After my last post regarding Brain Education, many people asked me to talk further about Step 3, Brain Refreshing, regarding management of the emotions.
I was reading the Living Tao book the other night, a new book out by Ilchi Lee which is based on his Tao 12 Markers lectures, and I found a passage that I thought was perfectly aligned with the subject. So I thought that I would post that passage here for all of you to chew on 🙂 Enjoy!
The power to control emotion comes form the soul. When the soul is weak, the energy of emotion engulfs you like a wave. Conversely, when the energy of the soul is mature, the energy of emotion feels tiny, as if it can’t even put up a fight. If unhappy things have happened in your life because you couldn’t successfully control your emotions, it is because your soul was weak and immature. If you have been able to wisely govern and make us of your emotions, then your soul has become truly mature.
In order for our souls to control our emotions, there must be proper dialogue between the two. First, the soul must cease to identify itself with the emotions. The soul must seize leadership of the emotions by declaring, “My emotions are not me, but mine!” In the instant my soul makes that proclamation, the emotions will say this to the soul: “You’ve always listened to what I said. We’ve been one, you know. Why are you suddenly saying that we’re no longer one? You’re my friend, aren’t you?”
Then the soul must be able to say to the emotions, “That was then, not now. You are emotion; I am soul. You are not me, but mine. I have the power to watch and control you.”
Even though you make this declaration, it still won’t be easy to be free from the domination of your emotions – at least not at first. As this dialogue between them continues, however, the soul will gain the power to lead the emotions, and the emotions will be tamed by the soul. The soul will recover its central place, its seat as master, and the emotions will act as helpers, assisting in the soul’s growth. Once the soul learns to master the emotions, it will come to know that it can also create new emotions.”
~ Ilchi Lee, Living Tao