Emotions are chemicals released in response to our interpretation of a specific trigger. These chemicals are released throughout the body, forming a feedback loop between the brain and body. Our emotions are doing their job to keep us safe, help us to reproduce, interpret, and give us feedback about our environment. When an emotion is triggered, it travels throughout the body waiting to be noticed by us and validated; or in other words, owned and acknowledged. Once it is validated and acknowledged, the emotion is processed, causing no harm to the body or mind. But when an emotion is not processed, the emotional energy can become stuck in the body. It becomes a tangled ball of energy that lodges in our weakest organs and cells, and illness begins.
Think of emotions as if they are little children. They come to us for approval and say, Look at me, I am happy, or pay attention to me; I am so angry or help me, I am frightened. If you spend a moment to acknowledge your emotions and express them they will not cause problems. However, if you do not acknowledge your emotions, either by yourself or with someone you trust, you can get stuck in a loop. However, if you do not acknowledge your emotions, either by yourself or with someone you trust, you can get stuck in a loop. The emotion will rear its head again at some point in your life when it is triggered by another stimulus similar to the first one, which you ignored.
When you stuff your emotions, they get buried deep down inside your body at the cellular level. This is a defense mechanism your mind uses to protect you so you don’t have to deal with the emotion or trauma – especially if you don’t have the strength or support to face it. Unfortunately, if you don’t deal with your suppressed emotions, they will constantly bubble up to the surface and affect your day-to-day life. Random flavors, odors, and tiny, seemingly inconsequential incidents can trigger a memory you’ve stored, and your panicked mind will respond with a knee-jerk reaction that can get you into all sorts of trouble.
The best course of action is to deal with your emotions when they happen or as soon thereafter as you safely can without spilling over into someone else’s emotional space. I have found Energy Healing Therapies to be the most effective for releasing trapped emotions. In my new book, Suffering is Optional: Step Out of Darkness Into the Light, I provide several effective tools to help you process emotions quickly and safely.