So, let’s summarize what was said in the previous post: The emotional center doesn’t envisage a negative/positive polarity. It is structured to function through positive emotions. But, let’s make an in- depth explanation on what positive emotions are: they are not “beauty” which can be transformed from external situations into “ugliness”, or the “beneficial” contrapositive to the “harmful”. What, in the inner work, which are considered “positive emotions” are pure and unconditioned energetic movements. They are pure, and this purity doesn’t imply any dualistic principle.
The mental conditionings, with their binary function, influence our emotional perception, transforming it into a subjective and illusory experience. As an example of this statement, consider how the concepts of good and evil differ from nation to nation, relative to their cultural conditionings. But, this doesn’t mean that a human being who has “cleaned” his emotional field from all conditionings, doesn’t get angry or frightened, and this is a very important thing to elucidate. Indeed, though affirming that an emotion in its natural, unconditioned state, is neutral, doesn’t mean that they are exempt from specific qualities.
An emancipated emotional function can burst into flames and this heat can even take a direction toward conflict. Being awakened doesn’t mean being infallible or not having emotions.
What we must focus on now, is that most of the emotions a human being experiences, are not pure and natural reactions, but coloured and deeply influenced by mental conditionings.
To make clearer what we wish to say, let’s make an example: a very young child expresses violent and strong emotions, even if he is still unable to comunicate them in a clear way (he cries, grieves, etc…)…. but such emotions lasts for very brief moments, because they are not nourished by thousands of mechanical thoughts, calcified opinions and memories.
The emotions of an adult function in a totally different way: he is struck by an insult, but he doesn’t experience the emotion for what it is. He relates the experience of that moment with many others, grasped from his memory, remaining attached (identified) with the results of this process. It’s legitimate and normal to grasp with stupor the violence of whoever “attacks” him, and it’s also normal to remain disturbed, or even shaken from this. But, in a natural condition, an individual should not lose his emotional permeability.
As, said above, ordinarily, a human remains attached to the effects of the attack; from his early childhood, he develops an emotional dimension loaded with fears, anger and resentments, and this denies him any possibility to experience a pure emotion , free from the burden of the past and from the expectations of the future. This is the main difference between a conditioned emotion and a pure emotion: it’s not the problem if we experience anger or fear. The problem is if we’ll remain attached to it. Once again, emotions, in their natural state, are neutral; it depends entirely on if and how we’ll react to them.
A realized being is not exempt from fear or anger- and whoever states this is a bullshitter (sorry for the term, but here it is needed); simply, these expressions are not the same as the so -called “non- realized” beings: these emotions occur if it’s neccesary. In simple words: if one approaches Buddha on the street and puts his gun to Buddha’s head, he’ll experience an emotion of danger, consequently fear, but once the same person puts the gun down, this fear will end. That’s all. He’ ll not have a hysterical attack, or become a screaming banshee, but he’ll feel a legitimate emotion of fear in all its purity, without conditionings from the past, or fears for the future.
The emotional center produces “neutral emotions”, and this means that they originate from pure fluctuations of sensations, determined by the impressions gained from the outside, who duration is proportional to the the occurrence. Or, better said, this should be so in a natural state.
The common emotional field is full of “wounds” , where healing is made impossible by a conditioned, mechanical and childish mind (the common mind).
If we see a snake we can feel fear. This is an emotion we label as “negative” because it generates distress, but such a definition is incorrect. Indeed, this is simply an “umpleasurable” feeling, and in this case the emotion is motivated and momentary.
But, when we build in the emotional field, a reservoir of fear, determined by the idea that the world is a dangerous place to live, then we frequently build “negative emotions” that are strictly connected with thoughts and memories. We define them “negative”, because they belong to the dual expression of the intellectual ideas (good/ evil), rather than to the direct experimentation of a feeling experience in the present moment.
Such emotions are mere ideas, and that is the reason why they are illusions. A man who dies of a heart attack because he thinks that a thief has entered his house, is a victim of a negative emotion. He knows that such a situation is possible, so the mind produces a fast and wrong association between a suspicious rumor in the house and the idea of a possible mugging; this creates a violent and, in this case, fatal emotion.
Mind produces fear: the mechanical field of intellect interferes with the emotional center, with devastating results, and this happens constantly. It’s true, the world is full of dangers, but our “fears” are not neutral, therefore non- dualistic, real, justified, and based on facts. They are almost always illusions based on ideas created by the mind. Indeed, usually, we are those who create unintentionally the “facts”. And, what happens is that we often bring a person to act towards us as a “snake” for the mere fact that we considered her a “snake”, and expanded her reactions as a consequence of our mental fears.
An emotional center which functions in a sober and natural way nourishes itself with positive (so, once again, unconditioned) emotions, even if it’s able to perceive pleasurable and unpleasurable sensations.
The true expressions of this center are not inclined to become negative; on the contrary, the so- called ordinary positive emotions (influenced by mechanical thoughts), have a corresponding negative emotion in which they can be transformed at every moment.