Human beings experience emotion as a response to external events, conditions, environments and situations we encounter. Emotions help create a personal internal world unique to each individual that nobody else can ever really experience or understand. But what if emotions are not yours, they are not you, you don’t have to keep them, and they only exist to send you a message.
Emotions Are Perception And A Sense
The three-dimensional reality we experience on planet Earth end even beyond consists of energy vibrating at different frequencies. Low-vibrational energy is heavy and dense and appears as physical, material objects, matter and form. High-vibrational energy is light and sparse and exists as etheric energy mostly intangible to the human being.
Every physical form has a vibrational frequency and our physical senses are interpreting this energetic frequency into something the human body can identify.
To perceive is to become aware of or understand the energy of the external realm through the senses of the human body. When we perceive internally what exists externally we then use our brain to interpret and understand the external world. We respond or react through action or behaviour to navigate, move and adjust our physical body and keep it safe.
A sense is a mechanism by which a being or animal perceives external or internal stimuli. The five physical senses include sight, smell, taste, sound and touch. Other senses that are often ignored or disregarded by human beings include thought, emotion and intuition.
A sensation is an internal awareness or state of consciousness created by external or internal stimulations.
The five physical senses allow us to determine the state of the external environment through sensation. The body perceives what is hot or cold through touch, loud or quiet through sound, fragrant or pungent through smell, beautiful or ugly through sight and sweet or sour through taste.
The brain then processes this information to regulate our physical state in response to changes in external conditions and keep the body safe. It does this by releasing a certain set of chemicals that move through the body that creates internal feelings and sensations. We refer to these sets of feelings and sensations as emotions.
Emotions Are Physical
A feeling is an awareness of internal energy or sensation resulting from the physical perceptions of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.
Emotion is a collection of physical sensations and feelings in the body as a result of particular chemicals released in the brain.
Emotion is a perception, a sense, sensation and a physical phenomenon.
Our brain takes the energy of our physical senses and perception and converts it into chemicals that are released through the nervous system, which has 2 parts.
- The sympathetic nervous system utilises, releases and mobilises energy and is responsible for the fight, flight, fright or freeze instinct and getting in the mood for reproduction.
- The parasympathetic nervous system conserves, builds and stores energy and is responsible for winding down after reproduction, the feeding process and digestion, and growth and repair of the body during sleep.
The different chemicals released by the nervous system make us feel alert, awake, stressed or fearful if we are unsafe, or relaxed, calm and peaceful if we are safe and a spectrum of emotions in between.
A racing heart, shallow breathing and a restriction in the chest are named anxiety. An increase in heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, perspiration and body temperature is what we call anger, as a result of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol released into the body. A lowered heart rate and a sense of relaxation created by the release of dopamine and serotonin is commonly known as joy, peace or calm.
Emotions are an internal, physical representation of the energetic frequency of an external condition.
Each emotion is a chemical cocktail that is a vibrational match to the vibrations of the external environment you perceive through your senses, so you can experience it internally. Emotions exist to tell us whether our body is safe or not and whether we should stay or go, continue as we are or change either ourselves, our external environment or conditions, or our relationship to it.
Emotions Are Not Yours
Our brain converts emotions to thoughts in the mind with the same energetic frequency as our emotions and external reality so that we can understand them in a mental capacity.
We give meaning or create beliefs about the thoughts that arise about the emotions that pass through our bodies. Meaning and belief are just idea and might be objective and true, or they may be subjective, distorted and not so true. Meaning and beliefs can come from personal experience, intuition, or more commonly, external sources such as friends, family, school, workplace, government and authority. These are not always, good, correct or in our best interests.
The biggest thing to remember about emotions is they are not yours. They do not drive you, and they are certainly not out of your control. Emotions are not here to own you, and they are not something to hold onto. Emotions are something to perceive, interpret, understand, respond to, experience and help navigate and stay safe in the three-dimensional world so you can learn, grow and expand.
Emotions Are A Message
Emotions are an intentional message about your physical safety in the external world. When you hear the message and respond accordingly, the emotion dissolves, dissipates, resolves and goes away.
In some cases, the automatic emotions, thoughts and physical reactions that arise are in our best interests. When we are faced with a lion or an external attack, we need our body to automatically sense this danger and determine whether it should run in fear fright, stay and fight, or hide and freeze. When we are safe, we need our body to be able to rest, relax and switch off so that it can rejuvenate and repair. But in many cases, emotions are acting out of control because they are not being acknowledged as intended.
Humans were designed to feel emotions such as stress, anger, frustration, anxiety for short periods so they could react or respond to keep the body safe. The problem is the modern world is full of external stress that keeps the body in a heightened state and experiencing ongoing emotions that tell us we are unsafe, constantly, even when there is no real threat of injury, danger or death.
Many humans are walking through life with no awareness of emotions, let alone the thoughts they have about them or the actions and behaviours they react with, all of which are creating their reality.
When we are not aware of our physical sensations, emotions and thoughts, we react with automated and careless action and behaviour. When we become conscious and aware of physical sensations, emotions and thoughts, we can respond with more intentional, considered action and behaviour.
Emotions are a physical experience to give us a message about the external environment so we can respond accordingly and keep the body safe. We must start to acknowledge emotions and understand their message, and respond with awareness so they can be released and we can move on with our life.
Emotions are not something to be feared, ignored, worried about or ashamed of. They are also not something to be pursued, revered, or sought after. They are here to help navigate and guide.
How you start to perceive, experience and respond to emotions will determine the reality you create and the results of your life. Will you let emotions run on autopilot, or will you take control and start to drive the vehicle?
The choice is yours.
Yours, Liz Watt
PS… If you have any questions or thoughts about emotions, let me know in the comments or at lizwatt.com/askliz.