What is the transformation that this teaching points to? What actually happens when I reach the top of the pyramid? In the tutorial on "Knowledge and Being" we examined how learning proceeds step by step, one step of knowledge followed by a step of verification, and we applied this principle to observing negative emotions. In the tutorial on "Payment and Effort" we examined the wrong attitudes behind negative emotions, and experimented with sacrificing them. In the tutorial on "Positive Attitude" we examined how our higher moments of consciousness may form new attitudes, attitudes that then remain even when our consciousness declines. Self-study; sacrificing wrong attitudes; creating new attitudes; these are fundamental aspects of working with negativity. But what is the ultimate aim behind the non-expression of negative emotions? In this tutorial, we will explore that aim. We will draw from the Hindu myth of the "Churning of the Milky Ocean" specifically the base of the churning, where Vishnu incarnates in the form of a turtle to support Mount Mandara. And we will use this myth to convey the transformative potential behind the non-expression of negative emotions.

Responses

  1. John F. Walz

    How did people do with the exercise suggested at the end of this video? Did anyone experience a moment of transformation by resisting the expression of negative emotions?

    1. Jatinder Singh Joshi

      i think that it’s result of long time practice ……it depends on UNDERSTANDING ….in a moment of negative emotion, if i understands that how much i will lose by expressing negative emotion , that understanding stop me to do so.but this is not my permannent state. moments when i doing things mechanically , then i express negative emotions continually with fully identified. …i have experienced many times that in a moments when i m aware of myself , feeling happy , it’s very difficult to express negative emotions, feels that nothing can effect you, may be this is from higher centres. but these are rare moments , but again sleep. , trying to make efforts regularly …Thanx all group i m feeling blessed here. ………….
      Fareed, it is so difficult to become a humble Saint at the Lord’s Door.-…….I am so accustomed to walking in the ways of the world. I have tied and picked up the bundle; where can I go to throw it away?— Baba Farid

      1. John F. Walz

        Thanks Jatinder for sharing that observation, it is also my experience that bringing in the right attitude from the intellectual center can often help in transforming negative emotion into a higher state.

      2. Nancy-Rebecca McCarty

        Yes, Jatinder, to remember what we loose, by expressing negative emotions, is very useful. It also helps to remember what is to be gained by not expressing negative emotions, which is the transformation of them. When we learn to strongly value the energy gained, through transformation, it becomes a strong motivating force on the side of ‘yes’ for our ‘work’. When we can add this emotional valuation to the triad of ‘resisting’ the expression of negative emotions, then the triad has more potential to resolve itself in a moment of successful “Self-remembering”. When the ‘Self’ remembers, the sun of ‘higher state’ rises within… and who is it that does not secretly adore the rising of the sun?

      3. Charles Rodkoff

        Hello Jatinder, thank you for your compliment. We too feel fortunate that you’re here and value your efforts to Be.

        Seems to me you’re verifying the many I’s and the fragmented human condition. At first, when we begin observing the contradictions, it’s shocking. But here’s the strange part: its always been this way. Nothing has changed except that now, you’re seeing it.

        Keep up the excellent work you’re doing. From Miguel de Cervantes:
        “When you are riding a horse and you fall off, you must stand up, dust yourself off, and get back on the horse. If you fall off again, you must stand up, dust yourself off and get back on the horse. No matter how many times you fall off, you must stand up, dust yourself off, and get back on that horse. And one day, you will be like one who has never fallen.”

    2. Tim

      While fretting about money I caught myself getting negative. I boxed in the emotion with a particular attitude and with knowing the emotion would be short-lived and would pass. If I told you this was empowering I’d be wrong – it was more like putting your hand on a drum’s cymbal while its still ringing and then feeling the vibrations stop.

      What’s more challenging to me are the mundane and day-to-day states that have been etched into me mechanically over the years. What’s difficult here is that it is so common I can’t even distinguish the state I’m in.

      1. John F. Walz

        Hello Tim, thanks for sharing this angle from your efforts in the Work.

        I could relate to the experience that you describe. The non-expression of negative emotions is one of those cornerstone efforts in the Work.

        It sounds like you have verified that non-expression provides the raw material, a stockpile of energy, that can be used for the transformation process.

        What emotional attitude could you employ to “pull against” that negative emotion? Acceptance? Gratitude? The next time you are able to not express like this, employ an “opposite” attitude, then separate, Observe and breathe and attempt to transform the struggle into a higher state.
        I can recommend the Transformation video: https://beperiod.com/en/videos/transformation/

      2. Charles Rodkoff

        Hello Tim, the ‘fretting’ you described is the head of the serpent. It’s the initial identification. What happened next is you became submerged in imagination related to your identification. Identification and imagination produce negative emotions.

        Your observation of the “mundane and day-to-day states” that you describe exactly the ‘weeds’ (those small seemingly insignificant everyday identifications) that grow in our inner-garden.

        What helps me is to put the effort to Be first. For example, first divide attention and then brush my teeth, first divide attention and then prepare the meal, divide attention first, then balance my checkbook. In this way, the effort to Be is pro-active and allows for more clarity of observation and a barrier against the myriad I’s – the “thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to” – that try to pull me away from the present.