What the heck is the purpose of emotions, and what are we supposed to do with them?
I'd like to share my current truth and intuition on this topic. I could be completely wrong, but this is just what's running through my wild imagination at this moment, and it feels good to me.
A friend inspired me to write about this tonight by asking me:
"At what point will we no longer have release all these bottled up emotions inside? At what point will we be 100% light and not have to do the work that we're doing now?"
My initial thought was that we will not have to do all this releasing work once we create enough channels to easily express those emotions out into the world.
It's like, we have these emotions that just arise inside of us out of seemingly nowhere, right? It's like the universe sends them to us, but for what reason, we know not.
So I see three options for what to do with them:
1. Suppress Your Emotions
First is to let our emotions sit in our body and build up over time. This is our default mode we are born into that society generally accepts.
This is also an extremely unhealthy way to live and can literally kill you, as I talked about in a recent post I made about overcome depression.
I think it's safe to say that this is not the best or most intelligent option to choose. Moving on.
2. Release Your Emotions
The second is to release that emotion - to conscioulsy let it go and be free from it. You know you've released an emotion when you feel lighter in your body, more clear-minded, and often you'll feel a small physical relaxation or release too.
There are quite a few effective methods developed by smart people to do this, including one I am learning right now called The Sedona Method. You can also do this through meditation and breathing exercises.
This seems like a fairly good option to choose, and one that would greatly benefit most people's lives. It's also generally pretty easy to do once you've found a couple methods that work well for you, but it can still be a good amount of work if you're diligent since emotions come up pretty often throughout our day.
I'll explain more about what I think happens to this emotion when you release it after I describe the third option.
3. Express Your Emotions
The third option is to express that emotion in some way. This could mean writing, singing, dancing, talking, movement of all kind (running, yoga, weight lifting, etc.), building a business, making love, etc.
One distinction I'll make on releasing versus expressing emotions is that releasing an emotion is generally done in private and is only known to you, while expressing an emotion is done in front of an audience, whether that be talking to a few friends or singing in front of packed stadium of fans. So something like dancing could be either releasing or expressing an emotion, depending on who is watching.
I feel like this approach has the potential to be the best option. Let me explain.
What are emotions?
When I see the word "emotion" I immediately think "energy in motion". And if you look back at the times in your life that you best remember or achieved your greatest triumphs, chances are that there was a lot of emotion behind them, right?
Emotions give us power to act.
Somewhere deep down, I feel that these emotions are basically desires of the universe that are being sent to us, in hopes that we choose to express them to the world in some way. They are the hopes and the dreams of the governing force of our limitless, conscious, and benevolent universe. Essentially, they're God's dreams for the world.
Why are we given emotions?
If emotions are God's intentions for the highest good of humanity, then by expressing these emotions, we are essentially making the highest dreams of all individuals a reality, which contributes to the continued evolution of our species.
And by the way, if you're thinking "Well, I don't think expressing anger or hatred is doing any good for humanity," to that I would ask you to dig deeper, to go underneath that emotion and find the reason it exists in the first place. In my journey I've experienced a lot of sadness, but I found out that this sadness was simply an unexpressed desire to share my voice more fully with the world, like I'm doing right now as I write this piece.
So, going back to option 2, if we simply release an emotion, it's like saying "thank you for this, I'm not ready to express this emotion right now, please come back later." The reason why I believe this is likely what happens is because I notice that when I release an emotion, it tends to come back over and over again, which is why it takes so much work to constantly be releasing emotions and the cycle never seems to end.
Perhaps we still grow from releasing our emotions, and it allows us to show up more fully in the world because we feel lighter. But what if the real purpose of releasing your emotions was simply gain enough clarity and confidence to express those emotions when they come back to you again?
Ya see where I'm going with this?
Breaking the Cycle
When you finally express an emotion, you fulfill the universe's desire and thus break the cycle of needing to feel that specific emotion again.
So what happens when you break the cycle?
You receive a new emotion.
"WAIT. Didn't you say the purpose of expressing an emotion was to not have it come back to you, like it does for releasing?"
Yes. The difference here is that you are not receiving the same emotion. You are receiving a brand new one, a new dream from the universe for you to go forth and fulfill. And you can feel this, because it feels like excitement, like something different is happening. It's a fresher, funner, more fulfilling energy, because you feel that you have evolved to the next level.
The cycle turns into an upward spiral.
How to gain more power through expression
When you do actually express an emotion, you build this momentum behind you that gives you greater power to show up in the world.
Think of it like this. The universe has entrusted you with this emotion, and you fulfill the task it requested of you to express it. So now it trusts you more and feels comfortable giving you more important assignments, because it knows you are a person of ACTION.
So naturally, emotions with more power and greater potential to impact the world are sent your way. And if you have an entire system of potential channels of expression set up in your life that will reach other people in the world (singing, writing, businesses, etc.) then it makes it much easier for you to handle and express those inspired emotions without feeling overwhelmed by them.
One way to greatly amplify this power is to increase the audience your expression reaches. The more people you impact, the more power you receive. A local DJ may reach a few hundred people in a night with his expression, while your favorite electronic music artist playing at Electric Daisy Carnival will reach over 300,000 fans.
Feel the difference?
With great refinement comes great power
So what's the most effective thing you can do with your emotions to increase your happiness and influence in the world?
Use them to refine your craft. Pour your heart into your work, and then share it. Do exactly what I'm doing with this blog, except in your own unique way. And stick to it.
My blog was averaging around 30 page views a day for the first month I started writing. But just in the last 4 days I've received almost 1,000 views, thanks to a couple posts that expressed some deep desires of the universe. And this one feels just about as strong.
If you can accept sucking at your craft for as long as it takes to really pour your heart into it in a way that people appreciate, you're destined to an inspiring and rewarding journey.