Okay ... anything worth sharing from these weird -- but extremely fun -- Woo Woo Wednesday night gatherings (scroll down to Jan 22 post) I'll share it on Thursdays.
Last night was emotions. Seems us humans are getting some new ones; getting much richer versions of some old standbys like love, ecstasy, and bliss; and expanding the positives from those emotions that traditionally trip us up, like grief and sadness. Key message was don't waste time trying to understand & define 'em in standard ways.
We're pretty obsessed with knowing things intellectually or conceptually, trying to understand, name, categorize, label, or logically define things. When trying to make sense of stuff, we tend to start by connecting (or jamming) new experiences, emotions, or concepts into old experiences, emotions, or concepts. Feel new grief and we immediately start by remembering the last time we felt grief, the old then shaping the new. Same thing with love. A sketchy past romance makes us wary next time around. Or we try to consciously Do It Differently. Or we compare & contrast our new love to loves of old. Learning from experience is wise & not repeating mistakes is smart. But shoving all new experiences into old boxes can be pretty self-limiting.
So we heard last night that some of our emotions are really brand new gigs. Unprecedented. Fresh starts. Not automatically tied to our linear lifetime of experience & understanding. They're rich and textured in ways never felt before. We were advised to keep open to that. Just feel our new emotions with enough detachment (a) to resist temptation to define them, (b) to allow their unique fullness and (c) to be guided intuitively to do right by them ... that way we invite miraculous surprises, outcomes beyond our current imagination.
I'm figuring, why not ...