I've been applying the EGS to a current problem in my life regarding my home and trying to move up the scale one emotion at a time. When I get to "revenge" I'm not sure if I feel any. Is it okay to skip this emotion or does it mean I am not yet aware of what I am feeling? Also, after that is "anger" and it feels the same to me as "hate/rage" which is before revenge. What is the difference between these 2 emotions?
My take on it is this: The journey up the emotional scale is (essentially) an emotional journey from a sense of powerlessness (bottom of the scale) to empowerment (top of the scale). So as you move up the scale, you become more aware of your own power: the power to create in your own experience. The more aware you are of your own power to create, the more exhilarated you feel.
I think hatred/rage has a greater degree of powerlessness mixed in (think clenched teeth and fists, holding it in, seething, etc.) than anger (think yelling, letting it out). As you move up to blame, you're feeling a bit more of your power. As you move up the scale, you are more and more aware of your power to create. At the bottom of the scale, you are not lined up with this awareness.
As for skipping levels on the scale, yes, I've done that. If you find that you're not relating to "revenge," ask yourself what you are feeling and find the level that feels most like that feeling. It's more about focusing on where you are (and moving up from that feeling) than matching a specific level on the scale. Hope all of this makes sense.
Last edited on Mon Aug 16th, 2010 04:02 am by Dove Lane
Thank you Dove. Yes it makes more sense when you think of it as a way of becoming more and more aware of your power to create. I easily related my situation through the emotions of anger, discouragement, blame, worry, doubt, disappointment, overwhelment, frustration and pessimism. Actually all those emotions seem to almost be the same for me. Now I am at boredom and am having a hard time with that. I thought I would let those other emotions simmer for awhile!