More from Candace: “Feelings are a bridge between the inner world of consciousness and the outer world of manifestation, and must be felt and experienced if any kind of real and lasting result is going to come about.”
Okay, so if I don’t feel my emotions, nothing will ever be gained, changed or otherwise affected by what is going on in my head. Ladies and gentlemen, that is an awful thing to say! I don’t want to feel half of what is going on in my neurotransmitters on a good day!
Hmmm, have I mentioned I’m going through a lot of transition at this point in my life? A LOT of transition. I’m feeling a whole dynamic world of states of consciousness that change like one of those glass-filled kaleidoscopes you saw on well-dressed coffee tables everywhere in the early 90’s.
What was I saying?
When it really gets rough inside my head and the ligands are landing in the most unpleasant of ways, I look for ways to NOT feel. I think I’m a little upset with Candace for telling me I’m not supposed to run away suppress or otherwise drown those feelings.
I admit it, I’m going through a huge phase of transition in my life (seriously – career, home, geographic region, relationship…). I love the highs and don’t care at all for the lows. I’ve spent enough time crying, eating and generally wanting to bang my head against the wall – do I really need more of those emotions?
Apparently, I do. Perhaps if I feel them, I’ll actually learn to deal with them without the aforementioned behaviors.
Okay, fine, Candace. If I’m going to make any change, I have to not just ride the shit-storm, but actually smell it. Whatever.
A very wise friend of mine told me just yesterday that progress requires taking steps up in consciousness, then supporting/sustaining them until you’re ready for the next step up. Meh, I suppose all of that requires awareness of all that each steps entails, including occasional [incessant] loneliness, mourning and grief…. not to mention the paralyzing questioning insecurity brings.
In moments when I’m most honest, I have to admit I’ve used the banal tool: alcohol, to mask my feelings, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Excessive sleep, movies, performance (read: adrenaline), physical and emotional risk (read: adrenaline) and even Facebook to escape for a little while. Sometimes all of those things are happy and healthy little choices we make when deciding how to spend our time. Sometimes, those are ways to divert attention and avoid feeling.
Okay, so now that brings me to another question: what is normal activity and what is escape? Or the converse: what is sitting and feeling emotions and what is sitting and looking for trouble? I don’t want to bask/wallow in my emotions to excess. There’s got to be a good balance…
Don’t we have an entire two generations full of people who want everything now and really have no idea what it’s like to sit in a quiet room along with their feelings? Oh pong, what hath though wrought?
… I’ll get around to thinking about – but not wallowing in – all of this, just as soon as I finish this drink while watching a movie and posting this very personal blog on the entire world wide web (read: adrenaline).
Jesus, where’s Pythagoras when you need him…