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Knowledge and Awareness

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Knowledge and Awareness

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Q: Can knowledge and awareness help me manage my emotions?

Primitive men, who ignored the cause of thunder and lightning, feared them and made gods out of them.

Goya - The sleep of reason generates monsters - (No. 43), from Los Caprichos - Google Art Project Knowledge and Awareness)
Goya – The sleep of reason generates monsters – (No. 43), from Los Caprichos – Google Art Project

We fear what we ignore and what we did not experience.

Knowledge

Knowledge has allowed man to become civilised and to live longer and in better conditions, but only for what concerns physical and material life.

I ask, “Can knowledge of material things improve inner well-being?

Can knowledge of material things relieve those tensions that affect the chemical/physical processes of my body?

The knowledge of material things allows to prevent some disasters, and to correct body malfunctions.

But can scientifical knowledge of what anxiety is, for example, or existential crisis, or discontentment, let me get over them?

Here we changed level and from matter – and its low vibration energy – we have moved to the mobile energy of emotions.

At this level, knowledge can help me keep my emotions at bay, but not to solve my emotional problems.

To do this, I need to become aware and understand them. How? I can do “introspective research.”

Knowledge and self-awareness

But what is self-awareness?

I know I have emotions because I feel them every moment within me. I live with them. They speed up the beats of my heart and make my organs react and contract.

Therefore, I know they affect my body and the environment in which I live.

However, if I am aware of my emotions, then I know I am not my emotions, but they manage and condition me.

What can trigger them? Why do I seek a specific emotion? I know I provoke the situations in which I get involved. I know how I manage my relationships with others to live with a specific energy.

Self-awareness shows the part of the iceberg that is underwater, but that supports and moves the other part on the surface.

Awareness acts a subtle shift.

It never ends. It gets thinner, wider and deeper.

On its own, self-awareness might be enough to change our lives, but it’s not that simple.

Why?

Intent to Understand

Because it is subordinate to our intent to understand things, to evaluate and revise our schemes.

We speak of intent and not of will. The will is, in fact, in the hands of our ego. It is not enough even to have a momentary desire: “Come on, I’ll try… then I’ll see!”

Self-awareness stops when we stop giving it attention, when we remain in comfortable situations.

Sometimes, we even accept uncomfortable positions, just to avoid suffering or giving up something.

To get self-awareness, you need continuous decisions and slight changes. Only in this way you can go forward.

We have seen that knowledge alone is not enough. To manage emotions, we need both knowledge and awareness.

Aurora Mazzoldi