"One of the big secrets that has been kept from you as a species is the richness and wealth that accompanies emotion. You have been steered away from exploring emotion, because through emotion you can figure things out. Your emotions connect you to your spiritual body. The spiritual body, of course, is non-physical existing on the multidimensional sphere.
By Barbara Marciniak - excerpt from her book 'Bringers of the Dawn'
Thought Creation & Affect
Emotions are energy patterns set in motion by thoughts and expressed as feelings. A collection of similar thoughts on the same or similar subject is called a belief with emotions and feelings. The feeling sensation is an actual surfaced internal emotion.
Thoughts are created when external information from the senses integrates into brain neurons (nerve cells), that send signals called neurotransmitters to attract other similar neurons. Some neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin are also neurohormones.The neurochemicals filter through the neuron's extending tendrils known as synapses to connect other neurons to itself, and these in turn attract others, forming a neural circuit, which is a thought. The diagram shows this action between two neurons (blue and beige).
with their emotional feelings. These are responsible for the release of hormones, that signal the body to go into action, whether it is running away from danger or knowing what to say next. The whole scenario happens autonomously lighting fast. When integrating a new experience, it just takes a fraction longer to respond, as the mind searches through memory to adapt an action from which it can quickly learn.
Physiology of Emotion
Strong emotional feelings of thoughts cause a flurry of hormonal activity, triggering physiological changes in the face and body. Anger causes higher testosterone production that quickens the heartbeat, tenses muscles, increases blood pressure and shows externally in facial expressions, posture, sometimes clenched fists, jaws and teeth. Other feelings that cause physiological excitement are competition, anxiety and stress.
Both exhilaration and rage excite similar electrochemical responses physiologically.
The man on the right could be giving a happy 'I did it!' success pose as well as showing anger .
On the other spectrum, excitement can be joyous too having the same feelings of a faster heart rate, flushed face, clenched hands and butterflies in the stomach but felt in a different state of arousal. 'Happy' neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and/or endorphins are released, depending on what thought is causing the happiness, for instance is it service to others or achieving a deadline? Hormones stay and affect the mood and body far longer than neurotransmitters, so for better health it is essential to feel good and let go of the subconscious programs and memories storing heavy emotional baggage.
Emotions & Immune System
It is a scientific fact that positive and negative thinking have a profound effect on the function of the immune system. One of the leading fronts in immunologic research is the field of Psychoneuroimmunology. Broken down into its root words: immunology is the body’s system that protects against internal infections. Neuro-immunology is the study of how the brain controls the immune system. Psycho-neuroimmunology is the science of how consciousness shapes the brain’s control of the immune system.
Psychoneuroimmunology research clearly reveals that consciousness controls the function of the immune system. Positive consciousness is responsible for the Placebo Effect, wherein the mind can heal almost any disease, while stress and negative thinking create the Nocebo Effect, which can cause almost any disease.
Emotions & Feelings
According to various opinions and studies, there are a whole range of emotions we experience ranging from twenty-seven all the way down to six- anger, fear, surprise, disgust, happiness and sadness. In a hypnosis session, I like to travel beyond the feelings until I find the root emotion behind the memory, from there forgiveness and healing takes place for the client. In my experience emotional feelings can be whittled down to root emotions of joy and fear, and the rest called feelings are perspective expressions of these. For instance, feeling stressed about money, work, relationships and/or environment, usually means we are fearful about not having enough money, love, food and good health. Anger is the pent up reaction of not taking a desired action due to the fear of an outcome.
Joy and fear vibrate at a different frequencies, feelings stemming from them are tones of that frequency. Being in a joyful state is a high light vibration when a person feels peaceful, happy and is allowing in a non-judgemental way, This is the route to healthier body and mind. Needless to say, fear and its associated feelings are low vibrational and heavy, keeping a person an unhappy captive, until there is a willingness to change and seek help. Fear feelings in the subconscious can be transmuted into joyful ones.
However, some feelings such as hunger are not classified as emotions but have emotional drivers when eating becomes a way of stopping or distracting from a situation or problem. Majority of biological processes are unconscious autonomous functions connected by the nervous system to subconscious memories activated by emotions. That is why we are mostly unaware of the controlling emotional actions of our subconscious, but conscious of the reactions. The goal of therapeutic hypnosis sessions is to help the person identify the emotions causing the issue and where they first began, then to start the healing process since emotions affect the well being of a person.
One emotion can pull up many others, for instance in a scenario where you heard news about a loved one from a unrelated person, you may have feelings of surprise, hurt, insecurity and anger, all of which can be distilled to the root emotion, fear of unworthiness. The process of stimulation to feeling happens so fast that we sometimes get caught in the moment and become reactive. In this fast paced world as we move from one activity to another constantly distracted and stimulated to the point of unawareness of feelings as they come up, unless they are so strong they stop and focus us into the present. Absolute fear is one of them.
The Fear Emotion
Fear is the oldest and deepest emotion originated as a means to our survival in primitive times. Programmed into our brain it is a foundation emotion from which related feelings of anxiousness, stress, unworthiness, fright, doubt, rejection, sadness, loneliness/ separation, anger, fight, dread etc., stem from. This is why we associate with familiar fear based feelings faster than joyful ones, in fact some cultures believe if you stay fearful then all your good luck is protected from someone's 'evil eye'. All creatures understand fear whether it is responsive or instinctive, in scientific experiments fear is the emotion induced in lab mice and other animals for behavioural research.
A spiritual explanation to deeply rooted fear comes from when Source separated our soul from itself, to go and experience an individual physical existence. This trauma of separation is thought to be in all of us in varying degrees, causing anxiety, feelings of emptiness as if missing something, easily fearful, loneliness, not courageous and nervousness.
Fearful feelings activate the release of stress or fight or flight hormones adrenaline and cortisol, meant to condition and save us from a dangerous situation. Cortisol decreases energy in the g.i tract, growth of new cells, immune, and reproductive systems not needed for fighting and/or running away and diverts it to help adrenaline (epinephrine) increase heart and breath rate, blood pressure and boost energy to muscles, the brain and repair responses, getting us ready for action. These hormones rebalance once the danger is over, although cortisol takes longer to level off.
In our modern day world, survival is combined with stress of earning enough, achieving goals, feeling worthwhile, loving and being loved, maintaining harmonious relationships, having self esteem, respect, eating well, exercising, being healthy, volunteering and having the time to do all that. We can even stress over imaging what people think of us, when we really have no idea of truly knowing. A very interesting fact is the brain does not know the difference between real or imagined scenes of stress, it will respond in the same way. Depending on your thoughts, a long term heightened state of alertness is detrimental to your health. It increases the risk of anxiety, depression, diabetes, digestive and elimination problems, headaches, heart disease, sleep problems, weight gain, weakens memory and concentration.
The way to deal with stress is to relax, for some people that is too time consuming or they cannot seem to stop thinking about the stressors in their life and/or it is just not enough. Meditation is very good, but it requires concentration, a quiet mind and consistent dedication to achieving this, whereas if a person can drift off to sleep, they can be hypnotized. Hypnotists like myself will expertly guide their altered consciousness to the thoughts, beliefs and associated emotional feelings causing the pressure and tension in their life. Once they are identified, I skillfully lead them into the process of healing, involving understanding, releasing and replacing.
The Emotion of Joy
The other root emotion is joy, developed later than fear when survival in the wild became less challenging thus allowing time for enjoyable activities, before which having sex in primitive times was purely instinctive. Feelings of happiness, delight, contentment, enjoyment, relaxation and love came to our awareness as consciousness evolved over time.
Feelings of joy stimulate a facial expression of a smile. When you smile the brain understands that you are experiencing happiness and duly releases the happy hormones dopamine and serotonin, whether remembering a past happy event, anticipating or imaging one. 'Fake it till you make it,' instead of waiting for an external event to make you happy, start the inner process with just smiling whether at yourself or at someone, the effect is the same. This is how visualizations work, the real or unreal emotions cause a vibratory change in your being and attract similar vibrations back, so really use your senses to get what you want.
A smile can communicate pleasure, encouragement, understanding, happiness, contentment, like and love. A sincere smile reaches the eyes, that is why babies and animals always look into the eyes the longest. Our intuition also picks up on whether the person is sincerely smiling, or using it to cover less than happy thoughts of embarrassment or shyness.