I liked my hangover today…

First of all, I liked my hangover because I had a really good time getting it last night!  But today I liked it because I got to learn a lesson from it.  Like anything in our human experience, we go from low to high to low to medium levels of flow/energy/emotions or whatever you want to call it.  Last night I got to get the high point sharing live music with some good new friends and today I got the low point with a nice little fog of brain shrouding and body aches.

I’ve been reading “Ask and it is Given” by Abraham-Ester Hicks and Jerry Hicks.  It’s about aligning what I’m “feeling” to help me through my life.  Listening to my “gut” feelings, so to speak.  It’s far more technical than that so if it resonates with you, pick it up to learn more.  I’ll be happy to talk to you about what I’ve learned.

In the book there’s a section about how to identify where I’m at on an “emotional” scale and an easy way to “turn my frown upside down”.

Here’s the list:

  1. Joy/Knowledge/Empowerment/Freedom/Love/Appreciation
  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”
  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/Depression/Despair/Powerlessness

I was trying to buy tickets to the Foo Fighters as soon as the they went on sale at 10am.  It was going great for the first 30 seconds.  I got two amazing seats in just the right sweet spot!  Then BAM!  The site got overwhelmed and Ticketmaster’s load balancing system took over.  “We’re sorry, we’re experiencing an extremely high volume traffic right now.  We need to turn off the interactive seat map and any tickets that you may have in your cart will be returned to the general pool of “best available tickets”.  AAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGG!  Whoa I was at #19 on the list pretty damn quick!!  And on down to #22 with Greif/Depression/Despair and Powerlessness.  🙁

That “mood” stayed around too!  I bounced around the bottom 1/2 for a while when somehow, out of nowhere, I ask myself what am I feeling RIGHT NOW?  As soon as I turned my attention to my feeling something amazing happened.  I giggled.  Just by THINKING about where I was, I automatically realized that “I” was in control of this.  That giggle turned into an infectious belly laugh that brought me right up the list.  I didn’t get all the way up in that moment but I moved the needle.  And that’s the point of the lesson I was given.

Just move the needle.

Here’s where it gets interesting.  I got out of my hole.  But I started thinking about others in their hole.  Their hole will look different than mine.  For example, when I see people in a state of hatred or rage, that is a better state than Unworthiness or Despair.  They’re ok!  They’re above the bottom!  I can have compassion for that emotion now.  I also realized that they might get Angry to get feeling better.  They might even calm down out of that and move up to Frustration.  They might even be open to Contentment?  They might see a cute kitten video on the internet now and bump up into Happiness for a bit?!!

My Belief/Positive Expectation is why I’m “feeling” this Enthusiasm/Eagerness to write a post about helping someone see that Anger is ok today.  Also that Jealousy is an ok thing to feel right now.  But to know that living in Joy/Freedom and Love you will need to move the needle “toward” the top.

The great news is that all you have to do is move one step higher.  I hope to see you at the top < 3

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