Things became much clearer once I started thinking of everything as energy. Thoughts, food, sound, light, emotions, all of them are energy in one form or another. Even the physical world of “solid” material is composed of energy coalescing into form based on our intentions.
This is particularly helpful when considering things like beliefs and emotions. Consider for a moment that our inner world of beliefs is a bit like a house we’ve built to contain the ways in which we perceive reality. The walls, floors and ceilings are energetic barriers intended to maintain the integrity of certain belief systems, and to keep us safely inside our understanding of the world. They “protect” us from the elements of the unknown, so to speak.
Thoughts are our way of traversing this internal world, and our emotions are indications of how close we’ve come to exciting new doorways or walls with signs reading “Stay Out!” Remember that your emotions follow your thoughts and beliefs and not the other way around. There are no exceptions to this.
The emotions you generate encourage you to keep thinking in a particular direction, or to stop in your tracks to avoid a perceived danger. No matter which flavor comes up for you, you can be sure you’re approaching the energetic wall of a belief structure when emotions rise.
The great thing about beliefs is that they can be changed at any time once you know they’re there. You can rearrange the rooms in your energetic inner world any time you want. Pay attention to your emotions and regard them without judgment as simply a message that you’re approaching a barrier — there is no inherent negative or positive, good or bad involved here! Those are simply the charges you chose to give the belief barriers when you were constructing them (usually without knowing it).
When you feel an emotion rise, take a moment to pause and ask yourself what belief structure you’re approaching. Then ask if that belief still serves your best interest, or if (as is often the case) it was built out of fear or ignorance long, long ago. If that’s the case, tear that sucker down to make space for a new rec room or art gallery.
It’s your world, people. Build it as you will, but know that you’re the one building it.