One of the basic keys to inner freedom is explained by Spinoza in this way: "When we are able to come to a clear idea of any passion, such as anger, fear envy, greed, ambition, and so on the passion ceases."
Our Problem is: How can we come to a clear idea of any emotion? To accomplish this we must use a scientific approach with ourselves as the object of study. The first step is to observe ourselves without judgment and without attempting to do anything about what we observe. This is an extremely difficult discipline because we have been programmed by imitating other peoples valued and by or own experiences. As a result, we exist as automatons (mechanical beings) without any real self-consciousness.
Writing what you observe is a highly successful aid in self-observation because this activates the mind. As you practice self-observation, again I repeat, endeavoring to do so without judgment and without attempting to change your character; a law of the mind comes into operation, as Spinoza states: "Any confused emotion ceases to be a passion when we come to a clear and distinct idea of it." Self-observation helps to bring us to inner freedom, which exists when our intelligence is active and adequate.
A simple example of this law is evident when you are angry. Attempt to observe yourself when anger is working in you. Turn your attention from the person or object that you believe causes your anger and focus on your state. You'll find that the anger will lessen or disappear, for your intelligence is now being activated.
As you continue with the discipline of self-observation, you'll find yourself gradually being released from the tyrannical hold of self-judgment and slowly you'll come to clear ideas about your character.
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