If you read my previous post on how to master your emotions, then you may have been left thinking the following:
I get that whether I'm happy or sad I should just accept it. But why must I have these negative feelings in the first place? What's the point of my emotions flowing and changing like this?
I want to change the way you see emotions, so that you realise they are one of the most convenient facets of your life.
They are essentially an easy guidance system for you. They're like a compass.
You have an authentic or maximised self, and you have a lesser, more primitive minimised self. But they are not actually two selves.
Have you ever been in a situation where you were so in the zone that you weren't thinking at all - you were just flowing in your activity, acing everything? Perhaps you had this while playing a a sport, or focusing on cooking. We call that a 'flow state activity'.
In the east it's called satori, fierce and total attention. In the west we call it being 'in the zone '. It's the same concept essentially.
When you are in the zone, you are out of your own way, you are absolutely focused. This is how it feels to be maximised. You have nothing limiting you. You are connected to your authentic self.
I don't want to come across as new age, but you are essentially in line with your Source. This means that you have lost yourself, and you have become whatever you are doing. This state can be achieved through sex or even just through a kiss as well, hence we often call it 'love'.
Love is a feeling of connection to this Source. Ever had your mind go blank while kissing a partner? Its because you've lost yourself; you're reconnected.
Your authentic, maximised path in life is actually very straight and narrow - it's an arrow zooming straight towards success and fulfilment. The only problem is that you'll often derail and move away from this path.
Sometimes in life, you lose sight of the path completely.That's called a 'mid-life crisis'.
But when you are flowing, you feel energised and you know what you want to do, then you are back on the path again.
So, either you are on your path in life, or you've managed to stray away from it a bit.
Your emotions act like a map, to let you know where you are.
If you are feeling good in any given moment, then congratulations - your emotional guidance system is letting you know that you're on the right track in life.
If you feel sad, depressed, lonely, etc. - any bad feeling at all - then your emotional guidance system is just warning you that you've fallen off your path.
Now that you know this, you may find it easier to readjust to your maximised self.
A maximised person uses their emotions as a gauge for judging how close they are to their True Path in life.
When you feel good, everything will click nicely into place for you - you will receive all that you want.
When you feel bad, the things you want are temporarily blocked from coming to you.
In conclusion: Though you should accept your feelings, you should also listen to them. The better they feel, the more on track you are to becoming a maximised, authentic human being.
Want to know more? Check out the two kinds of emotion here.