Tuesday, 12 November 2013

THE ROLE OF EMOTIONS IN CREATION OF REALITY

                      
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              EMOTIONS ARE AT THE CORE OF ALL FORMATIONS,
WHAT WE FEEL, WE PAINT IN OUR LIFE THROUGH EXPERIMENTATION
FROM OUR CHILDHOOD TO ADULTHOOD TO OLD AGE WE FEEL,
FEELINGS REPEAT THEMSELVES AS DO OUR EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCES  IN LIFE

It is often said that the term ‘emotion’ means energy in motion.
An emotion literally constitutes energy in motion because each emotion entails feelings. A feeling is an electric impulse created in response to external stimuli, which mobilizes energy flow in the body.

When we feel, we discharge electric energy in the body. This electric energy interacts with chemical energy in the body and creates hormones... When we feel positive, positive hormones are created and when we feel negative, negative hormones or stress hormones are created. These hormones travel in neurological circuits in the body. These neurological circuits have also been referred to as energy circuits for the purposes of this book.

A neural network connects the whole body and all the organs in the body. So, these hormones travel all over the body. When positive hormones are produced in the body, they have a positive effect on the overall health of the person. But, when negative hormones are created, negative energy reaches the organs and the person’s health is negatively impacted.

Since we feel on a continuous basis, and hormones are released in our body, consistently, negative energy also keeps getting released on a continuous basis. This negative energy acts like slow poison in the body and overtime, impairs the normal functioning of organs.

This happens because each organ has a specific function in the body, and each feeling we focus on is also related to a specific function of the body
 For example, if we feel angry over someone who disagrees with us, we are, actually unable to digest the disagreement. The feeling of anger due to the inability to digest an idea is related to the digestive mechanism. So, in this case, whenever we feel angry, the negative energy released by the feeling reaches the digestive system. The digestive system gets negatively impacted, and overtime- we develop a persistent indigestion problem...

Similarly, when we continuously feel we are unable to move in life at the pace we desire to, because of obstacles in our lives, we develop joint pain or arthritis—because the organs responsible for the function of maintaining a smooth pace are the joints. Each time we focus on the feeling that we cannot maintain the pace because of obstacles, we create electric impulses. The electric impulses create the corresponding hormones, which travel in the bloodstream and reach the organ whose function we are focusing on.

Thus, each feeling we focus on produces hormones in the body.
The hormones affect our health over a period of time, as they lead to accumulation of negative or positive energy accumulation in the body. It is said that when we focus on a negative feeling for seven years, it manifests into a physical disease because of continuous negative energy accumulation.
So, if a person suddenly develops asthma, the root cause of the problem may have been laid at least seven years earlier – when the person started focusing on the feeling that he/she cannot express himself as freely as he would like to. The feeling would have impacted the smooth functioning of the vocal chords, and ability to breathe freely since breathing is an expression of life.
Thus, the feelings that we focus on impact our health critically.

If we can be we are aware of how we feel from moment to moment, we would know the kind of hormones being produced in the body, and the quality of energy flowing in the body. Thus, we would know how we are impacting our health with our focus on specific emotions over others.

The simple choice to feel healthy, of course, is to feel positive. However, when we try to feel positive, we realize that the process is not simple.

We keep getting pulled into feeling negative, and we usually blame it on our negative external circumstances. But, it actually happens the other way round. We pick up information depending on the kind of energies/feelings we focus on in our minds.
We, sort of get caught in a vicious circle of negativity, through a consistent focus on the negative—and subsequently, this vicious circle of negativity remains maintained in the body. , and is reflected in the external circumstances that we encounter.


 An emotion is presumed to be created in response to what happens in the external world   .
However, from an energy perspective--The reality that we perceive in the world outside is a physical, expression of the feelings that we focus on, inside the mind.
In other words, our internal feelings do not get created by an external reality. The external reality gets created in our minds, by our internal focus on feelings.
All our thoughts and actions reflect the feelings we are focusing on—and the outcomes that manifest, are a result of our expectations of how things would be.


The scientific explanation -- The empirically observable phenomenon is that the dominant internal feelings we focus on determine our perception of reality –i.e. what we take reality to be, and thus determine the further recreation of feelings...

In other words, we keep experiencing the same kinds of emotions repeatedly, irrespective of the changing external circumstances, because our internal dominant focus remains the same.
We experience the feelings which match with our internal dominant focus. It is our internal dominant focus which determines what we perceive in the external environment, and hence it is the internal dominant focus which determines what we feel about the external world.
In layman terms, we feel, as we are used to feeling irrespective of what happens outside. We get used to feeling pre-dominantly negative or positive, because the body maintains an internal energy balance.
 (Our hormonal balance is a component of this internal   energy balance When we feel predominantly negative, negative hormones keep getting released, and when we feel predominantly positive, positive hormones keep getting released.)

Everything that happens outside is taken in the mind in a way that the feelings we focus on remain the same so that the energy balance of the body remains in equilibrium. Disequilibrium is heavily resisted as far as possible, and the negative and positive energies interact so that a stable level of equilibrium can be maintained in the body... So, the feelings that get created are more dependent on the internal energy balance of the body than on what happens outside.
As a result, whether we feel predominantly positive or negative depends more on how we have become habitual to feeling—than on external circumstances. Also, if we feel pre-dominantly negative, it is not easy to shift to feeling positive because the body resists any change in the internal energy balance. We are repeatedly pulled into feeling negative.
Focusing on the negative becomes an addiction.  The process of shifting to positive thinking becomes as difficult as dead diction, from alcohol or smoking—because the hormonal balance of the body gets disturbed.

Why this happens is further explained below:

Feelings are electric impulses. The feelings/electric impulses are constantly produced in the body in response to its interaction with the external environment. These electric impulses can be negative or positive.

The electric impulses get created, as, in the process of interacting with the environment, our body is constantly exposed to various forms of physical energy in the environment, viz. sound, light, heat, smells etc.  , but our brain cannot directly decipher the presence of these forces directly. Our brain can only detect neural signals[1], which are also referred to as electric signals.
Whenever our sense organs decipher any information in the physical world, this information is converted into electric signals and thus, reaches the brain.

So, our brain does not perceive reality directly. It processes that reality into a form which it can perceive i.e. a physical, tangible reality is converted into electric signals, and only then, can it be perceived by the brain. So, whenever the brain perceives an external stimulus, a corresponding electric signal/sensation is produced in the body. The sensation is an electric charge, which causes an energy movement in the body. Thus, an electric impulse is created. Feelings are electric impulses created in the body in response to the external stimuli.

However, our brain receives millions of sensations at any given moment, but it can perceive only a few, due to its limited processing capacity.
 So, our mind has to give selective attention   to the reality happening outside. Thus, it gives attention to some external stimulus only, and ignores/rejects the remaining millions of bits of information coming its way[2].

Each form of physical energy in the environment, whether it is light, sound, touch, smell, or taste, is a manifestation of energy, and hence is vibrating—i.e. emitting and receiving energies. Thus, each external stimuli has a specific vibration, and vibrates in a specific frequency...
In other words, each information coming from the external world, which is deciphered by our sense organs, has an individual existing frequency.
For two objects to resonate the frequency of one has to match with another; otherwise, one will not fit in the other. Similarly, for two bits of information to resonate, the frequency of one has to match with that of another.
Our sense organs pick up, and pay attention to, only those bits of information whose frequency matches/resonates with the internal energy frequency of the body.

As a general rule[3], the mind perceives and internalizes only that information from the external world, which matches/resonates with the energy frequency of the body at any given moment, and, rejects all the rest.
In other words, -- at the level of energy transmission, we convert only a few bits of information from the external world, into electric signals; since, we can choose only those bits of information which resonate with our internal frequency. All that information whose frequency, does not resonate with our internal frequency—gets thrown out.
For example, if you believe that a shopping mall is a good place to relax, you would pick up all those aspects of the shopping mall which make you feel relaxed eg. You would notice the abundance, the lights, the music, the grandeur etc. You would pick up all the information whose frequency matches with the frequency of your internal belief. Thus, you would relax, feeling that the world is a beautiful place to live in. You belief is reconfirmed by the information you pick up and internalize. However, if your spouse sees the shopping mall as just another shop, where he has to spend money—he will not notice the lights or the abundance; and he would wonder what you like in the shopping mall, other than spending money. So, you take in information which you already believe in; and your spouse takes in information which he already believes in…. Both of you take in only that information which matches with your internal frequency, and ignore the rest.
Thus, irrespective of the multitude of activity happening externally, only a limited amount of information, is deciphered by the brain and internalized by the subconscious mind.
This concept has critical practical implications in our everyday lives.
With this information, we, form a picture of the external reality.
 For the mind, only that reality exists which it perceives to be, i.e., that which it forms a picture of.
Since the mind picks up only that information from the external world which matches in frequency with the internal energy frequency of the body, the picture that our mind forms of the external world is that which is in consensus with our internal information base.
In other words, for us, that world exists externally, which we believe exists, internally.

The reality that we perceive to be is only that which we already believe is.

The dominant feelings we focus on, play a critical role in the information we take in, about the external world, since they set the internal energy frequency of the body, as explained below...
 The energy frequency of the body is the frequency of the electric energy flowing in the body.
The electric energy flows in the body as a result of electric impulses which are constantly created as feelings are produced. These electric impulses/feelings carry a electric charge and so, have individual frequencies.
The frequency of the body at any one moment is the average frequency of all the electric impulses being produced at that moment.
The average frequency is most influenced by the dominant electric charge in the body. The most dominant electric charge is that of the most dominant feeling the person is focusing on.
Hence, the energy frequency of the body is most affected by the most dominant feeling the person is focusing on.
Hence, we can generally say that, at any moment, the person picks up those energies which match with the frequency of his dominant feeling at that moment.

The most dominant feeling can be measured by the intensity of the feeling. Each feeling carries an electric impulse within it—i.e. it carries energy. The most intense/dominant feeling is the one which carries the most energy….
In everyday life, practically, we pay attention to those aspects of the world or agree to those aspects of what other people say, which resonate with what we already believe in—i.e. that which resonates with our dominant energy frequency…

When we disagree to something, we feel a resistance in accepting it internally. Our internal energies resist information coming in whose frequency does not resonate with the average frequency of the internal energies.   Thus, we, energetically, accept or reject information-- literally speaking.

 As a result, we only perceive those aspects of external reality, which fit in with our existing model of the world.

 The information we pick up, confirms our existing dominant focus, whether it is on the positive or on the negative.
The person feels positive when he has a positive perception of the world and his life situation, and he feels negative in the opposite scenario. At any one moment, a person is either feeling positive or negative. Whether his dominant focus is on a negative or a positive feeling depends on what he already believes the reality to be.
The information about the external world, which is, taken in, is, that, which is, in consensus with, what we already expect or believe that reality to be[4].
Thus, our dominant feelings reflect our current perception of the world, and the information taken in re-confirms our existing view of the world.


 For example--If the person is feeling sad, he believes the world is an unhappy place to live in. The mind gives selective attention to the external reality and picks up those aspects which match with this person` s energy frequency at the given moment.  This person is in a negative frequency. In this frame of mind--he picks up all energy from the environment which matches his dominant frequency. So, he picks up the negative aspects of the reality happening outside.
He reads about traumatic events in newspapers. He comes across other people who are unhappy, and he feels blamed even when others are not intending to blame him.
If he comes across something positive, he may allow himself to feel good for a few moments, but, generally ignores the positive aspect considering it to be of secondary importance. If his internal frequency is negative, the positive frequency gets pushed out, after meeting resistance in the body.
Thus, he gives primary importance to only that information which resonates with his existing energy frequency i.e. which matches with his own dominant focus.

After taking in all information from the world, which matches with his internal frequency, he, now, believes that everything in the world is as negative as he is believed it to be. This justifies his own focus on negative feelings.
  By taking in all information   which re-confirms his already negative view of the world, he feels justified in feeling even more negative...


Once a dominant focus is established, the body adjusts its intake of information, at an energy level, according to the dominant focuses and forms an internal state of balance...

An internal state of balance is acquired by the body in tune with the person’s existing dominant focus.
As explained above, Energy flows in energy circuits in the body. These energy circuits are also referred to as neuro-pathways or neurological circuits.

The more we focus on some feelings over others the more strongly the neurological circuits they flow in become... There are billions of neurological circuits in the body as the neural network is vast.
The positive or negative energy in each circuit gets averaged out, and a dominant focus point is established—which becomes the internal equilibrium position of the body.
The dominant focus point can be negative or positive, depending on which feelings we focus on more. So, if we focus more on negative feelings, a negative equilibrium gets established, and if we focus on positive feelings more, a positive equilibrium gets established.
The equilibrium position is a position of internal balance of the body.
This internal energy balance is not necessarily an optimal balance. If the balance established is negative i.e as when the person is in bad health, then the balance position causes the bad health syndrome to continue because the person keeps getting pulled into a negative loop.

Once an internal balance is established in the body, the principle of homeostasis[5] gets activated in the body, which causes resistant to change. 
Essentially, homeostatis acts like a thermostat mechanism—which ensures that the internal state, which is established remains constant or unchanged. This happens because the energy circuits which are formed cannot be broken easily.
Since energies of like frequencies get attracted by each other, these neurological energy circuits keep pulling in information from the external world which resonates with their energy frequencies. Any new energy is pulled and transformed so that it can match and flow with the existing energies in the neurological circuits. So, if the existing balance of the body is negative, the energy exchange from the external environment is such that the existing balance can be maintained. Once equilibrium is established, there is resistance in the body to change it, and efforts are made subconsciously, such that an overall position of balance is maintained.

 Explaining differently--each bit of information we perceive has energy, its own energy frequency, and a specific electric signal...
The information comes in, from a new sensation, perceived by our sense organs.  When a new information comes in, it is perceived as a sensation  by the mind. Each sensation is converted into an electric signal before it is perceived by the brain. Irrespective of whether the new sensation produces positive/negative feeling , at a given moment,-- overtime,  the energy which flows from it , gets sucked into an existing energy circuit and follows the movement of the most dominant feeling in the body, such that the existing internal energy balance remains maintained.

Thus, due to the homeostatis mechanism, the current focus remains unchanged---inspite of changing external conditions.

When a person is feeling pre-dominantly negative, he is in  a state of a negative internal balance.  So, the energy occurring from a positive sensation gets converted into negative, over a period of time ; but, if a person chooses to feel pre-dominantly positive, the energy created by a negative sensation is either released or converted into positive[6].

 For example, when we are in a front of a heater, we feel warm. The feeling of warmth is an electric impulse created in the body, in response to the perception of heat by our sense organs. Simultaneously, an emotion is created in response to the feeling. For example, feeling warm in cold weather creates a positive emotion in the body. 
However, If the person` s focus is on the negative at that particular moment, the person may decide—happiness cannot be-- and reject the positive sensation created by the feeling of warmth, as transitory; and continue to feel negative.
 The positive feeling   created by the feeling of warmth gets ignored , and the energy accompanying the feeling, either gets thrown out or  gets converted into negative energy . Thus, any new energy follows the dominant focus of energy current  in the body.


The average energy flow in the body depends on the intensity of each emotion being experienced at any given moment, and the most dominant current take over the milder currents.
 Continuing on the above example, --if the person is feeling intensely angry over something   , then ,  the slight positive feeling of warmth will not help much in making him feel positive.

However, in the less extreme scenario, if the person is feeling just mildly irritated, but is pre-dominantly positive, he will let the positive feeling of warmth, add to his already positive perception of reality. He will allow his mind to shift to the happy feeling, and ignore the mild irritation he was feeling.
Thus, it is the dominant existing current in the body, which establishes an internal energy balance, and determines whether the external energy coming in the body , adds to the positive energy flow or adds to the negative energy flow[7] .
(Negative energy is felt as blocks or obstacles, in the smooth flow of energy —eg,  feelings like--this can’t happen, happiness cannot be, create blocks in the process of what can be. Additions to the negative flow of energy can also be viewed as subtractions from the positive energy flow.)
Thus, whether a person feels positive or negative in any situation depends more on how he expects to feel in that situation, internally,  than on the external situation, itself.

The internal state of balance, which gets established by a constant dominant focus on a particular feeling, becomes a person’s identity.  An identity is defined as the way a person thinks about himself in comparison with the rest of the world. Eg. I am fat, I am pretty, I  am emotional, I am practical, I am confident etc.. An identity is a person’s awareness of himself/herself.

The person’s awareness of self , is an abstraction derived from  the most dominant emotion/feeling he focuses on. For example, if the person is constantly focused on anger —He says to himself repetitively- I am angry—that feeling becomes his state of internal balance, and his identity. This person thinks he is angry by temperament.
Similarly, if he is  focused on a sad feeling, he keeps telling himself constantly—I am sad. That feeling becomes his identity. This person thinks he is depressed by temperament.
The negative feeling which the person focuses on, becomes a label of the person. Other people refer to him, as an angry person or a depressed person. That reinforces his focus.
Thus, the external world only  reinforces the internal choice of  focus of the person.

The /person’s identity affects his self-worth. For example, If a person feels low in confidence, it means that his focus is on negative aspects of his/her personality.

With this choice of dominant focus, the person notices all that happening within him and around him, which confirms his negative perspective. Since he picks up information from the world which matches his internal frequency, he ,is, usually, able to justify his anger or sadness or his low confidence, and his resulting anguish .
He thinks he has to focus on a negative feeling because external circumstances force him to—whereas, from an energy perspective, it is the other way round.

He perceives the external circumstances as negative because his internal energy balance is negative—and his internal energy balance is negative because at some point in his present or past life, he allowed himself to focus extensively on a negative feeling.
The negative feeling he focused on created more energy  than the average current in his body, at that time- and thus, this feeling with the highest energy intensity became his dominant point of focus.

Once a dominant focus is established--due to the homeostatis mechanism, the   person maintains a negative internal state of balance--- even if external conditions change.

So,  person who is under-confident or angry or depressed, remains so unless he makes a conscious attempt to change his point of focus, by being aware of what he is focusing on from moment to moment. He needs to shift focus on positive aspects of his personality even if it means defying his existing reality.
When he chooses to shift his focus on a consistent basis, over-time his energy circuits change from negative to positive, and thus, over-time he automatically starts picking up information from the external reality which make his feel more positive.

Conclusion
Thus, we come to the original point—that it is not the external physical reality which influences a person’s perception of reality, or impacts his/her internal feelings but  it is his existing emotional state of mind which influences his perception of the external reality ; as it determines the kind of information the person takes in from the external world.
 Practically , this means that we lay emphasis on some aspects of the external world and ignore the rest. We lay emphasis on those aspects which match with our belief about ourselves and the world, and it is only those aspects of the world which we lay emphasis on, which are take in by the subconscious mind, and form the basis of our future expectations..


In a gist, the feelings a person focuses on from moment to moment depends   more on  what is happening internally, rather than what is happening externally.  The person’s existing emotional state of mind determines what he perceives in the environment and what he doesn’t.

The external reality is  perceived to be negative or positive, depending on whether the person’s pre-dominant internal focus is on the positive or on the  negative emotions.

The choice to be able to shift one’s focus on the positive—thus involves all changing all those beliefs and memories of past experiences which have made the person believe in the negative up till now. This is necessary also, so that the negative energy accumulation in the body gets released , as only then, the negative energy balance of the body can be tilted to positive.

A shift to positive thinking or to feeling positive about oneself , cannot occur unless a conscious attempt is made in the beginning to shift the point of focus.
This effort is met with huge resistance within the body because the equilibrium position gets disturbed and the body wants the person to continue focusing on the negative to restore the equilibrium.
So, in the beginning, after a few hours or a few days of focusing on the positive, consciously, --the person again starts noticing negative aspects of the external reality , unconsciously,  so that he can go back to focusing on the negative.
 If the person has been working on his beliefs and has got over some beliefs which were making him focus on the negative, the person may  start noticing new negative aspects of external reality- so that at the level of feeling/energy , he/she can continue feeling as negative as was used to feeling before.
 This cycle of deliberately shifting focus on the positive, and then drifting back to focusing on  the negative, takes a few months or years – and conscious mind control--before a new focus can be established in the body.
An automatic focus on the positive can only occur only when the energy circuits in the body have changed direction and positive hormones have started getting released in the body.
As we read in the next prologue, emotional management is needed to help oneself to be able to shift ones focus to positive , by helping one understand what it is that is making one focus on the negative—and how true or false those beliefs are in the context of the person’s current reality.
The process of creating awareness of what one is focusing on, within the self- requires  a continuous effort towards conscious  mind control –but the rewards are far greater than the efforts.







[1] The physical properties of stimuli are converted into neural signals that are transmitted to the brain through special receptor cells, through a process called transduction—refer to PSYCHOLOGY by Robert A. Baron.
[2] According to NLP research, the brain receives about 2.3 million bits of information in a second, out of which it can process only 7-2 chunks of information. The remaining remains ignored/unperceived.
[3] There can be exceptions to this rule, as in when the intensity of the stimulus received is high—Bright lights and loud noises make a difference. Eg. If there is a bomb explosion, an earthquake—most people do turn and look, irrespective of the internal energy frequency. However, even then, the extent of response and internalizing of the information depends on the internal frequency of the body
[4] In psychology, there is a term called Confirmation Bias—which means that people have a tendency to pay attention to only that information which confirms their existing vies or  beliefs—refer: Robert. A. Baron-‘Psychology’.
[5] Refer to Psychology by Robert A. Baron—section on motivation theories
[6]  For example, if your hand gets burnt if fire, you will feel negative , However, if you pre-dominantly focused on the positive, you will take the experience of your hand getting burnt  in a neutral manner and ignore it, or use it for a positive learning, as explained thus: You may choose to ignore getting burnt and continue focusing on the positive which you were focused on or you may choose to feel happy that you have now learnt not to put your hand in the future. You would take the negative experience as a learning lesson. So, when the person is positive, the person either chooses to ignore the negative feeling, and releases the negative energy or he/she chooses to learn from the difficult experience, and uses the energy for his empowerment.
[7] Metaphorically, the negative energy can be perceived as  absence of positive energy. It has no substance of its own. It just operates by creating breaks in the flow of positive energy. When it is released or converted into positive, the positive flow is restored, as happens when we train our mind to be neutral, as in a thoughtless state, or to focus on positive—refer to self-help section for further clarification.
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