Chemicalization of thought is a metaphysical term referring to the mental and physical disturbance that frequently accompanies the process of change. It happens when loaded thoughts, emotions, and past events start to surface from the basement of our consciousness. Although not particularly enjoyable and often downright distressing, this process is immensely helpful in bringing to our awareness those thoughts that need healing and elevating.
Normally, when left to our own devices, most of us would prefer to live in ignorance if it didn’t create so many problems. Chemicalization of thought is a way of getting our attention. It disturbs our equilibrium and the resulting heat eventually sorts the good from the bad stuff. An unsettled transitional stage is usually both inevitable and desirable. It is inevitable because of the nature of the human psyche. It is desirable because it ultimately leads to the separating of what is true and good from that which is false and destructive.
So, when we are suffering from the consequences of thoughts which are becoming painfully obvious to us, there is no need to despair. Don’t feel bad about feeling bad. Don’t be frightened of feeling afraid. Don’t be angry about getting angry. There is no need to give up when we are feeling depressed. Nor should we be dismayed at the grief which often accompanies the outgrowing of anything which needs outgrowing. We can be glad that our soul is speaking to us and pushing us onwards. We frequently need to persevere with a period of inner turmoil before the dust can settle and be swept out the door.
This article is from The Love of Devotion