THE GOOD SIDE of BEING DOWN
The anatomy of anger, envy, sadness, and fear
Negative emotions do us a great favor – they save us from ourselves.
They’re mysterious signals, that oftentimes surge for “no apparent reason”, urging us to pay attention and change what we’re doing. Emotions that generate unpleasant feelings have been called sins (anger, envy), rejected in “polite” interaction (jealousy, frustration), or identified as unhealthy (sadness, shame). Culturally we’re taught to suppress these feelings, or medicate them, and punish ourselves for feeling them. Because these feelings are mostly seen as unpleasant, they are often called “negative” emotions… although “negative” is a misnomer. Honestly, if you think about it, emotions are not inherently negative or positive, they simply are a feeling to situations that happen. In esoteric practices, for example, they are distinguished by much more than whether they feel good or bad. Beneath the surface, every emotion orchestrates a complex expression of changes in motivation, physiology, attention, perception, belief, and behaviors — summoning specific memories that trigger all sorts of bodily responses.
Each component of every emotion has a critical job to do, whether it’s preparing us to move toward what we want (anger), urging us to improve our standing (envy) or allowing us to undo a social blooper (embarrassment). Mathew Hutson, a psychologist, says, “We have the wrong ideas about emotions. They’re actually very rational; they are tools carved by eons of human experience to direct us where we need to go.”
Emotions are instruments of survival. They identify trouble or opportunity and suggest methods of repair or gain. In fact, if we didn’t use emotions as tools to intuitively extract information from our gut, we would have probably vanished. Emotions reveal so much more than if we discerned them slightly detached, we could use them as platforms to access deep psychic energy. The emotion itself is already a fully flowered energy, if we go to its root cause, we gain access to the blueprint of our mind.
When we receive an intuitive hit via a “negative” emotion, how can we better diagnose the source of the trigger? It seems to me that Nature has designed these triggers in every single one of us so deliberately, that each trigger is like a ripple, microcosmically expressing a higher truth to our being, and our ancestral mind and inheritance.
“In the human brain, learning, memory, and emotions are housed in the limbic system surrounding the brainstem. Within the limbic system, emotional impulses originate in the amygdala, an almond-shaped structure that triggers the physiological reactions associated with emotions. The amygdala is also responsible for imprinting emotions onto memories by releasing some of the same neurochemicals when an event is recalled as when it occurred.”
So, what are these emotions REALLY saying, and where do most of us retain them within our body? Lets review what these psychosomatic analysts are suggesting:
The ANATOMY of
Anger results when we feel undervalued. It prompts us to reassert the importance of our welfare threatening to harm others or withhold benefits if others don’t notice our worth. This may also explain why we get angry when someone needlessly tries to be helpful; they obviously haven’t shown malicious intent, but we feel underestimated, or assume that we are being seen as incapable.
Aaron Sell, a psychologist, has researched how one of the primary benefits of anger for an individual is preventing oneself from being exploited. If you know what you deserve, and someone else sees things differently, anger arises. He explains “Your heart rate increases, you start to sweat, you think about all the things you could do to set the other party straight. In fact, the frustration of devaluation that leads to anger quite often gets you what you want.”
ENERGETICS of ANGER
Anger is said to be held in our liver. Those that angry often, or succumb to being angry by default, tend to have liver and gallbladder imbalances. On an energetic level, its said to bring on imbalances in the root (1st chakra) and solar plexus (3rd chakra).
Did you know that anger and aggression can cause stomach ulcers, inflammation, acidity, and migraines? Self-directed psychological aggression may influence the appearance of malignant tumors!
The ANATOMY of
GOOD OL’ ENVY?
“Envy — even more than admiration — ignites our ambition to overcome a sense of inferiority and achieve future success” explains Hutson. It is a very human thing to compare yourself to others, or at least the conditioning we’ve received culturally. Much of our success — financial, romantic, and personal — depends on our relative status and resources within a group, as it has throughout human history. “Happiness is greatly influenced by our comparison of ourselves to others.” Ultimately boiling down to the discomfort you feel of being worse off than those around you, presenting a combination of shame, resentment, hostility, a mix packaged as envy.
“Envy can have destructive consequences. But it also has benefits. To reduce or reverse inferiority envy moves us to increase our own standing, or decrease the standing of others.” Instead of competing or feeling less-than our competitor, it is meant to be used as a propeller to generating more success. We can also become more successful by emulating the person we envy. While benevolent, envy is essentially a creative force, malignant envy is destructive.
ENERGETICS of ENVY
Envy is said to be held in our genitals. Those that get jealous and envious often tend to generate imbalances within the reproductive region. On an energetic level, may generate an imbalance in the reproductive center (2nd chakra) and the energetic heart (5th chakra).
Did you know that envy can cause oncological diseases and a weakened immune system? Some holistic doctors have also associated it to reproductive imbalances.
The ANATOMY of
FEAR & ANXIETY
Fear provides us with vivid pictures of what might go wrong — and how to get out of the situation. When in fear, our focus narrows, the heart races, and our animal senses pick up. Everything unrelated to safety vanishes. The flight or fight response is automatic and frequent, Hutson explains that it “originates deep in the brain, and has been conserved in species throughout evolution.” Most of our base fears are learned as children, yet researches have seen how many fears are an ancestral inheritance. Many shamans and “videntes” (seers) first recognize where your fear comes from in order to gain access to your blueprint. To these type of healers/seers, this grants direct access as to what we’ve inherited culturally, ancestrally or directly from our trauma. This allows a major access point to what we need in order to surrender and heal.
Without fear, we would become uncritical risk takers. Which can have a huge benefit, as fear can deter us from trying things out, or it can actually be damaging, making us do things without evaluating potentially harmful consequences. Researchers believe that “fear and anxiety not only preserve life, but it is also essential in all kinds of situations that require caution and self-discipline.” Hutson explains that anxiety about how we’re living our lives can point to ways in which we’re not being true to ourselves, the ways in which our actions don’t align with our deepest values. Anxiety can serve a corrective purpose, bringing us back to authenticity.
ENERGETICS on FEAR & ANXIETY
Fear and anxiety can be stored in the adrenals, kidneys, and thyroid. It can directly affect the solar plexus (3rd chakra), throat (5th chakra), and third eye (6th chakra).
Did you know that anxiety can generate digestive disorders along with kidney problems? In Chinese Medicine, the worrying type of anxiety can also be associated with Spleen imbalances. It has also been researched that fear and anxiety aggravates the adrenals, also causing hormonal imbalance.