The Generative Power of Mind
CHAPTER 1YOU AND YOUR EMOTIONS
There is more to the individual person than a physical body. There are energy fields,subtle and extremely complex, which are an important part of the whole person. Theseenergy fields can be experienced in a variety of ways, one of which is as certain feelings.These feelings, although associated with the physical body, are actually forms of energyand are thus not limited to the body. As fields of energy they are also outside the body.By becoming more sensitive to these energies and by becoming aware of what theyactually feel like enables the individual to become more sensitive to similar feelings inothers. However, being sensitive to the feelings in others does not mean merely to see
sadness in another person‟s face, for example, and thus deduce that
s/he is unhappy.Rather, in the apparently empty space between two people the feeling energies of eachare being transferred and thus experienced by the other. The result is that the firstperson feels the unhappiness of the other.It is important to understand this process for a number of reasons. In the first place, youmust understand and recognize that you are not always feeling your own feelings. Whenin the company of an angry person, you may begin to feel angry yourself for no apparentreason. What
is happened is that you are feeling the other person‟s anger through the
transfer of the energies between you. However, the consciousness with which youexperience that anger is the same as the consciousness with which you wouldexperience your own, self-generated anger. Therefore, it may become difficult todistinguish just whose anger it is--yours or that of the person you are with.Furthermore, if you spend time with an angry person and begin to feel his/her anger, thefeelings that are generated may bring to mind things about which you could get angry.The result, of course, is that both of you are now angry. Fortunately, this processhappens with pleasant feelings as well. Spending time with a happy person elicits afeeling of happiness in you as his/her energies are transferred across the spacebetween you.Too often, however, your everyday encounters are with people whose feelings arenegative; who are experiencing undercurrents of vague fear, anger, worry, hostility. Their feelings may be confused, jumbled or chaotic, causing you to experience confusion,anxiety and unrest. You are then likely to believe these are your own feelings rather thanmerely feelings you have picked up from someone else. As a result you tend to lose your own sense of identity and authority and start to believe that you are a helpless victim of negative feelings in general.
Being less sensitive to others‟ feelings may seem to be the solution to this problem.
However, this simply deadens you to what is actually going on. Instead, it is imperativethat you become more sensitive to the feelings that are being created through your relationship with others and constantly monitor your own reactions. In this way you arethen able to distinguish whether your negative feelings are a legitimate report of your own inner condition--a signal that something needs attention, or whether they are the