If emotion is repressed, it can’t be resolved!
A wildly obvious statement, right? I agree.
And wildly profound.
Why? Because energy practitioners treat somatized emotions all the time.
And so do doctors.
Have you ever had a bunch of symptoms arise in your body, gone to the doctor, run a battery of tests — and discovered that there’s nothing wrong — none of the tests show a single issue to resolve?
Sometimes knowing that nothing’s wrong causes the symptoms to abate.
Only to pop up in some other way, shape or form.
New tests. Or more tests. And nothing. Nothing wrong. Phew!
Somatized emotion is like that. It creates symptoms, but not necessarily illness.
Though make no mistake, repressed emotions left in the body long enough can result in illness. Or they can amplify or exacerbate a weakness or genetic trait.
Here’s an example of repressed emotion that we’ve probably all experienced before.
Butterflies in the stomach — somatized anxiety! Perhaps fluttering about before a speech or a presentation.
The anxiety that precedes the event is intolerable, and unconsciously repressed — and then your stomach tells the story.
The feeling disappears as you hit your stride, or worst case, it lasts until you’re finished presenting. And then — sweet relief — the symptoms disappear.
Situational somatizing isn’t going to create lasting problems in your body. Even if you vomit, it’ll be over with soon!
Scary & Difficult Emotions
But what about difficult emotions? The ones that frighten you, and tend to avoid? These unacknowledged, repressed emotions migrate from your emotional body into your physical body.
Where they collect and fester.
What’s bugging you?
Are there places where your body is in distress? That’s where you conceivably have somatized emotions. Blocking and constricting energy flow, in turn generating or exacerbating the discomfort or disease. (And yes, what you eat, your family history, etc., are factors, too.)
Here’s a chart for you to figure out where you might be somatizing. You’re welcome!
Address, Don’t Repress
A colleague who is quite conscious and evolved shared that she was working on resolving some physical and emotional issues that she felt were inter-related.
Acknowledging that she somatizes emotion, we created a strategy to bubble uncomfortable emotional energies out of her physical body so she could address and release them. Her work with the strategy is iterative and progressive; she’s gradually evolving her relationship with her body and emotions.
Want to know the strategy?
Identify the emotions that make you most uncomfortable — that should be easy!
Identify parts of the body that tend to carry distress — stomach, joints, bladder — that’s usually simple, too.
Correlate the organ, system, gland, joint to a Chakra using the chart below.
Imagine tying a balloon on a string to the Auric layer of the Chakra you’ve identified, (5th Chakra = 5th layer, 1st Chakra = 1st layer of the Aura).
Imagine pulling the emotional energy out of the Chakra and sending it into the balloon that’s tethered to the layer of your Aura — where it floats outside of your field, remaining connected to you and your emotional awareness.
Meditate on the balloon with the intention to meet, greet and complete your work with these particular emotions.
And trust that as you meditate and do the work, the energy will release from the balloon, the string will dissipate and you and your body will have found a new way to collaborate.
Your body, your emotions, your conscious awareness (and your doctor) will thank you.
Keep your vital energy flowing!