Are Feelings and Emotions The Same Or Different?

The terms ‘Feelings’ and ‘Emotions’ are often used interchangeably.  However, they are as different as night and day. Emotions are the feelings that were never processed, so as to let go and move on. These stuffed/stored feelings are then triggered or your buttons are pushed; thus, you experience an emotional hook to a past experience that is re-experienced – similar to an instant replay.

The button pushing accompanied by an emotional re-action, act one – scene two, act four hundred -scene one thousand or act one thousand – scene two thousand…you get the point. When that right or wrong situation rears its ugly head,  you automatically go into the defense mode and prove your Self right. Or in the extreme emotional state of the conflict you will acquiesce and make your Self wrong about something or another – and play martyr.

This emotional re-action is the button pushing scenario that keeps you anchored in the past, on the defensive to prove your Self something or another. Most people state that someone hurt his/her feelings. No! He/she did not hurt your feelings. Your stored feelings from yesteryear were triggered and your irrational emotions spring into gear. You are on the alert – guarding against the stored feelings, which are triggered. How does this transpire?

Your stored feelings (hook or hooks) to the past are triggered easily. When you are affected by the immense pressure on your emotional and physical body, you are forced by these emotional upheavals to process them.

Whether you are aware of what is transpiring or not, you are destined to repeat these cycles of emotional instability. No Fun!! Therefore, it is not your feelings that are hurt. You are triggered by the emotional hooks to your unresolved issues. You are hurting your Self by your reactionary emotional attachment to the stored feelings of past experiences. Experiences that you may have long forgotten, yet, the emotional hooks are alive and well waiting to be triggered so that you can process them once and for all, so that you are free to live authentically.

Indeed, you are hurting your Self by your reactionary emotional attachments to past experiences.  How are these emotional reactions working for you? You can stop this pattern.

Your stored feelings are connected to your left brain. The left brain is where the analytical and logical functioning is managed. Not so great! When you are only using your left brain, which is connected to your male, right, manifesting side, the emotional Self re-creates the traumas and dramas on regular cycles of emotional upheavals. These upheavals may appear different, but, when you get down to the nitty-gritty, these emotional upheavals usually have interconnected relationships to previous experiences. Hence, the repeated emotional patterns triggered in your left brain are re-created through your male manifesting side.  Good grief!!

However, when you connect to your feelings within your heart, you do not need to go into reenactments of the past. You can stay in the moment by feeling out the situation, the event and the relationships in the present moment. Feeling is heart based – versus head based as the stored feelings are triggered and the emotions rise. Feeling is heart based. Stored feelings are head based. You can not make an emotional connection unless it is a repeated dysfunctional relationship to someone or some situation.

You feel connection. You can not emotion love. You feel love. Your female left created side and your male right manifesting side are in alignment when you are feeling from your heart! You are connected to life with feeling and through feeling from your heart.

What you rationalize in your computer brain/head are the unreasonable reasons to react and emotionally repeat patterns, relationships and situations. When you feel from your heart, you know without doubt what is best for you and your life. Emotions are great excuses for excusing your Self. Feelings are real, deep and empowering. When you feel from your heart, you are centered in Self. When you are emotional you are functioning from old stored unprocessed feelings – a huge difference!

Feelings and emotions are worlds apart. Emotions keep you separate from your Self. Feelings keep you connected to your Self. You are a part of something greater than your emotions can ever achieve. Emotions are repeated dysfunctional stored feelings from the past living in your present moment, when you are emotionally triggered.

Feelings are the expression from your heart living in the moment and being authentically alive. Is there a difference between emotions and feelings? Don’t think your answer. Feel your answer. What do you feel? Make a choice and sense the difference.

Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD, Metaphysician – Certified Hypnosis Practitioner, Author and Speaker. Dr. Dorothy facilitates clearing blocks, fears and limiting beliefs. You can live the life you desire. She brings awareness to concepts not typically obvious to one’s thoughts and feelings.