Emotions are an expression of how we feel. They are an integral part of our human experience. They are a message about our state of being and the most important indicator of ‘how we are’ in the world. Emotions are intimately linked to beliefs and thoughts.
Emotions form into two distinct groups:
* Those that have a basis of trust and acceptance and associated with being: uplifted, light, calm, positive, balanced, centered, harmonized.
* Those that have a basis of fear and associated with being: heavy, turbulent, negative, unbalancing, decentering, disharmonizing.
All emotions are valid and it is natural to experience both those that bring a sense of harmony as well as disharmony. Emotions naturally flow -they arise, gather intensity, are expressed and then dissolve away. This normally occurs in a matter of seconds or minutes.
Issues arise with emotions (of both aspects) when they become:
- Repressed – never allowed to be expressed
- Denied – their existence is not acknowledged
- False – deluding oneself that we feel a certain way
- Dominant – often prevent and overpower all other feelings
- Grasping – trying to hold onto an emotion, not letting it go
- Projection – making others responsible for our emotions
The harmonizing and uplifting emotions arise from the core aspects of our being and mind, the part that exists in the ‘now’ and resides behind the thoughts and intellect. These emotions are a natural unconditional expression of the joy and love that exists within us, and in every cell of our body. The disharmonizing feelings arise from the surface level of the mind where thoughts, beliefs, values, memories, programmed reactions exist and induce turbulence into the emotions. This part of the mind pays attention to the past and future not the present.
Every emotion is a gift: the harmonizing emotions bring a sense of aliveness, connection, openness and joy to be alive. The disharmonizing ones bring a message about some part of us that needs to be listened to, nurtured and loved like a young child, allowing some aspect of us to grow and be transformed, so we can experience true joy. By acknowledging turbulent, heavy, unbalancing emotions and examining what caused their emergence, this brings understanding to why we act the way we do and the nature of our suffering.
Listening to, feeling and experiencing emotions, teaches us about who we are. Experiencing emotions is experiencing the self. Often people repress emotions (both positive and negative) because they do not want to look at themselves or they believe they should not experience certain feelings. We are solely responsible for how we feel, but it is the human nature to ‘blame’ and empower others with how we feel. Taking responsibility for our own feelings is a powerful step for self growth.
A quiet, harmonized emotional state gives the ability to hear the inner wise voice that can guide our decisions to lead us to true joy, fulfilment and experience of love. Noisy, turbulent emotions drown out the voice of our inherent wisdom and intuition.
NES research has found that the heart’s role in transferring information in the HBF is greatly influenced by dominant emotions. Disharmonious emotional states restrict the free flow of information while harmonious ones enhance information flow. Also, disharmonizing emotions lead to an over energized state whereas harmonizing tends to restore the energy state.
The use of various techniques such as Thought Field Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Matrix Reimprinting, Neuro Linguistic Programming and hypnosis can be used to successfully harmonize the process of emotional reactions, reducing emotional turmoil and increasing emotional balance.