“I am fully convinced that the soul is indestructible, and that its activity will continue through eternity. It is like the sun, which, to our eyes, seems to set in night; but it has in reality only gone to defuse its light elsewhere.”
I have been returning again and again to the theme of controlling emotion by self observation. Self observation is the simple process of removing yourself from yourself and observing as if outside the interplay between thought and emotion.
We sometimes talk of “polishing the diamond”. The diamond is that swirling energy which surrounds the solar plexus and the heart. It is a real energy. We can detect part of it with scientific instruments. It is partly made up of a magnetic field and an electrical field.
We can sense this inner diamond. When we become accustomed to observing it we become aware of its pulsing rhythms which respond to our thoughts the way a music visualizer reacts to music. It expands and contracts. It burns hot and cold. Once we have done this observation for a while we can slowly learn to gain some measure of control over it. This is known as “polishing the diamond”.
One technique that people use is visualization. Visualization is using mental images as a kind of symbolic representation of real internal processes. This is how all language works. So we visualize in our minds a glowing ball of energy revolving around our solar plexus. When we are happy the ball expands and spins rapidly. When we are sad it contracts and simply pulses. We can visualize color based on chakra colors. That is when we are fearful or full of appetite for food, drink, drugs or sex it will pulse orange and red. In fear or panic deep red. In calmness yellow. In deep love green and yellow. In calm meditation a serene blue. In full mindfulness violet or clear light.
By visualizing these things we have a kind of language to use. We can say to ourselves my energy is red and static and I need to get it into the yellow and green. Now keep in mind this is just visualization technique and not some magical thing.
On this day in music history: May 5, 1984 - “Hello” by Lionel Richie hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 3 weeks. It will also top the Hot 100 for 2 weeks on May 12, 1984, and the Adult Contemporary chart for 6 weeks on April 7, 1984. Written by Lionel Richie, it is the fourth solo pop and second R&B chart topper for the pop and R&B superstar. “Hello” is originally written during the sessions for Richie’s debut album in 1982, but will be left uncompleted. Lionel’s co-producer James Anthony Carmichael will rediscover the song when they begin work on the follow up album “Can’t Slow Down”. Certain that it will be a hit, Carmichael will insist that Lionel finish writing the song and include it on the new album. Recorded at Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles in the Spring of 1983, it will be one of the first songs completed for “Can’t Slow Down”. The song’s lyrical guitar solo will be performed by studio veteran Louie Shelton. Released as the third single from “Can’t Slow Down” on February 13, 1984, it will be another runaway hit. The song will be further bolstered by a memorable music video directed by Bob Giraldi (Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”, Richie’s “Running With The Night”), where Richie plays a college drama teacher who is secretly in love with a female student who is revealed to be blind by the end of the clip. The song will become one of Lionel Richie’s most popular and often recorded songs, with cover versions by Luther Vandross, Shirley Bassey, and Paul Anka. The original version is featured in a number of films and television programs including “The 40 Year Old Virgin”, “Shrek Forever After” and “Family Guy”. Richie will re-record the song with country vocalist Jennifer Nettles in 2012 for the duets album “Tuskegee”. “Hello” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.