Interrupting Disturbing Emotions – For Practitioners
As a practitioner, we have to be much more aware
of the effect of disturbing emotions.
When we act in the conventional way of human beings, thoughts and emotions are our way of life; they fix our character and become the way in which we live. It’s half our choice and half not; nature and nurture. We assume this defines us, and we stick to it. These mental disturbances have become so ‘normalised’ that we don’t notice there are other possibilities offering freedom from the mechanical process of thoughts and emotions.
As spiritual practitioners, we know about these thoughts and emotions, and it is here that there may be a serious problem. If we do not take spiritual teachings to heart, living beyond mere words, we might find ourselves in an angry hell, with neither inner nor outer peace, but just a rigid personality. It’s easily done, as we assume that we know, but we have merely added spiritual materialism to our conventional materialism.
The point is that we can become arrogant about what ‘we know’. We may know, but we might not realise knowingness itself: we rest in knowingness for a moment, and then rush out into knowing something – and thereby cause havoc 😉 As practitioners, we need to realise knowingness for longer periods, thus sustaining the experience. Without this, we may not have changed our attitude and our way of life, and as a result, actually consider ourselves superior and become a little smug … if not a big smug! Renunciation is the formal rejection of something – typically a belief, claim, or course of action: in renouncing obsessions, we become clearer, more intelligent, kinder and able to just let things be.
Reducing, interrupting and eliminating disturbing emotions is what enlightenment is all about. It softens and melts this fixated personality, revealing a realised space of genuine kindness.
Of course, it’s not easy. It’s always challenging as the world is one huge, mental institution run by the inmates. Thank goodness there’s an exit!