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  • Writer's pictureAnnelisa MacBean

Your Emotional Guidance System

Before launching into using The Emotional Guidance Scale, let’s first look at what it is. According to Abraham Hicks, your emotions serve a very specific purpose. Your good feeling states correlate to the degree to which you are aligned with Source, God, Higher Self or Inner Being. When you are not feeling good, when you are feeling "bad" that is nature's way of communicating that you're out of alignment with the truth of what you are. Kind of like the bumps along the yellow line on the highway, the "bad" feeling states are suggesting we may want to redirect our attention to thoughts and experiences that feel better.

Our emotional guidance system includes a full spectrum of emotions ranging from the most positive, such as joy, appreciation, and love (the highest) to fear, despair and powerlessness (the lowest). The scale of emotions discussed here will help you identify where your vibration is . . . the closer you are to joy, the higher your vibration and the further you are from joy, the lower your vibration.

Abraham Hicks offers the following scale of emotions from highest to lowest…

  1. Joy/Appreciation/Empowerment/Freedom/Love

  2. Passion

  3. Enthusiasm/Eagerness/Happiness

  4. Positive Expectation/Belief

  5. Optimism

  6. Hopefulness

  7. Contentment

  8. Boredom

  9. Pessimism

  10. Frustration/Irritation/Impatience

  11. Overwhelment (feeling overwhelmed)

  12. Disappointment

  13. Doubt

  14. Worry

  15. Blame

  16. Discouragement

  17. Anger

  18. Revenge

  19. Hatred/Rage

  20. Jealousy

  21. Insecurity/Guilt/Unworthiness

  22. Fear/Grief/Desperation/Despair/Powerlessness

Using the Emotional Guidance Scale

The emotional guidance scale was created to help you identify your emotional state. If you are in a low vibrational state and want to feel better, it is important to first identify where you are on the scale. We all want to reach for joy when we are feeling miserable, but it isn't generally realistic to pop to the top of the chart into Love and Joy from the depths of despair.

Giving yourself permission to start climbing the ladder, to reach for even a slightly higher vibration can be a mighty movement . . . and enough . . . at any given time. If you are in a state of feeling jealous, angry, or discouraged and you move up into doubt or disappointment, you've traversed miles of emotional territory!! So, give yourself the grace of kind acknowledgement and appreciate the strength of your intention as you continue to climb upwards . . . and allow yourself to feel every emotion as you move. When you force a feeling of joy, it will not feel authentic. More importantly, it will not be a sustainable state and will, in fact, amplify your feelings of shame, unworthiness and despair. You will not be able to truly move.

Emotional Vibration and Law of Attraction

Like attracts like: This law suggests that similar things are attracted to one another. It suggests that people's thoughts, and the feelings they have related to those thoughts, tend to attract similar thoughts and feelings. Negative thinking is perceived to generate painful feelings. The vibration of negative thoughts and painful emotions is what attracts other experiences which resonate with that negative vibration. Alternatively, positive thoughts, which beget happier feelings are believed to generate a different frequency or vibration. Because joy or love is understood to generate a different vibration or frequency than Jealousy or Guilt, the vibration of Joy or Love attracts relationships and experiences which resonate with the higher frequency vibration.

Nature abhors a vacuum: This law of attraction suggests that removing things from your life can make space for other things to take their place. It is based on the notion that it is impossible to have a completely empty space in your mind and in your life. Since something will always fill this space, it is suggested that you have free will and choice about how to fill the space. The thoughts, experiences and emotions you choose to emphasize, the vibration on which you choose to focus your attention will attract more of the same or similar vibration into that space.

The present is always perfect: This law focuses on the idea that there are always things you can do to improve the present moment. While it might always seem like the present is somehow flawed, this law proposes that, rather than feeling dread or unhappiness, you have the choice to focus your attention on a better feeling thought . . . it might be doubt and worry . . . but that's a number of steps up the emotional guidance ladder! Finding thoughts and feelings that make the present moment the best that it can be for you right now is an incredibly potent intention. It creates momentum in the direction from despair toward joy! The goal isn't to be in an unrealistic state of perpetual unending happiness . . . it is to be non-judgmental of the emotional state you're in, while continually refining and upgrading your choices.

Think of it this way…you attract what you put out there. So, if you are focusing your attention and actions on the things you appreciate and are grateful for, you will tend to attract more of those good vibrations; people and experiences that match those feel-good vibrations. However, if you are giving your attention to people or circumstances of jealousy, hatred, or anger, you will attract people and experiences that match the weight and heaviness of those vibrations. Ultimately, we choose who and what we attract by where we allow ourselves to vibrate on the emotional scale.

Have you ever heard of the phrase “you are the top five people you spend your time with?” This is true because we attract people who are vibrating at the same level that we are. So, look around and evaluate the people you spend the most time with. Where are they on the scale? Where are they vibrating? Do they uplift you? Do they spend their days serving others, lifting each other up? Or do they spend their time talking negatively about other people and their own experiences and lives? What is this telling you about where you are focusing your attention?

How to Move Up the Emotional Scale

Ways to move up the scale include simple shifts like…

1. Remind yourself that even one step up is an improvement. One step a day turns into seven in a week very quickly. For example, instead of staying angry, try to move to being disappointed.

2. Spend more time doing practices like meditation, energy work, prayer, yoga. Spend time in nature. Commit to at least 30-minutes per day.

3. Remember that growth is a process and that you will have good and bad days. This doesn’t mean you aren’t moving in the right direction.

4. Change the people you are spending your time with. When you spend time with people who are living in a state of joy (or close to it) it will help lift you up and remind you where you want to be.

5. Start practicing gratitude and shifting your thoughts from “why is this happening to me?” To “I am so grateful for the following things in my life…”

6. Serve others. When you feel like you are living far from joy, it helps to serve others. By doing something for someone else and focusing on other people’s needs, you take your energy and focus away from what you are missing and put it towards helping someone else. This naturally raises your vibration and helps you see beyond yourself and your own life.

7. Have fun! Another great way to get yourself out of a “funk” and into a higher vibration is by doing something that brings you joy. If you are having a rough day maybe it’s time to turn on music and have a dance party with your children. Or maybe fun for you is reading a book outside on your patio or plugging into music and going for a walk.

It's not about making the heavy feelings wrong! It's about choosing to up level your state . . . it's about choosing a different vibration. Whatever reduces the drag and brings you a little bit more momentum toward happiness, do that! Progress, not perfection.

Remember, you are generating myriad subconscious thought vibrations all day long, meaning you are not aware of many of the deeply held beliefs that are drawing various vibrations into your experience. Therefore, pay attention to your emotions. Your emotions are communicating to you about the vibrations being generated by those deeply held, often invisible thoughts and beliefs. You don't need to wrestle with your unconscious to reveal those deeply held thoughts and beliefs. Simply notice what you are feeling. Move your attention to a thought that generates a slightly better feeling. What are you grateful for right now . . . the sun's out, or your favorite TV program is on in 20-mins? It can be anything that feels ever-so-slightly better . . . you're training yourself to shift your vibration.

You have the capacity to move to your highest vibration, to live purposefully, to choose. Attend to your emotions and be mindful of where you are placing your focus . . . build momentum towards joy.

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