Emotional Content ( post conclusion report )
It is in the end, only the content of emotional experience, which counts
and accounts for anything
A person may have a myriad of thoughts, all of them equating knowledge, or presumed knowledge, linked to an experience. For example; The experience of a tree. This person maybe well versed in all the aspects of a tree’s physiology. He or she maybe able to make linked cognizant conclusions as to why, and what a tree represents and may even link these attribute to some other higher understanding. An appreciation of form and detail and other subtle attributes may add to the observation of the tree.
But; it is the emotive content, the connection which the observer make with the tree and the tree with the observer; which leads to a more subtle and direct appreciation. A sense of feeling all there is within the tree, its relation to the earth, the sky, to the other life forms that live on and around it. This can only be felt, not thought about. It is a moment of presence, devoid of thought and yet contains the most encompassing of experience. This emotional connection is the unity of “one”
The connection to the presence and present now can only come through emotion.
When a person is not moved by the emotive, then living becomes a series of thought processes; which by their very nature, have a limited capacity of appreciation. And so, for a life, which becomes purely thought, based, a dullness, boredom and a rigmarole of repetitive thought processes ensues.
If a person should spark those thoughts with imagination, then the emotive response can be initiated in that person. Relieving, for a time, the feeling of emptiness and dullness. This is why so many imaginative pursuits have been developed, such as games, films, books and sports. It is also the process by which consumers are hooked into an imaginative response to products.
Imagination provides the illusion of emotional content. That somehow some new product will relieve the basic underlying boredom, which is felt through the continual thought, based paradigm. But these valued objects are short lived in their appeal and input into the emotional state. They can neither replace nor fulfil the need for true emotional content of expression through their owners or through their ownership. Hence the continuing need for more commodities of greater potential for creating more emotive content, which does not exist. The circle is endless, because people link emotional well-being with an imagined satisfaction of something they are lacking, but need.
Even the concepts and notions of love have fallen prey to this ideology. Love has become a commodity with all the aspects of imagined potential content. It places love into a bracketed expectation of fulfilment, of the imagined emotive content it “should” provide; and so relationships are begun with expected results, which often do not manifest but are driven to attain, as non-attainment of those expectations would equal failure of the relationship. All to often both persons within the relationship are expecting something completely different from the other.
This is not to deny the original attraction they felt, which was an emotional response. But highlights how emotional attraction then becomes superseded by the habitual consumer expectation. The original emotive attraction response becomes fogged, even completely lost in an imaginative ideal of what the other person could and should be. Instead of being allowed, or perceived as and for, who they really are.
So much of the living done in this consumerist society acts as a mechanism to divorce people from their emotional responses to life itself.
Even religion removes the emotive reaction to the awareness of a spiritual connection and replaces it with a thought process of beliefs and faiths. Yet true faith and true belief and true realisation and appreciation of the unity of spirit, body and mind is an emotional response to circumstances and experiences, which pervade their lives with innumerable questions, question which can only be answered by the heart and by feeling. The spiritual connection is an emotional response of extra ordinary clarity and power. It is the thinking heart within emotion. It is this that drives the presence of a person and allows them to connect on a multitude of levels, from simple appreciation to the most spiritually profound experience.
In general the life of humans has become a thought-based response to almost everything they perceive. And so, the life of humans has been limited in its content and in its potential content. Where acquisition appears to be the only imaginative outlet for emotion, which can be agreed upon as a consensus of purpose. Such an agreement of purpose on a global scale further hinders the natural development of the human emotional life. Agreements between couples, families, groups, societies and cultures create the limited world they see today. A world where emotional responses are governed by what can be acquired, won or presumed from them. Even in losing these things, there is a reward of emotional reaction to the loss and so everything comes with a label and a price tag of transitory emotional fulfilment.
With thoughts mankind has caged emotion in a prison of morals, morals which not only provide guilt, but also provide ridicule and shame. Humans have been taught to stand separate from their emotions and only in the most desperate outbursts of grief or joy do they connect to themselves. They view emotion as something to be governed and controlled, unwanted, and often unwarranted. Emotions are said to confuse and confound the logical processes of thought. Yet emotion is curiously regarded in its highest form, as love.
As children humans can swing from one extreme of emotion to another in almost an instant; one minute crying uncontrollably for some reason, the next smiling and laughing for another reason. Instead of teaching their children how to perceive these oscillations of response, they teach them to close or shut down one response in preference for another and then finally to close or shut both responses.
It is not a conclusion that people do not feel a wide range of emotional and emotive states, from happiness to grief. They are capable of a phenomenal range of emotion at varying degrees of expression.
But I have to ask you, yes you, when was the last time you were swept away into the moment by a pure emotional response to the experience you were having ? And I do not mean being entertained… and I do not mean making love ( as this often steps beyond the bounds of mental confinement ). I mean an actual response to the presence of what was being experienced at the time.
We have all felt these moments of pure connection where thought seems to fade and a much larger integrated presence pervades us. When no division is apparent and thoughts themselves take on a greater more expansive quality of fluidity through and via the emotion. How often does this happen ?
It should be happening all the time, in waves and troughs, peaks and lows, through degrees of intensity, but none the less continuously. Even in stillness there is emotive content. An equilibrium of oscillation providing the emotion of peace and feelings of unity and the all pervading one-ness. Through the emotional content of experience mankind is one with what is, it makes a person present in that moment, it supplies a wider appreciation and view of that moment, It ignites a sense of unity, even within grief and sorrow and for those lucky few who see beyond the barriers, to the true emotion of love can experience a cognizant clarity which touches the very face of the heavens. Only through emotion can a human realise its own potential as a sentient being within the Universal mind.