Contagion – Part one: Contagion

By Anne Malatt and Paul Moses, Australia.

When someone walks into a room, we know how they are feeling.

We can feel it with our whole being, and we then confirm it with our five senses.

If they are angry, we feel it first. We then see it in their facial expression, in the way they hold themselves hard and the way they move and walk, we can hear it in the way they bang things down or stomp their feet, we can smell and taste it in the air we breathe and we can touch it if they come into contact with us, but most of all we just feel it.

And we can react or respond in different ways.

Most of us tend to tense up, contract, and go hard ourselves, in an effort to protect ourselves from what we can feel is coming at us. We may be on edge, ready to fight, or flee. It may bring up memories and feelings in us of when other people have been angry with us, and may even have hurt us, or those we love.

Whatever our reaction, it can be very challenging to stay open and loving with someone who is behaving in this way, no matter how much we may love them.

So, can this anger be contagious?

Can this force affect us physically, just as much as if it were a bacteria or a virus?

And can the way we react to it, the dis-ease it creates in us, in fact be the underlying cause of illness and disease?

Is it possible that if we harden or contract in the face of anger, our connective tissue, muscles and joints may stiffen up, leading to inflammation, fibromyalgia, or arthritis?

Could our blood vessel walls harden, leading to high blood pressure and heart disease?

And how about the ways we deal with anger? It is an uncomfortable emotion to feel, and we don’t like feeling uncomfortable. Most of us have developed ways of living that reduce or numb these emotions – like smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, or eating certain foods, particularly dairy, sugar or carbs. And could all the consequences of these behaviours stem from the fact that we did not want to feel uncomfortable in the face of anger or other emotions – be they our own or those of others?

It may be challenging to think of emotions as being contagious as any virus, but what if they are?

What if the diseases that we label as ‘random’, ‘bad luck’, or even ‘genetic’, are in fact a result of the dis-ease we experience, every day, day after day?

What if our way of dealing (or not dealing!) with the ill-at-ease we feel every day – and can never stop feeling, no matter how hard we try to numb ourselves – is in fact the underlying cause of our illness and disease?

Could this ill-at-ease be the tension we feel, that we label as stress in our lives?

We are living in a sea of emotions, all day every day, at home, at work, in relationships, in life. Try as we may to numb ourselves, we can never stop feeling, and if we do start to feel that the behaviours we are using to numb ourselves are hurting us, and try to stop them, all the uncomfortable feelings that we have been trying not to feel are there waiting for us. No wonder we have trouble giving things up and letting things go!

So how can these emotions that we feel, that we consider a normal part of everyday life, be the underlying cause of illness and disease?


Read more:

1) Learning to observe and not absorb life

2) Emotions and feelings is there a difference? 

3) Energetic integrity and energetic responsibility


656 thoughts on “Contagion – Part one: Contagion

  1. I completely agree with the statement that emotions are contagious. In the past no matter how hard I tried I felt any emotion of someone else as my own, it was as if I was constantly living in an emotional roller coaster, living in this soup of emotions and frustration was my go to. I had migraines and headaches on a very regular basis. I was not living who I felt I was on the inside and I was very aware this was the true cause of my migraine and headaches. Since I choose to observe life instead of absorb and honour the love I feel is me much more I have no migraines anymore and rarely any headache.

    1. Beautiful Annelies, the teaching from Serge Benhayon on observing instead of absorbing is a life changer and it is so simple to understand and with a little practice plus the gentle breath meditation to implement.

  2. Dealing with our ill-at-ease and what we feel, in every minute of the day, is our responsibility and our choice. I certainly agree that emotions are contagious, however we can learn not to absorb the emotions and situations of others; practice and learning from mistakes is the key.

  3. Great and very needed reflection, as we all live surrounded by emotions. What better than ponder on the way we deal with them to not be hooked, sicken and led by them and its effects?

  4. It is really worth fully considering how much our bodies truly feel and as such that we are able to choose to respond instead of react to situations so that we do not absorb what is going on around us that has such an impact on our body in the short and in the longer term.

  5. We really do put ourselves into so much complication and harm in the way we deal with things, we just don’t want to feel so much of what is being presented, we are really so invested in numbing ourselves. But as you very correctly state, the feelings are just there and do not go away, so they will come up at some point, and just may not be in a way that you think or know it will.

  6. Emotions are like a virus that do make us unwell, feel ill-at-ease, and consequently we don’t feel ourselves at all. Emotions exhaust us, as we are taken over and driven by a reaction to a hurt, that in avoiding to address, continues to own and run us. As such we behave in ways that are loveless and in complete disregard to the truth of who we are and what we feel at heart.

  7. Considering emotions as contagious is a new and interesting angle and I think you make the point well. If myself is a marker in any way then I would say that we block our feelings to the extent that many of us would deny that we feel anything. Emotions tend to be considered a good thing that show that you are still alive and part of this world but the truth is that they are hugely harmful to both the person with the emotion and everyone they take it to.

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