A late night in the library of the Temple Club. I’m surprised that this even made it to a book–grammatically speaking.
The English word ‘emotion’ is derived from the French word émouvoir. This is based on the Latin emovere, where e- (variant of ex-) means ‘out’ and movere means ‘move’, i.e. to move out.
That is what our emotions do. They manipulate energy and bring things into motion / manifestation. The force behind what we feel is what allows us to create. Although we have our thought but it is the emotional energy, the fuel, that allows something to get created. “I felt so strongly that I started weeping”. Therefore, to create in a positive way, we must generate positive emotions from clear thoughts and perceptions. Understanding various situations we encounter in our daily life will help make these perceptions clear.
The Joy, sadness, trust, disgust, fear, anger, surprise, anticipation, optimism, disappointment, love, remorse, submission, contempt, awe, aggressiveness, affection, longing, lust, pride, rage, envy, sympathy, nervousness, greed, happiness, shame, repulsion, respect and obligation etc. are some emotions that we encounuter frequently. The feelings and emotions are the things which distinguish us from robots, a computer operating a mechanical body using electric signals.
With our feelings and emotions we experience ourselves in this world. Feelings provide us with the greatest pleasures in life, but also with the greatest suffering. The emotions are ways that our mind reacts to situations. For example, when we are scared, mind reacting subconsciously (sense of danger), when we are sad, mind is reacting to tragedy, and similarly when we are angry, mind is reacting defensively, thinking that somebody has done what he should not do etc.
In human body, the emotions are activated by nervous system and ductless glands. The surges of emotions and sentiments are just other kinds of thoughts. These thoughts stimulate the glands, nervous system and we experience these emotions physically; like how we cry sometimes. The hypothalamus activates pituitary gland and secretes hormones which are the results of emotions and also become causes of generations of new emotions.
According as one’s life situation dictates, hormones are secreted and our physical body react to these hormones. Unhealthy emotions give birth to various diseases, for instance migraine headache may be caused due to emotional stress. Emotional stress causes contraction in blood vessels which in turn causes headache. Furthermore recent surveys reveals that even back pain sometimes can be due to unhandled emotions.
Every experienced feeling provides automatic, instantaneous feedback about a particular person or situation. Feelings are not chosen, they just happen. A person chooses to let it flow or to restrict it. Feelings that are expressed immediately affect physical functioning in the moment then gradually dissipate. Denied, suppressed or repressed feelings stay unresolved for as long as they are held back. They continue to affect functioning in indirect ways contributing to the nervous, anxiety, depression and physical disease processes.