Feelings are much like waves. We can’t stop them from coming but we can choose which ones to surf.

Feelings are much like waves. We can’t stop them from coming but we can choose which ones to surf.


Where do feelings come from?

Given that feelings are omnipresent, how would we ever know which ones to pay attention to and which ones are not worthy of our time? 

Through life experience, we are hopefully taught which feelings that we have prioritized were worthy of prioritization, in comparison to those that just don’t warrant the attention.

What we discover is that as we are a sorting through our respective feelings, some of them ultimately  bear fruit in a manner that allows us to feel that we have truly prioritized the right elements by virtue of the outcomes that these choices have delivered.

Of course, conversely, from the ones that did not deliver as we might have expected, we are taught how and why the prioritization of those feelings will not ultimately warrant our attention going forward. 

We are continuously exposed to a wide range of feelings from our lowest moments of sadness, depression, or despair, to our highest elevations of joy, ecstasy, and enlightenment. 

Many believe that there is a complementary part of you that lives in the other dimension, and which communicates with you using feelings. If the feelings are within the range of negativity, you are being instructed to change your thought process or your approach, whereas if the feelings are within the positive spectrum, you are being reinforced that which you are pursuing is ultimately fruitful and desirable. 

If, in fact, this is true, then feelings are unquestionably our barometer upon which we might rely for their continuous ability to keep us aware of how our world is working out, and ultimately empower us to leverage those feelings to our greatest potential. 

Understanding these details enables us to ultimately thrive in our day-to-day existence by recognizing how, and why internal and external stimuli impacts us in uniquely different ways, and enables us to grow ever more resilient and resourceful, predicated upon our internal ability to stay sensitive to life’s signals and thereby leverage them to our greatest overall benefit. 

Listen carefully. Those feelings may well be you, trying to get you to pay attention.

Happy Wednesday!


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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!