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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

"Emotions are the colors of the soul..."

"Emotions are the colors of the soul...they are neither good nor bad; they just exist. Paradigms power perception and perceptions power emotions. Most emotions are responses to perception--what you think about a given situation. If your perception is false, your emotional response will be false...Check your perceptions and beyond that, check the truthfulness of your paradigms--what you believe."

The above quote comes from a book I am reading called, "The Shack," by Wm. Paul Young. It really resonated with me. Isn't it funny how something you've thought about many times and heard expressed in different ways, can suddenly hit home like a lightning bolt. I had this kind of paradigm shift at my recent writing retreat. My emotions are signals that I need to pay attention. Once I zoom in on the situation, I need to examine my perceptions about it. Only then can I assess whether my beliefs are accurate. What I believe may be based on false assumptions, lies I'm telling myself or that I've been told, or denial.

Truth has an unmistakable feel to it. It is unclouded; the energy feels clean. One can only come to truth after clearing the cobwebs of emotion away. I am learning more every day that a decision I made to end a friendship was the right one, even though I am still grieving. I did not pay attention to the signals my body, mind and spirit were sending me and damage was done to my psyche as a result.

It is astounding to me that, despite writing a book about listening for the whispers, I still have times when I don't pay attention. Luckily, those times are getting shorter and shorter.



L. Diane Wolfe said...

God whispers things to us as well, and we must be listening in order to hear it!

L. Diane Wolfe

Joanne said...

I've heard a lot of talk about the book The Shack, that it really strikes a chord with people, but I haven't read it. I like your description of emotions as cobwebs. They are like that at times, far reaching, strong, winding, but that truth, yes, it is always somewhere beneath.

The Old Silly said...

Totally agree with this, and now I've GOT to read The Shack.

The Old Silly

Galen Kindley--Author said...

Truth has an unmistakable feel to it. That's a great line, Karen. Yeah, paying attention to all that impacts us can be hard. You have to be an active listener.

Best regards, Galen
Imagineering Fiction Blog

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

It's strange how easy it is to listen to the voices of others when we often can't hear our own.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I don't know how we ever figure ourselves out, much less figure out anyone else. Our perceptions are skewed by our experiences and our emotional filters, and most people consciously or unconsciously try to hide their truths. This is tough.

Anonymous said...

Oh, that's on my to-read list! And now I've got another reason to read it :)

The best books are ones we read and RELATE to. I keep reminding myself that as I write my book: How can I let readers feel like they're having that Aha moment?

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