We hear it all the time, from wise people who have been there and done it – street-smart people: “Follow Your Heart”.. or Bliss, or Star, or Intuition.. And it’s true of course. Except when..
Except when you are feeling strong emotions. Following your heart does not mean letting what you are feeling dictate what you decide to do.
Those same wise ‘been there and done it’ people, also nearly all speak about the truth that “Your thinking; your mind – is the cause of everything you experience.”
What doesn’t seem to be spoken much about, is the connection between the mind, the heart, emotions and that decision to act.
Here’s what is clear, when you gather all the different sources and simplify what is being said:
- Your actions – are primarily driven by your feelings.
- Your feelings, are mostly caused by your hidden sub-conscious thinking.
- If your sub-conscious thinking is clear – your feelings will be more balanced and an accurate reflection of what is really going on.
- If your subconscious thinking is not clear – your feelings will be more intense and the result of distorted perceptions and beliefs about what is going on, and about yourself.
“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: our life is the creation of our mind.” ~ The Dhammapada
So you can see, if you make decisions based on strong emotions – whether positive or negative, there is a high likelihood that you will make a poor judgement/decision, and therefore likely take poor actions, hence creating poor results.
And conversely, if you make decisions (about what to do) based not on emotions, but on the quiet intuitive whispering voice within – in a relaxed state, there is a high likelihood that you will make a good decision, take good action, hence create a good result.
You must understand what is happening to you before you can feel it.
What this means, is that you will make sense of what is happening one way or the other – either accurately, or inaccurately – before you can give meaning to it, and feel something about it.
If you’re having feelings, perhaps an emotional reaction, or a strong attraction – then you have already run it through your sense-making-machinery and decided for sure what it means to you – although probably at the speed of light and unconsciously..
Science, and the wisdom of people who have tested this for years in real life scenarios – can show us quite easily now, that feelings come after thinking. And because feelings and emotions drive our behaviour, we need some way of assessing whether our initial thinking (albeit sub-conscious and hidden) is clear or not. In truth, it varies with each situation, however, we can measure it fairly accurately now – with the Attributes Index.
The Attributes Index will show you when to trust your thinking (and when to listen to the ‘feelings’) and also when to question your thinking (and those powerful emotions which are triggered).
Intense emotional feelings – are always the result of distorted thinking. That can be challenging to hear, but it’s backed up by years of evidence and experience from those who work in these fields.
So the lesson – is watch out for strong emotions – if the feelings are intense and create a ‘drive’ to act – be careful of following them – that is not your heart speaking, it is your sub-conscious mind with it’s distorted beliefs and perceptions.
Instead, find your ‘heart wisdom’ in the space of serenity, relaxation and centredness – and listen carefully – it whispers, usually not in words but flashes of insight.. those genius aha moments.
And if you’re curious as to where you can trust your thinking and where you should probably question it, find out more about the genius profile, the attributes index by contacting me.
~ To your quiet and true path,