As a former change manager, I’m fascinated by the ooey gooey world of emotions. Bubbling beneath the surface, emotions lie at the root of all thoughts and beliefs. Grief from the loss of a loved one thinks, “If only I had been there…” Desire to buy another crystal thinks, “I have to have it NOW.” And apathy thinks, “Why bother starting a business. It’s just a waste of time and money.”
These toxic emotions stick to the bottom of our guts like old chewing gum. Associated with a low vibrational frequency, they diminish our power, energy, and abundance. Indeed, negative emotions lead to poor physical health, toxic relationships and shitty life circumstances. After all, like attracts like.
But can we truly shift emotions? And is it necessary to change mindsets and beliefs? YES and YES.
Learn how to shift your emotions and in turn, release limiting mindsets and increase your vibration. And to dive deeper, I recommend the book, “Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender” by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.
How To Raise Your Vibration
First, we need to be aware of our emotions. Of course, this is easier said than done. In our modern world we are taught to suppress them with wine, a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Netflix (my escapist recipe). We push them down, down down into our subconscious until one day….
those little critters bubble to the surface and wham! We dump them on others. It happens, but it doesn’t have to.
In this step, set aside thoughts, and identify the underlying feeling. Is it positive or negative? And where is your emotion on David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.’s “Scale of Emotions”? Use the chart below to map your emotional frequency.
Note the chakra correspondences. Crown Chakra (600), Third Eye Chakra (525), Throat Chakra (350), Heart Chakra (505), Solar Plexus and Sacral Chakras (275), Root Chakra (200). Are you vibing high (200+) or low (Below 200)?
When a negative emotion surfaces, accept its existence without judgement or resistance. Don’t even try to change it! Simply sit with it.
Process the Emotion
Use a creative practice, such as intuitive art, dance, music or journaling, to process the emotion. What other emotions emerge? What mindsets and beliefs are associated with the emotion? Is there a part of you that holds on to that negative emotion? If so, how does the emotion serve you?
You are not your emotions. When you feel ready, release the negative emotion.
Start by releasing small aspects of the situation. For example, imagine your boyfriend (now ex) cheated on you. You may feel grief, guilt, fear and anger. While you may not be able to release these emotions, can you let go of wanting to drive by his favorite hangout spot? Can you let go of wanting to spy on his Instagram account? And can you let go of wanting to see him miserable and alone?
Little by little, you will release the negative emotions. And when you do, you will find that all thoughts associated to that emotion will disappear too.
What’s your frequency? And what are you releasing? Share in the comments!
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“Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender” by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.