Removing trapped emotions in the body is crucial for complete healing
We are emotional creatures
This post is going to be a topic that is often less discussed and less understood. It is about human emotions and their pathways to various disease in our bodies. Scientific studies confirm what the ancient medical literature spoke long ago about the impact of emotions on our nervous system and that our internal intelligence could distinguish between positive and negative emotions that are produced by our minds.
You are not alone on this struggle
None of us can escape from falling into bad or negative emotions in our lives. But growing to be mature and wise as we age is what human life is about. Suppose when you read this article and knew that you struggle with lots of bad emotions, don't feel guilty. Just know you are not alone on this but every one of us goes through this in our lives.
Emotional energy travels through the nerves in the brain & spinal cord
Emotions are like energy that travel through specific pathways which the TCM call as Meridians. This pathways are mapped throughout our body for channeling or supplying energy. This pathways are supported by our nervous system which starts at the brain and spinal cord and branches out to all parts of the body. The health of your brain which is the mind in this case is going to impact all your nervous system.
In simple words: When your nerves are not healthy, you won't feel healthy either.
Immune system and nervous system are life long colleagues
Negative emotions can weaken your nervous system and the internal immune system. Studies now have found a direct connection between the nervous system and tumor cells in the human body. Our nervous system plays an important role in modulating inflammation in the body by communicating to the immune system. Read the example below:
Example on Jealousy as bad emotion and what it can do to you
For example, in a case study, the researchers found that heighten feeling of jealousy can elevate the cortisol level in the body. Although cortisol is a useful stress handling hormone, too much of it can hurt you more than helping you. Elevated cortisol can cause inflammation and over time chronic inflammation can damage your DNA and causes many illness and that's including cancer.
“Within a normal limit, emotions causes no disease, but when such emotion are deep seated, uncontrollable and extended over long a period of time, than these can certainly cause diseases”
"Honest self-understanding liberates us from our stuck emotions" C.TERRY WARNER
The problem is, we mask our emotions
Many of us bury our issues, especially those happened during our childhood, deep inside, thinking we have dealt with them. We pretend that everything is fine. We build a wall or put a fake mask to show the world we are okay. At some point, certain circumstances or relationships can tear open those mask and wall, exposing us to a vulnerable state.
Such unresolved or hidden emotions get trapped in our bodies. They can drain your energy, leading to burnout, emotional imbalance and eventually disease. When we chronically repress & retain negative emotions, that will create toxicity in our bodies.
Once a client mentioned to me about her past experiences and how it was still taunting her. She said once she dealt with those emotions, she could feel better not only mentally but also physically.
Unresolved negative emotions can be stored in our organs, muscles and tissues.
Here you will see the connection of our emotions and organs
Anger / Hate / Jealousy – Liver (Excessive anger, hate and jealousy can cause stroke, headache and high BP. The range of anger includes irritability, frustration and resentment)
Worries / Sadness – Lungs (Excessive worries & sadness can cause abdominal pain. Worries can be expressed as anxiety which can cause shortness of breath, shallow breathing, retention of breath or irregular breathing)
Fear / Fright / Shock – Kidney (Fear is a normal human emotion but when it becomes chronic and cannot be resolved, then this effects the kidney, which is why intense fear sometimes makes people to pee in their pants. This example make sense right?)
Remember, you are wonderfully and fearfully made (Psalm 139:14)
I know it is not an easy task to get rid of negative emotions all at once. Take time to slow down and be alone, get out into the nature, pray to God, meditate to cleanse your mind and relax your body, talk to a friend or counselor who can help you, listen to a motivational talk and deal with them one after another.
Hope this article is helpful to you and stay blessed & healthy!