The Essence of Emotion
Today I’m trying an experiment. Rather than deliberately choosing my words, I’m allowing them to just flow out of me. Many fellow writers may interpret my exercise as a form of “stream-of-consciousness” writing, meaning that whatever comes out of my mind is what gets written down. While there is an element of stream-of-consciousness in what I’m doing, it’s actually something more. To use a more contemporary term, you could say that I’m also channeling.
However, I’m not channeling in the way that is portrayed in popular media. There are no spirits talking to me and I’m not translating non-physical consciousness the way Esther Hicks does with Abraham. Rather, what I’m doing is tapping into the stream of emotion that in many ways is a form of collective consciousness. If I were to use a popular culture reference, the stream of emotion that surrounds us is like The Force of the Star Wars universe. It surrounds us, it penetrates us, it guides us, and it helps us make decisions that bring us the greatest joy.
The interesting thing about emotion is that it isn’t restricted to “intelligent” beings. Anything that is alive will radiate an emotional frequency that feeds the stream of emotion. Those of us who are conscious empaths naturally understand this principle. Emotion comes not only from other human beings, but from the flora AND fauna (or, in simpler terms, from the plants and animals) that surround us. Why is it that therapy animals are widely accepted by the medical community? Why is it that most of us feel calmer and more relaxed when we go to a park where there are lots of trees, or when we leave the city and connect with nature? The answer is very simple… because the natural world exists in a state of simple emotional wellness, and that wellness helps us feel our own.
What’s interesting is that every creature, every plant, every human that is alive is an empath. A commonly accepted principle in our society is that our pets can tune into our emotions. One way to test this principle is to pay attention to how your pet reacts when you’re feeling intensely sad, upset, or happy. I can tell you the results of my own observations, which are that my dog always reacts to my moods.
The same thing holds true of plants. There is a whole body of scientific studies suggesting that plants feel emotion. These studies have documented how plants react when exposed to everything from fire to hostile words spoken with great intensity. The natural world may not experience the range of complex emotions felt by humans, but the emotions are still there and they are exchanged with us every moment we are in contact.
Again, a simple way to test this principle is to go to a park and hug a tree, and then let yourself feel (yes… I’m actually telling you to be a tree hugger for a moment). Pay attention to the feeling you get. Do you feel sad or happy? Content or resigned? After you get a clear impression of what you feel, pay attention to your surroundings and see what may be contributing to the sensation you get. What you notice may surprise you, and you may gain some insight into the stream of emotion running past.
True, there are those like myself who tap into and feel the stream of emotion on a much more conscious and intense level that most humans, but all of us feel the stream – even if we’re not consciously aware of it. Our natural empathy is what allows us to feel love and compassion for one another. Our ability to feel the emotions of others is what motivates us to form friendships and communities. The inexplicable bonds we feel for each other are the direct result of our natural empathy.
Our emotions can be studied and dissected until we drive ourselves crazy, but the only way we can truly understand emotion is simply FEEL it. Emotion is, in essence, the bond that allows us to understand without relation and to relate without understanding. It is how we know without knowing.
There is more that can be said on the subject, but I sense that for now, what I have shared is enough. Words – while beautiful – can be imprecise. They serve as a companion to our emotions when trying to communicate in a physical sense, but true understanding comes when we allow ourselves to just feel. Let yourselves feel, and understanding will follow.
Right now, as I allow myself to feel the stream of emotion, I’m filled with a tremendous sense of love. I feel that love because I feel each of you. I feel your gratitude, I feel your joy, I feel your doubt, I feel your confusion, I feel your passion, and I feel your desire for something more. I feel so much more, but above all I feel love. The words, “There is great love here for you,” have been spoken many times and they echo as true now as they have through the eons. That – by far – is the greatest thing that I, or anyone can share.
Indeed. There is great love here for you, my friends. Feel it and know it.
Until next time.
About the Author
Appio Hunter is an author, speaker, spiritual guide, and self-described champion for living joyously. He uses his seminars and workshops to facilitate conversations about authenticity, alignment, and the daily experience of community, connection, and joy. Appio is also a weekly columnist with The Good Men Project and co-host of the Real Men Feel Show along with his good friend Andy Grant.