I appreciate the many responses to the earlier post, so I will say this again, and yet again after I’ve had some sleep. Thoughts cause feelings, circumstances do not. I know, I know, it sounds backward from everything you have ever thought. Yet, one moment of introspection and you can see that this is true. Feelings are caused by thoughts. Watch yourself for a day and this will become apparent. Then try to grasp the fact that feelings cause circumstances, all circumstances. When you understand that conundrum, and apply it, you will have mastered the world.
I appreciate the email discussion, but how about posting your thoughts as a comment so others can see our discussion. I will eventually get to all of your questions.