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The Power of the Mind 2: Emotions Give Meaning to What We Think.

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In his teachings, David R. Hawkins distinguishes between what he calls “content”, and “context”. Content is what we say or what happens, and context is why we say it, more specifically, the consciousness level from which a certain statement originates. I can say “I love you” (content) as I feel a wave of gratitude and love raise through my body, or I can say it feeling the fear that the other one might leave me. Or, I could say it out of fear, but not be aware that that is the emotion (context) which I am experiencing. I would be thinking that I feel love, even though it is something I used to feel but don’t feel now anymore (because now, there is fear). That happens frequently, and it is one of the reasons why we get stuck, and why psychological support can be extremely helpful.

(Please click here for reading about Hawkins’ consciousness levels, a more complete description of what he means by context.)

So, a belief comes with certain emotions, and thus, a certain context. But this also works the other way around: When we have a certain emotion, it usually comes with the experience of corresponding beliefs. And our conscious or subconscious mind can “subscribe” to those beliefs, decide that they are true and incorporate them into the own mental structure. That’s how we create our mental landscape, or map of reality, and how we guide ourselves trying to learn from past experiences. When we feel fear, we subscribe to the belief pattern that something is dangerous. And later, that will be a fact for us, even though the fear may have dissolved.

Many times we are not aware of the context of our thoughts. We are not aware why a politician really argues for a certain cause. Maybe he believes in it and wants to do his best in making it a reality (e.g. in willingness, 310). Or he is tired and exhausted but just trying to get through the interview (e.g. apathy, 50). Or he is scared of the personal consequences to him if he doesn’t take that stand (e.g. fear, 100). He might be all excited about it and feel that it is his vocation to make a change in this specific field (e.g., love, 500). Or he might feel that it is the best thing that can be done, and that within the possible choices, he considers this the best one to go for (e.g., acceptance, 350). In all of those cases, the argument might be the same. The words are the same. But the motivation is different, the emotions are different, and thus, the energy level or consciousness level from which the argument is presented, is a different one.

Generally, the more positive our energy around a certain topic, the more impact we’ll have. The higher the context (energy level), the more positive will our emotions be. Then we can reach and touch more people, we have more energy to make efforts, more positive ideas and thoughts, and we get more joy from it, which on its own is contagious.

Context trumps: the more positive, the more powerful.

 

Check out Blog 1 and 3 of this series…

The Power of the Mind 1: Are your beliefs supporting, or hurting you?

The Power of the Mind (3): How positive thoughts can be negative.

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