Yes, everything just is. That said, most people want to feel good about what they do and who they are and so allowing yourself to be aware of those emotions and how they affect you and how you react when in that state is a pretty important factor as it can cause a ripple effect to others and so forth and so forth.
There are times when it is appropriate to feel angry, times when it is appropriate to feel grief ... "To everything there is a season ...".
"Negative emotions" is another way to say "Inappropriate emotions" or maybe just "Uncomfortable emotions".
Some of you will recognize the paragraphs with which I introduce the work that I have shared with members of the EC...
Emotions should flow through us the way they flow through healthy children (who can have a temper tantrum one minute and be all smiles the next). As we grow older these emotions get stuck in our physiology and color our whole outlook on life causing us to feel stuck in outdated patterns of behavior and thought. Clearing those stuck emotions can help us feel lighter, happier, in more harmony with other people around us and general remove the obstacles that interfere with living the life we were born to live.
We were brought up to think that what is happening in the outside world justifies how we feel on the inside. That is an illusion! It is actually the other way round. How we feel on the inside creates what we experience out in the world. When we have a stuck emotion of "sadness" in us everything we see on the outside will justify the fact that we feel sad inside until we heal that sadness. Pick any emotion it's the same process. It may be easy to think of other people who are stuck in an emotion, say "anger", and feel justified that everything that happens in the world confirms their right to feel angry. Its probably easier to see it for other people than it is to see it for ourselves because we tend to be blind to our own emotions. In addition, this issue is rarely about what is happening right now. What is pushing our buttons now is a reflection back to us of what has been left unhealed in our lives that we have to go back and take care of. Clearing these emotions enables us to experience the world the way it really is and that means a happier, more joyous world than the way most people experience it.
Love the story of the farmer. A base of stillness is good, and yet it reminds me of another story ...
"A guru was crying at the death of his son. His disciples came to him and said 'Master! You taught us that life is an illusion'. 'Yes,' he replied, "and the death of a child is the cruelest illusion of them all'"
And I share that story with my own 87 year old mother having been cremated just a few hours ago. For her, she was SO ready to leave her body, such that I write this with a mixture of human sadness and spiritual joy in my heart.
Thank you for your posting, Tracie.
Haha, I actually might have underlined what i felt like talking about starting from your topic xD and I did not necessarily mean you stopped at something less You were referring to the tendency of giving events nuances depending on internal blockages (and I really enjoy these buddhist and taoist stories: they have this beautiful meaning in them and belief in something better and that things are not bad by essence and do not move towards it either)
I for one feel like I am trying, but I still can't let go of the need to feel more in control than not... and obviously, life likes proving the opposite ) But just like in the story you shared with us, i discovered it brought me better things, when change came unexpectedly and i did not tried to consciously direct anything... I'm thinking that learning stillness is in fact also about about accepting that nothing is actually stillor stays in one place, and you have to learn to let go and cleanse yourself. Off... endless journeys :D