Did you know that emotions and experiences can literally make you physically ill? I was always part of the don’t show emotion club and had no idea this was possible until my emotion suppression led to a full blown eating disorder. A major part of my journey towards health has been identifying and dealing with emotions.
Now, I thought all my years of therapy would do the trick and talking about things over and over again would make the feelings go away. My body had other ideas. It is excellent when you can acknowledge emotions but releasing them is also a big part of healing.
Experiences in our childhood have especially big impacts on our physical health. For example, if you were bullied as a child, this could end up manifesting as eating issues, anxiety or even headaches as an adult. However, instead of dealing with this ingrained negative energetic event, we take an advil, see a therapist, or work with a nutritionist. Each of these solutions may work in the short term, but we never seem to get rid of the physical issue. Whether it is the constant headaches, the yo yo dieting, or the on and off depression, we can’t seem to get relief.
Now I am not saying that depression or eating disorders are not very real illnesses. All that I am saying is that it is so important to examine past events for clues as to how they affect our lives today. For example, yesterday I had a session with my Naturopathic doctor and we worked on some emotional issues from adolescence.
Now this issue was something that I had talked about multiple times over in therapy and I thought I had let go of it. Boy was I surprised when she had me imagine the situation and helped me release energetic attachments to it!
Not only did I feel better after, but my overall energy levels the rest of the day were higher than they had been in weeks. No three hour nap for me (woohoo!)!! So why was it that all those years of talking about the situation never produced the same effects as a half an hour of NET?
While all of my therapists were doing the best they could to help me deal with the issue, I had never actively released my attachments consciously and subconsciously to those issues. It is important to talk about the past to get clues as to what is currently affecting our lives but we also must remember that we have the power to change how we view the past at any moment.
Do you have a bad memory from childhood or adolescence that is affecting your life today? You might say, “Megan, I have no freakin idea what you are talking about.” If that is the case, I challenge you to look at your life and see areas where you are getting in your own way or holding yourself back from living the best life possible. Often these areas offer clues into limiting beliefs and corresponding experiences that need to be released. Still don’t believe me?
Well, I encourage you to try EFT (emotional freedom technique), also known as tapping. Do yourself a favor and try it at least once. You may think I am crazy but I promise you will thank me later! For more information on tapping and EFT check out the video below by the amazing author Jessica Ortner.