Portions of this installment of Semantics Station were inspired by this blog post.
Did you know that you have more than one body? There’s a physical body (the one we’re all conscious of), and then there’s an emotional body. They affect one another, whether we are aware of it or not. We are all aware of how our physical bodies work, which is that basically, we don’t think about it much unless it sends us a signal that something out of the ordinary is happening. When we’re hungry, it signals with a growl or a rumble from our stomachs, when we’re thirsty, our mouths get dry, when something is injured, the nerves of that area send pain signals to our brains, and when something feels good, they send pleasure signals. There’s a precise, specific indication system that is in place in order to maintain our awareness of our physical body and its needs.
The emotional body works in the same way. There is a specific indication system in place in order to maintain our awareness of our emotional body and its needs. That system is what we call our ’emotions’, and each emotion represents a specific need, wound, or pleasure that our emotional body has.
I don’t know how it is in the Eastern part of the world, but in the Western world, we are not taught to view our emotions as part of a ‘body’. We are taught that they are simply reactions, and often unwanted. We know all about the physical body. We know we have a nervous system, a respiratory system, a vascular system, a skeletal system… we know what each system does, and how they each work together to sustain our physical body, and how they affect one another, but no one teaches us that we even have an emotional body, much less what systems it may have, or how the system(s) work. Most of us are completely unaware that our emotions indicate anything other than a reaction to external stimuli.
Often, we treat our emotional bodies as though they are the ‘crazy’ parts of us. The lunatic twin we keep locked in the attic, because she’s an embarrassment. The part of us we muzzle, straight-jacket, and shove into the furthest, dustiest recesses of our awareness. Sometimes we visit her when we’re all alone, but we’re more likely to simply avoid being alone… we invite television into our awareness, or food, or people, or books- anything to avoid being left alone with her. Continue reading “Bodies In the Attic”