A lot of gurus give a variety of advice which may or may not benefit you. However, the underlying dictum is the same – Know Thyself. This is perhaps the most important part of living. Unless we know ourselves (and by that, I mean our thoughts, emotions, and feelings) we will not be responding to what life throws at us every single day. A lot of people react to situations. This happens because we don’t know ourselves. Reacting is a sign of weakness. Responding is a sign of strength. When we know ourselves deep inside, we will know exactly why we are acting in a particular way as a response to an event. One of the ways of meditation is to watch our thoughts that arise/subside in our mind. Not to judge them as they come and go. We become the watchman. And when the mind is still, suddenly our creativity spikes. We are in flow with the Tao. And it guides us to the next moment. We learn to embrace each moment as objectively as possible.
So, what is the big deal about knowing ourselves? Well for one, we will know how our body responds to our emotions. We will also know our strengths and weaknesses. We can consciously work on them to make us feel better. Thoughts trigger emotions and vice-versa. Emotions trigger bodily responses. In fact, emotion is nothing but our body’s reaction to a particular situation. Deep down buried inside our neural networks are feelings. Feelings are pretty much like emotions; however, they emanate from the heart. For example – a spontaneous outburst of happiness. Mind you, I deliberately did not say Joy – because that is an emotion. Feelings are the way we are or our real personality. Deep down there are just two feelings – love and fear. Both are very powerful and grounded into the deep recesses of our innards. Feelings can also change, but more or less they are etched into our chemistry.
Hypnotherapy is one way we can change our subconscious mind. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is another way. The underlying theme of all these techniques is to get rid of the virus that has entered our mind and we have been harboring it for a while. Some of these can prove to be vicious and detrimental in nature. Maybe it’s an event that happened in the past that is causing all the turbulence. It’s better to go back into our past and erase negative programming. How do we do that? It’s quite simple. Just consciously let your mind access those scenes (say violence/crime) and acknowledge that we have undergone it. When the feelings arise, know clearly that it is because of this. When light is shed on darkness, it vanishes. In a similar way, when we consciously access the shelves of our subconscious the feeling becomes controllable – no irrational fears other reactions. Know that the brain is like a great tape recorder. It does not know what is right or wrong. It simply stores all that we felt.
There are other techniques which I recommend for you to go inside:
- 5-seocnd rule
Meditation happens to be the best way to soothe our nerves and have a great day. I won’t go into the specifics. Tapping or EFT is another way to relax. The 5-second rule is that if you have decided to do something, do it in the next 5 seconds, otherwise the brain will talk you out of it, especially when it is a change to the status quo. We come to this world without an operating manual. And the greatest manual of life is different for every single individual. Only you have access to your manual and before the music gets over, you must read the manual and dictate your life the way you want it. Half of your journey is over if you absorb the manual. The remaining half is discovering our purpose in life – we don’t have one – but it is good to have a direction. Remember the destination is not as important as the journey is. So, go ahead, have a blast …