Understanding And Using The Emotional Scale

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Author: GP Staff (136 Articles)

Chris is the Managing Editor of Gratitude Planet and can be found most days enjoying the Southern California weather and waves.

If you have browsed our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, you know that the number one goal of Gratitude Planet is to help you feel better. When you feel good, the Law of Attraction lines you up with the very best of what you are asking for, bringing it to you in a natural, easy, and often thrilling way. But when you don’t feel good, the Law of Attraction is just as busy lining you up with less than pleasant experiences. When you feel bad or disconnected, it can be difficult to feel good. Our goal is to help you feel better as a result of visiting us, regardless of how you feel when you arrive. We say “feel better” for an important reason: everyone has a “vibrational range” that is changing all the time. You can only find thoughts that are in your vibrational range, and so it is important to be aware of how far-reaching your range is. To help you focus on how you feel, the use of the Emotional Scale (or Vibrational Scale) can be very helpful.

The Emotional Scale is a sliding scale of emotional/vibrational indicators, grouped in order from the worst feeling (bottom) to the best feeling emotions (at the top):

Joy/Knowledge/Empowerment/Freedom/Love/Appreciation
Passion
Enthusiasm/Eagerness/Happiness
Positive Expectation/Belief
Optimism
Hopefulness

Contentment
Boredom
Pessimism
Frustration/Impatience/Irritation
Overwhelment
Disappointment
Doubt

Worry
Blame
Discouragement
Anger
Revenge
Hatred/Rage
Jealousy
Insecurity/Guilt/Unworthiness
Fear/Grief/Depression/Despair/Powerlessness

For the source material for this concept, refer to the book “The Vortex: Where The Law of Attraction Assembles All Cooperative Relationships” by Esther and Jerry Hicks. The Emotional Scale is not set in stone in terms of the emotional descriptors, and how you feel personally is what really matters most. But the concept remains true that you only have access to emotions that are near what you are presently feeling. This explains why some people get really frustrated when they first learn about the Law of Attraction, especially when they “try to feel good” all the time. It’s not about feeling good, it’s about feeling better.

To illustrate how you might use the Emotional Scale, imaging that you can change the colors of the scale with a vertical slider. What you are presently feeling will be (for this discussion) yellow, while the emotion directly above will be green, and the emotional descriptor just below will be red. Suppose you were feeling discouraged. Your scale would look like this:

Doubt
Worry
Blame
Discouragement
Anger
Revenge
Hatred/Rage

In this example, you have a vibrational range that dips as low as anger, and as high as blame. When you feel discouraged, the best thoughts you have access to feel something like blame (which I know doesn’t feel good…but it does feel better). You also can find thoughts that feel like anger. But worry and revenge are not in your range, and you will not be able to honestly talk to yourself in either of those emotions. But here is the key to using the scale: If you focus on thoughts that feel like blame, for as little as 17-40 seconds, your emotional midpoint will readjust on blame, and it will look like this:

Disappointment
Doubt
Worry
Blame
Discouragement
Anger
Revenge

Your deliberate focus has caused you to vibrate out of the range of anger, and into the emotional vicinity of worry. But worry doesn’t feel very good either, you say. Yes, that’s true, but it feels better than blame. So now turn your attention to thoughts that feel like worry. Yes, give yourself the permission to worry for a few minutes. In as little as 17 seconds, your range can shift yet again and center on worry, giving you access to doubt:

Overwhelment
Disappointment
Doubt
Worry
Blame
Discouragement
Anger

As you begin to use this tool to focus your attention on your emotional guidance system, you will be able to tell where you are at all times, and what the best feeling thought that you have access to is at all times. Before long you will have a midpoint that might look like this:

Joy/Knowledge/Empowerment/Freedom/Love/Appreciation
Passion
Enthusiasm/Eagerness/Happiness

Positive Expectation/Belief
Optimism
Hopefulness
Contentment

The worst-feeling thought in your vibrational range feels like optimism. Not too bad, eh? Once your range resides in this area for most of your day, the Law of Attraction can assemble people, places, and perfect timing for you all day. Source Energy begins to flow freely when you enter the range between hopefulness and optimism. The things you have been asking for vibrationally can come into full and magical manifestation in your life. You will radiate your connection to Source to everyone you interact with, and you will see the best in them as well.

The frustration I mentioned above is created when a well-meaning person tries in vain to find thoughts that are outside of their vibrational range. You simply can’t jump from discouragement to Positive Expectation/Belief in one step. So if you try to pretend you are feeling positive when you really only have access to blame and anger, you will probably end up in anger. Yes, you can move down the scale too, and just as easily. If you make anger your emotional set point (or midpoint) then you grant yourself access to, you guessed it, revenge. Life is a continuous cycle of movement up and down the emotional scale. Don’t try to jump around (because you can’t anyway) but just do your best to find the best feeling thought that you have vibrational access to. Soon you will master this technique, and you will feel good most of the time. And when you don’t, just reach and feel and reach and feel some more. Feel ALL your emotions, and don’t beat yourself up for feeling any of them. If you feel better through your focus, you are on the right track every time.

I actually created a real sliding emotional scale as a gift for the staff members of Gratitude Planet for them to use as they choose. As we go through our day we feel and adjust the slider. When it dips below a certain point we give some special focus to the green area, and less to the red area. I have found it to be an excellent way to help me feel good most of the time. You can see from the photo that I wanted a single word for each emotion, and that the words you choose don’t matter as much as the feeling behind each word. Feel free to make one for yourself, and see how you can train yourself to be in a good-feeling place even more of the time. Enjoy this most amazing day!  Chris-GP

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    6. Lee says:

      Chris, Thanks!!
      I’m not always exactly sure what feelings are just above and just below a particular feeling. This helps a lot!!

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    7. Chris says:

      Lee,
      Yes, you get to decide how your scale would go based on how it feels to you. So if you think hopeful feels better than optimistic, your scale gets to put hopeful above optimistic. However, you don’t need to make one up. Start with the one here and see if it works for you. That way, no one tells you how your feelings feel, because only you can know. Hope that helps. Enjoy this day! CHRIS

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    8. Lee says:

      So, do WE make up our OWN emotional scale, or can we use the one that you listed? Because I’m not sure what my E.S. would be, and it would be a whole lot easier if I could just “borrow” the example you’ve given us. : )

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    9. windsurfer153 says:

      Having one by your desk would make it easier to remember to use. nice

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    10. Lisa78 says:

      I have been using my Emotional Scale and it really works to focus my attention on how I feel.

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