“Forget faking it ‘til you make it. Fake it ‘til you feel great!” -Anna del Gaizo
What’s Going On In Your Heart?
I am not sure if it’s still true as is often said, that most people don’t know the power of their mind. I do believe however, that it is true that most people don’t realize the power of their emotions. Think about it, how often do you look at someone and ask yourself, “I wonder what’s going on inside of their heart?” I dare say, probably not very often. Isn’t it more likely that you might look at someone and ask yourself, “I wonder what’s going on inside their head?”
Interestingly, the trailer from the new Disney-Pixar movie “Insideout” poses that question. Scheduled to be released in June the film is dubbed as a major “emotion” picture, that invites us to meet the voices inside our head. The five emotions of Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness, are set as characters in the head of a young girl, Riley Anderson. It appears that Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, however, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate the changes that are occurring in Riley’s life. Hmmm! Does that sound familiar?
The movie title “Insideout” correspond to the commonly used expressions, ‘as within, so without’ and ‘as above, so below’.
These catch phrases encapsulate the Law of Attraction’s perspective that whatever thoughts and feelings you predominantly hold within your consciousness, will manifest as an experience in your outer world. In other words, we don’t attract just what we think, but we attract what we think, feel and believe. Two ancient scriptures that speak to this concept are, “As a person thinks in their heart [subconscious], so are they,” or so they will become, and “Guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.”
From a psychological perspective the subconscious—90% of the mind—like a warehouse, houses our thoughts and emotions very much like water permeates a sponge. It (subconscious) doesn’t judge, analyze, or rationalize, it simply says yes to the messages it receives via our thoughts, feelings and beliefs.
Resisting and repressing emotions creates unconscious programing or what is referred to as our shadow. If you have ever asked yourself why you behaved in a way that conflicted with something that you truly desired, you can be sure, it’s the shadow part of your personality sabotaging your true desires.
Using the heart instead of the head as a model to represent the subconscious gives us an opportunity to explore an expanded spectrum of emotions. Science is showing us that our heart is the strongest magnetic and electrical field in our body, even more so than the brain. This means the feelings we have in our heart are changing the field, so that we have the ability to literally alter our physical reality in remarkable ways.
Levels Of Consciousness
Imaginel a vertical scale within this heart model where the elevated levels represent the subtle, energetic field of your sacred soul. The fulfillment of your deep desires reside in this pure atmosphere. The gateway to this energetic field is through the ascending elevated emotions such as hope, optimism, enthusiasm, peace, compassion, love and other similar emotions. The good news is, consciously hanging out in this elevated atmosphere, you are more connected to who you truly are and like filaments are drawn to a magnet, you attract more of what you want.
The lower dense regions of the scale represent the ego. This is where descending thoughts and emotions like, anger, hate, disgust, fear, anxiety, sadness, depression guilt, shame and similar emotions vibrate and block access to the higher levels. The other news is, hanging out in this lower vibration, you are further away from your divine essence and like filaments are drawn to a magnet, you attract more of what you don’t want. The value that this lower energetic field provides is, it offers the opportunity to recognize that your current thoughts and feelings are in opposition to what you want and YOU CAN CHANGE THEM.
The Universe Rewards Action
My GPS says, “Recalculating!” when I am not going in the direction I have asked it to guide me. When I hear “Recalculating!” I recognize I am at choice. I can make a course correction that will take me in the direction of where I say I want to go. Of course, I can continue in the direction that isn’t taking me to my desired destination, my GPS doesn’t care. It just continues to inform me that it is recalculating and providing directions from my current location which I can CHOOSE to use or not.
Using this analogy, our emotions serve as our guidance system, if we pay attention to them. Obviously you may not be able to jump from sadness to joy in one giant step, but wouldn’t it make sense to gently nudge the direction of your thoughts and emotions upward toward those that are more in harmony and in alignment with what you want and actually who you truly are?
At the same time that we are describing the range of emotions from low to elevated, other traditions teach there are essentially only two emotions, love and fear. The benefit of noting them here is to remind us of the kinds of behaviors these emotions elicit. For amplification see A Course In Miracles. The following is an abrieviated synopsis:
LOVE/SOUL RESPONSES FEAR/EGO REACTIONS
Reveals Closes Down
Lets Go Clings, Clutches
Sends Out Retreats
Opens Up Grasps
Holds Dear Harms
What if from an unconscious state of mind you have been operating and reacting for the most part from the emotion of fear? What could change if you have awakened to the Truth that you are more than your conditioning and programming? As Gregg Braden, author of, “The Spontaneous Healing of Belief” asks, “What would it mean to discover that the power to create joy, to heal suffering, and bring peace to nations lives inside of you? How would you live if you knew how to use this power each today?”
Are you familiar with the statement, “See it right, before trying to set it right”? What if the only thing that needed changing was your perception? “The quest of looking for fulfillment outside of yourself is not the way it works.” Michael Bernard Beckwith, minister, continues to say, “It is an inside job.” Of course,changing our consciousness requires developing passionate devotional practices. Why passionate you might ask? Because words alone do not attract, but when you feel the emotion along with what you are thinking and speaking, that means your vibration is strong and the Law of Attraction must answer those vibrations.
Faith It Til You Feel It
“Rather then trying to monitor your thoughts,” Abraham-Hicks offers this encouragement, “Simply pay attention to how you are feeling.” For if you choose a thought that is not in harmony with
the way the broader, older, wiser, loving Inner Being part of you sees it, you will feel the discord, and then you can easily redirect your thoughts to something that feels better and which therefore serves you better.”
With practice at giving more of your attention to the way you prefer things to be, you will change your point of attraction and and will experience a substantial change in your life experience. Braden, tells the story of asking a Buddhist monk, “What are you doing when you are praying using mutras, mantras, cymbals and chanting?” The Buddhist monk answers, “You don’t hear our prayers.You don’t see our prayers. What you see and hear are our activating the feelings that are our prayers. The feelings are the prayer. The feelings are the language of prayer.”
I love applying the ancient scriptural perspectives to modern day science and mysticism. The following are some scriptures that offer further insights on the advantage of inspiriting emotions of faith and optimism versus the consequence of emotional dispiriting negativity. My personal application and amplification have been added in brackets.
“The effectual [heart prepared through spiritual practices] fervent [passionate] prayer of a righteous [remembrance of your divine nature] man [person] avails much.” James 5:16
The Psalmist joyously exclaims, “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” -Psalms 37:4
Solomon offers this wisdom statement, “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.” -Proverbs 15:13
Think about it, when you pay attention to what excites you, what enlivens you, what you love and are passionate about, and what deepens your sense of connection with the loving part of your Inner Being, and act from that space of inspiration, the Law of Attraction says YES.
Jesus speaking from elevated consciousness declares, “WHATEVER you desire when you pray, believe that you receive them and you shall have them.” -Mark 11:24
What’s your way of nudging your emotions upward to feel good, better, and even great?
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By the way, in my last post about releasing doubts and fears I was waiting for the results from some tests to determine if my heart was healthy enough to sustain a knee replacement surgery. The good news is all systems are go and I will be having surgery this Tuesday. Your passionate encouraging words have been heart warming and encouraging to my spirit. So your continued prayers and good thoughts are appreciated for the surgery and recovery period of several months.
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