In my last post I talked a little about how expectations determine perception. Yet emotions are just as influential (if not more) when it comes to perception. You don’t have to be a psychotherapist to know what a significant role emotions play in our experience of life. When depressed, the world appears in a dark, gloomy way, the glass is half-empty instead of half-full. When in love or simply having a really good time, we tend to see the world through rose-colored glasses. That’s nothing new. However, the extent of influence that emotions have on our perception is still astonishing. Especially considering that perceptions create the reality we live in.
Numerous studies have been done showing this relationship. However, I recently stumbled across this study showing the effect of emotions on our expectations which in turn affect our perception. I just wanted to include it here since it relates to my previous post Expectations – affecting our perception . I find it pretty amazing – how much (or easily) we can be influenced. In this particular study, participants were shown images that were neither fully red nor fully blue, people with “hostile personalities” were much more likely to see red. (For more check out “Anger as seeing red”). A great example of how emotions set up expectations that then determine perception.
Our emotions color our perceptive lens according to their nature….literally. When it comes to playing in the multidimensional arenas -or metaphysical realms – this is just as true. However, we don’t really know WHAT to expect and the situations we encounter are so “out of this world” that our perception is even more vulnerable to the influence of our emotional state. So when trying to connect to your Spirit Guides or any other metaphysical Beings, it is crucial to not only BE AWARE OF YOUR EMOTIONS but rather BE IN CONTROL OF YOUR EMOTIONS. Don’t let your emotions be in charge of you…or else you might not perceive anything or get the info “colored” in your momentary emotional state.
Unfortunately – at least this is true for me – when in despair, depressed or simply feeling down, is frequently the time we seek guidance from Spirit Guides or other sources in the metaphysical realm. May it just be to get info about “why” do I feel this way or “what the hell is going on”? As multidimensional beings, our emotional responses are not only triggered by experiences in our mundane life or the human collective. As multidimensional beings, we are susceptible to a myriad of factors influencing our emotions…many of which stem from beyond this physical realm (and there’ll be another post…next time). It is only natural to ask for spiritual assistance when feeling down or experiencing sudden outbreaks of anger. However, those damned emotions are the very thing that may be in the way of your connection. They completely change your energy-patterns and may interfere with your ability to connect to other realms. Or, vice-versa, will interfere with your guides’ or any other metaphysicals’ attempt to connect to you. This is especially true for negative emotions but strong positive emotions can distort interpretation of perception just as well. If, nonetheless, we do succeed in connecting, we may receive info that is heavily influenced by our emotions. So if you can, try to get into a somewhat neutral emotional state, put your emotions – along with the many thoughts that like to occupy your mind – aside, in a mental box (ready to be retrieved after your journey to the other side) and open up your perception, your connection to communicate.