One of the things that bothers us the most, and I get so many emails. As a matter of fact I get nine out of ten emails that are about emotional suffering. So today we are going to explore the secret of emotions.
In order to make it effective I want your participation.
Now I had an email just a few days ago from a man who is barely forty. He’s in deep depression and he’s thinking of ending his life. He said, “Life is not worth living.”
This particular email – it was a long one – it really struck me deep in my heart and I thought there’s one thing that people don’t seem to understand no matter how much you read about emotion.
This is the difference between thought and feeling and until you KNOW the difference the suffering will go on because we can say “Thought is not real” – emotions are the movement of energy through the body through thought blah, blah, blah.
Until we KNOW the difference between thought and feeling we will not understand the true nature of emotion that causes all the known human pain.
What is desperation? What is anguish? What is loneliness? What is depression? I hope this evening as we go into it the difference between thought and feeling.
We say, “Oh I can feel that” because we feel something in the body. No. That’s and emotion, a sensation. I’m talking about feeling.
So what is feeling? That is what spirituality is about – to understand feeling. Do you KNOW what feeling is?
You right NOW looking can feel – the Presence NOW – that’s feeling. If I were to ask anyone in the world “How do you KNOW you exist?”
You’ll say, “Of course I KNOW.”
“But WHO is it that KNOWS?”
“Is it a thought? Is it a memory? Is it an emotion?”
“No.” “It is a KNOWING. That’s feeling.”
This is the reason people can seek for many years and never awaken because they seek through words.
I ask people who have been doing this for many years “Who are you?” They will say, “I am Spirit. “because they read it so often, heard it so often.
They say, “I am a loving soul a part of God.”
It sounds beautiful but what does it mean?” If you don’t FEEL it its nothing, you see, but if you FEEL it your awakened.
That’s what awakening is. Awakening has nothing to do with words (thoughts). Awakening is a feeling.
So FEELING IS KNOWING. Feeling is that warmth, that LOVE. It is that BEING which we are always wanting but THINKING it is something else because we put WORDS to it.
You see we put EMOTION to it and that’s how we destroy feeling.
People can be very emotional. We say, “They’re such feeling beings.” Hogwash. That’s all outside show.
To get in touch with your FEELING is to find peace, is to find true LOVE, is to find the REAL true essence of YOU because that is what feeling is.
So the only true way we can start FEELING is through the body.
Because here’s another thing. The mind is very deceptive because its conditioned. It’s conditioned from the moment we are born and after three years we develop what is called an ego.
This reality is pure feeling. This NOW. There are two things that you already KNOW and all you need are these two things. That’s all to be fully awakened.
Only this. The fact that you exist which you of course already KNOW – “I am.” And NOW is the only time there is – in fact, it is not in time.
NOW is the only reality. There’s nothing but NOW. Combine these two which are really ONE and that’s it – your awake.
If you can FEEL it, you see. Now when you FEEL something you begin to live from it automatically.
A person can hear this speech and go away with a lot of THOUGHTS ABOUT it and that’s not it. But if you start FEELING it – FEELING it in your KNOWING that this is not something to conjecture about – not something to conclude.
It is WHO YOU ARE and that’s eternal because you are this NOW. You are the “I AM” (capitalised) that I KNOW exists NOW.
How can NOW die? So you begin to see that you are eternal BEING.