Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Emotions as Signposts

As human beings, we are equipped with emotional bodies that serve the purpose of guiding us on our life path. What this means is that when we feel "positive" emotions (love, peace, joy), it's a sign that we're in alignment with our Higher Selves and that we're going in the right direction. When we feel "negative" emotions (anger, fear, jealousy), it is a sign that we are out of alignment with our Higher Selves and/or we've bumped into a hurt place within us that is seeking to be healed. It also may be that our guidance is cautioning us about some real-world danger.

Due to our immersion in what could be called the "polarity game," many of us lost sight of that natural system of checks and balances, and came to believe that suffering was normal, unpredictable, and had nothing to due with whether we were on our path or not.

While it's true that the human condition is fraught with challenges and occasional suffering, someone who follows her inner radar has a very different life experience than someone who wanders off into the dark forest alone, without regard for the howling sounds in the distance.

This week, I ask you to notice where your emotions are pointing you. If you tend to be anxious, phobic, or obsessive-compulsive, there's certainly some out-of-control-feeling fear hidden inside of you that needs to be examined. If you're depressed, you've probably buried some rage or sadness, that is taking all your energy to keep buried. If you're chronically angry or irritable, there might be some rejection, abandonment, or other vulnerable feeling that you find unacceptable, so you mask it with what feels powerful: anger. And if you're jealous in your relationship, you're either suffering from personal insecurity or your internal guidance is issuing a warning about your partner or yourself.

On the other hand, if you're happy in your job (and you're not hurting anyone!), you're on the right track, no matter what anyone else thinks or says. The same goes for your marriage, your weight, your wardrobe, or anything else in your life. If you're genuinely content, it's working for you. The proof is in the pudding, so to speak.