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!

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  1. crestedduck says:

    “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.”~~~
    Where I’m at in this present moment…… A new birth describes something that takes place in our inner person—a radical change whereby our spirit is altered. As soon as we place faith in a Higher Power than ourselves, we’re indwelt by the Holy Spirit. From that moment on, as we cooperate with the Spirit living within us, our conduct will begin to change because a new personal power is in charge .
    1st book of John 2:27~ As for you, the anointing [the special gift, the preparation] which you received from Him remains [permanently] in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you. But just as His anointing teaches you [giving you insight through the presence of the Holy Spirit] about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as His anointing has taught you, you must remain in Him [being rooted in Him, knit to Him].
    John 3:18-19~He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the [c]only begotten Son of God. 19 This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.

    • tony says:

      Hello Rob,
      “Where I’m at in this present moment..”

      I’m with you…stuck with past traumas! But every now and then the mud loosens, and we see that the mud isn’t so sticky.

      Merely acknowledging our dilemma is the truth, the light and the way.

      The Earth is very muddy at the moment.

      I’m actually digging drainage at the moment and it’s very muddy…laugh!


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