Emotions and Feelings

Life, purpose, what it all means … I certainly would like to figure it all out, or at least get a grip on how things work. Wouldn’t you? The ‘Knowledge-Wisdom‘ post was clean, made sense, and gave cognitive clues on the navigation process of the evolving human. It occurred to me that emotions and feelings are also tools, which help us move towards deeper understanding, broader viewpoints and a vertical movement toward spiritual wakefulness.

I wish this viewpoint on emotions and feelings could be presented in the same format as ‘Knowledge–Wisdom.’ After some serious introspection, it became clear that a table won’t work; emotions and feelings are not clearly delineated. They are more of a foggy landscape than a linear table, yet there is an outline in that haze that is making sense to me. Emotions and feelings mingle together and complement each other when they are understood to be two different frequencies of a similar energetic. Each has specific networks designed to help us receive and activate our inner guidance with accuracy. Viewed separately, then conjoined, they become components of understanding and utilization, assets and tools for transformation.

That being said, here’s the way I understand the differences, when viewed separately:

Emotions are reactions emanating from our mental and/or instinctual self as well as from the world around us. They love history and arrange themselves energetically according to our past. Emotions are energy frequencies that get our attention differently than feelings. Emotions work on instinct and gut responses. Think of emotion as Energy-in-motion. Emotions do not so much bring us information as they impel us into action or reaction. We often define these actions/reactions with words: angry, happy, frightened, flattered, etc. We can develop a deeper understanding of our emotions by appreciating and experiencing them AND identifying the energy that activated the action/reaction response.

Feelings are information emanating from the heart. (Think of the heart as it is used here as the sacred center of wisdom.) Feelings get our attention as high frequency energy and intuition. They are not language as such, but more like bundles of electromagnetic waves (think radio/TV waves) using our spiritual antennae to decode and then broadcast them on the screen of our awareness. I see the heart as the center of spiritual intelligence, using feelings as one of its forms of communication. When we get feeling information, the heart is telling us something the spirit would like us to be aware of. When a feeling does capture our attention, most of us translate this information into language IF it is recognized as a feeling. Feelings coming from our High Self lead us toward our integrity, our inner spiritual resources and the inspiration for change. Feelings work on trust. And we develop our ability to decipher feelings through expanding our trust. If we mistake feelings for emotions, we act or react without decoding the message being offered by our spirit.

This is as close as I can get to a simple definition of these often misunderstood and closely related terms. So how does that help to make our transformational navigation any smoother or easier? Let’s look at a situation:

We meet someone for the first time. We ‘hit it off.’ There is a ‘chemistry’ that expresses itself as: so much to talk about, so many things in common. This person is strong in areas where we feel less confident and vice versa. Time spent together is stimulating and satisfying; eventually we commit to each other (could be love commitment/business commitment/friendship).

Time passes and what we saw as strength now feels like suppression; what was chemistry now is lack of air to breathe. We find ourselves wondering how did this happen?

As we think back to the first few meetings, we remember how we ‘felt.’ We felt (emoted may be more accurate) excitement, impelled into conversation and explorations, alive in the possibilities for a growing relationship/ partnership. But there were also other feelings, like something isn’t quite ‘right,’ something about this person isn’t comfortable. We remember a number of nagging moments, when we would actually choose not to ‘be our selves’ with this person. In retrospect, we begin to see that from the beginning, we were getting information, but that information was being lost in the energy of emotion.

This situation is about a relationship, but it could easily be applied to any interaction or undertaking, such as buying a new house, taking a trip, choosing a landscaper, even choosing where to park. The point is, we are constantly being offered information (in the form of feelings) and often miss the guidance by going directly to action or emotion. Of course there are times when action is all that’s needed – jumping out the way of an oncoming vehicle, for example. However, choosing a new vehicle will offer both emotional data and feeling data.

How do emotions and feelings fit in the tool box of the evolving human? They are symbiotic partners for change. The feelings we get as information often need the impelling power of emotion to bring the feelings into actuality. ‘I feel there must be more to life than what my five senses are telling me’ is a statement of feeling/information. Our inner reaction to that statement (emotion) is what impels us on a journey of discovery. Without that emotional impetus, evolution would be slow or nonexistent.

Of course this is a simplistic example of the way these elements work in our lives, but as you practice discerning the feeling/information and identifying the emotion, both will become instantaneous responses which allow clearer choices, deeper integrity of action, and insight into patterns of and for growth.

Body Wise – Are you IN or are you OUT?

Have you ever:

  • stopped at a red light one minute and suddenly realize horns are blaring at you? Light’s green ………… been green for a bit.
  • walked into a room and can’t remember what you came for?
  • ‘forgotten’ that your knee is throbbing with pain?
  • experienced mind scatter – thoughts darting here, there, everywhere?
  • heard someone talking to you, you know the meaning of each word, but you can’t string them together to make sense?

The list could go on and on. No doubt a large number of the population would put these and other symptoms down to aging (it actually begins at birth and you’re too young to be old), to pre-Alzheimer’s (but you’re only 30), to a possible brain tumor (guess that’s a possibility). Actually, there is a far less dire explanation and one that is certainly more plausible for most people on the planet at this time. That is, we are not fully occupying our bodies. Is that even possible? Indeed it is, and as the going gets tough energetically, many of us actually leave our bodies by withdrawing energetic awareness from it and going to dwell in other frequencies. How does that work?

Consider that each major energy frequency has a corresponding vehicle or form. The physical frequency uses the physical body; the emotional frequency has it is own ‘form’ or body, as does the mental and spiritual. (Take a look at the Unified Chakra Meditation and explanation.) As you can imagine, each of these body frequencies has its own comfort zone. Perhaps the easiest way to illustrate this is ‘daydreaming.’ That’s a comfort zone for the mental body. Haven’t most of us escaped into daydreams at various times in our lives? Have you ever had a painful limb, throbbing headache or annoying itchy rash? Ever notice that there can be blocks of time (granted maybe only seconds or minutes) when you are not aware of the discomfort because you are thinking about something else? You see a poster for Italy and just for a moment you are there. You see yourself watching as the Arno ambles under the Ponte Vecchio, the scent of fresh bread, basil and pungent olive oil filling your nostrils, and the musical sounds of Italian in your ears. There are no physical body awarenesses disturbing your ‘trip.’ Where did the limb pain, the headache, the annoying itch go? Perhaps a few questions would be in order: Where did you go? Are you coming back soon? Did you even know that you were gone? Oh, and what happens when you are gone?

Let’s see:

Where did you go? Not entirely out of your physical body, but far enough to be considered MIA – missing in action in that you are not present in the act of your life as a physical being.

Are you coming back soon? Most of us do come back … sooner or later. Many of those who don’t come back are often institutionalized and labeled schizophrenic, or insane. These are terms that history (maybe even Webster) will redefine as: ‘Those beings who choose a reality out of the consensus; often highly imaginative and extremely sensitive to the higher, finer energy frequencies; large numbers of these beings are far above the average intelligence of the human race.’

Did you even know that you were gone? Many, maybe most of us don’t realize when we have gone missing from our bodies. In fact, those who spend the major part of their lives in intellectual pursuits, analytical thought, areas where emotional and physical activity are at a minimum, don’t consider the body until it intrudes with annoying needs like food or water, or a toothache demanding attention. This group lives almost entirely in the mental body.

Those who spend time in the emotional dramas of daily living – being ‘up’ one minute and ‘down’ the next, living from one emotional stimulation to the next – spend most of their lives in the emotional body, not the physical. When challenged with physical concerns, i.e. illness, the attention moves to the emotional component of the disease. The emotions become the star of one’s life, using the physical condition as its backdrop. In other words, one’s awareness is transferred almost entirely to the emotions, leaving the physical body only vaguely occupied.

What happens when you are gone? Simply put, it is like leaving your home with the door wide open. The physical body is ‘home’ to your consciousness while you are on Earth. Where would you live if you didn’t have a body to occupy? The physical body is a multifamily-plus-visitors dwelling. It is your body, but it also houses, among other things, ancestral energies such as inherited traits, genetic encoding, conditions, expectations and belief systems (many or most of which are not examined), cultural beliefs, misinformation, religious and peer beliefs, myths and unexamined non-truths. These are just a sampling … does it seem a bit crowded in your home? It is your home, you make the choices, the decisions. Or do you?

If you do not occupy your body, all these live-in relatives and visitors have the run of the house. What happens when you return home? You may find new aches and pains, annoying fixations and patterns of thought that keep circulating and interfering with your inner peace. You may even find yourself moving toward behaviors and/or choices you would prefer not to.

There was a time in the 20th century (and even though it was only a decade in counting time, it was eons ago in energy changes) when not occupying one’s body was desirable. Meditation, chanting, incense-burning, dancing and drumming, and of course drugs were methods to help one leave the body to experience finer/higher dimensions. Many did have experiences of spiritual opening under these conditions. But always, one had to return to the body and face life as a human being. It seems to me that things have shifted upward for humanity and we are now being asked to meditate, chant, dance and drum in order to shift the atoms of our physical bodies into the levels of awareness that cannot be reached by leaving it. In other words, we must be in the present in order to move into wakefulness. If that is so, we must first be aware of when we are not in our physical bodies and not integrated with our emotional, mental and spiritual selves. How to do that is to be alert for those moments when we become aware that we are not ‘here.’ When we begin to catalog those moments (and see how often we are MIA), we can then begin to consciously change that pattern.

Consider using one or all of the Body Wise Techniques to help you stay present when you realize you have been out of touch with your physical self. And remember, it’s your body, don’t leave home without it.