38. Although emotion follows thought, the emotions are in regard to physical conditions and things of which we have an emotional preference for or against, a like or dislike. And this like or dislike is of a particular type or flavour which as it stirs it grows into a particular emotion, and which soon has an effect upon the physical body in the way of effecting the blood pressure, muscle tone, hormones and chemicals, enzymes and organ functions, and in most people will prompt or incline behaviour, and in emotionally focused people it will dictate behaviour. In mentally focused people though, emotional movement is recognised but not indulged; emotion is kept objective, at a distance, and separate from thought, which is kept rational, and behaviour kept reasonable.
39. By the time we feel the physical sensations or feelings associated with an emotion then the emotion is well underway, is strong and is resonating throughout the emotional body.
40. We can train our self to recognise the first stirring of an emotion by recognising our first stirrings of like/dislike towards a particular mental registration. In this way we can check/manage/regulate our emotions when they are beginning to stir rather than trying to do so when they are in full swing.
41. By training our self to be conscious of the first stirrings of our emotions at the point of likes and dislikes, wants/not wants, desires for or against, unfounded preferences one way or another, then not only are we able to check or quell emotions as required, we also learn to appreciate emotions without them having to develop into full swing before we are aware of them, which is how most people are because most people don’t realise that emotions initially stir as likes and dislikes before they become full swing emotions. Pretty soon we can become conscious of the most subtle stirrings of our emotional nature and regulate it accordingly with objective observation and application of reason. This is another way in which we are learning to fine tune our awareness and position our conscious controlling self back in its rightful seat at the centre of our being.
42. If we value truth above all else, then our emotions are subject to reason. And we can practice applying reason to our emotions. Of course I mean true and pure reason, which is the ability to weigh up known facts. Each word in that definition is essential and exact. Beware of false reason arranged to suit emotional preference. Learn to recognise it; it is prevalent.
43. If we do not value truth above all else, whatever truth may be, but rather, value particular preferences, then our emotions are not subject to reason, and we cannot be reasoned with when true reason opposes our emotions. The values held in the foundation body dictate the conditions of the mental and emotional bodies. .
44. By simply being conscious of our emotions, observing them, while keeping our self/consciousness stationed observantly in the head, the emotions will move with much less power and be more easily controlled. And when we learn to retract our self well into our centre and station our self as the observer and director in the head, then the emotional body automatically becomes calm, for the emotional body requires our consciousness to be immersed in it for it to stir. Like a bucket of water that requires our hand to be in it to stir it around, but when we pull our hand out of the water the water soon settles.