Thought vs Feeling

5 April 2019 Friday 8:26am

Thoughts are not feelings, they are ideas of how you “should” feel. When thoughts and feelings get confused, truth becomes clouded, lost.~ Neale Donald Walsch

So what’s the difference between thought and feeling?

When you’re hungry, what do you feel?

Hunger.

When you’re hungry, what are you thinking?

I’m thinking I need to eat.

That’s the difference.

Huh? I don’t understand.

Hunger is a feeling. The word ‘hunger’ is the name you gave to a sensation in your body wanting food. That sensation is the feeling.

But isn’t ‘feeling hungry’ also a thought?

Yes. A thought is the meaning you give to a feeling. A thought is also what you do about the feeling. Imagine a world with no words. If there weren’t any words to describe ‘hunger’ what will happen?

I guess no one will know that I’m feeling hungry.

No, child. You can communicate with your body even without words. If you suddenly look pale and weak, wouldn’t someone deduce that you’re probably feeling hungry?

I suppose so. Um, I still can’t see the difference.

Read Neale’s quote again—the first sentence.

Okay. “Thoughts are not feelings, they are ideas of how you “should” feel.”

Try to use the concept of hunger in that sentence.

I’ll try. Okay…The thought that I need to eat is not a feeling. It is an idea of what I should do about the feeling of hunger.

Now, read the next sentence.

Okay. “When thoughts and feelings get confused, truth becomes clouded, lost.” This one sounds complicated.

Only if you believe it is so. Now do the same.

Use it with the concept of hunger?

Yes.

Oh man. Here goes..The THOUGHT that I need to eat just because I’m FEELING hungry is confusing, my truth becomes clouded and lost. That doesn’t make any sense. When anyone is feeling hungry he will definitely put into action the thought of eating. That’s the way it works. What’s confusing about that?

Have you heard of the expression, “I skipped lunch”? Or “I skipped breakfast”? Or “I’m on a diet”? Or…

Okay, I get it. Just because someone is feeling hungry that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to eat. So if someone is feeling hungry and yet doesn’t eat, what does that show us about confusing thought with feeling? And the truth gets clouded and lost if you do?

When you in particular get hungry, what do you do?

I have to eat something. Even if it’s just some crackers or biscuits. I always try to have some with me, especially when I’m travelling. Because if I don’t, I’ll feel nauseous and dizzy. It’s a very yucky feeling. I tried fasting before—hated it. Fasting isn’t for me. I prefer to eat smaller meals if I really have to fast. Anyway, I’m still confused. Thought and feeling—what’s the difference?

Maybe hunger isn’t the appropriate concept to use to explain it. How about something else?

Like?

Like love, for instance.

Nah. Let’s stick with hunger.

We Are Reflections of Ourselves

12 February 2019 Tuesday 7:52pm

We are reflections of ourselves. What’s happening in the spirit world is happening in our real world.

I just read this from one of my entries in my diary from 2 years ago. It got me thinking, I thought all along the spirit world is where you are—where God is. The spirit world is the realm of the absolute. So that statement can’t be true. Because, as far as I know, absolute is pure love. Fear does not exist in the spirit world. So how can it be that what is happening in the real world—which has the illusion of fear, is also happening in the spirit world—which is pure love?

You just said the key words, my child—“as far as you know.” How much do you know of the realm of the absolute?

That the realm of the absolute is pure joy. That’s it. That’s all I know.

Exactly. The realm of the absolute can never be explained to you while you are in this world. But let me say this, you are an entity made up of body, mind and spirit. And not one of the three is able to function by itself as long as your entity is in this realm. In order to fulfil your full potential in this world, you have to use body, mind and spirit in sync. When we say the spirit world is the reflection of your reality, it means the outcomes of what your body, mind and spirit have created will affect your particular part of the universe as a whole. It is the law of cause and effect. Evidence of this is the way your world is now—it is not entirely at peace with itself. This is the result of the outcomes of your creations based on beliefs of The Old World. The beliefs of The Old World are mostly controlled by fear.

So that’s why the world is now in fear—wars, terrorism, oppression, poverty, racism, abuse of power, lack of resources, climate deterioration, depletion of species in the animal world, etc., etc. So are you saying the state of our spirit world is the same?

We are One, child. Spirit world and physical world are One. What you have just enumerated are problems of the tangible aspects of this realm. All of your problems are rooted in your beliefs. As long as these beliefs do not change then your problems will keep being problems.

Which means we will just keep going round and round in circles. Like a dog trying to catch its own tail.

Yes. As long as most of you believe that the illusion of separation, judgment and ownership are real, then the cycle of fear will never stop. 

But change is from within. Change of beliefs is a personal choice. We can’t force people to change their beliefs.

No you, can’t. But you can show them. 

Isn’t that what we’ve been doing with these words?

Words do not show. Words tell. Actions speak louder than words.

You’re scaring me.

Unsung Heroes

3 February 2019 Sunday 4:19pm

I was re-reading some entries in my diary when I came across one that I posted in my blog. It’s about the quote from Neale: “Your life is not about you.” We discussed about how drinking coffee and using shampoo benefit others because of the jobs they provide when these products are produced and manufactured. And then we went on to discuss about two earths—one where most of the people meditate, while the people of the other don’t. We also talked about how everything we do affects everything in this world because we are all One Soul. Now, I’m thinking of the other quote that says: “The greatest achievements are those that benefit others.” That sort of contradicts the other quote, doesn’t it?

How so?

The other quote is “Your life is not about you,” which, to me, means everything I do does not benefit me, but benefit others. While the other quote says, “The greatest achievements are those that benefit others,” which, to me, means not all things I do benefit others—only some. But by the way we discussed it previously, it seems everything I do benefits others, not only me. And yet the ‘greatest achievement’ quote says only those that benefit others are the most important. I believe the contradiction is that everything I do benefits others and yet not everything I do benefits others. So which is it?

You are confusing the word ‘benefit’ with the word ‘affect”. The meaning of ‘benefit’ is “something that is advantageous or good; an advantage.” While the meaning of ‘affect’ is “to act on; produce an effect or change in”. It also means “to impress the mind or move the feelings of”. ‘Benefit’ is usually something that is positive. While ‘affecting’ something could be perceived as positive as well as negative. To others, not everything you do will be perceived as positive. There will be those who will perceive some things you do as negative. So it is true when not everything you do is only about you because it will affect others in different ways. And it is also true to say that “the greatest achievements are those that benefit others” especially when those achievements are perceived as positive.

Okay. Wait. Are there achievements that are negative? If it’s negative, I don’t think it should even be called an achievement.

It is a matter of perception, my dear. There are those with unknown achievements. You have a term called “unsung hero”.

Yes. I Googled it and it means “one who does great deeds but receives little or no recognition for them”.

Your world is full of unsung heroes, my dear. They have achievements that have benefited others in more ways than one and yet they do not seek recognition or accolades for their deeds of greatness. Being alive in itself and overcoming life’s problems are great achievements which go unnoticed. Everyone in your world is a hero. With that in mind, do you still think that both quotes are contradicting in some way?

I’m not sure. Maybe I should combine them. Let’s see. Your life is not about you because the greatest achievements are those that benefit others. Hey! I think that works! 

Doesn’t everything? Have you not grown enough spiritually to believe that everything always works out for your good? 

I believe I have. But there’s still a lot of room for growth. And I mean a lot! I’m still doubting what I’m doing here exactly. 

‘Here’ as in this conversation?

No. I mean, ‘here’ as in Planet Earth. Haha.