CONSTRUCTIVE EMOTIONAL “MUSICAL NOTES”
“Emotion” is an early African word referring to “a spirit moving force.” An analogy for an Emotion is it being like an Echo which is known by being experienced, and yet going nowhere. The Echo is from the invisible judgment of whether the situation at hand is, at its essence, an organism’s reaction to: “Is it For Me or Against Me.” Early Africans thought various types of Emotions were conditioned by the different musical scales or modes (like Jazz for me). To elaborate, in contrast to words (which are poor substitutes for making known a piece of reality), Natural Emotions (those present at birth) are somewhat like the notes of Music in that both are about reality–both vibrate throughout their course stages of rise, ripeness, and decline—both are mediators between the Spiritual and the Secular Sensual—both are a kind of inarticulate, unfathomable speech—both seem to be a glimmering medium between mind and matter, yet independent of space–both leading one to the edge of the infinite, allowing one to gaze for moments into its “no-thing-ness”. Furthermore, the more one is accustomed to both, the greater their effect. However, people have connotatively shortened into a confusing “Broad-Stroking” Glob state the meaning of Natural Feelings + Natural Emotions + Supernatural Emotions into simply being “Emotions” or “Feelings”. The formal word for a ball of misinformation is a “Glob,” meaning “sticky,” true, distorted, or false items or topics are tangled into a round mess. A mess equates to confusion about the meaning, diagnosis, and/or solution. The idea of a Glob was exhibited by me in the first grade when we students were given a package of clay, shaped like a hand and each “finger” being a different color. I liked to ball up that “clay hand” until all the colors blended into each other to thereby fashion a Glob. One problem in dealing with an Emotional Glob is that the ‘spirit moving force’ serving as a motivator for any given ‘broad-stroked’ Emotion may or may not be about the Divine Spirit of God. To help untangle this Glob is to use the Critical Thinking approach of Analysis in order to reduce the Glob’s “Broad-Stroke” misleading concepts into its underlying facts or essences and then breaking down those facts or essences into their component parts in order to arrive at their Base/Foundation.
An approach to getting as close to this Human Ideal as possible is to imagine an “A-Frame” Metaphorical Ladder extending from Earth to the Heavens. On the front ladder are Constructive Emotions and on the back ladder are Destructive Emotions. First, on the top rung of the ladder are those of the Spiritual components—God’s messages prompting a human’s Spiritual nature. A step down is the location of Pre-Birth Animalistic Emotions. All within the Animal Kingdom possess what is compatible with the Animal Nature of all God’s creatures. African Sages used this term in the sense of a human’s Lower (animalistic) Self so as to symbolize man’s desires, Secular passions, and appetites, both disciplined and undisciplined. “Animal” also referred to a part of ones spirit responsible for psychic (emotion, motivation) and physical (motor activity) movement. These Instinct Emotions, said Ancient Africans, are part of “Nature”—and Nature is the God Substance the Cosmic Spirit impregnates into the essence of God’s creatures and creations. This Substance imparts the life giving elements for the physical development and spirit evolution of each. They are also about creating, enhancing, maintaining, protecting, and defending what is involved for the Cosmic Organism–as part of oneself as well as for oneself in survival, self-protection, and self-preservation in reality situations—a “ME/WE” orientation. “The Natural” is Spiritual Greatness displayed and this is what a Real Thing does out of its essence (“what it is”) state–before anything is added to it or influences it.
Third are Spiritual Supernatural Emotions conveyed in African Tradition by Affect Symbolic Imagery in the form of Figures of Communication. While staying inside the Spiritual Elements, they serve as alternate ways to arrive at their direct manifestations. Spiritual Eidetic Images are unusually vivid images which possess many of the characteristics of an actual sense-perception impression that evolve into Percepts, Notions, and Emotional “Musical Notes.” There is both a sameness to share and a felt uniqueness about these Notes. These Notes have highs and lows, each with a fullness that defies description—and they are able to carry one into different realms. jabaileymd.com
Joseph A. Bailey