Do All Feelings Come From Thoughts?

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Do All Feelings Come From Thoughts?

Postby David92506 » Sun Feb 09, 2014 3:33 am

In my Psychology classes, they teach that in order to have a feeling you first have to have the thought. Thoughts come before feelings. There are many popular and spiritual teachers, such as Dr. Wayne Dyer, even wrote a book called, "Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life."

However, Eckhart Tolle claims that we don't change our thoughts, we "transcend" our thoughts. If we do transcend our thoughts, wouldn't that mean we wouldn't feel anymore?
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Re: Do All Feelings Come From Thoughts?

Postby peas » Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:24 am

Psychology falls short of explaining the human experience fully because of it's observational scientific basis. If it's not observed, it can't be put into a textbook or lecture.

Unfortunately, observation in this context relies on the limited doorways to perception, ie. seeing and hearing. Eckhart suggests we transcend above thought to experience a fuller Self. Above thought is hard to put words to, hence the usage by Eckhart of 'awareness', 'spaciousness' and 'presence', among others.

Thought being a small part of our consciousness, means it simply can't give us a larger picture.
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Re: Do All Feelings Come From Thoughts?

Postby rachMiel » Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:36 am

David92506 wrote:In my Psychology classes, they teach that in order to have a feeling you first have to have the thought.

Try this little experiment:

Lie down, get comfortable, warm, present. Have someone you trust touch various parts of your body: chest, throat, forehead, abdomen, thighs, feet, etc. Each touch should last long enough for you to be able to see what arises in your mind from this touch. Sometimes it might be neutral, simply a registering of the tactile sensation. Other times emotions/feelings might arise from certain parts of your body being touched. Watch very carefully. Which is true(r):

- The touch gives rise to a thought which gives rise to the feeling.

- The touch itself gives rise to the feeling and the thought comes in afterward.
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