Emotion (s), irrational, working with from Warriors' Experience


  • Emotion (s), irrational, working with

Question:

What exactly is meant by irrational emotions, and how does one register these and work with them?

Answer:

It is surprisingly EASY to OBSERVE your emotions PROVIDED that you LISTEN OBJECTIVELY, whether listening to another person or to the world around you. If you TRULY listen you can clearly HEAR both the THOUGHTS in your mind as well as the EMOTIONS generated by those thoughts! But the skill of the warrior in this instance is to DETACH from both the thoughts as well as the emotions generated by these thoughts, and to LISTEN intently to the IRRATIONAL EMOTIONS generated during the interaction. This takes practice because in the beginning the RATIONAL thoughts and the emotions they generate create so much noise in the MIND that it is at first difficult to register the IRRATIONAL emotions. But with practice this internal dialogue starts to die down and it becomes progressively easier to detect the IRRATIONAL emotions.

IRRATIONAL emotional responses are not really all that difficult to recognize for they truly ARE irrational. For example, your wife may say something to you which brings up the THOUGHT, "Who does she think she is talking to here, a child?" At the same time you will register the RATIONAL EMOTION of anger or irritation. But if you remain DETACHED from these you will also in that moment register other STRANGE emotions, for example suddenly wanting to giggle, or becoming unbelievably sad for no apparent rhyme or reason, or suddenly feeling elated, even though your wife is telling you that you are a stinky little shit! This is what I mean by IRRATIONAL EMOTIONAL RESPONSES.

Needless to say, it is these IRRATIONAL EMOTIONS which are generated by the true FEELING arising from the HEART, and which are of the greatest importance in the act of true learning, that is, mapping out the UNKNOWN through the use of LEFT SIDE AWARENESS!

ALL emotions are the physical plane EXPRESSION of INTENT. This is WHY Toltecs place so much emphasis on apprentices learning to use their emotions with skill! However, do NOT confuse the BEHAVIOUR that arises out of the UNCONTROLLED use of emotions with the ACTUAL emotion! In other words, it is NOT the BEHAVIOUR that is the expression of INTENT, but the EMOTION itself!