- THE 5 MAJOR EMOTIONS -
There are five basic emotions, which resonate with our
body energies at a very deep level. In moderation these
emotions act as motivational energies that stimulate organs
and keep them and us healthy.
Anger relates to the wood element that
includes the organs of the liver and gall bladder, the muscular
system and the immune system.
When anger is in a state that is harmful to the body,
it can weaken and break down the immune system and we have
difficulty fighting off disease particularly viruses.
Anger was used in past times as a motivating force as a
means for survival i.e. in battle or as a motivating force
when hunting, whereas today it usually expresses itself
in work and life stresses. It is rarely an emotion / energy
that is used creatively and almost always manifests destructively
Long term suppressed anger can also lead to the formation
of gallstones (condensed anger) and migraine headaches.
The liver is also associated with our ability to plan and
make decisions. As a result if a person is in a state of
chronic anger his / her decision making abilities are diminished.
We are ‘livered’ and cannot think straight.
Generally a loss in quality of life occurs as we are attracted
to violent situations as a way of releasing this emotion.
Fear is the emotion of the water element
and has specific relation to the kidney and bladder organs,
the central nervous system, reproductive system, and endocrine
system. Fear is a necessary emotion as it provides the ‘fight’
or flight’ response necessary for survival however
living in a acute or chronic fear can have serious effects
and far reaching ramifications in many areas of the body.
A typical state of chronic fear is a perpetual reaction
to the world around us and feelings of being overwhelmed
and our inability to cope. This includes concepts such as
fear of coping with our relationship, health, our job or
our financial situation. These reactions often become imploding
and internal creating ‘time bombs’ which build
up over time. We produce a mask (keeping up a front) for
the world to see while inside the inner fear of handling
difficult situations is damaging our nervous system. We
literally scare ourselves to death!
Worry effects the earth element that relates
specifically to the stomach, spleen & pancreas. The
effect particularly when reacting with intense worry to
the stomach is one of acidity and ulcers. We are unable
to digest and process life’s situations. Also the
pancreas cannot produce the required amounts of enzymes
that enable proper digestion of food. This in turn can lead
to sugar handling disorders as regulation of levels is irregular.
Grief relates to the air / metal element
that specifically effects the lungs and large intestine.
Imploding grief i.e. grief that is not expressed in a healthy
manner, will often manifest itself as fluid on the lungs
and can lead to chronic or acute lung disorders which impair
our breathing. This in turn has a ‘knock on’
effect as it is our ability to breath properly which determines
our overall health, (see Self-link
for further information about breathing)
Joy is the energy of the five elements
that effects the heart, circulatory system and small intestine.
Joy has a positive effect on the overall Body
/ Mind but when it is absent it manifest as sadness.
This Sadness is ‘heartache’
or depression, as opposed to grief (that is grieving over
something specific). Chronic sadness effects the heart,
arteries and veins and can impair the absorption of food
and emotions through the small intestine.
GUILT & JEALOUSY
Both of these emotions are combinations of the 5 basic
Guilt is a combination of anger with fear
Jealousy is anger and fear and is often
fueled by very low self-esteem.