I have read many definitions of emotions while studying human behaviour. The scientific discourse on the subject has drifted to many meanings and there appears to be no clear consensus on a definition.
In this article I am going to weigh in on the subject of emotions by sharing the teachings of my former teacher Dr. John Demartini who draws his concepts from Universal Laws and principles.
Universe Laws state that there exists a divine design, a magnificent balance , a perfect underlying order that exists even at times of apparent disorder. So let me try to explain what all this has to do with the nature of human emotions in the context of these laws.
Freeman Dyson, a renowned theoretical physicist was able to demonstrate that “our thoughts and emotions are nothing more than a cloud of charged particles of light energy,” thereby taking principles of the physical world and applying them to the metaphysical world, or the nature of the mind.
This gave scientific validation and a clearer understanding of our emotions from a universal perspective.
Universal Law Of Symmetry
The first principle that can be applied to our emotions is the Universal Law of Symmetry. Newtonian physics states that there is not a positive without a negative, or negative without a positive, creating a perfect balance in our existence.
This speaks to the dualities that exist in our physical world and in our personal lives and in particular our emotions. For example for every attraction there is repulsion, for every elation, a depression. You cannot have joy without sorrow, happiness without sadness, pain without pleasure, or infatuation without resentment.
What Does The Word ‘Emotion’ Really Mean?
As mortal beings we try to defy this Law of Symmetry. In our illusionary world of instant gratification we seek pleasure, avoid pain and honour only our one sided nature. Despite our illusions, our lesson is that this divine order prevails.
If we wordsmith or break down the word EMOTION, it playfully means to EMOTE (give off) IONS (positive or negative charges). When we see more positives than negatives or more negatives than positives in our perception of any person, circumstance, situation or thing, we will have either a positive or a negative emotion.
The greater the charge the greater the emotion and stress has often been defined as lopsided emotions. Extreme emotions takes us away from our true nature and we lower our self worth.
We tend to gravitate towards a false persona, acting either self righteous when we see more positives, or acting self deprecating when we perceive more negatives. Our true nature is neither.
Perception Of The Mind
Perfectly balanced perception of mind is the highest form of self worth. When we are emotionally centered , balanced, humble, and open hearted, we will naturally start to attract people, places, circumstances and events into our lives to help fulfill our destiny.
Another way to express this concept is through the Universal Law of Simple Harmonic Motion. It states that your thoughts and feelings are unsteadied by extreme emotions and you will oscillate like a pendulum. Click here to learn more about How Our Perceptions Affect Our Pain.
When your emotions are extreme you will need to steady them by minimizing the pendulous swings. The pendulum swings between your emotional dualities of likes/dislikes, joys/sorrows, happy/sad, etc. The pendulum will oscillate unless you are centered by balancing your perceptions of mind between these dualities.
Your thoughts and feelings are often unsteadied by ingratitude and uncertainty, living with memories of the past or seeing the future through the lens of the past, Sometimes this is referred to as our future imagined fears or our past remembered guilt’s. Click here for a great read about Gratitude – An Attitude For Success!
Extreme emotional swings may spell a bipolar nature. If you allow yourself extreme constant elation, you invite depression. While a slower, smaller in amplitude, pendulous swing will minimize our emotional charges and with it, bring about order and certainty of mind.
To summarize, when your thoughts become unsteadied, you will go through these periodic emotional cycles and only by acknowledging the balance of your emotions can you express your true nature and your highest self worth.
This is a departure from traditional understanding of emotions, but certainly an interesting perspective most worthy of consideration.