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I live in a society where emotions are a currency. We watch it on tv. We tell our friends about it. Drama has become something that seemingly sustains us. Perhaps we believe that it gives meaning to our lives.
An emotion is an animated configuration of energy that expresses your current state of being.
Emotions release energy. A response requires energy, and depending on the intensity of the emotion, it will require more or less of your energy.
Emotions can only manifest through attachment: to ideas, people, events, situations etc. If the attachment is severed the emotion will naturally dissipate.
They are powerful energetic responses. Human beings are defined by how they respond to the world around them.
If you feel anger with someone, you lose energy – even if you don’t ever express your anger directly to them. Your thoughts combined with your emotions direct your energy to that person, sending oodles of your own negativity towards them.
Even positive emotional reactions can be draining. If you win the lottery and you go on an emotional high, it drains you. Too much excitement means at some point you crash.
To respond to something requires engagement. Emotions link us to people and events. Like throwing a ball to a friend, emotions hit us, we hold onto them and then respond.
Every time you have an emotional response, an energetic cord shoots out of you and hooks itself onto whoever or whatever has evoked it. The deeper the emotion, the longer the cord and the bigger the hook.
If you are prone to strong emotional responses, you have hundreds of energetic cords that are attached to your heart from which you send out your energy.
Those little hooks either give energy to the recipient or it take it from them, depending on the day, the circumstances and whether we’re feeling nice or nasty.
Primary emotions are the emotions that have a ‘slow release effect’. They happen under the surface, and are the result of time.
Secondary emotions happen instantaneously. They are immediate reactions to circumstances, and they blow over.
Emotions can be good.
Emotional reactions are one of the ways in which the energetic body cleanses itself. It has a purifying effect: sadness and loss are part of the process of letting go.
It has a purging effect: expressing anger releases pent up energy.
It has a processing effect. It allows us to energetically shift out of places of stuck-ness, so that we can move forward.
Emotional responses point out our wounds. They are great directors in the healing process.
Emotions can also be un-good.
They can be deceptive little monsters. Once you’ve dropped into an emotion, they are difficult to control. They can be overwhelming. They render you needy.
Once they start to rattle and roll there’s no stopping them. Depending on which emotion you’re emoting at the time, this can have all kinds of effects on your life.
An overload of emotions ensure a loss of energy and a loss of control.
The more things you’re “hooked” into, the less power you have over your life, and the more wrapped up you become in things outside of yourself.
Emotions are watery things; when you are in the throws of a strong emotion it’s like being lost at sea. A lot of people spend their entire lives peddling water.
If you want to be a creator, you have to be standing on the beach – that way you can choose when you would like to dive into those tumultuous waves, and see clearly when it will not serve you.
Emotions express our aliveness in a powerful way, but the ultimate experience of aliveness is in being able to see beyond them, to see further and higher, and to save your energy for the process of conscious creation.
Emotional responses are tied to specific beliefs that you hold about yourself and the world. If you let go of the belief, the response is no longer required.
Freedom requires you to have control over your own emotions, so that you are not living a reactive live, but a creative life.