"My eyes were opened to the purpose of emotions, how they hold us to the lower levels as long as we do not use them for our own freedom. I saw that when emotion is negative, it reaches out to control, to possess, to have. It restricts; it binds; it inhibits. I could see how that applied to my life. I could see that when I had sought to have something in life - be it a particular relationship or job or object - that desire restricted me and left me less free than before. I could see how people put the acquisition of things first in their lives, thinking this will bring them peace and happiness, only to find themselves further and further away from the happiness they seek. In a positive sense, emotion is loving, caring, empathy. It allows people to feel connected, to banish loneliness, to enhance the sense of community and oneness."
- John-Roger DSS
Many times I tried to experience the peace, safety, joy, love by acquiring houses, going into relationships, buying cars, expanding my "empire". These things out in the world became burdens or challenges and had upkeep.
The essence I was looking for was not found outside me.
The process went like this:
If I buy this house I will feel the love of family and sanctuary.
If I buy this car I will feel cool and adventurous.
If I grow my "empire" I will feel worthy.
Usually those are not the experiences that come forward.
If I went inside through meditation, spiritual exercises or just becoming aware or conscious in the present moment, I could connect with my peace, worthiness, and divine nature.
When I tap into the essence of that then those things that resonate with that essence come forward.
Essence manifesting into form.
Art by Nicholas Roerich