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Abraham-Hicks’ Emotional Guidance Scale + How to Use it

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Esther Abraham-Hicks created the Emotional Guidance Scale to help us raise our vibration and aid us along our manifestation journey.

A big part of manifesting your desires is learning to identify your emotions and get into a state of allowing. Thankfully, we don’t have to go from sadness to joy in one day; the emotional guidance scale will help you gently raise your vibration and stabilize happiness in your life.  

This article will discuss the Emotional Guidance Scale, who Abraham Hicks is, and how to use the scale to your benefit.

What is The Emotional Guidance Scale?

The Emotional Guidance Scale is a scale of 22 human emotions. Everyone possesses and will most likely experience a range of human emotions in a lifetime. Understanding your emotional range and navigating it is the key to self-mastery and manifestation. 

The scale ranges from the lowest emotions (fear, grief, depression, despair, powerlessness) to the highest (freedom, love, joy, appreciation, empowerment).  

We tend to think of our emotions as an ocean, a pool of messiness splashing around. However, with the scale of emotions, we can view our emotions as more of a spectrum or a stairway. Instead of being disorganized, we can organize our emotional process by letting go of one emotion and reaching for the next higher emotion.

But First, What is Vibration?

In the world of spiritual manifestation, vibration is a term used to describe the emotional quality of one’s overall being. It’s the energy one possesses and emits into the Universe. 

It stems from The Law of Vibration. Simply put, The Law of Vibration states that everything in the Universe is made of energy. That means your thoughts, emotions, and beliefs hold a vibrational frequency that dictates your behavioral patterns. Modern expressions, “high-vibe” and “good vibes,” derive from this concept.

Learning to get into vibrational alignment with your desires is a skill you’ll want to practice and hone if you are serious about up-leveling your life. Manifesting students study The Law of Attraction and The Law of Vibration at lengths to manifest the life of their desires. Both laws go hand-in-hand and are rooted in the 12 Spiritual Universal Laws.

Who is Esther Abraham-Hicks?

Ether Abraham-Hicks is a spiritual and Law of Attraction teacher. She created and popularized the concept of “getting into the vortex.” “Getting into the vortex” means aligning with Source energy, which is your higher power: freedom, love, joy, appreciation, and empowerment.

She teaches the importance of inner work, raising one’s vibration, and aligning one’s inner being with one’s desires. 

You start by aligning your spiritual consciousness in 5D, grounding that in your physical reality, and seeing external shifts in 3D physical reality. 

When you align with the higher power (Source energy or your preferred name), manifestation comes instantly, and well-being, peace, and happiness are natural.

The Emotional Guidance Scale gives a simple, gentle, and structured way to do just that: find your way back and align with freedom, love, and joy whenever you feel out of alignment. 

Check out her books The Vortex and Ask and It is Given.

Pro Tip: If you want to learn more about why emotions work this way, Dr. David R. Hawkins spent 30 years scientifically researching the scales of emotions and spirituality. He proves that higher vibrations emit a higher frequency. Please read my article on Dr. David R. Hawkins’ Map of Consciousness here.  

Emotional Guidance Scale


  1. Freedom/Love/Joy/Appreciation/Empowerment

  2. Passion

  3. Enthusiasm/Eagerness/Happiness

  4. Positive Expectations/Belief

  5. Optimism

  6. Hopefulness

  7. Contentment

  8. Boredom

  9. Pessimism

  10. Frustration/Irritation/Impatience

  11. Overwhelmed

  12. Disappointment

  13. Doubt

  14. Worry

  15. Blame

  16. Discouragement

  17. Anger

  18. Revenge

  19. Hatred, rage

  20. Jealousy

  21. Insecurity/Guilt/Unworthiness

  22. Fear/Grief/Depression/Despair/Powerlessness

How to Use the Emotional Guidance Scale: 6 Ways

She splits the scale into two parts: an upward spiral and a downward spiral. The shifting point is at number 8, boredom. Everything above 8 is an upward spiral of emotions, and everything below 8 is a downward spiral. 

Like when a bad day gets worse or a good day gets better. Like attracts like energy, so stewing in negative energy causes a ripple effect and creates a downward spiral, while focusing on positive thoughts and emotions causes upward momentum. 

1. Raise your Vibration 

Oftentimes, an unwanted situation occurs, we feel negative emotions, and we can start to judge ourselves and feel even worse for having such feelings. Using the Emotional Guidance Scale, you can become aware of your thoughts and emotions and acknowledge them. 

For instance, when you start feeling pessimism, instead of indulging in pessimism, which, as Esther Abraham-Hicks puts it, causes a downward spiral. If you dwell in pessimism, it leads you to the emotions below it: frustration, irritation, and impatience. 

Instead, acknowledge and understand your pessimism. Then, find thoughts and emotions that match the vibration above it: boredom. Find activities that help raise your vibration, like self-care activities such as taking a bath, going to the museum, hanging out with supportive friends, etc. 

The trick is not to avoid or suppress your emotions because, in the long run, you’ll give your feelings more power, and it will get messy.

Work on stabilizing boredom, continue reaching for the next and work your way up the scale. Step-by-step. 

Here’s a great video where she explains the technique: 

2. Identify Emotions for Manifesting

One essential skill in manifesting is identifying your emotions. 

Societal programming teaches us the DO-HAVE-BE model. We have to DO something to HAVE something to BE someone. Spiritual teachers teach the opposite. They switch the paradigm to BE-DO-HAVE. You BE (the vibration of your desire) first, and then you DO (inspired action) to HAVE something. 

With conscious manifestation, you state your goal and pinpoint the intention behind it. The intention is your emotion. And you work on creating your internal environment. 

Learn more about how to manifest anything you desire here. 

3. Focus on Stabilizing the Higher Emotions 

If you’ve never felt feelings such as joy, bliss, happiness, and freedom, they might seem like impossible emotions to experience. I’ve been there. You might not even know how to get there because of a lack of experience. 

These are real emotions that people experience daily, and you can experience them too for the rest of your life. And the crazy thing is, it’s already inside you, waiting to be discovered and opened up. 

Trust the process, let go of the lower emotions, and gradually build on your feelings until you reach joy. Make decisions that are in alignment with emotions that cause an upward spiral. It requires intimate work and getting to know your internal atmosphere, so it is a process. Be patient and trust. 

Also, check out our article, Dr. Hawkins’ Scale of Consciousness, if you want to spiritually up-level your consciousness.  

4. Reflection and Emotional Check-ins

Another helpful way to use the Emotional Guidance Scale is daily, weekly, or monthly check-ins. Creating a mood reflection ritual is beneficial to see that emotions constantly flow through you and are everchanging. 

You can gauge your overall temperature about a situation. For instance, you might be frustrated with a relationship or a job. By doing weekly check-ins, you might find that you have more good days than bad days or vice versa. Use your mood check-ins to make informed choices about important life decisions. 

5. Your Emotions are Messages

Sometimes, we overidentify with our emotions. Yes, emotions are us on one level, but we are much deeper than our emotions. We have and carry emotions but are not the real us. 

Emotions are messengers and clues to discern what’s right or wrong for us. Learn how to navigate and understand them in a way that makes sense for you. Is it better to surrender and let go of an emotion, or is the emotion telling you to make changes and take action?  

Does this job make me feel good, or does it drain me? Or am I draining my energy because I see everything in a negative light? Use your emotions as messengers and begin an open dialogue.

6. Finding Yourself at the Bottom of the Scale

If you find yourself at the bottom of the scale, it’s important not to be too hard on yourself. Experiencing grief is overwhelming, and we can get engulfed by our feelings and not know how to navigate them. The dark night of the soul or ego death is one experience that can feel daunting. 

If you are in despair, reaching for joy will feel false. Expecting yourself to feel something polar opposite is unreasonable and might make you angrier at yourself if you can’t. Instead, reach for the emotion above it. Seek counseling or professional help to take care of yourself. 

Closing Thoughts on the Emotional Guidance Scale

I hope this article helped you understand how to use Esther Abraham-Hicks’ Emotional Guidance Scale. It’s a wonderful tool to have in your back pocket whether you are working on your manifestations, managing your mental health,  or developing emotional intelligence. I wish you so much joy and many blessings!

If you enjoyed this article, you may also enjoy Law of Attraction: Beginner’s Manifestation Guide 2024

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