CONSCIOUS SLEEP: The Worst Disease to Hit Mankind
Over the course of the years, I’ve seen so many gifted individuals lose the success they deserved because of their emotions.
One of the easiest mistakes to make is arriving at a business decision based primarily on emotion. In the heat of experiencing the feeling, we invariably make the wrong decision. It’s important to note here that I am not referring to the “feeling” or intuition that we may get about a business deal or condition. I’m talking about making a decision while feeling angry, unappreciated, betrayed, scared, or even happy, confident, or fortunate.
I realize that feeling these emotions may be commonplace at any given point in a day, but it’s the intensity of the emotions that govern the feasibility of making important decisions. If your emotions are “in play,” if you’re experiencing any emotion to a heightened degree, positive or negative, hold off any important decisions, business or otherwise, until your emotions are no longer “in play.”
One reason not to make decisions while under the influence of heightened emotions is the fact that it’s never really your decision.
What do I mean by that? Whenever you’re in a heightened state of emotion, negative or positive, and your mind is racing a mile a minute, the conclusions you come to are very often a result of the emotions you are feeling. When angry, you might want to retaliate. When fearful, you might want to run, and when jubilant, you might feel immortal or omnipotent. What’s important to realize is that without awareness the conclusions you arrive at when feeling heightened emotions are not the result of your good sense; they’re a result of how you feel. And since they’re a result of how you feel, giving in to those conclusions validates the power that your emotions have over you. (I sense the insidious work of the ego lurking in the shadows!)
If your emotions have power over you, then your emotions are making the decisions, not you. You have emotions, but you are not your emotions.
Emotions are something you experience, but they are not who you are!
In addition, very often we feel emotions based on our response to a person, place, or thing. Just the fact that without them (the stimuli) we wouldn’t feel the way we do should be reason enough not to make any decisions based on these emotions.
When people, places, or things make you feel a certain way, they have power over you. Any decision, therefore, is really their decision! Allowing this to happen is to agree to a form of slavery. It’s agreeing to be a victim. It’s bowing down to the power that is being exerted over you.
I don’t think that’s your intention. Now that you know, you no longer have to be someone’s “patsy.” Like the bully who keeps picking on the neighborhood weakling-he does so because he can. Believe it or not, there are people who know that by making you feel a certain way, they are exercising power over you. This is where knowledge goes astray because they manipulate you through your emotions to get you to perform in the way they want you to perform. Like a puppet on a string, they use your emotions against you. They use your emotions to use you!
Your emotions are a result of your beliefs, and your beliefs are not always correct.
What you believe is based on what you know – your knowledge. Where did you get your knowledge? Generally, from other people. You have to consider that what they taught you may not be true. If you find that something you “know” turns out to be false, then what you believe changes, and so do your emotions attached to that belief. For instance, as I stated earlier, when I was young I thought I was unattractive to the point of being ugly. So if someone called me ugly, I would feel hurt and depressed because I believed it to be true. Today, now that I realize that I am attractive and not ugly, if someone called me ugly, it would have no effect on me other than to make me wonder what was wrong with their eyesight.
There is an important insight here:
When people or things cause you to have a negative emotional response, it’s because they have tapped into what you already believe to be true.
So feelings of hurt, insult, insecurity, inferiority, etc., are the result of people expressing what you already fear and believe is true. Nobody makes you feel anything. You, through your beliefs, have complete control over what you feel.
NOBODY CAN MAKE YOU FEEL ANYTHING WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION.
So if someone says something about you and it hurts you, it is not he or she doing the hurting, it’s you. Taking responsibility for your emotions is the first great step to becoming awake. For when you feel a certain way about someone or something, you should immediately look in the mirror and ask yourself, “Why?” Again, the continual use of that three-letter question “Why?” will lead you to conscious awareness and enlightenment.
The worst disease that grips mankind is conscious sleep.
Not knowing why you feel the way you feel, not knowing why you do the things you do-in a nutshell, not knowing who you are-is the disease of conscious sleep. Waking up to the answers to these questions is the decision to trade the life of an automaton or robot, for the life of awareness and enlightenment, a decision to trade a life of scarcity for a life of abundance. Whatever you wish to know about your fellow man, whatever you wish to know about the world, whatever you wish to know about the universe, and whatever you wish to know about success you will find when you finally have this knowledge of yourself.
This is what it means to be aware.
This is what it means to be awake.
This is what it means to be alive!
ACTION STEP: What do you think? Can someone make you feel something? Comment below.