An emotional blockage can be one of the main reasons for a reoccurring symptom, chronic pain, a plateau in healing, or just an overall toxic feeling.
I specialize in this in my practice because I feel this is above all the most important piece in true healing and health. I have had several clients stop progressing in their healing process due to the fact that they felt “unworthy” of getting better. They were subconsciously sabotaging their health because of an emotional blockage. Once the blockage was addressed, their healing continued.
Physiologically speaking, emotions are caused by neuropeptides, which are released by different organs. For example, anger comes from the liver. Grief comes from the lung. Fear is from the kidneys.
So what happens overtime is that you get these “clusters” of neuropeptides that build up, and actually hinder the function of the organ. The ability of your organs function will decrease, resulting in physical symptoms in the body.
In Louise Hay’s introduction to her book, “Heal Your Body”, she mentions her own personal experience of how negative thought patterns contributed to her cancer. She states:
“…Cancer comes from a pattern of deep resentment that is held for a long time until it literally eats away at the body, I knew that I had a lot of mental work to do.
I realized that if I had the operation to get rid of the cancer but did not clear the mental pattern that created it, then the doctors would just keep cutting Louise until there was no more Louise to cut. If I had the operation and cleared the mental pattern that was causing the cancer, then the cancer wouldn’t return.
When cancer or any other illness returns, I don’t believe that it’s because the doctor didn’t “get it all out”, but rather that the patient has made no mental changes and so it just re-creates the same illness.
…I immediately began to work with my own teacher to clear old patterns of resentment. Up till that time, I hadn’t acknowledged that I harbored deep resentment. We’re often blind to our own patterns. A lot of forgiveness was in order. The other thing I did was to go to a good nutritionist and completely detoxify my body. So between the mental and physical cleansing, in six months I was able to get the medical profession to agree with what I already know: that I no longer had any form of cancer.”
We learn these negative thought patterns as children, from our parents, or other influential people in our lives (good or bad). Often times, these thought patterns are even inherited in the womb. Then of course, add any trauma we may have experienced, and it is no surprise to see how our emotional state becomes sculpted from one of love to one of fear.
Our life is merely a reflection of our inner state of being. Positive thoughts help to create positive experiences, where as negative thought patterns create negative experiences. Unfortunately, we are human, and we will always have human tendencies. We will never be perfect no matter how hard we try. However, the good news is that we can start to get a handle on our emotions, and start correcting the patterns that are not serving our highest good.
I would like to share a very personal story of mine with you as an example:
At the age of 19 I was diagnosed with HPV. The doctors said not to worry because it was very common, and any person with a healthy immune system should be able to kick it within one year. Each year I would go in for my yearly physical only to find that I still had it.
After the 3rd year I became very concerned. I didn’t understand how I could still have this. I ate 100% organic, gluten and dairy free, and I lived a “healthier” lifestyle than anyone I knew. The years went on, and it became increasingly worse. It went from mild dysplasia, to moderate, and in the 6th year I had a biopsy taken for fear that it was cancerous. The results did indeed come back precancerous.
During this time I started undergoing a HUGE transformation. I decided to get very real with myself. Like Louise Hay, I also had an understanding of how the emotional state can manifest into a physical issue. I had tried everything possible to cure this, and nothing was working!
I decided to look for the root cause of this – the emotional reason for why my body was targeting that specific area. It really was no surprise to me – I knew exactly why, but it took me to a place I never wanted to go. The reason my body chose to manifest itself in such a way was due to the fact that I had so much shame and guilt around being a woman, and the subject of sex. Being sexually abused as a child, raped as a teenager and an abortion at the age of 14 – I was emotionally traumatized, and not once did I ever speak of, or get help for any of those situations. I was riddled with guilt and shame. I felt used up, worthless, disgusting, and completely unlovable.
Once finally acknowledging all of this pain that I had continued to carry with me, I worked on releasing these old negative beliefs that I had about myself and started creating new positive thought forms. It was not easy! When your brain has been programmed a certain way for almost your entire life, it takes A LOT of extremely difficult – conscious – effort in order to create a new story for yourself. All of my hard work paid off though! In my 7th year since my diagnosis, I finally had managed to rid my body of the dis-ease, and the ONLY thing I had done differently, was clear out those negative emotions!
When these situations arise in our life, as hard as it may be, it’s important to understand that there is a need for it to surface, otherwise it wouldn’t be happening. Louise Hay makes an excellent point:
” We must go within to dissolve the mental cause. This is why willpower and discipline don’t work. They’re only battling the outer effect [symptom]. It’s like cutting down the weed instead of getting the root out.”
Here are some common issues to think about:
Bladder and kidney problems relate to fear and holding on to the past, holding on to anger (being “pissed off”).
Digestive issues relate to fear, strong beliefs of not being good enough, something “eating” at you.
Breast problems (cysts, lumps, soreness, mastitis) relate to a refusal to nourish the self. Putting everyone else first. Over mothering, overprotecting, overbearing attitudes. (I personally suffered from mastitis chronically while nursing my children! Once I learned the emotional cause of it, I never had it again!)
There is no person in the entire world that is immune to such behaviors. It is crucial to your well being that you seek out the help you need in order to reverse the detrimental effects our emotions can have on us. Sometimes traditional counseling just isn’t enough to truly get to the root of the pattern.
Some examples of alternative healing therapies include:
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
NET (Neuro Emotional Technique)
Reiki, Eden Energy Medicine, Pranic Healing – Just about any energetic healer
Many alternative health care professionals are very gifted in their healing abilities. If one doesn’t feel right, don’t give up! I highly encourage you to continue seeking help until you find the healer that works for you.