Shirley was so generous to show her copy of I Am by Tom Shadyac for those of us who couldn’t come to the first showing Peaches did. It was a great documentary and I would definitely watch it again in the future. The biggest thing that resonated me was the explanation to a question I’ve had for a long time.
My question was, why do I get emotional and tear up or cry in situations that have no direct impact on me or personally involve me? For example, I’ve been interpreting at sports games and a player will get injured and I would start tearing up. Not a serious injury, no blood, able to go back in and play, parents just stay seated unconcerned, and it could even be a player from the other team who I don’t know, and still emotion wells up. Or, during a game if the crowd is very excited and cheering loudly, I sometimes feel teary even though there is enthusiasm and positivity around me (and no they aren’t tears of joy, more of an overwhelmed emotion). What the heck? Lol. I get so annoyed with myself!
Part of my annoyance is because I feel embarrassed to cry in front of others, especially when there’s “no apparent reason.” The other part of my frustration was not knowing why I felt this way. I consider myself a sensitive and empathetic person, so I figured on some level I was sensing the energy around me and taking it on as if it was my own. I didn’t realize how deep this connection went until I saw this film.
In the movie, they showed how each person’s heart literally has it’s own measurable magnetic field that radiates around our bodies. When people are near each other, their magnetic fields can interact with one another.
Your magnetism can affect other living organisms like bacteria too. Tom Shadyac participated in an experiment where they placed electrodes in yogurt and had him feel different emotions. The machine connected to the electrodes gave out different readings depending on if Tom was excited, stressed, etc. So, even though Tom didn’t have any scientific instruments attached to his body, he was able to influence the energy of the yogurt!
The people in the documentary also talked about “entanglement” and how molecules that are far from each other can change the direction they are spinning in simultaneously without notice or delay because we are all connected. Like a flock of birds that change their flight path instantly, or a school of fish that turn on a dime as a group. They have this group consciousness and act as one.
One of the scientists in the video explained how people have mirror neurons in their brain and naturally copy the expressions, emotions, and behaviors of others as a survival technique because we depend on other people from the time we are born.
So, if you walk into a room where everyone is really grumpy, chances are you’ll soon start to feel that way too. However, it works in a positive way also. If you’re like me and you’ve been in a bad mood and then your friends come over to you smiling, happy, laughing, and try to cheer you up, you probably start feeling better quickly, (even if you’re stubborn and want to stay mad, you can’t) because their energy is contagious.
Og Mandino explores this idea in The Greatest Salesman too. He says, “If I bring rain and gloom and darkness and pessimism to my customers then they will react with rain and gloom and darkness and pessimism and they will purchase naught. If I bring joy and enthusiasm and brightness and laughter to my customers they will react with joy and enthusiasm and brightness and laughter and my weather will produce a harvest of sales and a granary of gold for me.”
After learning all that information, I now understand why I get emotional in those situations. I am connected to people and their energy affects me on a physical level, whether I want it to or not.
When there are lots of people and the vibrations from their energy fields are overlapping, I get overwhelmed, and my natural response is to cry. I’m sure I’ll still be annoyed when I cry in the future, but at least I know I’m not crazy.
I also understand now that it’s really important for me to pay attention to who I allow into my space because they can affect my feelings, thoughts, and actions for better or worse. Thankfully, I am part of an MKE mastermind that is a great influence!