The presence of negative feelings in our lives often seems like a rain cloud that’s perpetually overhead. However, diving into the teachings of Bentinho Massaro, there’s an enlightening perspective that encourages us to see these feelings not as a curse, but as a guidance mechanism. When we shift our perspective in such a way, it’s akin to finding a silver lining in stormy clouds.
Let’s step back and visualize our negative emotions as indicators on a dashboard. Much like the blinking fuel light in your car, they alert us when we’re veering off course from our desired state of consciousness. The text suggests that when a negative feeling arises, instead of letting fear and judgment cloud our minds, we can choose to view this as a learning moment. It’s a call from our higher self, nudging us to realign with our bliss.
Bad feelings aren’t necessarily bad. They are a part of a system designed to propel us towards a better understanding of ourselves. The idea is to embrace them, to ‘feel good about feeling bad’ as Bentinho mentions.
When we stumble upon a negative emotion, it’s an opportunity to pause, reflect, and make adjustments. It’s akin to feedback, and as the text says, “if that experience did not feel bad, you would not have a clue,” showing the importance of negative feedback in our spiritual growth journey.
The text nudges us to challenge our traditional responses to negative emotions over a seven-day practice period. Instead of reacting with fear, judgment, or blame, we’re encouraged to respond with appreciation. To appreciate a negative feeling is to acknowledge its role in our spiritual expansion.
Moreover, Bentinho points out that when we judge ourselves for not meeting a high standard, we’re spiraling down into a worse state. It’s essential to avoid judgment, to accept wherever we are on our journey, and to use any negative feelings as a stepping stone towards greater self-awareness and alignment.
Raising our standards without raising our judgment is a delicate dance but an empowering one. It moves us away from victimhood and into a space of personal power where we harness every emotional experience, positive or negative, as a tool for elevation.
As Bentinho notes, easing into this new perspective is simple; it’s about redefining our interpretations of negative emotions. When we build a “safety net of positive interpretations,” we create a resilient framework that helps us bounce back with a learned lesson each time we encounter a negative feeling.
So, when negativity knocks on your door, greet it with a smile, delve into its message, and let it guide you back to alignment, embracing the continual dance of spiritual growth.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9