenment takes place when the love-based emotions reach about 90% of your emotional core.
One of the primary reasons for incarnating into a physical body is to have access to the production of emotional energy. Some people explain the differences in energy as frequency-based. I find that analogy useful. The human body is an energy transformation machine. We take in food, water, and air. The physical body uses these components to generate energy at the cellular level through the mitochondria. But we also need energy at the emotional level as well. Think of the word emotion as an expansion of the word motion. Motion represents movement which requires energy. While the physical energy comes from complex chemical reactions within the body, emotional energy is also created, but it is used in a different format.
Exactly what form, or frequency, of energy is produced is controlled by what we have focused out thinking on. Specifically, fear-based thoughts produce fear-based energy, and love-based thoughts produce love-based energy. Those two forms of energy can coexist within the physical body system. We are constantly thinking; going over a number of issues each day, some excessively. We may think that our thoughts and feelings don’t really matter, but the reality is that they do. Our thoughts and feelings have a direct effect on our physical body. Some illnesses are at least triggered, or supported, by excessive negative emotional states.
The way we are raised is generally controlled by culture. In that culture most people are taught that they have a place in society and that they must comply with the expectations of that culture. As a result, the dominant emotional state is one of generally fear-based feelings. Over years of repeated exposure to the fear-based emotional state, our emotional core becomes a reflection of what we have experienced. That fear-based emotional core determines our state of consciousness: the consciousness of separation.
In essence, we are a being with two minds, two personalities, and two emotional bases. The lower frequency energy that negative thoughts generate feeds only the ego by creating the fear-based emotional energy that the ego thrives on. The ego then uses that fear-based energy and emotions to control us. But when we focus our thinking on love, the body produces a higher frequency energy that is suited only for the spiritual mind. Each moment of every day we have a choice: we can feed the ego, always becoming the victim of its abuse, or we can feed the spirit within us, which in turn will free us from the tyranny of the ego.
There is a lot to be said for the positive thinking movement. Keeping our thinking positive can have a significant effect on our core emotional state. But the problem of numerous or excessive past fear-based feelings remains uncorrected. The good news is that even old emotions are still a form of energy, and the nature or quality of energy can be transformed. That is the process of transforming our emotions.
Our emotions are linked to our thoughts. An emotional response can be triggered by an outside event, someone’s words or emotional state, or by remembering a past event, comment, or traumatic event. The thought we have associated with a specific emotion will remain linked. We can start the transformation of emotions by observing what words, phrases, or actions trigger an emotional response within us. We can use that trigger to summon the emotion from its storage in the body. Once the emotion is activated, we can change the nature and quality of the energy.
The process is simple and straight forward: trigger the emotion so it is flowing (fluid). Use our mind to change the nature of the emotion, from fear-based to love-based. Once the love-based emotion is established, end the exercise and allow a moment for the emotion to stop flowing (solidify). The energy will settle into the physical body in a new location. We don’t have to be concerned about exactly what that location is; the process is essentially automatic and happens without our direct participation.
However old we may be, that is the number of years that fear-based emotions have been adding to our emotional core. The transformation of emotions can gradually change the content of our emotional core. We must also take care that we are not adding significantly to the store of fear-based emotions by focusing on loving thoughts, loving feelings, and loving actions each day.
The intellectual component also needs to be addressed. Many of the thought processes and conclusions we have come to about our self, other people, the world, and our perception of god have all been formed in our childhood or teenage years. We have to go back through all of our thoughts, conclusions, and assumptions and re-evaluate them from what we know and understand now. What we will find is that the vast majority of what we believe is actually not true. We are not who and what we have believed, neither are other people. The culture or society in which we live is deeply flawed and functions on a significant amount of superstition and false beliefs. The government we live under is also deeply flawed and corrupt. Don’t be offended, they are all corrupt. Remember, psychopaths seek positions of power and authority over others. That is what government is by definition; an organization that exerts power and authority over people.
We do not have the power to significantly change the world, but we do have the power to change ourselves. That, ultimately, is much more important. We cannot control other people, but we can influence them by our courage, integrity, insight, and personal transformation. That can only take place after we have transformed our self and our life. A good example needs no explanation; it is self-evident.
The work of transforming our emotions is a long and boring process. Dedication is required. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it does need to be persistent. Persist and you will succeed. As your core emotional state becomes transformed and you seek the truth in your understanding of yourself and the world, your life perspective will also gradually change. Judgment will gradually and eventually be replaced by observation. You will begin to observe who people really are, what they believe, and to what extent their false beliefs rule their lives. It will be tempting to try to tell them what you have learned. Honestly, the best thing you can do is let them learn their own life lessons. If they see the changes in you, and are curious about what you have been doing, let them know a small amount, give them a small introduction to this teaching. Remember, you are planting a seed, nothing more. Then let the subject alone. If they want more, they will come and ask. If they don’t ask, then they are not ready and there is no point in pursuing it any further. Don’t impose on others, let them come to you or leave them as they are.
The consciousness of oneness will never force itself on you. It will patiently wait for you to create a place of love inside your heart. When that place of love is large enough and strong enough, it will come and fill you with a love you never knew was possible. The intensity of that love will transform you in ways that you cannot imagine. You will become a different person. In the old tradition, this is the point where people were given a new name, a recognition of the new emerging spiritual personality.