The World of Emotions:
"It's only Energy!" by Sandra Hillawi (BSc, MH,CT,MET,ET)
”What exactly are emotions? How do they arise? How do we release them? Why do certain triggers bring up repeating emotional patterns? Why is it that one day thoughts about our circumstances cause a negative emotion and another day they don’t, yet the circumstances are the same? Is there a model that can answer these questions?
Let’s start with a model we know, our physical body. We take food in, process it, get some nourishment from it, and our body discards the rest through its elimination channels.
We know that we have a subtle energy system but what many of us don’t realise is that it works in a similar way to the physical body.
We take energy in from our environment; our energy system processes it somehow; takes some nourishment from it at some level, and discards the rest as it flows through our energy system leaving the body at various points.
What is this energy?
Every thing is energy, from things we can see with our eyes right down to our thoughts. Everything at a basic level is energy. We know this through physics.
When someone gives us a certain look, or says something to us, we receive that as a form of energy.
When we witness an event, we receive energy from that.
When we look at the ocean we receive energy from that.
We receive energy from all these sources.
If we handled all kinds of energy well, it would enter our system, nourish us, and flow through and out, and we would remain in the state of “the even flow”.
The problem is that we don’t always handle this incoming energy well.
The problems happen when energy gets blocked. As it comes in, if our systems don’t handle it easily enough, it builds up, gets denser, and then can't flow through the channels which are there to carry it. We experience a tightness in the chest, throat, solar plexus and an emotion with it, such as pain, fear, rejection, anger, trauma, sadness, irritation etc. Hence forth, until that energy pattern is dispersed, every time you think about that event, person, thing, it tunes you in to this energy block and the emotion comes up again.
That energy blockage, pattern or disruption gets attached to the thought of what was happening at the time. Now, every time you think that thought, it tunes you in to that energy disruption again, and all the physiological and emotional reactions are triggered.
How do we release emotions?
All the techniques of energy psychology are aimed at releasing this energy block, pattern, disruption and thereby removing the actual cause of our negative emotions.
Emerging as the most popular tool for this purpose is EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique, designed by Gary Craig.
We may be familiar with the meridians - pathways along which energy flows through our system connecting organs together. We may be familiar with the idea that they come to the surface of the skin at 100s of specific points, because these points are used in accupuncture for inserting the needles to unblock energy blockages along those meridians, or energy pathways.
In EFT we use 13 of these specific points to access the energy system and release our negative emotions.
The unique feature on any energy psychology therapy is to focus in on the problem or the emotion concerned while we stimulate the energy system. That is, we think the thoughts that tune us into the energy disruption so we are feeling the emotion. Then, while focussing on the emotion, we tap these points, see diagram, using statements which help us to stay focussed, such as …. “even though I feel hurt by what he said, I completely accept myself”. Or “Even though I feel anxious in my stomach, I completely accept myself”.
Tapping the meridian points collapses the energy disturbance underlying that emotion and we feel the intensity of the emotion diminish ….. the emotion simply melts away like snow in the sunshine!
Research into Energy Psychology
A paper by Joaquín Andrade, M.D., and David Feinstein, Ph.D., which appears in the current version of the Energy Psychology Interactive CD, summarises clinical observations involving energy-oriented psychotherapy treatments with 29,000 patients from 11 allied treatment centres in South America during a 14-year period.
The paper, "Energy Psychology: Theory, Indications, Evidence," also offers preliminary guidelines regarding indications and contraindications for the use of energy-oriented psychotherapy, based on early Clinical data.
In addition to the large sample of clinical trials, a number of randomised, double-blind studies were conducted. One of these compared approximately 2,500 anxiety disorder patients who were receiving energy therapy treatments with 2,500 receiving the established treatment for anxiety disorders - medication combined with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
The energy psychology treatments were superior to the medication/CBT protocol in the proportion of patients showing some improvement (90% vs. 63%) and the proportion of patients showing complete remission of symptoms (76% vs. 51%). In a related pilot study by the same team, the length of treatment was significantly shorter with energy therapy than with CBT (mean = 3 sessions vs. mean = 15 sessions).
The authors emphasise that these were pilot studies and any conclusions must be considered preliminary and tentative. Nonetheless, the findings are impressive, and they constitute the most persuasive empirical support for the efficacy of energy-based psychotherapy to date.
Text and EFT image © Sandra Hillawi
For more information contact:- Sandra Hillawi at http://www.passionforhealth.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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