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The 3 laws of E-motion

on November 17, 2011

By Vikas Bhatia

Sir Isaac Newton defined the laws of motion that form the basis for classical mechanics. They describe the relationship between the forces acting on a body and its motion due to those forces. They have been expressed in several different ways over nearly three centuries and can be summarized as follows:

  1. First law: The velocity of a body remains constant unless the body is acted upon by an external force.
  2. Second law: The acceleration of a body is parallel and directly proportional to the net force F and inversely proportional to the mass m, i.e., F = ma.
  3. Third law: The mutual forces of action and reaction between two bodies are equal, opposite and collinear.

 The three laws of motion were first compiled by Sir    Isaac Newton in his work Philosophiæ Naturalis   Principia Mathematica, first published on July 5,  1687. Newton used them to explain and investigate  the motion of many physical objects and systems

For centuries thereafter, the basic principles of engineering were based on the Newton’s 3 laws and every high school science student would know the three laws.    Until quantum mechanics and the new framework of relativity was unveiled in the 20th century,  the laws of classical mechanics were the ones through which we understood the world we see.

Have you ever wondered that there could be an equivalent framework of laws for our own Emotions?  On similar lines to the 3 laws of Motion, we present here the 3 laws of E-motion!!

First Law:  Emotions continue to be in a state of flux unless acted upon by an external stimulus called Awareness

Second Law:  The intensity of the Emotion E is directly proportional to the importance given to the situation, divided by the level of Awareness,   the value of Awareness ranging from 1 to infinite.
In short, Ei =  S/A  where  S  is the degree of Significance and A is the level of Awareness

Third Law:   Every emotion (positive or negative) released or expressed (consciously or unconsciously) will trigger an equal and opposite response from the universe.

Let’s look at the 3 laws in detail:

First Law of E-motion:  

Emotions continue to be in a state of flux unless acted upon by an external stimulus called Awareness

Every Human being since birth continues to experience various emotions.   Emotions by itself have various roles to play.  One school of thought is that emotions help keep us safe.  The study of Emotional Intelligence (EI) has brought out linkages to our evolution as a species, and the core of fight or flight response was in order to ensure survival.   Our existence as a species can be in part ascribed to our emotions!!  Our emotions which affect our well-being, oscillate in a continuum the one end of it being exuberant, lively and happy – to the other end of the continuum where we are depressed, sad or anxious.  This oscillation is triggered by various external situations and our internal conditioning.  For example even weather plays a role in our state of emotion.  The unavailability of sunlight for prolonged periods has been found to lead to depression in many people.  The multitude of events and environmental changes creates an ever changing landscape of emotions.  The rate of change in the external environment can lead to a frustrating emotional flux.  While the positive cycle of change is always welcomed, the negative cycle is often difficult to control and is very damaging for some individuals.   The key to restore balance and to make sure we are not dragged in a whirl pool of negative set of emotions is Awareness.   Awareness is a state of disassociation, a state of witnessing oneself.   The state of Awareness calms down the turbulent sea of emotions welling up in our being.  Spiritual practices like meditation lead to an increase in awareness.    Many scriptures and spiritual Masters have spoken about this Awareness.  A state of Awareness is like being Awake, and the emotional turbulences nothing but a dream.  This state of Awareness can also be described as a state of Vairagya – or Dispassion from the internal emotional response.  Hence the first law postulates that our awakening – a sense of Higher Awareness leads to the arrest of the constant flux in our emotions.

The Second Law of E-motion:

The intensity of the Emotion E is directly proportional to the significance given to the situation, divided by the level of Awareness,   the value of Awareness ranging from 1 to infinite.

In short, Ei =  S/A  where  S  is the degree of Significance and A is the level of Awareness

Now this is a fairly simple formula.   The degree of significance we have or give to a particular situation, event or person then has a direct bearing on the intensity of emotion experienced by us.  Events or people which do not relate to us, in general produce a lower or no emotional response in us.  So closer the event or the person, higher is the emotional response we are going to experience.   The closeness is in other terms is the importance or significance we have for that event.  The level of significance varies for every individual and hence the varied response; the higher level of emotional intensity can be effectively compensated by an increased level of Awareness.  Simply put, Awareness as described in the first law is also responsible for mellowing down the level of our response.  The emotional response itself is inevitable, the intensity experienced then is a consequence of the significance we have for the external stimulus and moderated by the level of Awareness.

A housewife not having a maid at help would find her stress levels elevated while that would produce no or insignificant emotional response in the husband or other house dwellers.  On the other hand an increased level of Awareness has led to one fighting even colossal tragedies with a sense of equanimity and tranquillity – or Shama.  Awareness does not reduce the significance we put on that event, it just helps us cope with it better.  Awareness can also be linked to Viveka –  the faculty of discernment which helps distinguish between the permanent and transient, between good and bad.

The high level of Awareness also moderates the level of positive set of emotions we experience through sensory pleasures or that from the ego state.  Awareness in that sense moderates our emotional response by framing the changing set of events as illusionary.

 

The Third Law of E-motion:

Every emotion (positive or negative) released or expressed (consciously or unconsciously) will trigger an equal and opposite response from the universe.

The third law of E-motion is the law of Karma.  Whatever we do comes back to us.   Emotion expressed takes the form of an action.   In fact all our actions or inactions originate from our emotions or feelings.   As one’s awareness increases, the ability to express positive emotions consciously goes up.  The wave of positive emotions then creates ripples of a beautiful response which further strengthens this wave.  The response often doesn’t come back to you directly.  It might even take several years for it to come back, but it does.   

Unlike the physical world where the action produces an immediate response, why does the emotional response meander through time and space?  We do not know fully understand the fabric of the consciousness, the space through which the emotional world works, but it does seem to have the mechanics of the response built in.   At the pinnacle of awareness, the field of consciousness is completely neutral, and all actions and their responses dissolve.   In some sense this is the annihilation of the positive and negative forces which creates the drama in human mind.

The 3 laws continue to work as long as there is some level of unawareness.   In total Awareness – the state of being immersed in Brahman, in absence of duality, these laws do not have relevance.  In total Awareness, I am that!

Aham Bramhasmi

Aum Tat Sat 

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