Finding the Emotional Causes of Disease
Our emotions arise as part of our human response to life experiences. How we respond to life can also have a direct cause and effect relationship with the onset and progression of physical symptoms and disease. Understanding how this mind-body connection works to identify emotional causes of disease and applying new effective tools for releasing emotions can often be the key to rapid healing.
Understanding Emotions - It's Only Energy !!
To understand emotions, we have to understand the body's energy system. Consider first the physical body as a biological engine processing nutrition. We take food in, digest absorb assimilate it, we rebuild our cells with it, i.e. we become more than we were before as a result of it, and we have an elimination system to release wastes and by products. So we process physical nutrition in, through and out of our physical body, being enriched in the process. This is a good model for understanding the energy system.
As we are all in constant energetic exchange with our environment, our energy body takes in these energies of life, nature, what happens to us, what people say and do to us. We process this in our energy system. A healthy response to life is to accept what happens, to become enriched by it in some way and then to let it go, releasing the energy of that event.
The problems arise when we have too much to handle at once, beyond the present processing ability of our energy system. Or, when a big life event happens, and again, we have not yet learned how to handle this kind of energy or experience. The energy being processed literally builds up in the energy system and, just like eating more than you can comfortably digest causes a physical blockage, in the same way we now have an energy blockage or disturbance, which is attached to the original thought or memory.
It is the information in the patterned into this energy disturbance which now drives the brain to produce the hormones that give rise to the emotional response and the nervous system and blood supply to give rise to the physical pressure or pain that accompanies it.
In other words, ‘negative' emotions are merely a feedback device of the energy system, indicating blockage. The same energy disturbance giving rise to physical symptoms that accompany emotions, e.g. tightness in the chest, knot in the stomach, pressure in the head etc. So releasing an emotion and its accompanying physical symptoms comes down to a simple principle of finding the energy disturbance and releasing the energy to restore flow in the energy system.
Restoring the energy flow, simultaneously creates a relaxed emotional state, usually with more clarity and perspective about what happened to the person and a more physically relaxed and comfortable body with communication systems and previously disrupted healing ability restored. So flow states cause good emotional feelings.
Asking the right questions
So identifying the cause of physical symptoms can often be as simple as asking questions such as :
When did the symptoms start? and
What was going on in your life at that time? and
How did you feel about it?
These questions can lead to the thoughts and memories that contain the energy disturbances which are causing both the emotional and physical symptoms being presented. The next step would be to use energy release techniques, such as EFT Emotional Freedom technique or EmoTrance, to release these specific energy disturbances, and restore physical and emotional health.
Accidents and Injuries
The same approach can be applied to persistent pain and restricted mobility following accidents and injuries. In traditional healing process we often ignore the trauma of the event itself and the stress of the consequences of the accident the event. Yet this energy would be stored in the energy body in the same way causing tension, restricted movement and pain.
Sometimes a chronic condition can change a person's life in many ways so that despite the obvious disadvantages of the health problem, there may have been some upsides since developing it e.g. extra care and attention from family, friends or health workers. We call this primary gain. Conversely, developing a physical problem can mean we get to avoid certain unpleasant aspects of our previous life e.g., work, pressure, stress. We call this secondary gain. This manifests in beliefs that can also interrupt the healing process. Long standing problems can also cause beliefs such as ‘Its part of who I am' to develop and what the Doctors say ‘It can't be cured', ‘you'll always be on this medication' can also block healing. By asking the right questions we can identify whether primary or secondary gain applies or what other limiting beliefs the client holds, for example :
Despite the disadvantages, have there been any upsides since having this problem?
What would your life be like without this problem? Can you see any downsides?
Then we apply the energy release techniques of EFT or EmoTrance to release the beliefs, thereby facilitating the healing process.
Tools of Energy Psychology for Restoring Energy Flow
Finding the energy disturbance is only part of the solution. The second is releasing the energy to restore the flow in the energy system. All the tools in the field of energy psychology are based on this discovery that emotions arise from the state of flow or blockage of the energy system associated with our thoughts. We simply tune in, think about the problem or event and we connect to the energy disturbance. Then we apply one of these powerful techniques to release the energy and restore the flow leading to physical and emotional freedom.
EFT Emotional Freedom Technique
Gary Craig developed EFT Emotional Freedom Technique. With EFT we release the blocked energy by tapping the end points of the major meridians. It's a bit like acupuncture but without the needles.
EFT has become the world wide most popular tool in this field for therapists and general public for self help. As the energy releases, the emotional intensity for this thought or memory decreases until the person becomes both relaxed and clear about the memory.
Silvia Hartmann developed a further simplification. Observing that the physical sensations in the body accompanying the emotion were actually the indicator of where the energy was blocked, she developed the EmoTrance technique and philosophy, for transforming emotional energy in 2002. With EmoTrance we notice where in the body we feel the pain or pressure accompanying an emotion, and we use intention to soften the energy. The energy that was once blocked now begins to flow again and releases from the body and the client actually feels this happening. Once all the energy has released from the body, the problem has also gone.
Having a combination of energy release techniques, such as EFT and EmoTrance to release emotional issues is a great advantage to any health or healing practice.
Can Healing Retreats Help?
A mind body spirit detox retreat where the real cause of disease is understood to be unresolved emotional issues in many cases, would be a great way to explore healing in a supportive environment with sufficient time to make real changes in health.
By Sandra Hillawi BScHons, Lic Trainer EFT and EmoTrance
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