The Tao of Emotion

Human beings are emotional, love, fear, anger, it’s a very long list. Emotion has ruled us since before we first stood upright. Though we now imagine ourselves to be more “evolved” the unconscious emotional response is still very much our default setting. Yet we have little understanding of our own emotions. About 80% of our behaviour is determined by unconscious emotion… so 80% of our suffering is self inflicted! Karma. You must of course realise this on an intellectual level but this realisation alone will not alter your behaviour. Humanity is trapped in a bitter conflict between the conscious and the unconscious mind. This ancient, one sided battle defines the nature of our suffering and the day to day quality of our lives.

Until now the physical, intellectual and spiritual aspects have been humanity’s primary focus. However all of this is dwarfed by the unrecognised 4th aspect of humanity, emotion. Until we understand our emotions, and therefore our own behaviour, there can be no serious evolution only the age old cycle of suffering and ultimately, self extinction.

You must of course realise this on an intellectual level but this realisation alone will not alter your behaviour. Humanity is trapped in a bitter conflict between the conscious and the unconscious mind. This ancient, one sided battle defines the nature of our suffering and the day to day quality of our lives.

To “know thyself” you must master your emotions, only then will you find peace.

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