What does it do – This first step is simply about stopping and observing, becoming the observer. It is recognising that something is out of balance (or not). Something is going on inside of you. Something is ‘wrong’, (or right) and there may be a particular word you use for this feeling (anxiety, anger, sadness, depression, frustration, disappointment, powerlessness; joy appreciation, happy, grateful, calm, hopeful).
Stop thinking and analysing. Observe what is happening for you as if you were outside of your body looking in. Become the observer. Practice this until you can do it anywhere, anytime, just because you can.
What is it – This is a simple process of detaching your awareness from the ‘problem’ or what is happening in the physical world and stepping outside of yourself to observe what is happening on the inside. This is about observing your emotions – the vibrational indicators of your state of being. The indicators are the emotions you feel in your physical body. In terms of quantum physics, those emotions which allow you to feel “good” are of a higher frequency, while those emotions which allow you to feel “less than good – bad” have a lower frequency.
How does it work – By using a reference scale you can recognise what is going on within your system (system here = physical body, mind, emotions, energy system). The Emotional Guidance Scale (EGS) which comes from the Abraham-Hicks material is an indicator of different frequency emotions you experience. These emotions range from the very best of feeling (appreciation, joy, love, abundance), to the very worst of feeling (powerlessness, despair, rage, hopelessness). By looking at some of the emotions you might experience between powerlessness on the bottom of the scale to appreciation on the top end, you are able to provide yourself with an indicator.
It is sometimes helpful to have some measure of the intensity of the feeling/sensation you are feeling. A simple way to go about this is to stop and recognise that something is out of balance. Take three slow deep breaths holding each breath for the count of 5. Focus on your chest and notice the area of your heart. Place your hand in this area. Ask your heart, “What is the best word to describe this feeling?” and “on a scale of -10 to +10 what size is this feeling?” Trust your answers and move on.
Alternatively, using your own body language (AKA muscle testing, Kinesiology, whatever you want to call it), you can identify the most appropriate emotional descriptor word, and the level of intensity. Remember using a pendulum is the same as reading your own body language, so if you feel comfortable using a pendulum, feel free to explore.
Critical note here: this isn’t about focusing on a “problem” or looking to blame or shame. This is about recognising firstly there is an emotion or sensation in my body, and then looking at it rather than resisting in any way. Look at it and recognise the underlying belief you hold to support this result and it will dissolve. Alternatively, if you resist in any shape or form the problem will grow stronger. What you resist will persist – what you look at will dissolve.
How can I do this – This process is simply and solely about recognising the sensation in your body, at the moment, and accepting it as an indicator. You are not broken or bad and there are not a million little green men inside of you poking you with pins. These are physiological measures or indicators of changes in your very cells resulting from thoughts. Some of these thoughts you are aware of and some you are not aware of. To be able to do this effectively, you need to stop and recognise a feeling in your body at this moment – in the Now.
Often the act of recognising the emotion or feeling in your body and watching it from an observer perspective will significantly reduce the intensity of the sensation in your body.
With some practice, you will be able to quickly name the emotion with a feeling word. It does require some practice initially.
Trust your body language. I talk with young people about body language, how the Inner Mind uses this to communicate with our conscious mind and other people. I then show them how to use their own body language to communicate with their Inner Mind. I find this is best demonstrated by using a muscle testing technique, while the better way of teaching them to use it is by teaching them to use a pendulum. When the connection between a pendulum swinging and the body language is made, and how this comes from the Inner Mind, most people are comfortable developing this communication.
To help you relax into recognising your indicators at any moment try setting an alarm or send yourself a scheduled text message. When you have a reminder-alarm stop and question “what emotion is flowing through my body now?”. Suggested questions you might use:
Focusing on the most dominant emotion in my body currently, what would be the best word to describe how I feel? “Is it anger; anxiety, fear, powerlessness, frustration, sadness, despair, depression, or is it joy, appreciation, hope, happiness, peace? Trust the first words to come to your attention and check authenticity.
Where does the intensity of this emotion sit on a scale of -10 to +10? (Where +10 is awesome and -10 is extreme pain)
Play detective and ask your 20 questions until you have some insight into what might be causing the sensations in your body. For example, does it originate from a certain relationship you have or had? Does it relate to your finances, your accommodation, your life purpose, your work/career, your family, or some other aspect of your life?
What can I expect – Develop a deeper understanding of you and how your emotional state is an indicator of what you are thinking but more, so it is an indicator of the core belief you are using to think through at that time.
Detachment from the problem and the pain while you observe what is happening inside your physical body. When you become skilled in this process you will be able to also observe what is happening in your thinking mind, as well as inside your emotional world and your energetic world.
Hints and tips – Play with the concept of trusting your inner knowing to guide your awareness.
If you are unsure of the authenticity of using a pendulum, continue to include statements or questions that check this validity. For example, stating your name needs to draw a “yes” response while stating your name as something other needs to draw a “no” response from the pendulum.
For a list of general emotional states use a list of smiley faces or consider the Emotional Guidance Scale in Abraham-Hicks’ book Ask and It Is Given.