HJ: Emotional blocks can be tricky little buggers. Secretly sabotaging our best intentions and dreams for ourselves and causing us to stay stuck in patterns that don’t serve us. But thankfully they are easy enough to clear out. And the process of doing so offers great opportunities for spiritual growth and evolution as well as massively improved quality of life, relationships and so on and so forth ad infinitum. It is one of the core practices of doing your ‘inner work’ and leads to great liberation and freedom in all areas of your life.
Clearing Emotional Blocks
Using your subconscious mind to clear cellular memory
By Debbie Papadakis | Vitality Magazine
Do you feel stuck in life? Are you inhibited and unable to initiate change? Trapped in the status quo and feel like the proverbial hamster on a wheel? Look deep inside yourself to find the answers. You may find emotional blockages that stop you from achieving your goals and stunt your emotional growth.
What are emotional blockages?
Emotional blockages are created by past negative experiences, unresolved emotions, self-defeating behaviours/patterns and self-limiting beliefs which are counter intentions that contribute to self-sabotage. They act as a defense mechanism to deal with deep emotional pain experienced in traumatic, destructive, and dysfunctional situations ranging from the loss of a loved one, betrayal, abuse, rejection, and so on.
How emotional blockages manifest in your life
Unfelt or suppressed emotions like anger, resentment, and guilt are dense emotions and block our energy. The emotional body is magnetic and holds on to suppressed emotions until you allow them to move, by expressing them. Unless released these emotions hinder you from raising your vibrational frequencies and can result in physical manifestations like chronic pain, anxiety, migraines, ulcers, and other forms of illness. A healthy emotional body vibrates and attracts light, which is what raises consciousness.
‘Triggers’ activate undesirable feelings like anger, fear, hurt, sadness etc. from past experiences that have been repressed. You may be triggered by a person, a situation, song, smell, colour, etc. For instance, when triggered by anger you may deflect your feelings and blame another or the situation. When you react to a trigger, it is a fear-based reaction and fear has a low vibrational frequency. Most often people react in anger even if what they feel is fear; they do this to protect themselves from feeling hurt. For most people anger becomes the primary defense mechanism. It is necessary to move anger (and other negative emotions), a dense energy out of your physical and emotional body in order to attract positive experiences.
Emotional blocks can affect all areas of life, relationships, finance, career, health, etc.
As a child, if your closest companion was your grandfather who was kind, loving, and affectionate. He was the only one that made you feel safe and secure. The loss of that relationship creates feelings of loneliness, insecurity, abandonment, and grief. These associated feelings are implanted in the subconscious and manifest later in life hindering the development of close/intimate relationships as a defence mechanism against the fear of reliving the pain of loss.
While growing up, if you repeatedly heard comments such as “We do not have enough,” “This is too expensive,” “Money is the root of all evil,” you subconsciously created negative associations with money. In time, although your conscious, logical mind recognizes the necessity of money, the subconscious mind blocks you from attracting it.
Consider lottery winners, statistics show that a majority of these winners lose their winnings within three to four years. The reason being their subconscious beliefs are not in alignment with their conscious actions.
Each cell in our body stores DNA which is passed down through generations. Just as the cells store biological DNA, they also store mental, emotional and spiritual levels. It is impossible for the conscious mind to remember every experience, but the memory of every experience is encoded in our cells. This is referred to as cellular memory.
Traumatic incidents, from childhood or even past-lives can leave an emotional imprint on our cellular memory. For example, a person who has a fear of dogs may have experienced something traumatic that caused the fear. The shock/pain of the incident gets locked in their cellular memory even after the conscious mind forgets about the incident. The result is a ‘deep-rooted fear’.
Swiss therapist Anne Miller having worked with patients who had suffered abuse as children concluded that suppressed emotions lead to all kinds of problems such as depression, anger, abuse, etc. Blocking or repressing emotions, especially negative emotions only results in a negative manifestation that can be destructive to you and those around you. By honestly allowing yourself to feel and release these emotions, you release the pain and trauma associated with it.
She writes, “Ultimately the body will rebel. Even if it can be temporarily pacified with the help of drugs, cigarettes, or medicine, it usually has the last word because it is quicker to see through self-deception than the mind…. We may ignore or deride the messages of the body, but its rebellion demands to be heeded because its language is the authentic expression of our true selves and of the strength of our vitality.”
How the mind works
The mind is divided into three parts: the conscious, subconscious, and the unconscious mind.
The conscious mind is responsible for critical, analytical, and logical thinking. It stores temporary memory. The subconscious mind is the storehouse of all our emotions, beliefs, memories, and experiences, this is our emotional mind. The unconscious mind is responsible for our behaviours and our body’s automatic responses which are influenced by the subconscious and unconscious mind. In order to resolve some of our deeper issues we need to release the ‘but’ (voice of the conscious mind) and explore what’s behind it (in the subconscious mind)
The Clearing Process
“In our journey of consciousness, we must clear the planes in ascending order: physical, emotional, mental, intellectual and spiritual” ~ John Ruskan
The clearing process begins with awareness, honesty, and openness.
It dispels the toxic emotions responsible for emotional blocks and alleviates unhealthy stress levels. It increases awareness of what you are experiencing and creates space allowing you to choose how you want to act/react to situations. This process allows you to: become mindful of your thoughts and feelings, gaining power over them; free yourself to pursue what you truly desire in life; work toward your highest potential and become the person you want to be.
The process is complete when we reach a state of acceptance, forgiveness, willingness to release and make peace with the past and ourselves (stop identifying with it).
Clearing emotional blocks involves work on all aspects of our being:
• Body – deep relaxation through breath;
• Mind (conscious/intellect) – through awareness;
• Emotion (subconscious/feelings) – through acceptance;
• Behaviour (unconscious/automatic response) – through experiencing a shift and
• Spiritual (transformation) – through observing and witnessing the effects of the learning in our life
Releasing emotional blockages through therapeutic hypnosis
The root cause of all emotional issues lies in the subconscious mind. One of the most effective and fastest ways to access the subconscious mind is through hypnotherapy.
Hypnosis, often called the “Highway to the Subconscious”, bypasses the critical conscious mind and accesses the subconscious mind. It is extremely beneficial in reversing negative beliefs and transforming negative emotions by releasing the repressed emotions and the associations with it. This creates a domino effect and allows the subconscious mind to restore it to its authentic powerful state.
Becoming aware of subconscious emotions and unconscious behaviours allows you to actively stop them from coloring your perceptions of yourself and the world around you. This enhances everyday performance and results in a healthier, happier and more productive lifestyle. Through hypnosis we tap into our latent power, dispel fears, self-defeating thoughts and behaviors, limiting beliefs, thereby healing our mind-body and making lasting positive changes.
Clearing emotional blockages helps:
• Resolve past negative experiences and all (negative) associations with it
• Break unproductive habits, behaviours and beliefs
• Overcome anxiety and fear
• Transform relationships
• Stop negative thinking
• Experience mind-body connection
You have the ability to take charge of your life, and the tools for creating change are closer than you think. You are capable of living a richer, fuller life, your biggest obstacle is yourself. Are you ready and willing to release what no longer serves you, free yourself from the clutches of the past, and step into an empowering future?
Clear the past. Free the present. Create the future. Don’t try harder, try it differently.
Debbie Papadakis, BCH, CI is a Board Certified Master Hypnotist with a thriving private practice and Certified Trainer and Founding Director of Hypno Healing Institute in Toronto. Debbie has been featured in Oprah’s O Magazine & O’s Big Book of Happiness. She is included in the book American Artists of Professional Hypnosis, 1900-2012. She is the recipient of the 2012 Order of Braid from the National Guild of Hypnotists, the 2012 Life Diplomate in Hypnotherapy Award from the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association, in recognition of her esteemed contributions to the field of Hypnosis, and a Honourary Doctorate in Holistic Medicine from Noble International University.