Like the little stream
Making its way
Through the mossy crevices
I, too, quietly
Turn clear and transparent

– Ryokan

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Two Pots had been left on the bank of a river, one of brass, and one of earthenware. When the tide rose they both floated off down the stream. Now the earthenware pot tried its best to keep aloof from the brass one, which cried out: “Fear nothing, friend, I will not strike you.” “But I may come in contact with you,” said the other, “if I come too close; and whether I hit you, or you hit me, I shall suffer for it.”

The strong and the weak cannot keep company. … Aesop

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Feelings Are Like Water

Water has no shape of its own. It will always take on the shape of its container. If you put water into a cup, the water will have precisely the same shape as the cup. Water in a bathtub, takes on the shape of the bathtub. If water is flowing in a river, its shape will be that of the river bed and banks. In a wine bottle with a green tint, water will acquire the shape and the tint of the bottle.

Feelings are the direct experience of your self. Just like water, feelings don’t have a shape of their own. They are your life energies, flowing through your being in every second of your life. If you push them away because they are tough or because you have learned to suppress them, then you will feel less alive than you would if you allowed them to be experienced and expressed…

Being like water, which takes on the shape and colour of its container, feelings/emotions provide a whole bunch of different experiences. These experiences have their own names: joy, love, hate, anger, frustration and despair, to name but a few of them. These emotions are your life energies taking on different shapes – the same stuff, molded and coloured into different experiences. What shapes and colours our emotional energies into depression, anger, happiness, joy, sadness, desperation, panic and terror and so on? Thoughts and thought patterns do this.

For example, “In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” The crew of the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria were scared silly that they would sail off the edge of the world. Their thought patterns convinced them that the earth was flat and had edges. They believed that they were in terrible danger. Even though they were in no real risk of sailing off the edge of the earth, their minds generated thought-forms which shaped and coloured their life energies into fear and panic. Major bummer. Now, memorize this:

You are not at the mercy of what has happened to you. You are not at the mercy of what goes on around you. You are at the mercy of your habituated thinking.

Your feelings or emotions are your life energies dressed up in the clothing of thought patterns. It is these thought patterns which shape your emotional energies into disturbing feelings like depression, shame, anxiety and terror.

The good news is that with knowledgeable practice you can undo much of this troublesome thinking.

In the case of Chris Columbus and his crew, their faulty belief that the earth was flat became a fear-producing mechanism. Their thought patterns shaped their emotions in every moment, just as yours and mine do… (article found here)

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the power of a stream of emotions can overwhelm you, be like the leaf and go with the flow… Art~

Your emotions are the slave to your thoughts, you are the slave to your emotions

the root of emotions reach into the subconscious, and grows, flowering a feeling

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