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.

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.

The Light & The Dark


9 June 2017 Friday 10:58pm

I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light. ~ Helen Keller

I can understand why she would say that. She was blind. And deaf. She’s never seen the light. So how can she know exactly what she’s saying?

It seems like those words don’t sit well with you.

I feel funny about it. Maybe it’s because I know how the light and the dark look like. She only knows of the dark. And nothing else.

I can understand where you’re coming from. Why don’t you change those words to something that you agree with then?

Okay. How about, I would rather walk with a friend in the light, than alone in the dark.

There. Does that feel better?

Sort of. I feel like there’s something else missing.

What is missing?

I don’t know. Maybe it’s because I am very sure I am quite okay with walking alone in the light.

But wouldn’t it be better if you had a friend?

I guess. You’re my friend, God. And when I’m talking with You, which is the same as walking with You, I know that I’m in the light. And that’s enough for me. Actually, that’s what I’m doing now. With these words.

And you are my friend, dear one. Along with each and everyone in the world. The only difference with some of you is you’re not aware that I Am your friend. And they have friends in the dark too.

But aren’t You everyone, God?

Yes, I Am.

Then those who have friends in the dark are also friends with You, aren’t they?

Of course. The question is, wouldn’t it be better to know both of Me? I Am The Light and The Dark.

Do I know both of You?

Have you made mistakes?

Of course, I have.

What are mistakes to you?

They’re things I’ve done that didn’t work out. The result of which may even have hurt the feelings of others. That’s what I think mistakes are all about.

Do you feel good making mistakes?

No, I don’t.

Does the dark feel good?

I can’t see anything in the dark. I don’t really consider that feeling good. In fact, sometimes the dark is scary.

How about the light? Does the light feel good?

Most of the time, yes. The sun always makes things a lot brighter and happier. But then light is also fire. Sometimes not so good. Fire damage stuff.

Fire is only damaging when it is misused or neglected. Actually, anything that is misused or neglected is damaging. The dark, also known as fear is damaging when it is misused or neglected.

I can understand fear being misused. Especially with what’s going on in the world right now with extremists. But I thought neglecting fear would be the best thing for it. Because fear is an illusion. Isn’t it best that we ignore it?

Ignore and neglect are two different things, dear one. To ignore means to not notice or to not recognise something or someone even though there is awareness of its existence. To neglect is to not care for something or someone when that care is one’s duty to do so. Ignoring fear means to be aware of its existence but not putting it as a priority. While neglecting fear means, it may be causing harm and yet no care or treatment is being applied in order for it to not cause more harm or damage. So which do you think is more important?

Fear should be ignored but it shouldn’t be neglected either. To me, ignoring it is important. But not neglecting it is equally important. So now, what’s that got to do with having friends in the dark and in the light?

There are those who are ignoring their friends who are in the light because they prefer to stay with their friends in the dark.

So where does the neglecting the dark come in?

I Am The Light and The Dark. When One of Me is neglected, in the long run there will be damage.

So which one of You is neglected?

Need I spell it out for you, child?

Yes! You need to! This is really hard. I kept saying, “God, help me with this! I don’t know what words to come next!” And then You say, “Keep going, my child. Just keep going.” So just please spell out exactly what You want me to say here!

Alright, 

I Am God. I Am everything.

I Am The Light and The Dark. 

Each of you are Me. 

Not each one of you is just only The Light. 

Each of you is also The Light and The Dark. 

It is time for this truth to be acknowledged wholly and unequivocally. 

Only then will this world begin its journey towards total peace, joy and love. 

The resistance to this truth is what is hindering this journey to begin. 

There cannot be any peace as long as this truth is not acknowledged.