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How to Harness the Energy of Intense Emotions

Updated on February 2, 2021
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Yoga wellness educator. Certified to teach Hatha yoga, meditation, pilates, and Reiki. Oracle card reader. Yoga Therapy Foundations program.


The Energy of Intense Emotions

Emotional intensity is an intrinsic disposition to feel a wide range of emotions in a more passionate and profound way than most people do. These emotions can be positive or negative such as pain, despair, fear, pleasure, love, sorrow, happiness, or a combination of one or more of these emotions.

People with intense emotions are more likely to have deep insights and captivating spiritual experiences. They are open and sensitive to the spiritual world. As deep feelers, they can be overwhelmed by their emotions. Their environment is not the only thing that triggers their emotions. Their rich inner life such as thoughts or memories serve as triggers, too.

We are not meant to cure our emotional intensity. We would benefit much more if we were to accept, appreciate, and manage intense emotions.


Spiritual growth

Spiritual growth may be reached as a result of an energy produced by an impulse during the passionate living of intense emotions. Our intimate nature reveals itself right away in the upheaval of violent emotions such as great fear, penetrating curiosity, deep compassion, overall anger, or profound pleasure.

When controlled and managed by a lucid mind, the intensity of strong emotions generates a powerful and instantaneous connection of our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels of being. These levels often act unconnected from each other. We become aware of the inner power within us and start to bring it to the surface.

Levels of Consciousness

Our consciousness is made of different levels that are arranged in a hierarchy. The top levels can control those that are at a lower level. The transcendence of the lower levels of consciousness becomes possible by living every moment of daily life in its fullness.

Living intensely every moment of our daily life helps us to rise above the lower levels of consciousness such as shame, guilt, laziness, anguish, fear, and anger. The higher levels such as courage, acceptance, reason, compassion, joy, and peace put us in a stronger position to control situations, and take decisions and actions with purpose.

We can go about our daily life either mindlessly or mindfully. When we act mindlessly, we become ruled more by circumstances than by ourselves. When we act mindfully, we make conscious decisions aware of what is going on around us, and can control and organize our thoughts and actions.

We can manage lower levels of consciousness by becoming aware of them, influencing and transforming them. The importance of becoming aware of these levels is that it allows us to evaluate them. This in turn lets us influence them, decrease their intensity, and stop them from causing harm to ourselves or to others. We can transform unwanted negative emotions by replacing them with positive emotions.

The benefit of developing higher levels of consciousness on a regular basis is cumulative. With regular attention and preparation, they can be reached every time we need to replace an emotion of a lower level that may appear because of spontaneous urges.

The Heart Center Is the Seat of Emotions

Traditionally, emotions are said to be located in the heart center.

Tias little, a well-known yoga teacher and writer, describes three layers of the heart: the outer, the inner, and the deepest levels.

The outer layer of the heart sways with emotions imposed by circumstances. Misperception, resentment, attachment, egotism and possessiveness belong in the outer layer of the heart.

The inner layer of the heart is the storehouse for inner feelings, frame of mind, and impressions. This is the seat of self-image, thought, judgements and personal identity.

The deepest layer of the heart cannot be named. It is only through a total surrender of thought, cognition, and intellect, that this level can be experienced.

“Spiritual healing occurs as we begin to consciously reconnect with our essential being – the wise, loving, powerful, creative entity that we are at our core.”

— Shakti Gawain.

Meditating on the Heart Centre

Teaching people to meditate on the heart centre goes a long way in helping them control and manage intense emotions. This cultivates and nurtures spiritual growth.

The Heart Center Meditation puts emphasis on opening and healing the heart. It brings energy into the body and directs it toward the heart.

Flame of the Heart Meditation

Encourage focused awareness by imagining a steady flame in your heart. As you settle into meditation with your attention on your breath, imagine this heart flame burning steadily.

Heart Chakra Healing Meditation (10 to 30 minutes)

Sit comfortably and breathe softly and slowly.

First, let your awareness go to the external surface of your heart, the side that faces out to the world. Bring to mind any recent events that may have impacted your emotional well-being.

Next, let your contemplative attention go to your inner heart and notice how outside circumstances affect your breathing and heart rate. Discern feelings of pain, body temperature, pounding, tickling, and the like. These sensations may reveal emotional states of shame, frustration, narrow-mindedness, and the like.

Finally, bring your contemplative attention to the side of your heart that faces your spine. This is the secret heart that is beyond situations and causes. Bring to mind feelings of space and lightness in this inner chamber of your heart. Avoid trying to make sense of your heart opening experience. With one-pointed awareness, let yourself be absorbed into silence, space, and a sense of timelessness. This realm is pure from bias, interpretation, or judgment. Rest your awareness in the vast realm of your innermost heart.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Liliane Najm


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