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

  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.

  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……

  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.

  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?

  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.

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