“A man is what he thinks about all day long.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every feeling has a soul, a seed of spirit from whence it germinates. Feelings derive from both good spirits, such as love, generosity and blessing and ill spirits, like hatred, cursing and stinginess. Your feelings are carriers for the spirits you express.
The soul of your feelings are translated through the lens of your thoughts and given form through your words and your actions. If your thoughts are organized, you will be a mover and a shaker, in one direction or the other. Careful attention to this single principle is the means by which every uncommonly influential person throughout history, be it Buddha or Hitler, made his mark. The same fundamental principles can be used for good or for ill.
Every time you engage your mind in a thought process, you condition your personal atmosphere, which in turn influences the world around you. It is the way we work. Your thoughts allow you to paint your feelings. The colors you choose allow you to either enhance or obscure the underlying feeling you have about the subject of your attention. Some reveal their feelings more than others and are said to wear their heart on their sleeve, while others are constantly, desperately trying to cover up the feelings which sprout from ill spirits to which they orient. No matter how hard you try, you eventually reveal yourself for who you are as your personal atmosphere over time reveals the true nature of your heart’s centering.
Another way to look at it is that your feelings and thoughts are the gametes of future action. Your feelings are fertilized by your thoughts and your future expression is thus conceived. It is for this reason that half-thoughts are ill-conceived: they do not contain sufficient genetic material to produce a complete embryo.
What consumes your thoughts and by extension your heart both in public and in private? Review the content of your words, both written and spoken, on any given day and you will discover who you’ve chosen to become. Examine the tone of your feelings and you’ll get a glimpse of the spirits that you worship. It’s probably not a common thought to think that you are worshiping those spirits toward which you incline your heart, be it through love, hate or something in between, but what has your heart and what fills your thoughts has you.