XXIII. To Devour the Flame

There was a time when I believed and taught that control, absolute and tight gripped control was the most effective, the most beneficial way of interacting with emotion. That was a popular enough approach in the past, but not so anymore. Indeed, I would go so far as to proclaim you, or myself, an utter fool for such a decedant method.

I am an advocate of digestion of the fire we call emotion, it is my belief that it should be embraced. Just like the body, the individuals spirit needs nutrition; one source of which are the flames I speak of. Emotions eat you. With some – like anger – the feeling is more obvious, easier to percieve. Others chew their morsels with far greater subtlety – like joy. Or at least that is true for me, though those that seem cunning and quiet to me may be beligerent in eating away at you.

A mutual realtionship is what must be acknwoledged. Passions, and emotions, they guide you just as you should guide them. Submission, in my opinion is rarely necessary. It is not a matter of domesticating emotions, of trying to halt the feast they have when felt, it is about feeling that you’re being eaten, and eating in turn. Here, we find they are very much aflame in the feeling of being eaten, burnt in the digestive acid of these emotions and passions. An exercise I would suggest; when feeling this sensation of being consumed, feel yourself begin to do the same. It is a simple theory, a bit difficult in practice, but hardly beyond the capabilities you should surely posess.

The idea of emotions as living things, it is a most acute observation, a brilliant insight. But what one does with it is what matters. Commanding fire is simply not efficient, not practical, and is a sad attempt to domesticate our emotions; they should not be tamed, they are not our pets, they are not our tools. They are all living things that. And concerning nutrition, it would be just as well to devour them as it is to keep them fed. Just remember that they are meant to be wild, untamed; just as the individual himself should be. At least such is my argument.

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Published in: on December 25, 2011 at 10:12 am  Leave a Comment  

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