What are emotions, and how do they relate to our thoughts? Does it matter what we think about our emotions, and emotions in general?
Is this important to you? Is this important to humanity? Can we use our emotions to empower ourselves and others?
For at least a few years now, I have been paying attention to the world around me in a new way, in relation to emotions and thoughts. I have been carefully observing myself and others with the hypothesis that our ‘emotions’ and ‘feelings’ are a direct reflection of our ‘thoughts’ and ‘beliefs’, in the unfolding present moment.
(I use quotes above as a semantic device to draw the reader’s attention to the fact that words such as ‘emotions’ and ‘feelings’ may mean different ‘things’ to different people. Remember, the meaning is not in the word: the map is not the territory.)
Is it obvious that how we feel is deeply entangled with our thoughts, or do we think that our emotions and feelings are a result of “what is happening”, i.e., are ’caused by’ the events, situations, people, and happenings around us?
These questions represent two distinct ways of thinking about emotions (feelings), which can be summarised as follows:
(1) World events -> Thoughts -> Emotions (feelings)
(2) World events -> Emotions (feelings).
(where ‘world events’ represents the apparently objective events of our lives: people, situations, etc.; for example, someone saying something, or something happening such as ‘someone stealing your car’)
As I perceive it, the vast majority of people appear to believe, i.e., think, that (2) is the case, since they verbalise that “I am X, because Y is happening”, where X is a feeling and Y is a situation or worldly happening.
What is ‘the‘ truth? What is ‘your’ truth?
In my opinion, not only is (1) more accurate (more ‘true’) in a universal sense, it is also more empowering to believe. When we think and believe that (1) is the case, rather than (2), we are empowered by activating an ‘adaptive capability’, where the emotions (feelings) are perceived as a guidance system.
In other words, the belief (thoughts) that our thoughts and beliefs ’cause’ our emotions (1) opens us up to the intelligence of emotions, and the possibility of using emotions as a guidance system.
From this perspective, just as physical pain is an ‘adaptation signal’ for the physical body, our emotions and feelings appear to be an adaptation signal for the mental body (our thoughts and beliefs).
Physical pain tells the physical body to change (adapt).
Emotional (feeling) pain tells the mental body to change (adapt).
The ‘problem’ is, that there appears to be a widespread dis-ease (epidemic) within the population of humanity, in particular the Western left-brained sphere, where there is a failure of adaptation. This dis-ease or ‘failure of adaptation’ is analogous to feeling physical pain but not changing behaviour accordingly when the pain is felt, so as to avoid that which causes the physical body damage.
This dis-ease typically manifests as follows: rather than looking ‘within’ and changing our thoughts when we feel a negative emotion such as fear or anger, there is a tendency to ‘blame’ the emotions on wordly happenings or explain them away as a result of “what is happening”.
Rather than fully experiencing the feeling and subsequently changing the thought or belief patterns, the tendency is to project the cause of the emotions and feelings onto the ‘external’ environment. This is a ‘problem’ because it results in chronic negative emotion, which is uncomfortable and ultimately results in physical dis-ease; there is a tendency to get stuck in negative thought and emotion.
What can we do about this? We can shift ourselves, one by one, by consciously intending to change our thoughts and beliefs. We can also communicate this new perspective to others when we have sufficiently integrated it within ourselves.
I want to make it clear that I am not claiming that perspective (1) is somehow ‘superior’ to or ‘better’ than (2); believing (1) certainly does not make you ‘better’ or ‘worse’ than someone who believes in (2); it is simply energetically and physically more empowering to believe (1) and will result in greater well-being and physical health.
In order to fully understand what I am communicating here it is necessary to experiment and experience it for yourself. I have found that explaining this verbally is insufficient to fully convey the understanding; it seems that it must be experienced in order to be fully understood.
Have a go at this, if you have not already:
- Live your life.
- When a strong feeling or emotion is experienced, such as frustration, anger, fear, etc. take notice.
- Take your attention inwards, focusing on the feelings and thoughts.
How do the feelings relate to the thoughts about what ‘is’ happening? What is the correlation?
What happens to your feelings when you consciously change your beliefs or thoughts for more empowering beliefs or thoughts?
- Use a combination of letting go and your will power to focus on the feeling only, until the mind is at rest.
- Name the feeling with one word (or two words only).
(at this point it is useful to use the thought-form “I am feeling X” rather than “I am X”, where X is the feeling).
What happens to the feelings when you observe them for several minutes without any thought?
There is a lot more to say, so I will be writing about this more soon. In particular, considering this perspective, (1), in the context of thought manifestation.
Thank you for reading