MY ANIMALS - STRATEGY I
Call it what you will, a meditation, a ritual, whatever. What I am going to do is to ask my sleeping mind for symbols that represent my emotions. Each one will have a name, and take a form. I will interact with these images provided by my sleeping mind to build up my relationship and understanding of my emotions. So here is what I am going to do.
Go to the darkness. Make my mind still. In my mind write a note on a piece of paper, writing down the name of an emotion. Ask the darkness to send me an animal that is that emotion. Remember, for the sleeping mind there is no “representing”. It IS the emotion made manifest. Then I will cast the note into the darkness. Wait quietly for an animal to appear. I will not force it. If nothing comes, then so be it. Eventually one will appear.
I should not place any expectations on appearance or form. If it is a pink armadillo with bunny ears then so be it. When an animal arrives, then I will ask what it’s name is. Just because I asked for one emotion doesn’t mean that that emotion is going to come on his own. Some send others in thier stead. This often happens with frustration, who usually sends anger or rage in it’s place.
I will observe how the animal reacts, obeserve how they behave. I will try to come to know the nature of that given animal. Some may be loud and agressive. Others timid and skiddish. I will just observe them. This act is my acknowledging that they exist. Those who are loudest are usually the ones I have been denying the hardest.
My start is here. I will try to put together a menagerie of my own personal “emotional animals”, keeping a journal of what they look like, their behavior, their reactions to your actions. There is nothing to fear. The sleeping mind doesn’t want to hurt anyone. It will only do so if it left no other choice. First step is to observe! For now all that is needed is observation. Once they can be called and seen and interacted with the next step can be taken. I, as each who wishes to undertake this journey, becomes the “animal whisperer” of their own emotions.
For right now my job will simply be to request and accept what ever comes. Identify them and watch them.
I wish to point out (for those who will find the following strange if not alienating) that I will be asking my sleeping mind and speaking to it in it’s own language as it will do to me. The sleeping mind cannot be forced. What will happen will happen.