[Extracted from MMW: The Health of your Emotional Center]
Today we are asked to explore the nature, function, and symptoms of health for the Emotional Center.
The Poles of this Center are the Positive Pole of Perception and the Negative Pole of Sentimentality.
PERCEPTION is the capacity to rise beyond the limitations of Time, Space, Logic, and comprehend the essence or Essence of the self, others, or an event.
SENTIMENTALITY is when one becomes attached to the limitations of Time, Space, Logic, as these exist symbolically as representations of the past or future.
The health of the Emotional Center can most easily be seen in where one is in terms of Self-Love (self-acceptance), where one is in terms of the state of Relationships, and your use or rejection of Trust.
The cumulative effects of the health of the Emotional Center can be seen overall in how Happy one is.
It is important to understand the nature of Happiness, then.
Happiness is not a forced or pursued state. It is a natural state that comes from allowing room for more than Happiness without rejecting Happiness.
In other words, to be Happy means allowing room for being Unhappy.
This may seem contradictory, but Happiness is a spectrum, a wide range of experiences. Happiness is an emotional stability that runs through all experiences so that sadness is ok, disappointment is ok, anger is ok, struggle is ok, setbacks are ok, not because they are easy, but because they have nothing to do with your capacity for Happiness.
There are many who suffer and will tell you that they are Happy. This is not because they concede to or deny suffering, but because Happiness is HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES.
Your experiences do not determine your Happiness. You do.
There are two methods of use of your Emotional Center: TRUST and REJECTION.
Happiness is possible in the worst of situations because you Trust.
You bypass Logic, Time, and Space, and you navigate intuitively and with responsibility for what you often describe as your Feelings.
Experiences do not determine your Feelings. Feelings determine your Experiences.
When you are faced with challenges, differences, struggles, internally or externally, these are no different from weather.
If it rains on 10 people you will find a range of interpretation for what that rain means and how it was navigated because of the health of the Emotional Center.
For some it was just another bad thing to happen to them because they feel that bad things just happen to them.
For some it will be a nice surprise that brings laughs and play because they do not mind surprises that inconvenience them.
For some it will barely be noticed because they are prepared and knew that it would rain and they know that rain happens. It's not personal.
None of these scenarios are right or wrong. It rained. It happened. But it was not the rain that determined the quality of experience. It was the difference between Trust and Rejection, or the difference between Perception and Sentimentality.
This dance is true of everything you experience.
If you are attached to a range of static symbols in your life, you will likely navigate Emotionally with Sentimentality and Rejection. It will be a process of constantly comparing against the system of symbols you have developed, and then rejecting that which does not comply to that set of symbols or counters that set of symbols.
CLEARER STATEMENT: or rejecting that which counters that set of symbols.
Your Emotional Center is how you experience Time. Perception frees you from the limitations of Time, and Sentimentality locks you in Time.
In the same way that Happiness includes Unhappiness, so does Perception include Sentimentality. Perception allows room for the symbols, for the meaning that you develop as an emotional language that bypasses logic.
However, Sentimentality locks down the symbols in time while Perception allows them to grow, expand, be replaced, updated, etc.
You then carry with you a realm of living symbols that are not static, but are guides and informers.
This means that the rain now has a range of interpretation, not just one or two.
The wider your range of interpretation, your range of Perception, the greater your capacity to Trust.
Trust is the process of using experience to guide you, not just defend or protect you.
Trust frees your symbols to live with you, not against you or for you. For example, instead of Rain being your symbol for "the universe is always out to get me," it comes alive with a new range of surprise, neutrality, delight, awe, playfulness.
If someone does not smile back at you when you smile, this may be symbolic of rudeness, specific rejection of you, a pointed attempt to undermine your good day, etc.
If you are attached to that symbolism, a lack of returned smile can ruin your day.
But if you Trust and free your symbols to expand, live, breathe, and grow, your Emotional Center can add that someone may not have noticed, someone may have his own insecurities, someone may have been daydreaming, someone may not be used to someone smiling, etc.
All of you have an entire library of Symbols like this.
They are all in your Emotional Center.
And this Center is what you use when you navigate where there is no Logic, like intimacy, relationships, life, love, and self-love.
This is the only Center capable of Rejection and experiencing Rejection.
The Emotional Center is the Personality's closest relationship/path to Essence.
When there is Essence Recognition, it is the Emotional Center. This is because it does not require logic, reason, or proof. It simply "knows," Perceives.
The Higher Centers are how Essence stays connected to the Personality and Body, even when rejected, but the Emotional Center is how the Body and Personality embrace or reject Essence.
The only True Emotional Pain is Rejection.
Rejection is defense against Time, against Experience, and against Love, against Essence.
Rejection is the only way to avoid Essence, not only in yourself but in others.
And it is painful.
Not only to you, but to Essence. Rejection is one of a very few experiences of pain that Essence can feel.
When you reject each other, reject yourselves, reject your Essence, the cascading effects of pain are astounding.
We share all of the above because it is important to note all of these elements when looking at the health of your Emotional Center.
We will ask you a set of questions now. Answer these as best you can. Organize your responses relative to the questions to help our channel convey these to us.
Wait for our set of questions to be posed in their entirety before responding.
A - ON A SCALE FROM 1 to 5, with 1 being NEVER and 5 being ALWAYS, how would you rate your attachment to symbols.
B - ON A SCALE BETWEEN 1 and 5, with 1 being PAINFUL and 5 being PLAYFUL, where would you say you are in the health of your most dominant Relationships?
C - ON A SCALE BETWEEN 1 and 5, with 1 being PAINFUL and 5 being PLAYFUL, where would you say you are in the health of your most passing Relationships?
D - ON A SCALE FROM 1 to 5, with 1 being ALWAYS REJECTING and 5 being ALWAYS REJECTED, where do you feel you are in your experiences of Rejection?
[Participant responses omitted]
ClaireC: "Always" is confusing.
Because feelings are not logical, we used "always" in terms of Emotions. One who is at extreme ends of the spectrum will feel they "always" are the ones doing the rejecting, or they are "always" the one being rejected.
Between the two extremes would be your interpretation of degrees.
2 Mostly Rejecting, 3 Sometimes Both, 4 Mostly Rejected.
[Participant responses omitted]
The above is a quick way to check in with yourself as to the truth of where you are in your use of the Emotional Center. It is a subjective truth, but it is a truth, nonetheless, and you may often find that your assessment shows your health to be better than expected, especially when going through a difficult or challenging conflict.
Reminding yourself of the truth is a way to bring back Trust and Perception.
This is more important than you may realize.
Because the Emotional Center does not know the truth. It does not think. It cannot make proper decisions or choices. It can only "feel" and feelings are never the truth.
One can make decisions and choices when led by Emotions, but Emotional Centering cannot factor in consequences.
It only "knows" in terms of relating or not. The greater your range of relating, the greater your range of trust and perception. The more reduced and restricted your range of relating, the more reduced and restricted your trust and perception.
In other words, you need not have logic and reason to Love. You can navigate your world based on what makes you feel happy and gravitate toward that which you relate, and that is how Emotions work well.
The Emotional Center is intelligent about the art of Relating, but other Centers are better equipped for navigating beyond that, particularly in terms of logistics, decisions, and choices. You can let your Emotions inform you about how you feel, but your CHOICES need not be guided only by what feels good vs feels bad.
For example: the Emotional Center may say "as long as we have Love, we can do anything" and this is true up to only a very specific point. You must also have food, shelter, clothing, negotiation skills, communication skills, etc.
You may need a plan, you may need to work, you may need energy, creativity, etc. Love is the fuel of universes, but if you would like to experience this while in a body, you must allow your other Centers to do their work.
When one is led only by Emotions, with choices and decisions only coming in terms of feelings, life is often quite exhausting, depressing, and disorienting. The Emotional Center, for instance, does not "like to work."
Those who have the more difficult time of choosing to work just for the income that could then be used for further expansion of choices are usually of Emotional Centering.
"But I don't like to work" is not a proper form of choice or decision. It is valid to make one's decision and choices based on this, but it is not proper in that it does not consider consequences.
This is why a self-assessment at times can help to break one out of the blind spots of the Emotions, of your attachment to symbols, of comparing everything to your library of symbols, of your attachment to a moment in time, free you from navigating aimlessly based in only feeling.
To know when you are being led by Emotions in your choices and decisions, it is often a trigger that you may be thinking or saying: I LIKE THIS, I LOVE THIS, I DON'T LIKE THIS, I HATE THAT.
The vocabulary of the Emotional Center is Like, Love, Dislike and Hate.
When you catch yourself choosing and deciding based on this, consider if it is necessary for consequences to be considered.
For example: "I hate when it rains" is likely quite inconsequential. It may be inconvenient, but your like or dislike only tells you what you feel about rain.
But "I hate to work" can have consequences and should be a process of choice that is not dictated by Emotions. It is okay to continue to hate work, but you may have to still do the work.
And this is also how Essence Recognition works.
When you are in conflict with another person, challenged in your relationship, it can be vital for you to generate a corridor for your Essences to reach one another if your Personalities cannot.
When the Emotional Center is opened to recognize that there is a soul in another person, even in the most despicable of people and even in those who seek to harm you, Essence Recognition is the only way that there will be evolution beyond.
You may carry on despising the person and even hating them, or even fearing them, but open that corridor for Essence to connect to the Essence of the other person. Not only does this free you from Sentimentality and Rejection, but it brings an energy to the exchange that makes a difference when you cannot.
As you can see in current politics, when Emotions lead the way, chaos can ensue because consequences are not being considered.