Emotions can be messy things! No matter what life experience we are in the midst of there are corresponding emotions. And many of those emotions are triggered by experiences from childhood, not necessarily from what is happening at the moment. In fact, most people are more affected by their past than they are by present circumstances. Unless we pay attention to them and understand why we are reacting as we are, it can cause a great deal of unnecessary pain – physical, mental and emotional!
My dad passed away very suddenly several weeks ago. Even though he was 89 and not in the best of health, it was totally unexpected. I can tell you that being aware of what emotions are really coming up and what might be triggering them has made a huge difference in how I am able to deal with this.
Your thoughts and emotions are tied together. Prove it to yourself. When you think about an experience from your past – whether, happy, sad or upsetting – you will immediately relive the emotions tied to it. So you must always realize your thoughts are very powerful things and when you allow negative thoughts to constantly go through your mind, you are causing them to become even more deeply entrenched and they are causing hormones and other chemical messengers to be released into your physical body.
Your body can’t tell the difference between an actual experience that triggers an emotional response and an emotion that is triggered through thought process alone—such as worrying about something negative that might occur but hasn’t actually happened, or thinking about something positive and pleasant. But the way your perceptions affect your belief about the person or experience, as well as how it affects your body physically is very different.
This is important to understand because your subconscious mind is 1,000 times more powerful than your conscious mind. In fact, according to Dr. Joe Dispenza, a healthy human brain can process 400 billion bits of information per second. However, we are only conscious of about 2,000 of those 400 billion bits of information. Most of the information of reality is processed by your subconscious mind because if your conscious mind tried to do it you’d go crazy!
So just what are emotions anyway? Emotions are energy and energy is vibration. That energy can become trapped in any part of your body and it will disrupt your entire body’s energy system. We are energetic beings. Words are vibrations. God spoke everything in this world into being with His Word and everything we can see and touch, including our physical bodies, is energy. This is why speaking words of healing, blessing and faith is so powerful.
The American Medical Association states 80% of all health problems are stress related, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that 85% of all diseases appear to have an emotional element. I’ve read that after only 6-10 seconds your thought (negative or positive) begins to take root and produces the corresponding hormones and chemicals.
God gave us the ability to feel and express emotions because they give our life color. He tells us in His Word that He feels and expresses emotions and we are created in His image. However, we are not to be controlled by our emotions, we are to be in control of them. If we don’t, they will affect every aspect of our lives and are an underlying cause of illness. So I’ll get into that a little more next week.
Are you aware of your emotions and how they are tied to your thoughts?
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I’m sorry for your loss 😦
Thank you Serena.
I’m so sorry about the sudden loss of your dad. I’m glad you are aware of your thoughts and emotions about it. Everything is connected so good thoughts are good for our health.
Have a Victorious Day! Marianne
Sent via phone so please excuse typos and brevity.
Thank you Marianne. And yes, everything is definitely connected!
Ann, last week in Bible study we discussed “worry.” I talked about how brain scans can now take images of the brain while you are thinking different types of thoughts and negative thinking actually shrinks the brain. One woman googled and showed us a picture of a healthy brain and one of a worrier’s brain. Only a small section of the worried brain lit up showing activity while the most of the normal brain was lit up. Great post!
Thanks for sharing that Debbie – that’s fascinating that we can now actually see the effects!
I’m sorry about your dad passing away, Ann. I couldn’t agree more with your point on how crucial it is to acknowledge and accept our emotions as the arise, and identify their source. Many of our emotional issues come when we try to stuff down our feelings rather than process them. Wonderful post.
Thank you Brent. I totally agree. I have a friend who did not deal with her emotions after her father’s death and all the subsequent stress in dealing with his estate and ended up physically extremely ill – for years! She is still dealing with those issues 12 years later. So I am very aware of how critical it is not to stuff emotions but to acknowledge and process them. Thank you for reading and commenting, I appreciate it.