Emotional containment – How to use your Emotions as guides
When you allow yourself to fully experience your emotions, you can use them as valuable guides to dramatically improve your life. In this lesson, we’ll focus on three parts of this process:
- Noticing core emotions
- Practicing emotional forgiveness and releasing the past
- Eliminating negative stories
When you think thoughts that are not in harmony with what you want, negative emotions may follow. This can drain your energy and cause you to feel fatigued or emotionally stuck. Emotions are a direct communication from your Higher Self. Painful emotions act as a warning bell to alert you that your thoughts or actions need to change.
Emotions are energy that provide us with information. Emotions such as joy, peace, and love feel good and vibrate at a very high frequency. They indicate we are in full alignment. Emotions like guilt, irritation, fear, and impatience are dense and hold a lower vibration frequency. Your most painful emotions are trying to get your attention, because it’s time to make a change.
1. Emotional Guidance Chart
Try this exercise for one week: at the end of each day, place an X on the Emotional Guidance Chart for each emotion you felt throughout the day. If it’s not listed, write down your emotion. This will allow you to take inventory of your emotional patterns. We can only be as happy as the emotions we feel on a consistent basis.
If you only think about your emotions, rather than feel them, you will keep the core energy locked up and stuck in an emotional story. Give yourself permission to feel. Notice where the energy resides in your body.
Ask Mary Magdalene, the Angels, or the universe to assist you in sending positive energy to where it needs to go. Are you able to let the negative emotions go, or does it require an action from you? You may need to have a clearing conversation, implement a boundary, practice forgiveness, say yes or no to something or someone, or make a plan of action.
2. What’s your story
Once you are able to pinpoint the core emotion you are experiencing, you can start to release the emotion and the stories attached to it. When we see or hear something that triggers us in some way, an emotion will immediately follow this trigger. It’s the meaning that we give to the trigger that creates our story.
Below are three questions to identify and dissolve your emotional story:
1. What triggers you?
In the past week, when did you procrastinate? Feel blocked? Feel angry? Feel overwhelmed? Feel stressed on time? Feel scared about money? What were the triggers that caused each of these emotions? Describe them below.
2. What’s your story?
What story did you tell yourself about the hook/trigger? Is there a theme that runs through your stories? Some examples of this may be, “I am not good enough,” “I am not deserving,” “I don’t want to make a fool of myself,” or “I never have money.”
3. What’s the new story you want to Re-Write?
For each story you told yourself, turn this around re-write a new story.
The story I use to tell myself was I would never be able to recover from chronic fatigue. For years every 2-3 months I would experience a chronic fatigue attack that could last for weeks. My turn around came when I realized that even though the physical experience was very real, it was also a story I was continuing to believe. My new story I told myself every day was, “I am a powerful woman. I have a vibrant and strong immune system and I love my cells. I love myself and I know I can experience exceptional health because many people do, and I am one of those people.”
I highly recommend reading: The Astonishing Power of Emotions by Ester and Jerry Hicks
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