Human movement is an action, the direction of movement requires choice. One wants to go somewhere and has to take steps to get there. The movement of essence is not an action, it is an aspect of being. Essence doesn't have to take steps, for it is naturally becoming. The direction of movement is determined by its state of being. Essence doesn't choose what it wants to become, because what is becomes is a natural consequence of what it is. This can be translated as choice being immanent to state of being. Will, choice and preference are included in state of being, they can be seen as aspects of being. Essence is will, it is what it chooses or prefers to be.
One can imagine that subjective movement, the movement of essence, has a free flowing quality. Objective movement, the expression of movement in human experience, is often much more troublesome and restricted. Still subjective movement and objective movement are the same. One can not objectively deviate from one's own subjective movement. One can only distort one's subjective movement in the objective expression of it. This distortion is often called 'being out of alignment', which means objective movement doesn't freely flow with subjective movement.
There are several ways one can get out of alignment with one self. Not trusting one self is the most common cause of distortion. This means not trusting in one's wants and needs, intuitive responses, impulses, inspiration, judgment. There seem to be many valid reasons to overrule one's natural tendencies, for example fear of consequences, surrender to outside authority and judgment, resistance to the meaning assigned to certain movements. All reasons imply a lack of trust in one's ability to self direct, and even more a lack of trust in the benevolent nature of subjective direction. Too often one perceives one's instincts as a trap or deception, which one has to avoid with intervention of the mind's controlling capacity.
When given control where it actually has none, the mind generates distortion. It thinks it has enough information to assess a situation, or will fill in any missing information with conclusions from past experiences. It uses belief-based algorithms to decide which actions and choices are best. It has limited to no insight in creative potential, and is geared towards survival, self-protection and being right. All this combined with a lack of self-awareness, is a recipe for distortion.
Being out of alignment isn't bad in and of it self, it is inherent to human experience. One should not blame one self for distortion, because it is very difficult to avoid completely. But one can strive for as little distortion as possible, for this will make one's experiences more effective and allow more of an ease and flow in living.
When one is in tune with one self and open to subjective signals, distortion can be felt as subtle sensations of discomfort, imbalance or disharmony. As long as one hasn't developed one's perception to include subjective information, one can use emotions as indicators of distortion. Emotions give information about the quality of one's actions and choices in relation to one's subjective movement. 'Positive' emotions are a sign of being in alignment, 'negative' emotions indicate the presence of distortion.
Negative emotions should therefore not be pushed away, but taken seriously as important information about one's movement. Usually if one lets the emotion 'speak', which can be done by expressing the emotion, one will gain clarity about the distortion it refers to. Not by using the mind to analyze emotion, but by being open to and trusting the insights emotion enables.