The Dark Side: Fight Your Negative Emotions (Mahatala)

My left foot
My left foot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mahatala. Located in the feet, this is the dark realm ‘without conscience’, and inner blindness.

  • Inner blindness and Lack of conscience: This falls right in line with this morning’s post. The conscience gives insight to yourself. In regards to your writing and your career, it can help you make choices that makes you comfortable with yourself. This is in dealing with people, the messages your writing sends, your writer image and platform, even the choices your characters (especially “good” and “bad” choices). But your conscience can only help you if you know what you want and how to get it. Knowing that you want something can be frustrating when you don’t know how to get it.

  • Be Reactive: Choose how you react! When a choice you are about to make (or have already made) makes you uncomfortable, you may not be following your sense of right. You might be taking the easier path or you might be going with the flow. If you know what you want, then the next step is easy but if you just have this vague uneasiness, what then? If you can take the time to think, think about what you do know is important to you and go from there. There is no easy way to do this. You may need to talk with someone who knows you well.

  • Be Proactive: Change how you act! Sometimes what you think you know about yourself is not accurate – your words and pattern of actions do not line up. You think you believe one thing but you always find a reason to act somehow else. To be true to yourself, something has to change. Maybe the belief, maybe the actions. When it is the actions that need to change, simply a heightened awareness of the problem and people checking on you can be enough. Changing a belief, on the other hand, can be a relief or a struggle. In the end it will happen naturally but if you really feel the belief needs to change, start by making a list of everything you gain by changing your belief and trying to act according to that belief. If this does not work, you may be trying to force yourself into a belief that you think you “should” have but your intuition says is wrong for you as a person.

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