(07/18/03) I have, in the past, asked a kind of a silly question: Which came first, the thought or the emotion? It is an interesting idea/question, because it would help in human relations to understand this process. I know, from personal experience, that I’ve had an emotional trigger from something I see or hear, for example, that seems to trigger a thought process. Or could it be the other way around? The idea that there is even a separation between the two may or may not be important, but I think it will end up being very important. If or when a distinction can be experienced and mastered, we will be elevated to a higher level of love and control over self = “Self-Mastery.” I have had many experiences, where the emotion is so close to the thought, that it seems almost the same, but what I have discovered is that I can overcome the negative emotion/thought process and be in control. I can focus on the relationship, as in the “POO STORY.” Am I perfect? Absolutely not, but I am aware to a degree that I am constantly working on improvement.