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The Generative Power of Mind

The Generative Power of Mind

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Published by Clement Blakeslee
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The Generative Power of Mind
CHAPTER 1YOU AND YOUR EMOTIONS
 
Introduction
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
 
The Generative Power of Mind
result of the energy transfer of feelings from the person you are with. If you are
experiencing someone else‟s negativity, you are then able to us
e this knowledge torestore your own sense of balance. At the same time, you are now in a much better 
position to contribute to the other person‟s well
-being by transferring your own positivefeelings across the energy field between you, allowing him/her to experience your senseof a clear and conscious balance.
Two Opposite Mind/Body Responses
For a generation now a Harvard team, headed by Herbert Bensen, M.D., has beenworking on the issue of mind/body relationships and the basic responses they generate.
Bensen‟s book,
The Maximum Mind, summarizes the research done at Harvard in aclear and brilliant manner. He, like a growing army of medical researchers, does regardthe mind as dominant in mind/body relationships. Therefore, in one way or another themind ultimately controls whether a given person is expressing a stress response or arelaxation response. If mind and body collaborate in one or the other of these two basicresponses, they can be clearly measured in terms of physiological processes and interms of a variety of neurological events.Some of my most admired physicians who have contributed enormously to improving thehuman condition are Gerald Jampolsky in San Francisco, Bernie Segal in Hartford, CarlSimonton in Dallas and Herbert Benson in Boston. Hundreds of clinics, a large number of medical schools and an army of individual physicians are expanding on the workbegun so brilliantly by Hans Selye in Montreal. A world-class psychiatric centre inTopeka, Kansas (Menninger) has made a vast contribution to this field also during thelast generation.If the mind mobilizes a stress response, then the body physiologically expresses thestress response. If the stress response surges for coping with a life-threatening situation,then the price the body pays is minimal and the response is appropriate. However, if thestress response becomes chronic and if its trigger is frequently occurring or vaguelygeneralized, then the body pays a price, which escalates incrementally over weeks,months or years. A chronic stress response can literally destroy the body bit by bit, year by year, until the damage may be life-limiting or life-threatening. A great manyphysicians now believe that a chronic manifestation of the stress response may play avery large role in generating various forms of cancer, digestive tract diseases, seriouscirculatory problems, skeletal pathologies and a host of other debilitating medical issues.However serious the price may be that the body pays, it is also the case thatrelationships suffer dearly in every dimension of life.If the mind generates the opposite response, namely the relaxation response, quite adifferent story unfolds. If a person can contrive to manifest the relaxation response as adominant experience, then the body regenerates itself. The relaxation response is ahealing response, and its power is just as significant as the stress response even thoughthe effect is opposite. My experience with individual clients has demonstrated over theyears many unbelievable stories of self-managed regeneration in both physical andmental terms. The relaxation response releases incalculable capacities for constructiveand regenerative purposes.
 
The Generative Power of Mind
The basic mind/body interface can be seen as a variety of emotional states. Theseemotional states are either negative or positive and are reciprocals of each other. If theemotional state being experienced is essentially negative, then the positive emotions arecrowded out. Happily, the opposite is also true. These emotional states constitute theprimordial soup out of which mental and physical events emerge. I see the situation as afour- link chain of causation, which helps me to understand the process much moreclearly. The first link is the basic emotional state. Second, thought patterns emerge outof the emotional state. Third, patterns of behaviour are derived from thought. Fourth,consequences are manifestations of the behaviour. In short, consequences can betraced back through the four links of causation to the basic emotional state. If the basicemotional state is a stress response, then the four-link chain of causation will be anegative chain resulting in negative consequences. If the basic emotional state is arelaxation response, then the four-link chain of causation will be a positive one and theconsequences are therefore positive.These basic emotions not only have a mind/body expression, they also have an internaland external expression. The internal and external manifestations are just as importantto comprehend because of their impact on the external environment as well as theinternal environment. Just as the mind is dominant over the body, the inner manifestation is dominant over the outer manifestation. What you are inside younecessarily radiates outside even though you may believe that your talent for dissembling is flawless. Nobody dissembles with any significant degree of effectiveness.Usually the only one fooled in the process is the dissembler, and those around are notkidded even though they may pretend to be. Thus o
ne‟s inner emotional state radiates to
the outer world in spite of it all. The four-link chain emerges from basic inner emotions toexternal consequences by way of either a positive chain or a negative chain of causation(see Table 1).Table 1 looks at the relaxation response versus the stress response through five sets of emotional polarities. These emotional polarities make sense to me simply because theyhave emerged out of many years of working with individual clients as well as groups of students. I have tested this scheme involving the five sets of emotional polarities in awide range of settings with people of many divergent backgrounds. My experience isthat it has generally made sense to them.
TABLE 1FIVE EMOTIONAL POLARITIES
 
STRESS RESPONSE RELAXATION RESPONSE
 Anger Self-AwarenessFear JoyGuilt TranquilityResentment AffectionSelf-Doubt Self-EsteemThere are two ways of looking at this table: first as the five sets of emotional polarities asreciprocal but opposing emotional states, second as two columns of emotional statesunder each basic response.

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