Feelings are very strong and cam be overpowering. But...they aren't real. They are just something your mind is sending to you as a result of whatever your inner programming is in response to whatever is going on around you.
A couple of years ago I would have challenged the previous statement. But I have come to see it is true. Thoughts and the feelings they generate feel very real. They fit with the preconceived view we have of the world. Even as we change and grow if we don't change our self-image and therefore the way we see the world we will have the same reoccurring thoughts and feelings.
Our view of the world comes in at a very early age, way before we are able to look at things analytically. During that time we decide if the world is a safe place or a dangerous one. And, whatever we think becomes real for us. Usually, we never questions the basic premises of our life experience. We see them as so fundamental we never even notice we have them.
That's why it's so important to learn how to get in touch with our inner self and monitor what's going on. Examine our the suppositions we've based our life on and see if they are true or not. For an experiment write by hand - no computer, 100 thoughts about life. Let them come as fast as possible and write them without thinking about them or monitoring them. Misspellings are just fine, bad grammar is just fine. Let if rip. Then read and you will see what you really think.
Reality is malleable. We all know the phrase, thoughts become things. And those thoughts we hold determine our life. Change those thoughts, change your life, but first you have to change your self-image.
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Enjoy finding what you really think.
Dianne J. Shaver, M.A.