Life Course Chapter # 3
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Emotions - the driving force
Emotions can basically be grouped into one of two families
Fear and Separateness.
Emotions are not so easily defined with words as are thoughts.
Feelings dwell in our hearts more than our minds.
Feelings however are what give rise to most of our efforts !
Considering the life of an emotion helps my personal awareness ...
It begins with a thought or physical, physio-chemical condition.
and like a summer storm cloud it blossoms into emotion.
A powerful mood, pulling me into other thoughts, and often more powerful emotions.
Emotion then becomes a thing living on its own, drawing from my life source
Often without my permission or desire !
Emotion is the climate within me.
My ego; The vessel created by my mind to hold emotion and thought.
The Five Layers of Mind
Thoughts are mental, controlled by will and meditative practice
Foundation to our actions.
Actions are our physical connection to others and our world.
foundation to our future and our life with others.
Attitudes, or deeply help opinions, are Spiritual, seeds to Faith or Darkness !
Foundation to each aspect of our health;
Spiritual, Mental and Physical
Developed by study and dedicated practice.
Will Power, and the practices required of Spiritual Fitness
or through reckless, careless communications with others.
cultivated through practiced attention to all six aspects of human fitness.
Foundation to our life and sanity.
Essential to our lives value and happiness.
Emotions are enigmas; physical, mental and spiritual, often not easily controlled.
Foundation to the quality of our lives, thoughts and actions.
Emotions are to our mind like flavor is to our food
Meditation is our most valuable ally for mastery.
like colors are to our sight.
I choose to be filled with joyous and wholesome emotions !
Therefore I choose to be master of them.
To become master, I must observe and deal with all six aspects of Human fitness:
Spiritual, Mental, Physical, Social, Vocational, and Financial.
To become aware of my emotional state, and identify its source is my first goal.
Once aware, I shall quickly moderate emotions which belong to the family of fear.
Emotions, left to grow without reign, is not good for me.
My newest habit of emotional awareness empowered by the intent of mastery
will cultivate Inner Peace and strength of character.
I will experience a general happiness within, that will allow me to pursue my goals
The life and power of Christ will provide wholesome strength to me.
Reading Scripture and devotional materials feeds and strengthens my attitudes.
The power, instantly available through the Holy Spirit I will seek ...
empowering a return to my inner peace from an emotional storm.
Calling upon the Divine for strength and wisdom is exercise for Spiritual Fitness.
This practice builds the fitness of my soul in ways I desire.
As I learn to master my emotions, I know I may not so much "control" them
as I will keep them from controlling and dominating me.
As my awareness increases, I may be surprised,
to see how often my emotions dominate my reactions and behavior each day.
I Will; to Direct in the carriage pulled by the horses of my emotions,
These may at times take me places I might not have chosen,
I am Master of my Emotions.
but, because I am aware of their presence I will quickly reign them in.
My sublime mind, the seat for my attitudes and emotions is listening while I read.
My newest habit therefore, is my emotional awareness and mastery.
I realize that the chance to succeed in Love is often first presented by emotional challenge .
I will not respond to challenge without prayerful contemplation.
My newest habit of emotional awareness will enhance my inner peace..
The opportunities of this day are too often lost because of my emotional confusion
The challenges before me are too often overwhelming !
Staying "Centered Within" will help promote my Life's' success.
As I read this chapters recital each day,
I will feel my inner Will gain strength over random states of emotion.
I will be alert and witness my personal attitudes; and cultivate Christ within me.
In the morning as I read, I will feel the hope of greater and greater Mastery.
In the evening, I will reflect on my day, and recall the victories
while I will learn from the setbacks, I then will dismiss them !
My newest habit is the personal awareness and containment of my emotions.
But how can I master these emotions, especially those that have for so long
How can I avoid the perils that come so often from my simple body chemistry ?
How can I keep from losing my inner peace
as my daily environment creates periods of confusion and frustration.
The beginning of Mastery is simple awareness with subliminal intent.
The intent is to know the emotional source, and cultivate only wholesome emotions.
Awareness begins with understanding, and cultivation begins with my own will.
I am Human, One of Gods beloved creatures on this planet.
Creatures alive with emotion.
I need not be a victim however, hopelessly subject to these emotions.
I desire to be a loving Child of God,
Filled with Joy; yet in touch with sorrow.
I will Master my emotions, because I am their Master.
Kind; yet capable of controlled severeness sometimes required by Tough Love.
Content; yet capable of enduring frustration.
I will be always vigilant of their onset.
I will not yield carelessly to emotions of separateness, but I will hold them still
Through Christ I will seek strength to hold them still, and return to His Peace.
I will take care of my mind through meditation, and the solace of inner silence.
I will take care of my body, through diet, exercise, and rest.
I Will Master my emotions, and become their captain.
Today I will see my emotions as they are born.
If they have been spawned by wholesome thought, or healthy feeling;
I will give my energy to their moderate growth and reality.
If they are the offspring of resentment or dark-spirited-ness, or irritation;
and they will become engines of strength pulling me to my goals.
I will breathe deep, clear them from my lungs and mind
Today I will see my emotions be born, I will see them at their onset,
and quickly allow them no part in my life.
and truly become their master !
It is a pleasure to master my moods
The enjoyment of this mastery will itself pull me to developing this Good Habit.
As I better the Mastery of my emotions, the presence of the Divine will satisfy me.
To master my moods is to allow myself to live the kind of Life I desire.
To master my moods is to become the kind of person I desire to be.
and to place my "Higher Spirit in command of my immature nature".
To master my moods and emotions creates within me
A vessel appropriate for the Divine Spirit.
I am created in freedom, not in emotional slavery,
and through the continued dedication to victory over emotional chaos
I will be free !
through prayerful daily awareness of my moods and their effect;
I will be master !
I am Free; Master of my emotions, and captain of my soul.
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