This is my next experiment, although not intended to be as intense or mind-blowing as my previous astral projecting one. It also won’t be as new to many people, but I wanted to post it anyway.
The idea of the experiment is to be in complete ‘control’ of your emotions. I conquered this when I was younger, or at least thought I did, and then lost it for various reasons (not practicing being one).
In order to enact this, one needs to do some heavy duty emotional switching. First let me use an analogy:
All our emotions are shoe boxes. Each shoe box is labelled with a different emotion, and within each shoe box is the specific reality in which we project when we are feeling that emotion. Usually if we stub our toe, we get some terrible news, we win something, we succeed, we pass, we fail, we finally start or end something, we change shoe boxes. Throughout a normal day, the transitions are usually slow but dependable.
When I was young I was always feeling like shit, but I wanted to not feel like shit. Could it be possible to feel like shit, and then start laughing hysterically in a few minutes? Sure it has happened before – I hit my head then someone makes a joke and I’m laughing the pain away. Why can’t sadness/anxiety/depression be the same? They aren’t any more REAL than hitting my head.
So I started ‘changing hats’. As soon as I felt the least bit down, I would put my hands up to the sky, run in a circle, and start garbling nonsense to myself “Gluburjubuoooboabab!” this completely throws away the sadness shoebox and attempts to replace it with a better-feeling one.
There are some serious deep consequences that stemmed from learning how to do this, however, and they aren’t the funnest of realizations – but these will come in to part 2. Until then, try this (do it alone so you’re not worried about embarrassing yourself the first times).
@siantastic, yeah its not that crazy out-there… the implications, though, after I started doing this, I had an epiphany. A big epiphany.
For instance, why don’t we, when we feel uncomfortable in a social situation, do something like this – like “HEY I FEEL FUCKING REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE!” And flap our arms around and get all wiggly and comfortable?
@ijesuschrist, Haha…that’s exactly what should happen! You ever done it? I have done as much state I feel awkward or uncomfortable. It can go either way…people either look at you like you have shit on your face, or it can actually help a situation.
But for real, let’s all get wiggly and comfortable.
@ijesuschrist, interesting stuff good sir, I myself try to identify the various sub-emotions that make up my negative ones when they happen, because I know that when I’m angry I’m probably actually x,y,z and q and when I’ve found the culprit I allow myself to feel the full extent of it and sit through the segues and just like that it passes because in that time I’ve found out what caused them and the rest is history. emotions are strange lil creatures
My very close friend group can sometimes burst out into only communicating with each other in such a manner. Not exactly, but along the lines of unusual and crazy looking movement with no words, maybe some intelligible sounds, yea. Haha.
Being weird is fun, and laughing eases tension like no other, more people should try it out.
Actually this was a conversation we had today, how we’re constantly cracking ourselves up. And how can there be anything wrong with that? I mean you know EXACTLY what you think is funny, of course you should crack yourself up!