Dear Light Group,

Jim Goure told us that our Light center, located in the solar plexus, is the key to opening all of our energy centers. That’s why, in the Seven Steps to Effective Prayer, we say, “I radiate the Light from my Light center….”

Our ability to utilize this center can be adversely affected by our emotions. Emotions usually are more powerful than thoughts. We can have the best intentions of doing something, but if our emotions are negative or if if they are on overdrive or if they are highly judgmental, we may not be able to think clearly much less be able to accomplish what we had set out to achieve.

By being emotional we play right into the hands of our wily ego. The ego continually seeks confirmation of its existence and its importance. It knows that if we get too deeply into the Light, it’s a goner. If it can distract us with powerful emotions, it can preserve its identity.

Fully God-conscious beings have no ego. They have identified so completely with the Divine, they have merged so fully with the Light, there is virtually no identification with the self that remains.

But to get to that point, God-conscious beings have brought their emotions under control. This is not to say that they have no emotions or that they are automatons. Not at all. They can still have many of the same emotions that the rest of us do:  happiness, sadness, and so forth. The difference is that they don’t let those emotions divert them from their focus on the Divine.

What should we do if we find ourselves under the sway of powerful emotions? You might try this prayer: “I release my emotions of ________________ [name the emotions] to the Light.” Just keep saying that prayer over and over. Be patient with yourself. Try not to judge an emotion as good or bad. Judging it gives it more energy. Just let it go and release it to the Light.

You might also inwardly scan your solar plexus to see what emotions may have lodged there that you haven’t consciously been aware of: “Thank you, God, for revealing to me the emotions that are lodged in my solar plexus.” Once you get a read on which emotions reside there, you might go back to, “I release my emotions of ________________ [name the emotions] to the Light.”

Only after you’ve worked on your own emotions, expand your prayer work to include others: “The Creator in _____________ releases all of his or her emotions to the Light.”

At the end of this process, you may feel lighter and freer, and for that you can thank the Divine: “Thank you, God, for freeing me to see and know only Thee.”

Love and Light,