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Extreme emotion

Category: Events

Type

Voluntary

Introduction and description

There are numerous instances on this website of how extremely intense Emotion enables spiritual experience.  If the emotion is a positive one - the experience can be that of inspiration, bliss and peace or wisdom.  It can also help healing.  If the experience is a negative one then the common effect is an hallucination, vision, an out of body experience [or its precursor dissociation] and occasionally near death!  We can also die from fear.

I have placed all the 'positive' high emotion actions and events under the heading of Suppression because although the emotion is high the effects are 'calming'.

The negative high emotion events and actions are placed here in the Overload section because when this sort of emotion is high the effects are anything but calming - they overload the system.

You will be able to see that we can voluntarily provoke very high levels of apparently negative Emotion [Actions].  Riding on a roller coaster, for example, is apparently negative because it is designed to provoke fear.  But because these acts are voluntary, the effects are only temporary - a temporary overload of the system.  Subconsciously too they are maybe not as potentially damaging because in our hearts we know they are short lived and we chose to do them, even if they may even be a little dangerous.

But some extreme emotion may be involuntary and may even be prolonged in its effect.  And this high emotion can produce truly intense spiritual experiences.

This section thus does two things:

  • It provides a catch all section which enables me to record spiritual experiences which cannot be attributed to any of the other more specific sections
  • It enables me to describe in a general way how all high emotion works to give you an experience 

Background

All the following Events might be classified as being ones which generate largely negative extreme emotion, often fear, sometimes grief, also pain - the list is not exhaustive but illustrative 

Angst

Being badly wounded

Being buried alive

Being constantly criticised

Being hanged

Being in a car accident

Being in extremely inhospitable surroundings

Being shipwrecked

Choking

Compressive asphyxia

Drowning

ECT Treatment

Electric shock

Exposure to cold

Extreme pain

Extreme unhappiness

Falling from a great height

Flagellation, beating and physical abuse

Fury, overwhelming rage and anger

Grief

Humiliation

Illegal abortion

Insecurity

Loneliness and isolation

Losing your independence

Overwhelming fear and terror

Physical abuse and beating

Psychological trauma

Rape

Shock from static electricity

Smothering

Stress

Suffocation

Torture

Unrequited love

War

Winding and chest compression

To this list of Events can be added a huge number of Illnesses and diseases, which produce Extreme pain and thus very high emotion.  Also classified as Illnesses and diseases are a number which might in reality be better classed as events of high emotion, for example: 

As we can see high emotion is thus a major contributor to spiritual experience

How it works

You will need to be able to reference the Model of spiritual experience whilst you read the following.  This has a definition of the terms I use. 

The Model is a model of our Minds showing the functions that are key to spiritual experience.  It is divided into three – the Subconscious, the Conscious and the Higher spirit :

  • The Higher spirit gives us access to the spiritual world, the specific function that creates spiritual input – dreams visions etc is called the composer;
  • Our Conscious mind is the mind of the intellect – reason, memory, and will.  It is often described as the ‘masculine’ in us and loosely speaking is processed by our left brain;
  • Our Subconscious mind is the mind of emotion and feeling, creativity and imagination, as well as perception.  It is also the processor of sensory information and nervous system messages.  It is the receiver of information from our autonomic systems including the sexual system.  It is often described as the ‘feminine’ in us and loosely speaking is processed by our right brain;

The only route to our composer is via the Subconscious – the feminine side. 

The only way we can activate the subconscious is to Squash the Intellect - aspects of our Conscious self. 

All spiritual experience works by squashing the 'masculine' Conscious self and letting the 'feminine' Subconscious self take over.

Look again at the Model

All spiritual experience works by overloading or suppressing the functions that produce inputs to the Will.  A function is what we were doing at the time, if the experience was involuntary, or what we need to be doing if we deliberately want to have a spiritual experience.  

In effect spiritual experience works by the overload [or suppression] of one or more of the following functions [blue boxes, follow the arrows backwards]

  • The nervous system
  • The 5 senses system
  • The autonomic system – especially our sexual systems
  • The system of Emotion
  • Reasoning
  • Memory recall
  • Learning - in an indirect temporary way, via Memory
  • Objective setting - a function of the will

And this is how all spiritual experience works, all the activities I have described on the website overload or suppress one or more of these functions on a temporary, semi-permanent or permanent basis.

Emotion thus has a hugely important effect.  It also has an interesting effect in that if we experience any form of very high Emotion it has a tendency to squash the functions of reasoning anyway, adding to the overall effects.

For a generic description of this activity in context see How spiritual experience works

 

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