Understanding Emotions

Understanding Emotions


Anger, Depression, and Anxiety are identified as “The Big Three, but Not The Big Easy” emotions. These three emotions are the most prevalent in our culture.  A tremendous amount of suffering is experienced with these three emotions.  All emotions are predominantly linked to the mind–the thought stream narrative and commentary about self and others, otherwise known as “The Voice in the Head”.  There is a strongly woven chain reaction of mind-body-emotion-behavior.  So, let us understand the basics of emotions arising.

What are emotions?

The word emotion comes from “motion” movement.  All emotions are energy.  Energy moves, energy has a vibrational frequency, and energy forms and transforms. Emotions move, have a vibrational frequency, take form, are changing, and impermanent. You continually change from one emotion to another.

This moment you may be sad, then the next moment you may be happy.  This moment you may be compassionate, then later you may be unkind. This moment you may be angry and another moment you may be loving.  This moment you may be blissful and then later anxious.  This motion of emotions goes on and on.  Emotions are states (i.e. temporary forms) comprised of energy and that are in constant flux. Energy takes form and Emotions are forms.  Anything that takes form by its very nature will transform and dissolve.

You are depressed, but you can not remain depressed forever. Even the most depressed person laughs sometimes. Even the saddest person, smiles. And the person who is happy and laughing will break down crying.

Emotions are impermanent by their vary nature.  They move and continuously change from one emotion to another emotion. You have never had an emotion that has lasted. You have never experienced an emotion that never ended. You have never felt an emotion that was permanent. Investigate for yourself, then you will realize this deeply as the truth.

What are the Components of Emotions?

There are four components to emotion. The four components are interdependent. The four components are interconnected, correlated, and dynamic to each other.

Emotional Components:
Vibrational frequency component of emotion
Physiology/Biology component of emotion
Behavioral component of emotion
Mind component of emotion

What is Vibrational Frequency of Emotions? Emotions have voltage.

First, let us understand that every cell in your body has the vibration of life whether you are aware of it or not. Every cell is compromised of energy and  your potential of fully resonating with Life Force. Every cell in your body is affected by the emotional vibrational frequency that you manifest.

Second, Emotions have voltage. The vibrational frequencies of emotions are on a vertical dimension of contraction and expansion relative to the vibrational voltage of a particular emotion. Emotions resonate with the vibrational frequency that they generate. The higher the vibrational frequency, then the higher the expansion, and the greater the Life Force in your cells. The lower the vibrational frequency, then the greater the contraction, and the lesser of Life Force in your cells.

For example, Enlightenment has the highest frequency of 700+ and the greatest expansion of energy. The vibrational frequency of joy is 540 and is expansive. The vibrational frequency of anger is 150 and falls to contraction.

The emotional energy current can feel fluid and spacious like in a deep state of meditation bliss of equanimity. The emotional energy vibration can be like ripples on a lake, not disturbing, but feeling sensations nonetheless present. The emotional energy vibration can be like a torrent river in a state of panic or fear. The emotional energy vibration can be like earth quake tremors such as in a state of anxiety. The emotional energy vibration can be intensifying charged current like in the state of anger. Emotional energy can be like a tsunami wave that hits you with full force like in the state of grief pulling you down and under. The emotional energy of depression feels very heavy as if you are almost lifeless.

 What is the Physiology/Biology Component of Emotion?

Emotional energy manifests in the body in the form of physical sensations. Hence, emotions are also called Feelings. For example, the energy physical sensation may take the form of Anger, where you feel your body prepares for action: breath goes in, heat rises, heart rate and blood pressure increase, muscle tension/contraction, and stress hormones are released.  Emotional energy / physical sensations are generated from physiological/ biological reaction. Physiological responses also include the release of catecholamines (hormones & neurotransmitters) in the brain.

Emotional energy can also be stored as stagnate energy blockages in the bio-fields of the body.  Over time, stale and/or accumulated emotional energies and frequent emotional  suffering will often present as physical signs/symptoms (e.g. headaches, GI problems, heart disease) and/or huge physiological events (e.g. heart attack).

What is the Behavioral Component of Emotion?

When uncomfortable emotions arise, such as anger, there will be a chain reaction of behaviors. There will be an interdependent behavioral response to emotional energy and correlated thoughts. The behavioral response will be expression (action) versus repression (avoidant). Your behavioral response can be the outward movement of the emotional energy (e.g. yelling) versus the repression of the emotional energy (e.g. self-medicating).

In the example of anger, we find ourselves in a dilemma of behavioral expression or behavioral repression. Expressing how you feel and think during the emotional energy of anger may hurt others, hurt yourself, or create even greater conflict and misunderstanding. Acting out emotions, such as anger, tends to intensify the energy of the emotion, intensify the behaviors, and intensify the mental  commentary.

However, repressing what you feel, or avoiding what you feel, even in the benevolent disguise of “self-control” does not make those feelings go away. You only bury the feelings, at least temporarily. The emotional energy remains lodged in the bio-fields of the body creating tension, illness, or manifesting at inappropriate times. For example, erupting over some trivial thing that has triggered dormant repressed energy and opened an old unhealed emotional wound.

What is the Mind Component of Emotion?

Emotional energy manifests in the body as physical sensations, but are catalyzed from the source origination of the mind. The emotion will be linked to your thoughts; the narrative of your mind. Mind is not synonymous with brain. (The brain is a separate topic).

I will define Mind as activity. A constant energy stream of thoughts/mental interpretations, sensory-perceptual interpretations, commentaries identifying to self and others, memories of the past, perception and interpretation of present experiences, and narratives about the future. Mind is energy. Mind moves from thought to thought. Thoughts take form, are changing, and impermanent. You continually change from one thought to another. Thoughts dissolve and you don’t even know what thought you will have 1-minute later. Investigate this for yourself.

Emotions/feelings spin off from your mind’s activity. Your minds’s activity also spins off from the release of dormant bio-field energies of past emotional pain resurfacing from a trigger. The trigger will always originate from the mind. Your mind’s activity escalates during the present arising of emotional energy. For example, the physiological energy of the emotion of anxiety is tightly interdependent and interwoven with mind thought patterns that are worries (real or imagined) from the past, about the present, and with a very very high negative anticipation of the future.

Your mind is the biggest catalyst for the presentation of emotions. Your mind can be a real trouble maker when it comes to emotion…because it is the unpleasant emotions, such as anger, depression, anxiety that you are trying to escape from suffering. Emotional wounds will remain unhealed and painful memories will remain in the mind stream patterns of mental thoughts about yourself and others, until deep acceptance is learned and realized.

Mind is a Paramount Phenomenon

The truth is emotional suffering originates out of the mind…mind regulates energy (quantum), and mind is often in turmoil. Your emotional memories are mind based and the emotional energies are stored in your body. Your behaviors active and reactive originate from your mind. Your repressive and avoidant behaviors all originate from your mind. Everything is mind-wrought. This has to be understood. Emotions, desires, mental imagines, conditioned patterns of responding originate in the mind, and you become identified with them.

Your mind generates thoughts/narratives/interpretations, generates emotions, attachments, desires, longing, but these are all projections of the past, present, and future. And for the majority of people, the mind moves from past to future, rarely does it stay present. You can experiment yourself by just meditating for 5-minutes, stayed focused on your anchor as the breath. You will see how quickly your mind moves from thought to thought, usually past to future.

You can examine where your anger, anxiety, depression arise—-it is the mind.
From where your emotions arise—it is the mind.

Everything is energy. Your thoughts begin it. Your emotions amplifies it, and your action increases its momentum. Investigate for yourself. Be the observer of your thought stream. Be the watcher watching your mind. When you learn to transition from thinking into awareness, suddenly you realize your thinking is causing you certain emotions, like Anger, Depression, Anxiety: The Big Three, but Not the Big Easy.

Shawna Freshwater, PhD

Shawna Freshwater, PhD

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  1. kelli b on February 22, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    This is really interesting. I am studying to be a holistic Acupoint healer in Australia, mostly for wildlife rehabilitation,but I would also like to work with people.

    I’m really interested in frequencies of emotions.

    Has there been any peer reviewed studies measuring emotions and their frequencies in people? I am really interested in your source, for how these frequencies of emotions and enlightenment were measured.

    Thanks for writing such an interesting article.

    Kelli Benjamin

    • Sarah C. on September 29, 2020 at 1:28 am

      Hello, I also had this question. I have found this in Plos One, which has an impact factor of 2.87.
      But not much else.

    • Roy on December 23, 2020 at 12:06 pm

      The Map of Consciousness Explained: A Proven Energy Scale to Actualize Your Ultimate Potential
      Book by David R. Hawkins

      lester levenson and Hale Dwoskin with the Sedona Method
      and the works of kim micheals are all great resources that can help with this.

    • Roberto on February 10, 2021 at 1:45 am

      Hey Kelli,
      This is exactly the question I’m looking for.
      I’m confused with measured brainwave activity( the more active the higher the frequency- anger worry… ,On the other hand, deep sleep and resting have a lower vibration a lower frequency) Through my understanding The frequency of a negative emotion has a low frequency that of a positive emotion which has a high voltage, high vibrational frequency.

      Probably when it’s measured by the brain it’s different as an emotion itself coming from the mind or measured if it would be possible when it’s stored in our field.

      Thank you.

      Please email me if you have any thoughts on this

      Much blessings 🙏

  2. STEF B on April 4, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    hello there
    i read the artical, and it was amazing.
    i wanted to ask if there is a way to implement this knowledge.
    for example, to use this frequencies in healing from depression or calm anger .
    how can this be applicated and put to the use for human good.

    • David L. O. on September 15, 2020 at 6:26 pm

      Find out what the source of your depression/anger is, and then find ways to counter those emotions. For example, if movies depress you, stop watching movies. If your partner is doing something that you don’t like, tell them about it and ask them to make a change. If someone says something that makes you feel bad ask yourself what made them say that? and find out what you can do to make the difference. Burn your desires or your desires will burn you. We are slaves to these emotions because we constantly face them but never approach them differently or understand why we felt that way in the first place. You cannot expect different results from doing the same thing over and over again. So find out what made you feel that way, then you will know what to change so that you wont feel that way. Try to think before responding. Don’t avoid bad emotions, deal with them right away, because if you don’t they will surface again and be much worse than before. Think about solutions and not problems. Be honest in everything that you do. Anything based on dishonesty will not last and always ends badly. Meditate and pray, and watch your life take of in its proper way. Read on the Law Of Attraction and then you will fully understand your emotions and why everything is the way it is. The power is in your hands, use it or it will use you.

      • Patricia on September 24, 2021 at 5:39 pm

        I really in need of some help please. This is destroying my. Relationship. My husband. Thinks I got something hidden. In me or underme. This only happens when I get up set my bed starts to vibrate n my body. I don’t know what else to do or were to turn to please help

    • Dr D.S.Dongre on November 9, 2020 at 1:01 am

      Emotions are natural expressions of feelings which have a physical component as well as psychic component,When you want to treat the effects of these feelings , you aim at bringing the level of emotions to a degree that would be helpful in achieving normalacy. Of emotions, physical state.In Hindu spiritual field there are different deities associated with these emotional states.Achieving the grace of these deities is the shortest ,inexpensive way to do that.
      It will be my pleasure to show how it can be done in minutes,
      Dr D.S.Dongre

  3. Denise H on May 4, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Hello….Is it possible to hear and feel vibrations when embracing someone that you love? (and almost feeling like you are floating …..the sound was a buzzing…the feeling was ……like no other….hard to explain……

    • Sav on September 19, 2021 at 5:54 pm

      Absolutely possible!! Our aura is our energetic field around our bodies and it extends 6 feet around us. You can absolutely feel (and possibly hear) someone else’s vibrations, rather or not you love them. We are all connected on such a deeper level then we consciously understand. But love is a strong factor that creates a very strong energetic connection.

  4. Monika on May 26, 2020 at 6:51 am

    Hi i liked the article , i agree that mind can be a real trouble maker when it comes to emotion. But it is really in our hand , must say it is in our mind , how to tackle and respond on the emotional waves.

    Consciously create joyful waves and thoughts to change your destiny.

    • Jenny on December 23, 2021 at 6:07 am

      What a fantastic read! Well said~

  5. Marques H. on July 18, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Hello, this is all very interesting and I have read many claims about emotion and the vibration scale but cannot find any solid information on how this is actually measured. Can you explain or provide a reference to the measurement technique?

    • David M. on October 5, 2020 at 1:03 pm

      I have the same question. I wonder if this was the result of using something like bio-feedback/EEG. I have one of the early “brainwave analyzers” and it meaures: beta, alpha, theta, and delta waves being produced. The main objective of the device if to learn to enter the meditative state. But we’re talking about freequencies in the 8 to 13 Hz range for alpha waves; so, I’m noe sure how this translates to that 150-750 range in the article.

      • Kathy McWorter on March 27, 2021 at 12:07 am

        I think she got that information from Dr. David R. Hawkins pioneering work using kinesiology testing. He determined human vibration rates vary between 20 at the absolute lowest to sustain life and 1000 at the very highest, which was only attained by Christ and a few others. Anger calibrating at 150 and Joy at 540 fit his grid. These figures relate to consciousness calibration which is no doubt related to human vibrational frequencies measured in Htz but is apparently not the same thing.

  6. thao t. on August 27, 2020 at 5:21 am

    Hi,This is very good read, it explain it so in details, about deep down to the cell of person, now i understand why, i was so full of anger and thinking of negative thing like revenge and want to kill them in my mind,
    that was long time, but it took me years to understand about life now i more at peace with my self but there’s moments that comes back, i just try not to think it too much, i think nearly every body goes through this transition in their life time. i learn to forgive that is the hardest thing to do. some people find it easy, but understand it to forgive it make sense.

  7. Sarah on December 1, 2020 at 11:59 am

    there is enough evidence to suggest emotions alter electromagnetic frequencies. Light is a hard science- radiation is the actual definition of quantum. It can/has been measured: and manipulated in the experiment link . Anybody also catch innuendos of profound implications for everybody’s favorite bio equation: light turns carbon dioxide and water into sugar and oxygen 6C02 + 6H2O 6C6H12O6 + 6H20?
    What is going on?!? tell!..
    Dr. Fritz Albert Popp and others pioneered light therapy somewhat recently to apply the science of bio photons- but eh it’s new- too cool!
    I assume it can and has been explored by Electroencephalograms and spectral photography too.

  8. Axat on December 8, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    But what is the reason behind,

    1. why some people are extremely focused towards their career and also their presence of mind is almost like 90-95% ? How it is possible.

    2. What are the energies of envy, jealousy and insecurity negative emotions ?

    3. Why most people attract only negative easily ?

    4. What about the energy of people with high emotional intelligence, high self confidence and self esteem ?

  9. Jessica L. on December 31, 2020 at 3:35 am

    Great article.

    Trying to put this into context for myself.
    The numbers are great – but 700 what?
    What scale are you using? Are you talking Kilo hertz ?

    Or Hertz? or Megahertz?

    Please and thankyou very much xx

  10. Sandra B. on January 1, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    Dr. David Hawkins speaks to these frequencies 100-750…his book: Power vs Force.

  11. Indiana G. on February 7, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    This is such a good read..it alone has somewhat changed my thinking and emotional state and being a pisces we are full of emotion .. I know no I must follow myself intuition. Thank you. Much love ♥️♥️

  12. Bonafide on April 8, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    Does it also work both ways – meaning, we usually let our emotions manipulate us in a bad way. But as the great Bruce Lee states, “we must be one with our emotion, don’t allow the emotion to control or overcome our thinking and psyche!”
    I feel this can be learned and trained or perhaps it just takes the brain to fully develop after 30 years or so! For me, and everyone will probably be unique with varying stories, but learning to take more control over my environment (master my environment) and trusting myself by simply going towards the path of what feels right and natural, but this came with a lot of resistance and struggle and physical hard work and learning and studying to live like a high performer. Also, very important is learning to live in the present. Really sounds so simple, but far from it trust me, or at least for me, IDK or don’t want to speak for anyone else. My perspective began to change over time and really started to look at life and what the true purpose of why we are here living in earth today but lots of learning, being open-minded to new ways of living and philosophies, lots of research, and hard work. But also by my daily rituals which amplified this perspective change – the actions of doing/learning/hard-work/researching/openmindedness and consistent disciplinary behaviors allowed me to see the world in a peaceful, enlightened way! So again, some thing in my life did not feel right, and it really bothered me which I suppressed and expressed by acting rude and did not want to be at the places that made me feel depressed and angry/confused, showing negative energy! I let these emotions really get to me and where eventually I took action, but it was rational action, researching and planning for my departure of current life and arrival into my new work environment.

  13. jessica on April 24, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    hi! what is the source for these statements and where can I read more about this?
    feel free to email me.

  14. Irv on April 29, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Funny all the post asking for ‘references’ on where Dr. Shawna obtained her information 🤣 . Clearly you are not ready to understand if you believe ALL knowledge comes from a book. The most profound and true knowledge DOES NOT come from a book. Thanks Dr. Shawna. I understand the message you received and graciously shared.

  15. Dr. Mohan S Dshora Retired Professor of Herbal and energy Medicine on September 5, 2021 at 6:46 am

    Good read, but , scale of measure is missing, the instrument used or tool used will provide strength to mention. Many fruits, vegetables’s, use chanting of various mantra’s (sound) makes body to resonates at higher frequency. whereas, many practicing negative activity, has low frequencies. Hospitals V/S places like temple has vast differences in energy levels.

  16. Adrian on January 8, 2022 at 9:50 am

    Hi Dr Freshwater. This is a fascinating article. Thank you for sharing this with us. I have a question about the correlation between emotional frequencies, with the frequencies from the Schumann Resonance and the earth frequency of 7.83Hz. On the Emotional Frequency Scale, it places Shame and Guilt at the low frequency spectrum (20) and Enlightenment at the high end of scale (700+). However, I’m confused that if these negative emotions are on the low scale, why is it that the earth frequency is at 7.83 and one that is used to encourage synchronicity between the human brain waves and the earth – if these lower frequencies are considered more negative?

    • Collins B. on May 7, 2022 at 1:26 am

      Good question, I don’t know if you are religious but I think that might explain why Christ teaching was making reference to “you are of earth but I speak of heavenly things” and many gospels and religions teach against detachment from earthly things which would be also responsible for the low earth frequency. So those that encourage synchronicity with earth frequencies are clearly of this earth and from their father and ruler of this earth the Devil 😈. Funny isn’t it?. Am not that religious myself, I just thought of it after you raised the question. Secondly, the range of emotions we experience are not local/fixed to a region in the body but in every cell and transforming and I am sceptical of actual assignments of numbers to the measurements that are given in this kinds of writings. If indeed there’s constant flux, how then can a given number be assigned instead of a range?

  17. CATHY on February 26, 2023 at 7:51 am


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