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From the book that never was ~

In this section we go into the lab. We’re going to be taking the emotions we discovered in the first section on the Table of Emotions and playing with them, mixing them and seeing what happens when we combine certain elemental emotions.

One of the things about Emotions is that they rarely travel alone.  They are most often accompanied by at least one, but maybe many more.  Combine the wrong emotions and you can have a real mess on your hands.

Mix any two fear-based feelings, like Closed and Insecure, Stress and Pressure, or Hunger and Anxiety. Your potion might start to hiss, boil and then explode all over you, as sure as if you’d opened a pressure cooker at the wrong time!

The same is true for positive emotions. Just imagine what great things can come forth from combining Abundance and Generosity!  How about someone who feels Peaceful and Caring?  Love and Joy; Confident and Excited, are also pleasant Love-Based mixtures.

Some things to note:

*  Choosing emotions from different families on the Table of Emotions can produce a more tempered potion.

*  Adding Doubt or Gratitude can instantaneously change the color of your potion.

*  Combing Love and Fear emotions does not always produce a guaranteed result.

Emotions can arise in you or come out of others.  Blending these two can be especially powerful.  Emotions are contagious.  Have you ever noticed how a happy person can walk into a room and change everyone’s mood?  Lift all the other spirits?

Homework for this section is to observe the myriad of emotion combinations possible. See if you can tell which feelings are going on at the same time within you and without you.

The second class in the Smart module of the book that never was is “Emotion Chemistry.”  This class will take the reader into the lab to observe emotions at play.

Section one is Exploring the Table of Emotions

As there is a Table of the Elements of Life, there can also be a Table of Emotions.  Your emotions direct your actions.  Anyone who has ever lost his or her temper knows this is true.

Knowing which emotion you are processing gives you a lot information about where you are in the present moment.  How you are reacting to what’s going on. The awareness also keeps you focused in the now.

This might seem a bit ambiguous, to decide if the emotion makes you feel “good” or “bad.”  What about those pesky “neutral” feelings in the middle?

To try to get a grasp on the wiggling nature of emotions, it helps to separate them.  We can see them falling into different families, such as physical feelings, like pain or heat or mental feelings such as love or frustration. Another family might be positive or negative feelings, Another might be those inspiring to create, or making you stop in your tracks.

The easiest way to slice them is to ask, is this emotion backed by love or fear?  This simple distinction can give you a tidy frame of reference.  You can usually tell if you feel comfortable in it or not. Broadly speaking, anything that doesn’t make you feel jazzed up, full of energy, ready to go, overflowing, could be considered on the fear side.

In “Conversations with God, Book 3,” God names the five natural emotions: Love, Fear, Grief, Anger, and Envy.  He explains it like this: “The five natural emotions include love and fear, yet love and fear are the basis for all emotions.  The other three of the five natural emotions are outgrowths of these two.”   And, He adds, in the end, it’s all love anyway. . .

It’s a fine thing to master the art of quickly naming your emotions.  Naming something gives you more control over it, helps you to understand it and express it more naturally.  Once you’ve sensed that you’re getting angry, you have time to decide how you want to use it.  In this way you can use your feelings in a natural way. You can see the anger telling you this is something you do not choose.  And within that, find the love.  Grief teaches you about letting go, Envy helps you to reach for more.

So, being able to identify which emotion you’re feeling helps you to feel it, process it and use the knowledge. With that, you can make a new decision how to proceed.

Judgments are a different animal than evaluating and assessing.  Judgments put you in a state of resistance. You are putting a label on it.  Judging it good or bad instead of just allowing it to be whatever it is.  These judgments come from your thoughts. You tell a particular story, creating a rigid definition, which doesn’t allow it to be any other way.

This is a different process from taking a reading on how something is making you feel, noticing how you’re reacting to it.  It doesn’t restrict or limit the thing, event, happening, person, to be any different from what it is.  You’re just assessing how you feel it about it, evaluating what you’re telling yourself about it.

Judgment keeps you in a state of denial, wrought up in emotion.  Even if it’s a “good” emotion, you can still become stuck and unable to see what’s really going on around you.

Judgments keep you out of the present moment, as they generally come from the past.  It was like this then, it must surely be like this now.  It doesn’t leave room for the inevitable change and the acceptance of how things are at the moment.

I’m judging that the only “good” thing about judgments is that they can alert you to places where you are being too rigid.  They paint a picture of where you need to release.

Just a little something From My Files ~

It starts with a thought. Any thought will do.  Very often based on false evidence appearing real.  Coming from what we fear or what we see as a solid pattern of events that cannot be changed. This thought could well have been planted by others.  30 seconds ago, 30 days or 30 years ago. It could have been manufactured from our own perceptions that may or may not be correct.

The thought, from wherever it came, creates a certain feeling in your body, which triggers an emotion. Emotions motivate us, put us in motion.

This can be a  fast process, of course.  It plays out in nanoseconds and can (and often  does) happen automatically without awareness or further thought.

However, it is a process that can be manipulated.  Where you get the best handle on it is through your feelings.  If you can catch yourself before you act on it, you have a chance to make a new decision.

It’s not about stopping the feelings, but using them as indicators of where you’re at (and where you’re headed). Helping you to slow down and decide what to do with what you’re feeling. Gaining control of your actions.

Because there’s really nothing you can to do control what goes on around you. You can’t know how others will react. What they will do or say.  What nature might do, what the collective consciousness is conjuring up.  Or what your stray thoughts might manifest.

By listening to the feelings in your body and trying to identify the thought which put them there, you can decide which emotion to release, what action to take.

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