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The Real Purpose of Emotion

Emotions Transform Life

Emotions give texture, color and meaning to life. Emotions transform life from an objective series of events into a living breathing experience. To experience the full range of emotions, to cry, laugh, or feel happy infuses our existence with meaning and value.

Energy in Motion

The word emotion is derived from the Greek word emotere which is translated to mean energy in motion.’ In itself, emotional energy is neutral. It is simply the experience of energy moving throughout your body. Emotions serve however, as the carrier waves for the entire spectrum of feelings. It is the feeling sensation, the physiological reaction and the meaning you assign it that make a specific emotion positive or negative. Feeling is what we label as impatience, worry, anger, sadness, fear or joy.

Move your Emotion

Moving your emotional energy through your experience of body sensations is a powerful emotional expression tool. Notice when you feel stressed or upset where in your body this emotion is revealing itself through physical sensations. You may feel tight, tense, hot, cold, pressure or a host of other sensations. These are indicators of your emotion attempting to move itself (energy in motion). Learning the skills to move your emotional energy is often freeing and life changing.

When emotions are expressed in a healthy manner, they feel healthy. It is only when you avoid, suppress, or displace emotions that they become unhealthy. The full range of emotion serves to enrich, enliven and imbue all aspects of life with meaning when they are expressed as energy in motion.

Coaching and Counseling

Hilary Stokes Ph.D. and Kim Ward Ph.D. have been a team for 20 years, specializing in mind, body, spirit psychology. They are the authors of the bestselling books The Happy Map: Your roadmap to the habit of happiness and Manifesting Mindset: The 6-step formula for attracting your goals and dreams and founders of Authenticity Associates Coaching and Counseling. They are passionate about combining the best of holistic and traditional approaches to health and happiness. If you are interested in learning the answers to the most frequently asked questions on how to decrease stress and increase happiness sign up for their free video series.


About the Authors

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Hilary Stokes Phd

Dr. Hilary Stokes is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in San Diego, California. Dr. Hilary received her PhD in psychology with a specialty in transpersonal psychology from San Diego University for Integrative Studies, a master’s degree in social work from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in Sport Psychology from San Jose State University. In addition to her ….

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Kim Ward Phd

Dr. Kim Ward received her PhD in psychology with a specialty in transpersonal psychology from San Diego University for Integrative Studies. She also holds a master’s degree in transpersonal psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California. Dr. Kim is a certified trauma-informed coach and life coach in private practice in San Diego, California. In…

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