Stone Seven encourages us to feel, and Stone Eight encourages us to release any emotion we deem harmful to our spiritual path. All emotions serve a purpose. Even hatred can be used for good if we can convert its energy into positive directions. To feel our emotions does not mean we have to cling to them. And, overcoming or releasing is not a matter of willpower as much as it is a matter of transformation. When we try to overcome through willpower we often empower the unwanted feelings more. Even the feelings we deem positive such as joy and happiness cannot be kept by the force of our will.
Emotions come and go, and their existence adds flavor to our lives. A world without emotions would be bland and meaningless. Feelings are necessary, and they come in opposites. Happiness is known because of sadness. If we were never sad, how would we know happiness? Contentment is desired most when we are anxious. Find the good in every emotion, and learn to release and transform them whenever you need to.
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