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Understanding and trusting your emotional guidance system

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We live in a world of abundant data, in which there is research to back just about anything, and where having well-researched opinions and decisions based on evidence is dogma; so perhaps it is paradoxical that making decisions has not become fundamentally easier. In our advanced technological and modern lives, we try to collect different data, and are urged to respond and react based on data and information as we go through our day-to-day life. But I believe there is a simpler, more natural way to approach life– one that all personal technology, guidebooks and social expectations may actually be blurring.

Our bodies are very knowledgeable, they have a deep knowing of well-being and self-healing, and it is surprising to see how little use we make of this knowledge, and how, especially with the advance of technology and the associated self-tracking and monitoring devices, we tune to ourselves and our instincts, less frequently than ever. We try to do all of the things that are supposed to connect us with ourselves and enhance our self-expression, so much in fact that we get lost. If we instead try to connect first, and then take action, this action will be inspired and aligned, and happen naturally and joyously. It is the feeling of not being able to prevent yourself from taking a step in the direction you intuitively feel is right

Understanding your emotions

The emotions you feel, all day every day, are your indicator of your vibrational mix between who you are letting yourself be, by virtue of the thoughts you are thinking, and who you have become, by virtue of all you have lived. They are your indicator of where you are in terms of what you are wanting. It is only when you establish the understanding of where you stand and how you feel, in relationship to how this better-feeling thought feels, that you can get a handle of the direction of your thought.

Many wonder whether there is a difference between feelings and emotions. I like the response Esther Hicks has given to this question, and it is that there is a visceral feeling and there is the emotional response to the feeling. Emotions or feelings, like love, joy, hope, happiness, worry, fear, anger, anxiety, overwhelment, ease, clarity, faith —they are all stopping points on the emotional scales. It may not be important to find the exact word to describe your emotional stance, but rather to know whether it is carrying you up or downstream. While feeling is a subtle awareness of guidance, emotion is a conscious, deliberately assigned label of the vibrational stance (your point of attraction). When you are aware of your feelings, and go in the direction of what feels good even if you do not have a conscious awareness of why you are doing it, this is impulse and intuition.

So in making decisions, the truth is that if you take the research- oriented approach encouraged by our culture today, with the ‘data points’ collected from manifestations based in the reality which surrounds you, whatever data you collect, it will never stay the same; it will always be changing. In contrast, your internal compass, your intuition, never will. It is a gentle feeling that always considers the state of mind and the physical state of being that you are currently in—it will never mislead you because it always considers where you are emotionally and physically right now. It will never lead you to a place where you were not already mentally and emotionally (vibrationally).

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