Duality in Emotion

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Envy places you furthest from your present moment truth; joy brings you closest.

 

We often consider emotions as something we have—relatively capriciously, which come and go with little or no will on our part. This is simplistic and still based on the little “I” arising from our most primal selves. As the vibrational levels we live in continue to rise, there must be more consideration placed on the emotions and their apparent control “over” us.

Often emotions are placed in opposition to one another, such as love/hate, envy/joy, etc. The dualistic comparisons are also based on the fallacy that these emotions can be placed a kind of balancing point. If that were true, you could reach some sort of “happy median”. Consider the fairly traditional dichotomy of love and hate. You may wish to consider whether there is a certain level of quality of expression of each. Is there a point where there is too much “love”? Is there a point where there is a great “need” for hate? Of course, definitions may different from individual to individual, culture to culture; but, in general, the answer is probably “no” in both cases.

So, is there any two emotions that operate in a dialectic fashion? The closest to this are envy and joy, but only in the sense that as envy is eliminated, or at least diminished, joy is increased—and vice versa. Envy places you furthest from your present moment truth; joy brings you closest. Although there might not be an obvious direct connection between these two emotions, certainly you can see how it may affect your experience of the present moment—which is really the only “time” you can ever experience.

Love and joy are strongly linked, as well; however, there is no specific connection. It can be true that you feel more joyful when you are also experiencing love or loving thoughts, some love can make you anything but joyful. And, reciprocally, you can feel especially joyful and that experience could have nothing—in particular—to do with any specific feelings of love.

How you process your dualistic nature of human physical reality can be confusing and all-too-often attributed to strong emotions. Clearly, as we’ve pointed out, emotions are merely your inner thoughts about your present moment. We suggest that, although emotions can be useful gages of your inner world; they are misleading or outright inaccurate barometers of your “outer” world.

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