When certain past experiences are attached to uncomfortable or painful emotions, the nature of our ego is to protect us by attempting to hide those memories from our consciousness while avoiding similar experiences. When the ego believes any present experience to be associated with an offending memory, it systematically triggers our feeling of the attached emotion to alert us of possible impending danger.
Over the course of many years, we accumulate so many of these hidden memories with attached emotions that our predominant expression tends to come from emotion and not our true nature. In this way, the subconscious mind dominates as the creator of our thoughts, words, actions and the course of our lives.
Although expression through an emotion is “normal” everyday living for the majority of people, this is not a necessary thing. Each of us has the power to heal these emotions and live freely from our true essence.
Through the practice of being present and aware of our thoughts and emotions, we can determine when we are being controlled by an unwanted emotion and resolve it. Specifically, when we feel that something is not “right”, pain, discomfort or tension in the mind or body, it is evidence that we are in the grip of emotion.
With calm awareness and deep breath, attention can be directed to the thoughts that were entertained just before the feeling was noticed. Calm awareness means releasing thoughts that take us on an emotional journey while consciously witnessing what is being brought up by the mind.
With the mind’s eye, look with acceptance on the thoughts being presented and any memories which present themselves as the source of those thoughts. Stay focused on the breath as the thoughts, emotions and memories are exposed, and remind yourself that you are not bound by any of these – but you are free in each moment to be new, completely innocent and open to any of the unlimited possibilities.
When exposed to the light of our consciousness in this way, hidden emotions are gradually and gracefully released. While the previously offending memories can still be recalled, their emotional charge will eventually be dissolved through this practice.
There is no “right” or “wrong” to this, and judgment of our abilities in this regard only hinders transformation. The key is to remind yourself to remember to accept every part of you and keep returning to the practice of awareness.
You are the real You and not the accumulation of your memories. Through the practice of awareness, your real Self can be expressed as the creator of your reality and the healer of your emotions, your life, entire nations, and ultimately the world.