Difficult Emotions: The Engine of Your Awakening

Difficult Emotions: The Engine of Your Awakening

A few years back, I found myself rooting through cupboards in a familiar, desperate search for chocolate. Fortunately, we didn’t have any and this threw me back upon the suffering I was experiencing and gave me the opportunity to wonder what was driving this. For the first time in my life, I experienced a terrifyingly bottomless well of yearning without a story attached to it. The absolute rawness of this emotion was so consuming that I dropped right back into unconsciousness only to awaken a moment later as I was about to tear into some unsweetened baking chocolate. I was that desperate to not feel this.

The Head (or Thinking) Center

The Head (or Thinking) Center

The Center of intelligence associated with the Head is our capacity for awareness, perception and contemplation as well as our source of vision, insight, intuition and inner guidance. The Head Center is also home to our capacity for an intuitive understanding of the workings of the universe. At its best, it is a pure, crystalline field of consciousness in which our perceptions arise and recede without attachment. It is this open awareness that allows us to fully sense the signals coming from both the outer and inner worlds, thus allowing us to make conscious decisions free of distraction and bias. To make space for this, we must be able to quiet our minds so we can be pristinely receptive to the subtlest cues and have the capacity to process our impressions from a point of clarity and objectivity.

The Heart (or Feeling) Center

The Heart (or Feeling) Center

The Center of intelligence associated with the Heart is that which recognizes and falls in love with the true nature of all things. Russ Hudson calls the Heart “the organ of knowing.” We think that knowing and the recognition of truth happen in the Head, but much like our emotions really originating in the Belly, this view is a misappropriation of the roles of both the Heart and the Head.