A Comprehensive Study of Emotions and Feelings: Exploring the Egoic Mind, Energy Systems, and Vibrational Frequencies
Unravel the mysteries of emotions and feelings. Discover their roots, energies, and frequencies for a transformative personal journey.
This article aims to explore the distinctions between emotions and feelings from three different perspectives: the egoic mind, the human energy system, and vibrational frequencies. By examining these perspectives, we hope to provide a deeper understanding of the differences between emotions and feelings and their implications for human experiences and well-being.
In this article:
Background And Purpose
Definitions: Emotions And Feelings
Scope Of The Study
Literature Review & Comprehensive Analysis
Emotions And Feelings In The Egoic Mind
Reactive Responses to External Stimuli
Physiological Changes and Mental States
Contrast with Feelings
Emotions And Feelings In The Human Energy System
The Lower Triad: Emotions
The Higher Triad: Feelings
Vibrational Frequencies Of Emotions And Feelings
Egoic Mind Perspective
Human Energy System Perspective
Vibrational Frequencies Perspective
Implications For Human Experiences
Strategies For Transforming Emotions Into Feelings
Summary Of Key Findings
Contributions To The Field
Future Research Directions
Annex I. Glossary of Key Term
Annex II. References
Annex III. Methodology
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
The study of emotions and feelings has long been a topic of interest in both scientific and humanities disciplines. While emotions and feelings are often used interchangeably in casual conversation, they are fundamentally distinct concepts. Understanding these differences is crucial for comprehending the human experience and navigating emotional well-being. This paper aims to examine the distinctions between emotions and feelings by exploring three different perspectives: the egoic mind, the human energy system, and vibrational frequencies.
From a psychological standpoint, emotions are commonly defined as reactive responses to external stimuli, characterized by physiological changes and particular mental states.1 Emotions such as anger, fear, or sadness can be triggered by external events or circumstances and are rooted in the egoic mind.2 In contrast, feelings are considered a more subtle and pervasive state of being, emanating from within and not necessarily tied to specific external events.3
The human energy system is another framework through which emotions and feelings can be distinguished. The lower triad, associated with the physical body, emotional body, and lower mind, is closely tied to emotions and our survival needs, resulting in intense experiences.4 On the other hand, feelings are linked to the higher triad, which includes the spiritual body, mental body, and higher mind, reflecting spiritual and mental states of being and a more refined nature.5
Lastly, the distinction between emotions and feelings can be observed through their vibrational frequencies. Emotions are considered to vibrate at lower frequencies, often connected to negative or limiting beliefs and thoughts.6 In contrast, feelings vibrate at higher frequencies, associated with positive and empowering beliefs and thoughts.7 Emotions are seen as a temporary state of being that can be transformed through conscious awareness and practices such as positive thinking and visualization.8
By examining the differences between emotions and feelings through these three lenses, this study aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of their distinctions, implications for human experiences, and strategies to foster emotional well-being.
DEFINITIONS: EMOTIONS AND FEELINGS
Emotions are defined as complex psychological states that encompass physiological responses, cognitive processes, and behavioural expressions in response to a specific external stimulus or situation.9 They serve as adaptive mechanisms to help individuals react to their environment, usually involving an evaluative component that reflects an individual's perception of a situation as beneficial or harmful to their well-being.10 Some of the most commonly studied emotions include anger, fear, sadness, joy, disgust, and surprise.11
Feelings, on the other hand, are subjective experiences that arise from the individual's interpretation and processing of emotions.12 They are typically more enduring, subtle, and complex than emotions, as they involve the integration of emotional reactions with other cognitive processes, such as memory, attention, and mental associations.13 Feelings are more challenging to measure objectively and often require self-reporting or introspective techniques for assessment.14 Some researchers have suggested that feelings can be thought of as mental experiences of the body's physiological state in response to emotions.15
Although emotions and feelings are interrelated, it is important to recognize their distinct characteristics. Emotions are primarily reactive and rooted in an individual's perception of their environment, while feelings involve the integration of these reactions with other cognitive processes and are more reflective of the individual's inner state of being.16 By understanding the differences between emotions and feelings, researchers can develop a more comprehensive understanding of human experiences and identify strategies for promoting emotional well-being.
SCOPE OF THE STUDY
This study aims to investigate the distinctions between emotions and feelings by examining them through three different perspectives: the egoic mind, the human energy system, and vibrational frequencies. Each perspective offers unique insights into the nature of emotions and feelings, and the study will synthesize these insights to provide a comprehensive understanding of their differences, implications for human experiences, and strategies for fostering emotional well-being.
The egoic mind perspective focuses on how emotions are reactive responses to external stimuli rooted in the egoic mind, characterized by physiological responses and mental states associated with specific events or circumstances.17 In contrast, feelings are considered more subtle and pervasive states of being that emanate from within and are not necessarily tied to particular events or circumstances.18
The human energy system perspective explores the relationship between emotions, feelings, and the energy centers of the human body, known as the lower and higher triads. Emotions are closely tied to the lower triad, which is associated with survival and basic needs, whereas feelings are linked to the higher triad, reflecting spiritual and mental states of being.19
The vibrational frequencies perspective examines emotions and feelings in terms of their vibrational energies. Emotions are said to vibrate at lower frequencies and are often associated with negative or limiting beliefs and thoughts, while feelings vibrate at higher frequencies and are connected to positive and empowering beliefs and thoughts.20 This perspective also considers the potential for transforming emotions into feelings through conscious awareness and practices such as positive thinking and visualization.21
By examining emotions and feelings from these three perspectives, the study aims to contribute to existing knowledge about the nature of emotions and feelings, their role in human experiences, and how individuals can develop strategies to better manage and transform their emotional states.
Literature Review & Comprehensive Analysis
EMOTIONS AND FEELINGS IN THE EGOIC MIND
Reactive Responses to External Stimuli
Emotions, as reactive responses to external stimuli, are deeply rooted in the egoic mind, a term coined by spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle to describe the mental processes that create a sense of personal identity and separateness from others and the world.22 The egoic mind functions as a filter through which individuals perceive and interpret external events, often through the lens of personal biases, fears, and desires. This process can trigger emotional reactions, which are typically characterized by physiological changes, such as increased heart rate, respiration, and muscle tension.23
Several theories in psychology emphasize the reactive nature of emotions in response to external stimuli. For example, the appraisal theory of emotion posits that emotions are elicited by the cognitive evaluation of a situation, which can involve assessing potential threats, benefits, or relevance to personal goals.24 Similarly, the two-factor theory of emotion, also known as the Schachter-Singer theory, suggests that emotions result from the combination of physiological arousal and cognitive interpretation of that arousal based on environmental cues.25
In contrast, feelings are described as more subtle and pervasive states of being that arise from within and are not necessarily tied to a specific event or circumstance. Feelings are believed to involve the integration of emotional reactions with other cognitive processes, such as memory, attention, and mental associations, which allow individuals to make sense of their emotional experiences and ascribe meaning to them.26 Feelings, therefore, represent a more complex and nuanced aspect of the human experience, reflecting not only the immediate reactions to external stimuli but also the ongoing cognitive processing and interpretation of those reactions.
The distinction between emotions and feelings in the egoic mind highlights the role of cognitive processes in shaping emotional experiences. While emotions are primarily reactive and influenced by external events, feelings involve a deeper level of cognitive processing that allows individuals to construct a meaningful narrative around their emotional experiences, incorporating elements of their personal identity, beliefs, and values.
Physiological Changes and Mental States
Emotions are complex psychological states that involve various physiological changes and mental states. These changes can be observed at both the peripheral and central nervous system levels and serve to mobilize the body's resources to respond to perceived threats or opportunities in the environment.27
Physiological changes associated with emotions include alterations in heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, and muscle tension, among others.28 For instance, the autonomic nervous system, which regulates involuntary bodily functions, plays a crucial role in the physiological manifestation of emotions by modulating the activation of the sympathetic (fight-or-flight) and parasympathetic (rest-and-digest) branches in response to emotional stimuli.29 Furthermore, the neuroendocrine system, including the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, is involved in the release of stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, during emotionally charged situations.30
Mental states accompanying emotions are often characterized by specific cognitive processes and subjective experiences related to the emotion being experienced. For example, fear is typically accompanied by heightened vigilance and a sense of imminent danger, while sadness is associated with rumination and a feeling of loss or disappointment.31 These mental states are shaped by an individual's cognitive appraisal of a situation, as well as their personal beliefs, values, and past experiences. 32
In contrast, feelings are more nuanced and pervasive mental states that arise from the integration of emotional reactions with other cognitive processes, such as memory and attention. As such, feelings represent a higher-order cognitive interpretation of emotions, incorporating elements of personal identity and self-awareness.33 Unlike emotions, feelings are not directly tied to specific external events or circumstances, but rather reflect an individual's ongoing inner state of being.
The interplay between physiological changes and mental states in the egoic mind underscores the complexity of human emotional experiences. While emotions are characterized by immediate reactions to external stimuli, feelings represent a deeper and more intricate aspect of the human experience, involving the integration of emotional reactions with cognitive processes that shape the individual's perception of themselves and the world around them.
Contrast with Feelings
While emotions are often characterized as reactive responses to external stimuli accompanied by physiological changes and mental states, feelings represent a more subtle and pervasive aspect of human experience that is not necessarily tied to specific events or circumstances. The distinction between emotions and feelings lies in the degree to which cognitive processes and personal identity are involved in shaping the individual's subjective experience.34
Feelings emerge from the integration of emotional reactions with other cognitive processes, such as memory, attention, and mental associations, allowing individuals to make sense of their emotional experiences and ascribe meaning to them.35 As a result, feelings are considered to be more complex and nuanced than emotions, reflecting the ongoing cognitive processing and interpretation of emotional reactions in relation to the individual's personal beliefs, values, and experiences.36
For example, while the emotion of fear might be triggered by an immediate threat, such as encountering a dangerous animal, the feeling of anxiety could arise from a more general and pervasive sense of unease related to one's personal insecurities or worries about the future. Similarly, the emotion of sadness might be a direct response to a specific loss or disappointment, whereas the feeling of melancholy could reflect a broader and deeper sense of longing or dissatisfaction with one's life circumstances.37
The distinction between emotions and feelings has important implications for understanding the role of cognitive processes in shaping human emotional experiences. While emotions serve as immediate reactions to external events, feelings reflect the ongoing mental construction of meaning and significance around those events, incorporating elements of personal identity and self-awareness. This understanding can help individuals better manage and transform their emotional states, by recognizing the interplay between emotions and feelings and cultivating greater self-awareness and mindfulness in their daily lives.
We have covered the Foundation material of this article, which should provide a sufficient understanding of the subject. However, for those who seek a more comprehensive knowledge, we encourage you to delve into the Advanced material that follows.
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