ACT, its best friend COMPASSION, and HIGH EMOTION

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Q: What can I do with high emotions?

A: Turn them into creative fuel. Create something new.

High emotions are not always welcome but they are a part and parcel of being human. As such, learning to deal with them in an effective way can only be a good thing.

Of course some of our high emotions we love and want to get more of, but some, some of them we dread, resist and want to get rid of. This is easier said than done. When emotions get a hold of us they are not easily dislodged. Controlling them once they are in full flood is pretty nigh impossible.

All sorts of terrible things can happen when we are in the grip of high emotions. We say things we don’t mean, we do things we regret, we act completely out of character, because are out of character. When emotions are ruling the roost we may not recognise ourselves. They are that powerful.

If we are wise then we have learned useful strategies to deal with them. Some of us use physical exercise to get them out of our system. Some of us find a willing ear and bend it until the emotion has been rationalised or dissipated. Some of us use defusion techniques to stand back and observe what is happening to us dispassionately. Some of us have learned meditative practices which can soothe and calm us.

Other strategies are not so useful. Unable to control or cope with high emotions some of us self medicate, using a variety of drugs in a bid to reduce their unwanted effects. We drink, drug, shop, gamble, bed-hop, the list is only limited by our imagination.

But how many of us use that other strategy, that wonderful strategy, that amazing strategy that actually takes the fuel and energy of high emotion and channels it into creativity? If you already do it then you know how incredible that can be. If you don’t then I urge you to try it. It could be the beginning of something life-changing.

Next time high emotion is coursing through you why not see what happens when you use its potent energy to see where it takes you in a creative sense? You have absolutely nothing to lose.

I don’t like being in the grip of high emotion, but I have learned that when it arises it gives me an opportunity to create something new. I never know what it is going to be, but all my best work comes out of it.

High emotion can make us slightly mad, barmy even. Logic and reason go out of the window as soon as it enters the door. But creativity is not born out of logic and reason, it is born out of other things, and high emotion is one of them.

I wrote “HIGH EMOTION” to remind me of that.


  • How do you deal with your own high emotions?
  • Have you discovered creativity through them?
  • What can you share that might be of help to others?

Please leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.




Although we may not like it, high emotion can be used

As a fuel for creativity, to stir the sleeping muse

That lies dormant in hiatuses, the lulls before the storm,

And then springs us into action, creativity takes form.

When we’re resting in the shallows there is not much going on,

Just a little gentle lapping ‘ere the rippling is gone,

But when a drama comes to meet us, or by crisis we are trapped,

Then our body’s called to action and our essences are tapped.

And it’s then that we can use it, all this burning from within,

As we step out from the shallows and creation can begin,

As emotion drives us forward to a place ‘til now unknown,

And a something new emerges from the seeds emotion’s sown.

© Corinne Shields, 2019

If you enjoyed HIGH EMOTION” please pass it on, and do leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.

And just before you go …..

A final word from ACT, and its best friend COMPASSION ……..

ACT teaches us to defuse from thoughts and emotions as a means of reducing their hold over us. When we can stand back and view them from a distance we are no-longer sucked into them. This is a wonderful and effective tool to have in in our tool kit.

Using the energy they produce to fuel our creativity puts another amazing tool at our disposal. Emotions are part and parcel of who we are. They are not going anywhere soon. When we learn to deal with them in effective ways, when we are no-longer afraid of them and can even learn to accept them, welcome them even, our lives will improve.

Emotions lend light and shade to our existence. Without them we would just be robots. Robots are not human, they are robots. ACT suggests many strategies to help us to live with our emotions in positive ways. It is not about denying them or trying to get rid of them, it is about coming to understand them. Creativity is a wonderful way to come to understand our emotions, to use their energy in an illustrious way.

If you want to learn more about the potent power of Creativity, Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “Big Magic” is a wonderful read.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

So often have I been in the grip of high emotion that I have an enormous body of work that I have produced! Sadly, alot of this has emerged out of pain and suffering! Oh dear.

Nevertheless I do have something to show for it. All that high emotion has been captured in countless notebooks. I write my way out of trouble. I am hopeful, no more than that, I am determined that some of that is going to see the light of day. I am in the process of compiling and then self publishing a series of books. I do have a working title:

“How to Live Well and Stress Less – 20 Awesome Gifts for the Soul –  Because it’s hard being human.”

Book cover yet to be designed but this at least pretties it up!

Still a way to go, but this time I’m going to make it happen! I owe it to my Creativity.

I am ending this post as I began it with a quote from Albert Einstein, one of the greatest thinkers of all time.

ACTivation Point!

SO ……………………….

How about YOU?

What can YOU do just for today to ACTivate your life? What can YOU do just for today to add some Compassion, some Kindness, some Creativity into your life?

 Just for today I will ………………………

If you have read this far, please do leave your comments. How is ACT helping you? Is Compassion part of your life? Is Creativity important to you?

I am a student of ACT, I am learning about Compassion.  I am on a journey.  I would love you to join me.

With all good wishes


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Corinne Shields

I am a wife, mother, grandmother, erstwhile teacher for thirty plus years, and permanent student. I have long been interested in psychology and spirituality and enjoy writing inspirational poetry. Hence the publication of this blog at ACT Made I play golf badly, piano a little better and I love reading, writing, and all things French. I divide my time between Wales and France and enjoy travelling with my husband, Len and my dog Charlie.

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