The Emotional Guidance Scale

  • "Negative emotion is your indication from your Inner Being that the action you are considering is not in harmony with your greater intentions." - Abraham-Hicks

    Your Emotional Guidance System lets you know if you're directing your life toward pain or toward pleasure. Like a smoke detector beeping to warn you that its batteries are low, negative emotion is an indication that your connection to Source Energy is weak, that you're headed away from pleasure and toward pain. The purpose of emotion is to give you feedback about the vibrational content of your thoughts. This is crucial information because the vibrational content of your thoughts determines what you are attracting and creating.

    The feedback we receive from our emotions is similar to the feedback we get when we touch a hot stove. Although we appreciate the warning from a hot stove, most of us have been trained to undervalue the information we receive from our emotions. Negative emotion is a warning that redirection is in order - that we're headed toward something we do not want. By referring to the Emotional Guidance Scale below, you can determine your current vibration as well as your dominant vibration:

    Emotional Guidance Scale (from the book, 'Ask and It Is Given" by Esther and Jerry Hicks)

    Joy / Knowledge / Empowerment / Freedom / Love / Appreciation


    Enthusiasm / Eagerness / Happiness

    Positive Expectation / Belief






    Frustration / Irritation / Impatience









    Hatred / Rage


    Insecurity / Guilt / Unworthiness

    Fear / Grief / Depression / Despair / Powerlessness

    Do you remember the children's board game, Chutes & Ladders (or Snakes and Ladders)? It applies perfectly to the Emotional Guidance Scale. Imagine a ladder going up from the bottom of the scale and a chute/snake coming down from the top. Choose a positive thought and you climb the ladder. As you climb the ladder, you feel more Well-Being. You're more empowered. You attract more of what you want. Choose a negative thought and you slide down the chute. On your way down, your connection to Source Energy is weakened. You feel powerless and befuddled. You attract people and things you don't want in your life.

    With an understanding of your Emotional Guidance System, it becomes clear when you choose a thought that zooms you up the ladder and just as clear when you choose a thought that sends you down the chute. Feel Good Thoughts are ladders that raise your vibration just as Feel Bad Thoughts are chutes that lower your vibration.

    To climb the ladder toward Empowerment and away from Powerlessness, monitor how you feel, then choose a thought that feels better. With a clear understanding of your Emotional Guidance System, when you feel bad, you always have an option to feel better. You can always climb the ladder by choosing a thought that takes you up the scale. For example, if you are feeling depressed about an ex-lover, instead move up and get angry at him or blame yourself or feel guilty for causing the end of the relationship. From anger and guilt or blame, it is a short jump to mere disappointment, then to boredom over your state of negativity, then you're soon on your way to healing and happiness. Just don't stew on one negative emotion forever. Move on up the ladder.

    If you get sideswiped by some event and take a fast ride down the chute, the best response is to look for a ladder to climb back up on. Look for any thought that feels better than where you are and deliberately guide your thoughts toward what feels better. Each time you choose a thought that feels even a little better, you climb up another rung of the emotional scale and soon you will be back where you want to be. When you hit bottom emotionally, you can either freak out and pretend you're powerless OR you can take back your power by choosing thoughts that feel better.

    Just keep climbing the ladder and you'll be back in alignment - feeling joyful, empowered, and appreciative. As you continue climbing the emotional scale, you will enjoy the supreme confidence of knowing that you are truly the Master Creator of your own Life! As you continue choosing thoughts that feel better, you will KNOW with certainty that You Can Be and Do and Have and Feel whatever you desire!

    Article by Kate Corbin

  • Thanks for posting this Captain, it's very useful and comforting.

  • The Chutes and Ladders analogy makes the idea of "climbing up" to more positive levels and eventual emotional balance an easier one to begin.

    Thank you for posting this piece could not have come at a better time for me to read than this morning. Needless to say, recent developments in my life saw me plummeting to the bottom of one too many chutes and it is time to take myself by the back of my collar, and kick myself in my own behind to get out of this pit. I have many ladders to climb and at least now can focus on those rungs and rise to where I want and need to be.

    As a side note, I found it interesting that the balance scale seems more heavily weighted toward the lower end...which is not a bad thing I suppose, as it makes the focus on the rungs of those ladders more compact as their are fewer of them....though the rewards much, much greater.

    Again Captain, thank you.

  • thanks for feeding the needy Captain! xoxox

  • You're all very welcome! 🙂

  • Thanks Captain, I realized that it was a comfortable and familiar place for me to be at the bottom, but now i realize its not as comfortable any more, if that makes any sense.


  • It does. You can even make yourself think you are comfortable on a bed of nails if that is all you know.

  • Another great thread. Thanks for sharing Captain!

  • Thanks a lot! I believe that this practice will help me improve my mental health and finally understand all my feelings. At the moment, I try to support my health by using CBN oil that I discovered on, and I can say that I've become way calmer. Hopefully, I'll manage to get everything together and become happy.

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