“We feel the feeling, to do the healing”
According to scientific findings, all thoughts are filed in the mind’s memory bank under a filing system based upon the associated feeling and its finer gradations (Gray-LaViolette, 1982). They are filed according to FEELING TONE, not fact.
Consequently, there is a scientific basis for the observation that self-awareness is increased much more rapidly by observing feelings rather than thoughts. The thoughts associated with even one feeling may literally run into the thousands.
The understanding of the underlying emotion and its correct handling is, therefore, more rewarding and less time-consuming than dealing with one’s thoughts.
First- In the beginning, if one is unfamiliar with the whole subject of feelings, it is often advisable to begin merely by observing them without any intention of doing anything about them. In this way, some clarification will occur about the relationship between feelings and thoughts.
Later- After there is more familiarity, some experimentation can then occur. For instance, certain areas of thoughts that tend to recur can be set aside and the feeling associated with them identified.
Second – The feeling can then be worked with by accepting that it is there, without resisting it.
Later- We can begin to empty out the energy of the feeling directly by letting it be what it is until it runs out.
Later still- the former thoughts can now be looked at and their character will be observed to have changed.
Finally- If the feeling has been totally surrendered and let go, usually all thoughts associated with it will have disappeared entirely and been replaced by a concluding thought (insight) which handles the matter quickly.
Source Letting Go by David R. Hawkins
Adapted by G Ross Clark