“We also have the word ‘feeling’. Its present tense suggests the active present, that the feeling is directly in contact with reality. But it might be useful to introduce the word ‘felt’, to say there are feelings and ‘felts’. That is, ‘felts’ are feelings which have been recorded.

You may remember pleasure that you once had, and then you get a sense of pleasure. If you remember pain you had you may get a sense of pain.

A traumatic experience in the past can make you feel very uncomfortable when remembered. Nostalgic feelings are also from the past.

A lot of the feelings that come up are really from the past, they’re ‘felts’. By failing to make this distinction we often give too much importance to some feelings which actually don’t have that much significance.” 

David Bohm, Thought as a System

Thank you Ralph!


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