Susan, awesome question! Whenever I find myself falling back into these lower emotional levels for whatever reason, my Inner Goblin is right there, rubbing it's hands together, and telling me all kinds of lies about my experience. This "Lower Self" is my brain, trying to protect me from perceived threats, and wants me to identify with my emotions as a way to gauge the severity of those threats. But I am not my emotions; they only represent my response mechanism. So I go a step further to examine what is triggering me, why I am being triggered by it, and how I can heal that trigger. When I am experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, etc., I get to a neutral place with visual meditations that help me disassociate from that lower emotion; then I can begin the process of breaking down and healing those triggers. Hope this helps!