Hi Aurora. You bring up a number of very interesting points.
aurora wrote:Let me see if I understand what is being shared here. In the diagram there are 3 circles that get progressively larger. Is there any significance as to which emotion is located in any of the larger circles?
I wanted to do this diagram in 3 dimensions, but it does not work well to post as an image. The three, solid circles that are linked together by a color would be better represented vertically, stacked on top of each other to indicate "magnitude." For example, ecstasy would be underneath joy (below the image) and serenity would be above it (above the image), as they are three faces of that emotional aspect. (I tried to do it that way, but the text ended up unreadable). So the innermost circle groups the strongest emotions derived from the primaries, the ones most likely to be repressed "downward" into the unconscious. The 2nd circle are the primary emotions, as indicated by Plutchik. The 3rd circle are the mild emotions from those primaries.
Everything outside the 3rd circle are "harmonics" -- relationships between the primary emotions. The harmonic level is indicated by the shape (dashed circle = 2nd harmonic, diamond = 3rd, square =4th).
aurora wrote:It is interesting to note how the increased intensity emotions are in the smallest most center circle as if they are condensed and increased in magnitude.
That is why I put them there, as close as I could get them retaining readability. I also thought they might be conic--projecting downward and meeting at the point in the center, sort of like a transition point between the conscious and unconscious aspects of the psyche.
aurora wrote:As one moves away from the the center of the diagram the emotions seem to be of a more relaxed energy. And yet, moving outside the 3rd ring, the emotions have almost become our ingrained beliefs or behavior patterns. Though the intensity has decreased as the emotions move away from the inner circles, they appear to become the more complex emotions that are difficult to release and not use towards others.
Also consider that in waves (like photons), energy is proportional to the frequency. The 2nd harmonic emotions would have twice the frequency--and therefore only needs half the intensity to have the same, apparent energy.
aurora wrote:I also find it interesting and yet am trying not to look at the emotions as positive or negative, but it appears that only 20-25 percent would vibrate at a much higher frequency then all the rest.
I've been working with the frequency aspect, and find that there may only be a SINGLE frequency to the primary emotions (joy/sadness, trust/disgust, fear/anger, surprise/anticipation)--and it is the PHASE that is significant. If you examine it as a wave, the peak would be the "positive" side, and the valley the "negative" side of each pair.
I did have one problem with determining the positive/negative placements--two of these pairs are obvious. Joy+/Sadness- and Trust+/Disgust-. When Fear is compared to Anger, it is Fear that is positive
... which seems a little out of place until you look at the survival mechanism of the body. It is Fear that keeps you alive--a sense of "don't do that" that keeps you out of dangerous circumstances. In that light, Fear+/Anger-.
That leaves the "mystery axis"--Anticipation/Surprise--which is more of a temporal shift than a polarity. By that I mean that Anticipation is a "future expectation" and Surprise is more of a "past expectation"--didn't see it coming, but generates an emotional memory analogous to the feelings you get with anticipation. It is obviously a different character than the other three, polarized axes. I could not help notice the similarity to a mathematical construct called a Quaternion... | w ix jy kz |. The three, imaginary variables nicely match the three, polarized emotional axes. The scalar, w, is neutral in the context of the other three, and works nicely with Surprise/Anticipation.
So this diagram is basically a "yin" geometric structure--a Mandala.
aurora wrote:People get prescribed some of the chemicals made in a lab to replicate what the body should already naturally be producing. Those drugs just seem to shut down the neurotransmitters that allow that person to feel emotions in the first place thus blocking the natural production of other necessary chemicals made to keep all the systems in balance.
It is difficult to "shut down" a neurotransmitter, but it is very easy to "clog up" a receptor site--which is what most drugs DO. And as you point out, it creates an emotional avalanche throwing everything out of whack.
What has not been considered is the "residue" that drugs leave, particularly psychoactive ones. They enter the synaptic cleft to do their dirty work, but what happens after that? They are "neutralized" with another drug, basically producing a "salt" (chemically neutral structure), which has no where to go, so it just piles up in the cleft. Over time, the effect is cumulative causing emotional damage, memory loss, loss of cognitive ability (inhibits the flow of shen / kundalini in the brain).
aurora wrote:Our body has an incredible defensive mechanism that protects us from the most extreme and intense emotions. If one has not learned how to let go of the extremes and keeps them pent up inside, they can either erupt violently later or get stored into the muscle and fatty tissues.
Excellent observation, and very accurate. I've noticed that correspondence in my own life. Very interesting thought--fatty tissue is acting as type of "emotional memory" for repressed emotions. Makes sense given the reciprocal relationship between thinking (space) and feeling (time). Compression in time is tantamount to expansion in space. Repress those emotions into the soul, and the physical body expands to accommodate. Also works well with the psychological concept of projection--the spatial effect is plainly visible, just as all symbolic projection tends to be.
aurora wrote:Through conscious intent and effort they can be released at a later date. However, long term, these locked in emotions are what lead to the loss of our health on a physical level each one impacting a different organ or body system.
I completely agree.
Something else I've noticed and want to incorporate into the monastic aspects of the project, is the fact that it is MUCH easier to release these emotions in a friendly, supportive environment. Emotions are FIELDS, not senses, and as such, affect (and are affected by) everything and everyone around them. If you are in an environment where people are willing to release their own burdens, or have done it, it makes it significantly easier to release your own burdens as all emotional structures are sympathetic.
aurora wrote:These emotions are manifested irregardless of an actual experience taking place or just the memory of that experience with the same intensity if not dealt with in the first place. Otherwise that event just becomes a memory with no power over our emotional release.
Can you expand on this concept? Particularly the correlation between memory, power and emotional release.
aurora wrote:Though I make the above statements as if they are factual, they are from my life experiences rather then the in depth research that others do to help me digest some incredible concepts that I may not have understood otherwise. Thank you for the foundation of the research that allows others to build upon.
Factual or personal, they are still some excellent ideas that generate new ideas in my own mind. And for me, that's what "it" is about... expanding ones mind and horizons. Thank you for taking the time to reply!