You can either ride the wave or dive into it.
We are emotional creatures. This is not a negative. As souls not living embodied lives, which is how we spend the majority of our time, we communicate via telepathy and empathy. We think and feel at and with each other. Not having a container and yet being discrete entities we merge with each other becoming fully intertwined and interconnected. We feel and think as one and yet remain ourselves and part again. This sounds poetic, but is our normal, mundane existence. It is also something we must learn to deal with at the very beginning of our existence, because everyone around us can feel what we feel and hear what we’re thinking. We must learn not to rampage, have tantrums, flail or go into raptures and revel in ecstasy. Like ancient Japan where houses were built of wood and rice paper, our existence is boundaried by the fact our every action affects everyone around us directly and immediately. The greatest gift we can give to those we love, and we love everyone, is to restrain and refrain, to learn self-control, to be gentle and cautious, to feel but not to wallow, to live in balance and join in the harmony all around us.
This is a simplified picture of a much more complex reality, but it suffices for the purpose of this podcast. We don’t not feel things; we learn to modify how we feel them and how we express those feelings in order to be kind to ourselves and others. Imagine the pain and the chaos if someone rampaging with rage came through a group of souls. Everyone would be hurt, would be forced to feel these feelings against their will, have to suffer the thoughts which go with it, and be required to stop what they are doing and being in order to help or at least to cope. It happens, but the ideal is to avoid such things if possible.
This is one of the reasons why embodied life can be attractive to souls. Embodiment is not a requirement, it’s an opportunity and one of the things it affords is the ability to think anything we want, as much as we want, as often as we want. In this same vein we can feel as much as we want, as deeply as we want, without affecting others. In embodied life we slip into a container which holds in all of our normal modes of communication, allowing us a level of autonomy and privacy unrivaled in other areas of our lives. When speaking of this to…