2006-02-24 / Columnists

The Inner Voice by Marilyn Gelfand

We try to control our own energy by being able to recognize our own emotions and then making sure that they do not control us. Intellectual thoughts provide the basis for these emotions whether they are the way I see the world, the expectations or life scripts I create, or values I accept from the outside world. If I believe that my thoughts are real, then I feel I know that I am right as opposed to someone else’s perspective. I get disappointed if I don’t get what I want or I lose trust in a trustworthy person because their behavior was unexpected. I must be aware that these thoughts are only illusions of what reality is.

My version keeps changing as I learn more and more about life. Does it mean that any of my views are real? They are my views, and I am aware that I can create my own suffering when I let my emotions get out of control.

Rather, it would be good to acknowledge to myself how I am feeling, then stop and keep my energy cleansed and open to receive intuitive messages. This way I have a link to the big picture of my life, which is more accurate than my intellect. I want to be sure that because of my emotional state, reality is not blocked by me.

If I can step away from my own feelings, I will be able to more accurately ascertain if someone is truly in pain or in need or if someone is just complaining. I can be compassionate and helpful to someone who really needs it, but also calm enough to realize when it is not necessary.I can be genuinely compassionate because I have removed my own script of not getting what I want now and then making myself miserable. I can take care of my wants later on.

It is truly one of life’s challenges to remember that my thoughts are just my own and to be able to get beyond my own strong emotions.

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