Next time you're feeling low, try this tool
Today I’m sharing with you one of my favourite tools to get out of a funk.
(2020 has definitely given me plenty of opportunities to practice this one)
You've probably experienced it... You’re feeling low and then someone tells you to think positively and it’ll get better… How annoying is that??
It can feel impossible to shift from a low emotional state to a high emotional state. The reason for that is that these emotional frequencies simply don’t match, when you’re feeling low, joyful thoughts won’t resonate.
This is why I love the Abraham-Hicks Emotional Scale -- it’s a great tangible tool you can use whenever you’re feeling low.
According to Abraham Hicks, your scale of emotions helps you to determine whether or not you're in alignment with your desires. The idea is to see your emotions as a way your body, mind and soul communicates with you -- when you’re feeling low, there is something in your life that is out of alignment and is asking for your attention. The scale represents “high vibration emotions” which are represented as an upward spiral and “low vibration emotions” which are represented as a downward spiral. Rather than trying to leap all the way to the top, the easiest and most effective way to travel through the emotions is one emotion at a time. Say you're feeling pessimistic, it would be easier to reach a thought that resonates with boredom, than it would to shoot all the way to feeling joyful and empowered. From boredom you could then reach for contentment, then hopefulness, and then continue all the way up one step at a time. The scale is really helpful as a self-check tool. You can assess by yourself where you're at, and take appropriate action to improve your feelings. Here is the emotional scale by Abraham-Hicks:
Overwhelment (feeling overwhelmed)
It takes practice to move through the emotional scale and the key is to recognize that you're always able to choose a thought that feels slightly better. Here are some steps you can use to help you move up the emotional scale:
Awareness - first you must become aware of your emotions and be able to name them. If you often find yourself saying “I’m in a bad mood and don’t know why” I highly recommend practicing identifying your emotions. What exactly are you feeling? Are you jealous? Do you feel guilty about something? Are you disappointed? Or perhaps you are simply bored?
Acceptance - allow yourself to sit with your emotions. No one likes experiencing low emotions so we often try to deny them by numbing and distracting ourselves with social media, Netflix, cookies, wine, etc. Let yourself feel the feelings, get comfortable with the discomfort.
Choice - when you’re ready, look at the scale and identify the next emotion you can step up to. Ask yourself: What thoughts do I need to choose to feel this way? What can I do to help me feel this way? Choose a higher thought. It doesn’t matter if it’s only a tiny bit higher.
No matter where you're on the scale, focus on finding your next higher-feeling thought. Taking it one feeling at a time and make your way back to Joy, Appreciation, Empowerment, Freedom & Love. Lots of love, Naama