The Five Natural Emotions


Grief is a natural emotion. It's that part of you which allows you to
say goodbye when you don't want to say goodbye; to express -- push
out -- the sadness within you at the experience of any kind of
loss. It could be the loss of a loved one, or the loss of a contact
lens.

When you are allowed to express your grief, you get rid of
it. Children who are allowed to be sad when they are sad feel very
healthy about sadness when they are adults, and therefore usually
move through sadness very quickly.

Children who are told, 'there, there, don't cry,' have a hard time
crying as adults. After all, they've been told all their life not to
do that. So they repress their grief. Grief that is continually
repressed becomes chronic depression, a very unnatural emotion.

People have killed because of chronic depression. Wars have started,
nations have fallen.

Anger is a natural emotion. it is the tool you have which allows you
to say, 'no, thank you.' It does not have to be abusive, and it
never has to be damaging to another.

When children are allowed to express their anger, they bring a very
healthy attitude about it to their adult years, and therefore
usually move through their anger very quickly.

Children who are made to feel that their anger is not okay -- that
it is wrong to express it, and in fact, that they shouldn't even
experience it -- will have a difficult time appropriately dealing
with their anger as adults.

Anger that is continually repressed becomes rage, a very unnatural
emotion.

People have killed because of rage. Wars have started, nations have
fallen.

Envy is a natural emotion. It is the emotion that makes a
five-year-old wish he could reach the doorknob the way his sister
can-- or ride that bike. Envy is the natural emotion that makes you
want to do it again, try harder, to continue striving until you
succeed. It is very healthy to be envious, very natural. When
children are allowed to express their envy, they bring a very
healthy attitude about it to their adult years, and therefore usually
move through their envy very quickly. Children who are made to feel
that envy is not okay -- that it is wrong to express it, and, in
fact, that they shouldn't even experience it -- will have a
difficult time appropriately dealing with their envy as adults.

Envy that is continually repressed becomes jealousy, a very
unnatural emotion.

People have been killed because of jealousy. Wars have started,
nations have fallen.

Fear is a natural emotion. All babies are born with only two fears:
the fear of falling, and the fear of loud noises. All other fears
are learned responses, brought to the child by its environment,
taught to the child by its parents. The purpose of natural fear is
to build in a bit of caution. Caution is a tool that helps keep the
body alive. It is an outgrowth of love. Love of Self.

Children who are made to feel that fear is not okay -- that it is
wrong to express it, and in fact, that they shouldn't even
experience it-- will have a difficult time appropriately dealing
with their fear as adults.

Fear that is continually repressed becomes panic, a very unnatural
emotion.

People have killed because of panic. Wars have started, nations have
fallen.

Love is a natural emotion. When it is allowed to be expressed, and
received, by a child, normally and naturally without limitation or
condition, inhibition, or embarrassment, it does not require
anything more. For the joy of love expressed and received in this
way is sufficient unto itself. Yet love which has been conditioned,
limited, warped by rules and regulations, rituals and restrictions,
controlled, manipulated, and withheld, becomes unnatural.

Children who are made to feel that their natural love is not okay --
that it is wrong to express it, and in fact, they shouldn't even
experience it-- will have a difficult time appropriately dealing
with love as adults.

Love that is continually repressed becomes possessiveness, a very
unnatural emotion.

People have been killed because of possessiveness. Wars have
started, nations have fallen.

And so it is that the natural emotions, when repressed, produce
unnatural reactions and responses. And most natural emotions are
repressed in most people. Yet these are your friends. These are your
gifts. These are your divine tools, with which to craft your
experience.

You are given these tools at birth. They are to help you negotiate
your life.