In the last article, I explored the physical effects of strong emotions. At the end of the article, I asked, “What are emotions for? Why do we have them?”
With the clear understanding of the relationship of thought to the creation of disease and health in the body, it isn’t a big step to understand the quantum physics discovery that the thoughts and beliefs of the “observer” direct the reality that we experience (as outside us) This is not a new idea; it is one basis for many ancient esoteric philosophical systems.
It is evident to me that this ongoing manifestation of outer reality through our beliefs is a highly creative (though for most humans, an unconscious) process. I asked the question: what role do emotions play in this process?
As an artist, I had direct experience with the creative process, albeit a very conscious one. Anyone can clearly see how emotion is often explored by artists, either directly or indirectly. A lot of people are under the misunderstanding that their emotions are theirs, however, many emotions are inherited from family members, are instilled in us as cultural beliefs, or are part of our societal environment.
Not admitting the power — or even the existence — of your emotional life is akin to standing in the middle of a busy highway; you are bound to be hit by the very thing that you deny. Why not admit to this powerful force, not as an enemy that needs to be controlled and conquered, but as a friend who is willing to work for your ultimate benefit, and help you create the life of your dreams?
…Both health and disease are the result of our innermost thoughts and emotional reaction to those thoughts. The child inside us wants to be loved, knows he deserves to be loved and accepted for who he is, as he is — unconditionally. The only way to do that is to let him speak. The best way I know to do this is through art.
We all have stuff that we throw into the enormous bin of the subconscious. Unearthing these uncomfortable, sometimes downright disturbing mental/ emotional issues, is an act of incredible courage, and a kind of psychic cleansing.
Art is one of the ways to go deep into this danger zone safely. Personally, I write poetry when I am emotional, and I find that once the poem is out, I feel good. It has the same effect on me as listening to blues music does: the theme is sad, the content is emotional, but the process of creating the poem delivers me into a state of happiness. Art like this can be sublime in that it touches the human soul.
On the level of reality-making, though, the conscious use–not control–of your emotions is a powerful way to manifest something new. The real trick is to learn that you have choice over your emotions; this is the path to personal power and personal freedom.
Beliefs form reality; beliefs are fueled by emotions. Emotions are therefore the catalyst that transforms a creative thought into material reality.
As long as you continue to cling to the illusion that you do not have the self-discipline to choose your emotions, you cannot know emotional freedom. Art can help us explore hidden feelings, expose inherited or suppressed emotions to the light of day–but the real creative act is to consciously choose the emotions that will supercharge your thoughts and make your creative vision a reality.
Copyright 2012 Aliyah Marr