What we resist, persists
Carl Jung got this right. Bear with me, what you’re about to read may make you think we’re back in the Astral practitioner program. We’re not. We’re here in the Etheric program. But, think about this for a minute. What emotions make you feel uncomfortable?
- Do you avoid anger?
- What about anxiety? Do you tend to stuff that down?
- Judgment? About yourself or others?
- Sadness? Do you try not to go there and feel it when you’re deeply sad?
We all have emotions that we avoid. And when we avoid them, they don’t just go away. We may not ‘feel’ them, we may not operate through them. But they persist. How?
Avoided emotions are suppressed, repressed
Is that a bad thing? Once in a while, probably not. Over the course of years, definitely. Because repressed, suppressed emotions get compacted and compressed and delivered to…the Etheric energy body. The Mind-Body connection is real, folks. What we don’t allow ourselves to acknowledge, feel and validate (and release) ends up in the physical body’s energy system where it can really gum up the works. And the unfortunate thing is that we tend to layer this repressed emotional energy onto chakras in the Etheric body that are already encumbered. Over time, this can lead to illness and disease.
People need to do their emotional work when they have physical issues
I have many practitioners who treat chronic illness and disease. They’ll tell you straight up that the clients who work their emotional stories, resolve and release the emotional energy that holds their trauma and patterns in place resolve their symptoms and heal more quickly than those who avoid their emotional process work.
The benefit of the choice you’ve made to learn both the Astral and Etheric energy systems and treatment strategies and protocols for integrated sessions, is that you can gently invite your clients to do the deeper work. You don’t have to be their therapist, in fact, as you know, that’s not your role (unless you’re a therapist who also does energy healing). But you can invite an exploration of what emotions the client resists experiencing, which will lead to the stories, patterns, behaviors and issues that keep the client stuck and unable to heal.
There’s not a person on the planet who does not somatize emotion. Not everyone does it every day, all day of course. But whatever emotions make a client (or you) uncomfortable are candidates for somatized emotion. Have you ever had some sort of body work, a massage, cranio-sacral therapy, Bowenwork, acupuncture — and found yourself welling up with tears, or even spontaneously crying in that loud, messy, ugly cry kind of way? The bodyworker hit a pocket of somatized emotion and released it through whatever touch they apply in their treatment.
Another easy way to relate to somatized emotion is to think of giving a speech, a presentation or a performance, and having clammy hands, shallow breath, butterflies in the stomach as symptoms you have to manage prior to going on stage. Anxiety somatized into the body generates these type of temporary symptoms. Once you hit your stride in your performance, it usually goes away, and you feel relaxed and within your mastery. Sometimes people also feel a massive physical release after the performance ends. They might have the shakes, or loose bowels, a dry mouth, nausea or a powerful sense of emptiness that has nothing to do with hunger. Somatized emotion.
Releasing Extremities lets the body shed somatized emotion
From here forward, you’ll be Releasing Extremities in every client session you run (with one exception in a protocol you’ll learn in a bit). When I run client sessions, I typically find myself Releasing Extremities for at least 10 minutes during the course of the treatment. There’s plenty of material there to release, and it’s a huge boon to the Etheric energy system to get that emotional content out of the field.
Proceed to the Preparation video in the next Topic page to learn a bit more about somatized emotion. And when you get to the Demonstration Topic, I’ll give you an idea of how to do this for yourself!