go to link Whereas the jump from depression straight to happiness is possible, we usually navigate the emotional scale in a more subtle way. In other words, your healing trajectory from depression to happiness will take you up the emotional scale one emotion at a time.
Depression will turn into anger, then revenge, disappointment, and into frustration, until you eventually work yourself up into your desired positive state. Crying is the mechanism that drives this trajectory. All an emotion wants is to be acknowledged, after which it loses its power completely. The reason many people perceive crying in a negative way is because, when approached from the wrong perspective, it also has the potential of keeping you in an emotional standstill. Once you release an emotion through crying, you are faced with two choices: You can either embrace the positive emotion that has surfaced as a result, or you can go back to the old one.
Emotions are created by thoughts and beliefs. Therefore, if after crying you return back to the negative thought-pattern that created that past emotion, you will end up re-creating it.
This keeps you in a vicious circle of negativity that prevents you from moving up the emotional scale. Before you call me a masochist, let me assure you that this process will not conjure up any form of external negativity.
It is simply a self-reflection exercise that will help you express pent-up emotions that are already within you, and guide you to move up the emotional scale. Mirror work was popularized by Louise Hay, as a powerful process for self-reflection. Louise suggests that when you look into your eyes you are forced to face your truth. The masks come off and you can no longer lie to yourself — everything comes to the surface.
Although Louise Hay suggests using mirror work to do positive affirmations, my process is quite different. They cite previous studies where psychologists found some subjects smiled at times of extreme sadness. Terms and Conditions.
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