When it comes processing emotions, there are many teachings out there, saying
We should feel it
Don't feel it, just send it to the light
Journal to find out what it means for us
Don't think at all, just be present
Express suppressed emotion
Don't express our anger, transform it internally with our breath.
Attune to the source, the deepest truth
Just be completely honest with oneself
Allow everything to be
In a way, it seems to me like the linear mind is too rule based, and sometimes tries to follow a particular path in order to tame emotions. A set of rules can help to get a sense of control of the subconscious impulses and primal energies, that can never be controlled.
So, I follow my heart and see where I end up next on my journey, perhaps using all of the above points at different times. I see them as tools, even though no one else can tell me when to use which tool.
In a way, the teachings that I have studied in this lifetime have each helped me to master one or two tools, which is why I feel it is important not to get stuck on following anything in particular. For me, it has been helpful to go into particular teachings very deeply for a while, but then to also to move on when I felt guided to.
And then, even with all those tools, the journey deepens, and it is almost like life gives me higher 'levels' now that I can handle more. (using computer games as a metaphor here) So I can't say that mastering more tools just made my emotional processing like a walk in the park or anything. But without those tools I couldn't have done any of the higher levels :-)
So that is my thoughts I just wanted to share with you about the art of emotional reading. Please do reply with your own sharing. Much love&light