Welcome to threads of enlightenment—unchecked emotions. We have suffered some trauma that has caused us to act and live a certain way. As a young boy who grew up in Guyana, I had an incident in my life that caused much pain and much hurt. As a result, I made decisions from that state that govern my entire life and relationships, decisions that were not good for my life in any fashion but self-preservation. I was holding it together until the memory of day would come rushing into the forefront of my mind; at that point, everything would fall apart. This is not uncommon; many of you have the same experience as I; the only difference was the pain caused by the situation.
I know this is one thing; as human beings, we have to deal with all of these emotions, we refer to these as our demons, and in some ways, that’s absolutely what those Unchecked Emotions are. In my case, my demons would appear to me suddenly while I was in college. The memories, for some reason, kept coming frequently. Looking back, I can clearly see that it was my time to deal with or face my demons.
I was being forced to deal with the hopelessness, the shame, the pain, the feeling of loneliness, the hate, the unforgiveness all because of a decision someone had made to treat me as a child, as a grown man, my memories of that incident would send me in a panic. I would look for an area to hide, somewhere, anywhere, to find a way to deal with these overwhelming emotions. I would cry and cry and cry because it was so overpowering.
If our emotions go unchecked, it becomes potent and dangerous; in some cases, people take their own life as a result. It is very, very serious and necessary to face your demons and learn how to conquer them all first for your sake, your families, and friends. If we do not take this seriously, we will not pursue any peace and happiness. Let me be obvious it is a tremendous battle to fight and claim your own identity once you’ve been damage. It’s a battle for your survival as an individual for your spirit, your soul, which consists of your mind and emotions, to heal to deal with your situation. And so many of us have not dealt with it, and we have brought husbands, wives, and children. We bring them into our situation, and we respond to them through our pain and hurt; as a result, we damage our mate and children and continue that process in our families from generation to generation.
Anger was one of the demons that I had to deal with as an individual, and I learned how to master it. I had to develop a strategy to learn how to exercise them out of my life to become more effective as human spirits to continue to grow and become who I was originally intended to become by the creator. I love reading Buddha’s little instruction by Jack Cornfield to my children when they were little kids; as much as it was for them, I was learning along with them. He makes a statement that has helped both my children and me “the spirit of man is like a garden. It can grow love; it can grow bitterness, fear, or faith. What seeds will you plant there?” Our parents or whoever caused us that trauma at some point must decide that we have to deal with those issues to move on. We must begin to plant seeds that we want into our garden so that they may bear the fruit that we want.
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