Ignite the Power WithinDo you sometimes experience unwanted emotions or feel joyful for apparently no reason?  You may be one of many individuals who experience emotional states that are triggered by external factors.

It’s well and good if experiencing joy, but not ideal when feeling unwanted emotions.  The latter can affect the way you interact with others.

In this article, we discuss four main factors that influence your emotional state and how you can quickly counter their affects using evidence-based techniques developed by HeartMath Institute. The four main factors are a) your perception, b) the sun, c) the earth, and d)the collective. Let us briefly discuss these before providing a simple three-step approach to countering their affects.

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black-profile-of-a-man-with-gears-and-a-light-bulb_Gy9TFOd_ 150pxYour Perception

Your perception of a particular situation affects which of the 1400 or so different bio-chemical reactions take place within your body.  If you perceive something as an unwanted challenge – perhaps a public speaking engagement – you will experience fear-based emotions such as anxiety.  If you happen to be Deepak Chopra in the same situation, your body would be at ease and you would be in a state of excitement and exhilaration.  The very same situation is perceived differently by different individuals.  This means you can control your reaction by shifting your perception of life events.

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sun-surface-storm-flattened_GkQhmhLuBlame it on the Sun

A Russian scientist by the name of Alexander Tchijevsky (1897 – 1964) noted that more severe battles in World War I occurred during peak sunspot periods.

He then compared key global events between 1749 and 1926 and related these with the occurrence of solar cycles.  What he discovered was nothing short of amazing.

He noted that increased violence, crime rate, social unrest, revolutions and frequency of terrorist attacks were linked to the solar cycle.  The cycle has also been correlated with human-led accomplishments in art, architecture and science.  This strongly suggests that the solar activity amplifies human emotions resulting in a heightened response to create or to destroy.  You can blame some of what you feel on the sun.

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Blame it on the Earth

The space between the earth’s surface and the atmosphere gives rise to a physical property referred to as Schumann Resonances.  This is analogous to hearing your voice echo when looking down a canyon but with a twist.  Let’s say that you play one string of a guitar at a time and the canyon echoes the ‘A’ note with a higher volume than the other notes.  The canyon is said to have a property of resonance at the frequency of ‘A’ (all other frequencies are not as loudly echoed). 

Similarly, the gap between earth’s surface and the atmosphere causes certain frequencies to amplify.  In the analogy , the guitar string can be replaced with lightning strikes and the canyon replaced with the gap between the atmosphere and the earth’s surface.  When lightning strikes, electromagnetic waves of the frequency coinciding with Schumann resonances are amplified.  It just so happens that the Schumann resonance frequencies are in the same range as the human brain wave frequencies. The human brain regulates sleep/wake cycles, release of hormones and the ability to regulate executive functioning (intelligence).

It doesn’t take that much of a stretch to appreciate that our emotional state may be at least partly influenced by the electromagnetic activity whose frequencies are in the same range as our brain waves.

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Blame it on Others

HeartMath Institute is finding more evidence to suggest that mass human focused emotions – such as those during the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and more recent in France – cause a shift in the earth’s magnetic field.  This shift interacts with the magnetic field  generated by the human heart.  In other words, if there is a global event where the masses feel pain and anger, this emotion will be strong enough to be felt by individuals around the globe.  Conversely, when there is a collective human gathering in prayer or meditation, its positive effects will be felt by individuals.  Some of the feelings you experience may be due to the emotions expressed by the collective.

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young family at homeThe 3-Step Process to Manage Your Emotions

This three-step process has been shown to improve emotional regulation and can be practiced at the onset of unwanted emotions regardless of its cause:

  1. Draw your attention in the area around your heart
  2. Take slow, deep breaths and visualize these flowing in and out of your heart
  3. Experience positive emotions such as care and appreciation.

Numerous peer-reviewed science journals have published the benefits of similar techniques developed by the Institute of HeartMath.  By practicing this for at least 15 minutes each day, you will begin to feel more centered and in control of your emotions regardless of the source triggering them.

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