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The Power of Feeling Good Now

Updated on January 13, 2013
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"Every artist dips his brush into his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures." - Henry Ward Beecher, 1813-87, Writer/Reformer


Feeling Good Now is Not a Luxury

The Power of Feeling Good Now

Is your emotional disposition predominantly positive a good majority of the time? Have you discovered how to call forth wondrous things or events into your life by using positive emotions? If your answers are both yes, this article may not be for you.

Emotions are the fuel that put energy or power into deliberate creation.

What do I mean by deliberate creation? By deliberate creation, I mean using your imagination as one of the tools to change your life situation from an undesired state to a more desirable one, by using your imagination to visualize the desired positive outcome.

Thus, the equation would be:

Emotion + Visualization = Desired Outcome

This is no longer an exotic idea since a lot of authors have already written about this. You may read in greater detail from books such as "The Secret" and "Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest the Law of Attraction."

Worry as Negative Visualization

In the sense that we imagine negative outcomes when we worry, we can then call worry as "negative visualization". Based on the principle of the Law of Attraction, the more we worry or imagine or visualize negative events, the more of these events present themselves in our experience.

Not to worry though. Because for every worry or negative visualization that crosses your mind, you can by disciplined practice, replace it with a positive visualization (some may call this prayer). A negative event has turned out to be propitious: it now becomes an opportunity to imagine more and more life situation you desire.

This technique of replacing a negative thought with a positive visualization is among the topics of the book "NLP: The New Technology of Achievement".

Pre-destined Emotions

For most, the majority of emotions, like external circumstances, are pre-destined. It is what we do with them in the present moment that would be our exercise in free will.

When the realization struck me the other day, I felt such a great release!
No more need to struggle against my negative emotions. No more need to struggle
against what is happening. I could actually feel my muscles loosen up, as
both physical and psychological release swept through my body. You see, a lot of good things come our way when we learn more of self-acceptance.

What happens next is that we are visited by thinking that is unclouded. And
with this kind of thinking, we open our minds to think up more creative
possibilities, seeing that there is actually more than just one way to
respond to a particular event at a particular time and place.

If I am now able to understand that the particular emotion I am feeling is pre-destined, then what do
I do with them whenever I feel them?

There are some things we need to consider before responding to that
question: we need to understand the importance of making the appropriate
choice at the present moment because doing so determines what we will meet
up with in the future. Our past actions are the cause that destined us to
experience the present moment's emotions and external circumstances.

What we do in the present with the emotions that were destined by the past
will, in turn, determine what emotions and circumstances we will experience
in the future.

So, if I am now able to understand that my emotion is pre-destined, then
what do I do with them whenever I feel them?

Chosen Emotions
We can choose what to feel instead.
Yes, that is correct. Instead of being slave to our emotions, we can use our emotions to make them work for us, as cited in the formula above.

The first step would be to understand that our emotion has been caused by a thought (see and that by trying to rationalize our way around that thought, it adds to the complexity and depth of the emotion.

Simply by accepting and acknowledging the thought without judging against it and replacing it with a happy thougt, there could be relief. This could be easier said than done.

For most of us, we need some kind of exercise or practice in order to develop a new habit that can replace the old. I describe one of the techniques I've tried so far that works for me:

1. Performing 4Rs: Recognize, Refrain, Relax, Resolve. This is a mindful awareness technique
derived from Eastern teachings.

* R-recognize 'shenpa' or the feeling (e.g. anger) or the urge to act
or do something (e.g. shouting at someone). Try to recognize even the
mildest of feelings. Getting the knack of recognizing our feeling is one way we can develop mindful awareness in everyday living, which causes for delicious synchronicities to happen in your life.

* R-refrain from acting on the feeling. Refrain from judging the feeling. It's neither good or bad. I believe what the sages say that emotions are actually God speaking to us. If you must act, refrain from acting in the habitual way; do the opposite, e.g. if you used to quietly suffer when someone cuts in front of you in the line, this time speak up; if you used to bitch, this time stay peacefully silent but by conscious choice.

* R-relax into the feeling. Accept the feeling. Let it flow through
you. Feel the tension leave your muscles as you allow the energy of the emotion, instead of adding more energy to it by the force of your resistance.

* R-resolve to do it again. Perform the 4Rs again when encountering
negative feelings, especially those we consider as negative. Note that this can also be applied to positive feelings. You might wonder why we might want to tame even positive emotions? I'm guessing that when we have achieved a more predominantly calm dispostion, we have a clearer connection to our creative and intuitve inner self.

2. Life is not always about feeling strong negative emotions. During those
times of calm, a good exercise would be to dwell on the feelings of love and
gratitude to God
, for all the wonderful people and things He has brought
into our life. This exercise should be an action that should pre-destine us
to a future of more and more positive feelings and circumstances of

3. An ironic technique I have discovered recently is calling up a strong positive emotion despite dire negative circumstances. This causes magic and mystery to reveal themselves in my experience shortly after.

4. Develop your own technique. After trying the first one above for at least 21 days, you may want to evaluate how things are with you and concoct your own style. I have noted that my 4R's have developed a trailing end of projecting a feeling of love and compassion towards myself and other.

Be patient with yourself as you wait to see whether the desired outcome does materialize when you use the formula with positive emotions and visualizations. As cited by the books mentioned, the length of time before materialization varies depending on the size and scope of the desired outcome.

"Virtue is sufficient for happiness, a sage was immune to misfortune." (

Other related articles:

Coming Home to Joy

Negative Emotions as Lightsabers: The Power of Feeling Good Now, Part II


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      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 6 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      Thank you for the inspiration! It’s a beneficent universe indeed for a novice writer like me to receive a very encouraging comment like this. I appreciate, McGilwriter! It goes down in history as the very first comment as well!

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      McGilwriter 6 years ago from Florida

      Awesome hub! My dad always said you choose to feel happy, even in dire circumstances. You can't let others dictate your emotions!