Awakening may come in different forms and there are infinite layers of reality to become aware of and awaken to. Yet, at the core of it all, the deepest and most transformative awakening is to your true nature beyond any label or identity. Recognizing this within ourselves, we recognize the sacredness of everyone and everything within this field of oneness. Duality is but the play of consciousness. You are the cognizant aware space in which all is taking place.
I have heard it said that simply being with a negative or challenging emotion just creates more of it because what you give attention to you create more of (as the law of attraction teaches).
This is actually a misunderstanding of the dynamics that take place. When you deeply feel emotions and sensations from awareness, allow them, surrender to them, say yes to them as awareness, what you create more of in your life is not the reflection of that "negative" emotional state but a reflection of the yes. The yes to life, the yes to what is. And life will reflect more of that flow. By feeling fully you actually vibrationally free yourself, not bind yourself to these emotions and states. But it has to be unconditional, not seeking to get anything out of it. Not seeking to get anywhere.