Emotional Map

Listing of 22 emotions on a continuum

Emotional Map

Emotions can seem to be so random.  You’re up and then you’re down. Sometimes you can’t quite put a finger on why you’re feeling the way you’re feeling.

We also tend to have a general set point for our emotions – that place that we hang out at in general.  What’s really interesting is that we can actually change our emotional set point.  We can learn to be at a higher set point than we are currently.  And why not?

It feels good to be regularly experiencing positive emotions.  If there is a way that you can enjoy being at a higher emotional level, wouldn’t that be helpful in your life?

Abraham-Hicks has provided a sequential ordering of emotions – with joy, appreciation, empowered, freedom, and love at the highest level, and fear, grief, depression, despair and powerlessness at the bottom.  That’s pretty straightforward, but what is most helpful is the listing of the continuum of emotions that lie between the top and the bottom and the fact that they are listed in sequence.

Listing of 22 emotions on a continuum

Emotional Guidance Scale

How can we use this?

Gauge where we tend to stay — our set point.  Look at the diagram and determine your starting point.

Then, take a look one, two, at the most three steps up from where you are currently.  That is a reasonable goal.  We can’t just jump from a feeling of fear to joy (unless maybe you’re on a literal rollercoaster!).  We have to work up the emotional continuum in smaller steps.

An example

If you’re currently feeling depressed, you can see that two steps up is jealousy.  Can you think about someone that you may feel jealous toward?  Great, hold onto that feeling as it’s stepping you out of depression.  From a state of jealousy, can you jump three steps up to feeling anger?  Are you seeing how this works?

As mentioned, if you’re working on your set point and upleveling it, you’re going to want to stay at each level for a while, a week at least, until that feels like your new set point.  Then when you’re feeling ready you can move up again, establishing a new set point.

A quick fix

If you are normally at a higher level emotion but are currently feeling down, you can follow the same steps listed above and move up much more rapidly … in minutes.

Upward and Downward Spiral

Finally, notice the two sections on the right.  Emotions between joy and contentment form an upward spiral.  This means that when you are feeling at the least contentment, it’s much easier to move up this spiral of positive feeling emotions.  The same holds true from boredom on down.  When you’re feeling bored, it’s actually easier to move into pessimism and frustration, moving you down the emotional continuum.

By staying at contentment or above, you’ll find it much easier to regularly access those positive feeling emotions.

What is your current emotional set point?

Is it where you’d like it to be?

How can you use this sequence of emotions to raise your set point?


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