Have you stopped to think how much your emotions influence your health and well-being? I discovered this myself in very dramatic fashion about 15 years ago.
Like many women, I was exhausted, frazzled, and over-committed while caring for my family — but I wasn’t caring for myself. I kept pushing hard, and pushing down my emotions. Depression and apathy had a grip on me that I couldn’t shake. I did not realize how much I was suppressing my feelings until it hit me like a lightning bolt one day.
A friend recommended I try visiting an energy healer. I had no idea what energy healing was about, but thought, “Why not?”
On my first visit, I was led into a room and asked to lie down on a massage table. The healer flicked my wrist around and seemed to somehow be getting information from my body. She tapped on my head and my heart, telling me that she was releasing energy that wanted to come out. I felt a little lightheaded afterwards, but more relaxed than I had in a long time. The next day, I found myself smiling and laughing. The little things didn't get to me and I felt happier. So I decided to go back.
During my second visit, the healer told me that all of my chakras wanted to open at once. I asked, "What's a chakra?"
“They're just energy centers that run down the middle of your body,” she replied
I had no idea what she was talking about, but let her continue tapping on my head and heart.
Suddenly the most intense fear consumed me. Complete and utter terror slammed me. I started screaming. Every muscle tensed. I felt like I was being electrocuted. After what seemed like an eternity, my body collapsed onto the table. I looked at her in complete confusion.
At the time, no one knew exactly what had happened to me, including the healers that I visited for help. It wasn’t until years later that I happened across the answer on a completely unrelated Google search. There it was: every symptom and experience I had, laid out in bullet points. I had experienced a spontaneous kundalini awakening. Apparently, these are not common in the United States. but are well known in India where they know a lot more about how to help people navigate them.
I didn't realize how much I had suppressed my emotions over the years. When I had my kundalini awakening, everything that I’d suppressed, buried, and stuffed down deep came to the surface. I had no choice but to release it.
I am not suggesting that if you suppress your emotions, you will have a similar experience. I do know that for many people, repressed emotions contribute to mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, and depression, and that these can lead to physical problems as well. And many people are carrying around emotions that they don’t even know they have.
Emotions fuel the human energy system, yet this system is not widely understood in America. Since my awakening, I became committed to learning about our energetic selves, and how we can be healthier, happier and calmer by caring for ourselves emotionally. I developed a set of tools for releasing emotions so that they didn't weigh me down. Here is one you may want to try:
Envision Emotional Release
Make a note of how much the emotion is affecting you on a scale of 1-10. This will help you assess your progress with the technique.
Get in a quiet place if you can, but in a pinch, just get quiet in your mind as much as you can.
Identify the emotion(s) you want to release. Say them out loud if possible, along with an intention, such as: “I choose to release [emotion] and whatever is attached to it.” If you have to say it in your mind, do so. (It would look a little weird to say it out loud in the middle of class or in a meeting!)
Next, envision the emotions leaving your body.
Take a couple of deep belly breaths. Breathe in through your nose while placing your hands over your belly until you feel it move with your breath. Breathe out completely through your mouth.
Envision the emotions coming out of your body and floating away, such as a dull, dark cloud of energy or smoke that rises out of you and floats off. The more relaxed you are, the easier this is to do.
Keep doing the envisioning technique until you feel like the emotions have dissipated or you don’t “see” them anymore.
Take a couple more deep breaths.
Our emotions can feel deep, perplexing, and daunting. This is why I have committed to teaching people simple ways they can feel better quickly. By learning to care for yourself emotionally, you can feel more stable, calm and focused so you can pursue the life of your dreams.
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