What is Emotional Energy – Part 2
In part 1 of this article we saw that all cells in the body have a vibratory rate, a frequency. Medical ailments have a frequency, as do feelings themselves. On chemical level emotions we feel, our feelings, can be seen in the body as molecules. Molecules that reach a cell and influence its function in some way.
It has now been shown that these molecules don’t simply fit into a receptor as originally thought, it is actually far less mechanistic, what they do they is vibrate alongside the cell, and as the cell walls vibrate too they achieve a frequency of emotion together.
It has recently been shown through research at Surrey University that the sense of smell occurs this way too. Far from being a simplistic ‘smell molecule fits into an equal fitting receptor on the cell’ the sense of smell is an example of a frequency being ‘read’ by the bodies cells too.
This discovery is super important for animals like our dogs as they rely so heavily on smell as their indicator of how to feel and thus how to act in a situation. Dogs use smell as a guidance of the safety or current emotional state of everything around them, including us owners and other dogs they meet.
Our dogs literally smell how another creature feels. This is also referred to as Chemical Communication. Their own emotional state will also in return be smelt or sensed by other dogs or creatures around them.
This is one of the ways dogs appear to simply ‘know’ something about somebody or another dog, without us noticing or understanding to begin with, or in many cases at all. Dogs have their own vibrational conversations around us all the time, most of which we are never aware of.
Because other creature’s feelings can change throughout the day moment to moment too, it is important that our dogs do live in the moment so they can always be ready to switch an action of behaviour to ensure their safety and survival.
The important thing to remember is this all happens mostly on a subconscious level, we humans only make 5% of daily decisions consciously – we too have already made up our minds about most things before we act or interact with them. Our beliefs and expectations are subconsciously influencing us before we even notice consciously.
We use our frontal cortex for this conscious awareness, which makes up around 30% of our brains. A Dog’s frontal cortex, although larger than many creatures, is about 7% of their brain, much less than ours. Our dogs use even less of a conscious mind than our 95% when acting or behaving a certain way.
The subconscious ‘mind’ is in fact the body, referred to as the Bodymind as there is no distinction between the two – the body is the subconscious mind, holding the frequency of memories, beliefs expectations and instinctive behaviours in its cells as emotional energy, feelings.
Behaviour issues arise when for any reason the flow of these molecules of emotion, this frequency, is inhibited or restricted.
Unfortunately simply by being in our lives, with the cultural and environmental restrictions our society has, certain limitations are unavoidable.
Many though can be shifted, and its then that we see changes and transformations in our dog’s behaviours, their wellbeing and in how we feel about life too.
As young pups the world is a new place to be explored and discovered, they are experiencing new adventures throughout their day. In my articles on the stress hormone Cortisol we learnt that the very act of waking up in the morning is a change in anxiety levels for the body. Resulting in stress hormones such as Cortisol being produced and emotional energy created.
Young pups will head off to explore, but will return to a place they feel safety and peace to ground the emotional energy produced as they did so. They go off, and then return time and time again. This needing to ground concern in safety, or fear in love, goes on right into adulthood really and even for us too. We love to explore but will always enjoy the grounded feeling of coming back home again. Home might be a building, an environment or another person but will always be where we feel safe and content.
Dogs instinctively look for this place too. Approaching their mother, you the owner, or whom they feel safest with, looking to ground and express emotional energy.
As they grow up this need doesn’t leave them, they as most creatures do will want to ground, express emotional energy, or pass emotional energy onto you.
They will be consistently presenting themselves to you to do so.
If a dog has an excess of emotional energy, or has stuck emotional energy they can also display an expression of it or a need to ground in other ways too.
The majority of a dog’s emotional energy will be expressed from their mouth and nose area. Which is also the seat of a dog’s limbic system, known as the emotional system.
Excited energy is often grounded with the collection of a toy, shoe or blanket.
Concerned energy is often grounded in a lean onto an owner or even jumping up, even if they generally don’t do such behaviour.
Mouthing, licking, chewing and even biting are all expressions of energy – with more frustrated emotions showing as more dramatic expressions.
Sniffing is amazingly grounding for dogs; games that involve scent and sniffing are fantastic for emotional grounding. The ‘tiredness’ many dogs experience after these games is more a contented, grounded feeling rather than simply a tired mind.
As mentioned in part 1, behaviours we tend not to approve of or to want to happen occur when a dogs emotional energy is stuck, unbalanced or restricted in some way.
By learning techniques that can allow them to ground and express more frequently, coupled with techniques that allow the dogs body to cope better amongst emotional energy we can make transformations in a dogs behaviour, state of learning and in their well-being too.
By focusing on a dog’s emotional energy we can influence their mental and physical energies too, enhancing all the training work we do with them and our own connection with them!