Does the Self have emotions or is it part of the body/mind experience?

Duality does not exist outside of the mind.  There is only the Self.  This question is already coming from a dualistic perspective – Self or body/mind.  The body/mind is within and not other than the Self.  So if you experience emotions…the Self experiences emotions.  You are not other than the Self.  As Alan Watts once said, “you are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.”

Sometimes the question is whether or not the Self has love…or other emotions.  It is not the the Self has love…it is that the Self is love.  So too bliss.  We are sat-chit-ananda.  Sat means “isness” or beingness.  Chit means consciousness.  Ananda means bliss.  What you are is being-consciousness-bliss…and that is the Self.

When the mind is still and we abide in the Self…we are happy.  Joy, bliss, and love just are.  However, humans (i.e. separate fictitious “me’s”) act/react from two emotions – love and fear.  As I said, the Self is love.  As for fear, the illusion of separation and ignorance (believing in the separation) creates fear…for we can only fear “others”.  When there are no “others”, there is nothing to fear.

From fear comes the other negative emotions.  In the words of Yoda, “Fear is the path to the dark side.  Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”  Sorry for the Star Wars references, but it does sum it up nicely.  Fear is the basis of the negative emotions.  Those negative emotions are derived from “otherness” and perpetuate “otherness” (they strengthen the sense of separation).

Also, this is a teaching in Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch.

“All human actions are motivated at their deepest level by two emotions–fear or love. In truth there are only two emotions–only two words in the language of the soul…. Fear wraps our bodies in clothing, love allows us to stand naked. Fear clings to and clutches all that we have, love gives all that we have away. Fear holds close, love holds dear. Fear grasps, love lets go. Fear rankles, love soothes. Fear attacks, love amends.”

Love tends to bring together (in a whole) and disarms the ego.  Fear and the derived negative emotions strengthen the sense of separation…and love strengthens unity and dissolves barriers.  The path of bhakti yoga in Hinduism is the path of union through love and devotion.  They know full well the power of love…and surrender.

For me, joy has been a strong feeling in abiding in the Self.  So in addition to love and bliss,  I would include joy as another emotion.  Actually, I get the feeling that love, bliss, and joy are just aspects of one feeling/emotion…but it is colored by the human experience and body/mind into different flavors.

It is not that the Self feels joy, bliss, and love.  It is that the Self is joy, bliss, and love.  Love is real, but fear is not real…it is imagined.  Therefore, none of the negative emotions derived from fear are real either.  Fear and derivative emotions are illusions.  Those illusions are part of the play the Self is doing that is only experienced by a fictitious “me”.  Separation and fear (et all) is not “real”, but a figment of imagination.  If the veil of the believed thoughts that you are a “you” and not the Self fall away…then the “me” falls away and so too fear.  This leaves only the Self which is joy, bliss, and love.

To be awake…enlightened…realized…is to realize there is no “me” and so live without fear.

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