The messenger.

Often, emotions stifle the mind, loosen the tongue and harden the heart.

About Ian Gardner

Ian Gardner was born on the 20th February 1934 in Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, and christened Basil Ian Gunewardene. He was born two months prematurely and nearly died five times in his first two months. He moved to Australia in September 1969 where he changed his surname to Gardner. From childhood, he had an enquiring mind and an innate interest in the supernatural. Since 1986, nineteen years of regular periods of meditation, "searching within", reading and revelations have culminated in this free book which has been nine years in the making. Further writings followed and all his writings are available to all on the Internet free of charge. There is more information in the preface of the book. February 2020. My search - my journey, is now complete.
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5 Responses to Emotions.

  1. Ian Gardner says:

    Any particular reason?
    Whatever the reason I do hope she finds it helpful. Would you like to let us know the result?

  2. Ian Gardner says:

    Triggers, my friend, these are merely triggers; and what I write is only the catalyst!

  3. Reader says:


    Stifle the mind… harden the heart.. is not clear.

    This is what I wrote on my blog:

    Indifference is a measured response to a subject. It is an informed non-involvement.

    A prejudice is neither a cause nor an effect of indifference.

    A subject is evaluated before it is excluded by indifference. Emotions refer the noumenal merits or de-merits of the subject for an assessment to a person’s standards of relevance, integrity, rationality and values.

    Validity of the indifference relies on the ability of a person’s emotions to activate the appropriate virtues and values to measure the subject.

    Feelings and emotions do not judge.

    Feelings are for perceptions what emotions are for concepts.

    Indifference is a measured response to a subject. Awareness is not acceptance.

    By hardening the heart, do you mean Indifference ?

    Perhaps, I am reading it wrong. English is a funny language.

    • Ian Gardner says:

      Have you not got a dictionary or Thesaurus? what will you do if I am not here?
      From one of my many reference sites:
      1. hard-hearted
      he’s not nearly as hard-hearted as he pretends to be: unfeeling, heartless, cold, hard, callous, unsympathetic, uncaring, unloving, unconcerned, indifferent, unmoved, unkind, uncharitable, unemotional, cold-hearted, cold-blooded, mean-spirited, stony-hearted, having a heart of stone, as hard as nails, cruel. ANTONYMS compassionate.

      stifle 1 |ˈstīfəl|
      verb [ trans. ]
      1 make (someone) unable to breathe properly; suffocate : those in the streets were stifled by the fumes | [as adj. ] ( stifling) stifling heat.
      2 restrain (a reaction) or stop oneself acting on (an emotion) : she stifled a giggle | she stifled a desire to turn and flee | [as adj. ] ( stifled) she gave a stifled cry of disappointment.
      • prevent or constrain (an activity or idea) : high taxes were stifling private enterprise.
      stifler |-f(ə)lər| noun
      stiflingly |-f(ə)li ng lē| adverb : [as submodifier ] a stiflingly hot day.
      ORIGIN late Middle English : perhaps from a frequentative of Old French estouffer ‘smother, stifle.’

      There is no doubt that English is one of the most complicated languages, if not THE most!! The way to master it is to constantly refer to source information. Although the language spoken at home in my youth was excellent English I was educated in English and my “mother tongue” was English I had, from the age of about 10 Years, a dictionary by my side when I was reading at home. Unknown to me at the time this was preparation for me for things to come.

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