How awake are you? No, really … How awake are you? When we hear this question, the temptation might be to think of ourselves as completely adequate and thoroughly able to evaluate any and every situation with impeccable accuracy. Of course, with such overconfidence we may be asking for trouble.
This article is a bit of a divergence from my usual writing. It has come to my attention that there is a very significant need for accurate discernment in today’s society. So I wanted to do what I could to improve the situation. Make no mistake, this discussion is thick and may be quite a bit to chew on for many of us (including myself). However, for everyone who is up to the challenge of introspection and self-exploration, this will be a beneficial endeavor.
In any search for truth, there are few things more important than one’s ability to accurately evaluate themselves. This skill is vital for our self-knowledge so that in any situation—whether stressful or average—we will know our typical reaction/response to that situation. Why is our response important? We will get to that in a minute. First, we are going to do a short exercise.
I invite everyone to participate in a simple mental challenge. It’s easy and you will learn a lot about yourself in a short time. Here we go.
I want you to take a moment (close your eyes if you like) and think of the last situation you found yourself in that caused you to feel stressed, angry, scared, and/or disappointed. Now, put yourself in that moment. Remember what was going on around you, and how it made you feel. Did you picture it? Good.
Now—and this is the key step—I want you to isolate in your mind, the physical objects and happenings that were around you in that moment. Look at the people, the furniture, the room or area that you were in. Picture yourself in these physical surroundings in your mind.
In thinking about that physical situation, consider this. That which you see, hear, and possibly smell is only representative of a physical situation. In essence, it’s actually an illusion, but from a strictly 3rd-density perspective, it is a physical situation. However, we as human beings tend to add more to these situations.
Our stressful situations are only benign, mechanical experiences until we attach our own emotions to them. When we recall these memories, we can resurrect those same emotions each time we remember any aspect of the difficult experience. The truth is that the situation and our emotions are completely separate entities. One is not the other, and yet we rarely manage to acknowledge the two as separate. (This is with the understanding that all things are one. It is also understood that empathic abilities can actually attach emotions to certain physical objects and areas. However, these are subjects for another conversation.)
It is important for all of us to remember that no matter what happens in our lives—no matter how difficult circumstances might seem—we are in complete control of our own reaction to those circumstances. Before we form our emotional association, there are no emotions involved. We decide how we respond, and we choose how to interact with the perceived reality of a situation. In fact, it is precisely our reaction to the situation that determines how quickly that situation is resolved. That’s right. Our reaction to the situation actually commands the universe around us to progress in the way in which our emotions guide it.
If we feel increasingly stressed and desperate, the situation will continually give us more stressors, and more opportunities to feel the emotion we have chosen to experience. If we have ever wondered why our difficult, stressful, and/or infuriating situation seems to only worsen as we attempt to deal with it, this is precisely why. The situation digresses because our emotions guide it to do so.
Those who have understood and taken control of their emotions, have stepped onto a path of self-mastery and limitless creativity. These people have discovered their hidden power of manifestation not through luck, not through hard labor and toil, but from good old-fashioned emotional and mental self-discipline.
This is all very interesting, but we have one important question to answer. That is, “Why is our response to the situation important?”
We have just answered a portion of this question, in that when we accurately observe and distinguish the experience from our response to it, we can learn to control our emotions and thoughts so as to resolve difficult situation most efficiently. This is very important. However, there is yet another reason why this distinction is key.
The Benefit of “Catalyst”
When we subtract our chosen emotional, mental and energetic states from the situation, what is left? What is left is the truth of the situation. What remains is the undistorted experience. If we accurately learn how to distinguish our emotional/mental/energetic state, we can then see more clearly than ever before. Within this principle, you have just learned one of the most significant aspects of accurate discernment. This is the distinction between Self and situation.
Again, this is in terms of appearance. It is a given that we live within an illusion that we ourselves create. So when we discern, we acknowledge that we are discerning the illusion. However, in order to master both perceived Self, and perceived situation, we must know the distinction between both. We—as masters in training—act and the situation reacts to our direction and intent. It is important that we direct the perceived situation voluntarily and deliberately, and not in the haphazard, unconscious way in which we directed it when we were asleep.
There is one more component to all of this (and this is my favorite). This concept gets into the why all of these difficult experience in life take place. We have heard that difficulties make us stronger, and that if we endure them with others, these difficulties tend to cement long-lasting friendships. This is true, but there are other aspects of perceivably negative experiences which catalyze one crucial action in life. Do you know what it is?
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