"Become aware of your deeper emotions"
Apathy is generally defined as a state of mind lacking passion, motivation, emotion.
Here Apathy will be defined as a lack of awareness of how one truly thinks and feels. This article is to address the suffering side of Apathy
Apathy In Depth
Naturally when our mind is free of all distractions and negativities we will be in a state of Happiness and
awareness of the present moment.
In that state we can easily become aware of all our emotions and thoughts and have a great sense of well-being and connection with all that is around us.
So when we are in a state of inner and outer disconnection, it means that there are issues/negativities that need to be addressed from within
Importance Of Addressing Apathy
It is important to address the Negative Side of apathy. Because when one is continually experiencing the state of apathy then one can be on a stagnating path as the state of Apathy can promote a lack of a drive to achieve anything.
When one is experiencing apathy one can “believe” that one is emotionless and thoughtless and disinterested in all that is around them not knowing that the belief is there because one has lost awareness and connection with one’s Inner World.
Do you often feel that life is meaningless?
It is by rebuilding the connection we have with our Inner World – thoughts and emotions, that we can be get back in touch with our desires and even deeper desires, so that we can live life fully to manifest and fulfill all our deepest desires. The state of Apathy thus can hold one back from living to their full potential.
Being apathetic can also can create the state of indecisiveness in the mind. As a result one can end up choosing to not make any decision at all because one simply can no longer make up their mind on whether to go left or right – as the pessimism generated by Apathy will make one believe that both paths are not worth going for. This can lead to The Self walking a stray path - a path that is decided by others. See Catalyst – Indecisiveness in more detail.
Path Of Creator
Apathy In Relation To The Path Of Creator
We can begin by first discerning whether or not we have any issues of apathy that needs to be addressed. If one is experiencing a sense of peacefulness and awareness of all that is happening in the outer and inner world then one is simply experiencing a state of Love/Acceptance/Happiness which is a state that is far apart from Apathy.
Often it can be hard for an individual to assess whether or not one has Apathy by themselves because having lived with Apathy for such a long time one may fall into the belief that such a state is one's natural state.
To avoid the confusion one can simply work on transforming and releasing their Sufferings because the states of Apathy will be addressed naturally with time as one release their sufferings one by one.
Our fears in particular have a deep connection with the causeof Apathy because it is our fears which can create inner limitation, suppression and disconnection. For instance the fear of being judged can make us bury our deeper emotions and thoughts deeper and deeper, suppressing them until we are no longer aware of their existence.
At the Idea Level
The root of Apathy begins with Negative Ideas in the consciousness. These type of Negative Ideas are those which constantly remind us "not to feel," and to "not to think," And “not to express.
The cause of these Ideas can often be traced back to some experiences that has happened in the past.
These experiences usually have a recurring theme for us to generate ideas enough for the apathy to grow and sink its roots deep in our consciousness. These are usually negative experiences which we have constantly rejected by telling ourselves to "not feel" and "not think" in order to avoid the pain and suffering i.e. from being judged by others.
Example of such experiences can include the lack of responsiveness from our parents not listening to us which caused us to become more introverted and less receptive to others.
The journey thus will begin by with releasing the blockages within oneself – reconnecting one’s connection with oneself by developing the awareness of one’s own emotions and thoughts. The knowing of the Self can be accelerated through the practice of meditation or making a temporary retreat from the world to find oneself again. Distancing oneself from Negative People who can sustain such Negative Ideas can also help one to recover their connection with their Inner Self.
Doing less things to stimulate the mind can also help one to greatly transform their states of Apathy because stimulation can block one's inner awareness. Realize that the state of Apathy can be made worse when one has a tendancy to indulge in excess stimulating activities such as drugs/cigarettes/alcohol/television etc or even internal activities such as imagining, worrying, regretting because the more the mind is stimulated the more one will lose connection with one’s deeper thoughts and desires. When our mind is stimulated too much it will create surface thoughts and emotions which can greatly block one from viewing one’s inner world and also entice one to “imagine” rather than “observe” the Present Moment as is.
That is why the development of Stillness will be greatly helpful if one wishes to develop the Knowing of The Self. Once the state of Stillness has been well established then one can truly experience one's internal state as is - without distortion.
In the beginning of the journey it is common to experience a sense of discomfort and suffering when one becomes aware of what their true feelings are at the deeper level – which will take one to understand why there was a rejection (running away from one’s Inner World) in the first place. Usually these are the kind of negative emotions and thoughts which can bring inner pain to one's experience of them.
The destination is towards re-establishing the connection with our Inner World and Accepting our emotions as is without distortion - To see all things and feel all things without distortion.
Develop Experienced Knowledge
When you experience the Negative State of Apathy, simply develop Stillness so that you can create a deeper awareness of what is happening in the World from within. To develop that Stillness will require one to learn how to take life easy, i.e. to not overly stimulate the mind with things and making sure that one gets a proper sleep.
The Creator's Meditation / VipassanaLink here
Every time you work on simply observing the different physical sensations throughout the body you are allowing the mind to be less-stimulated by aligning it into a state of simply observing the present moment as is. And the more you simply learn how to observe the moment as is, the more you will become aware of what is happening in that moment of not only what you are experiencing at the physical level, but also at the deeper levels of the Mind.
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