Are You Holding Onto Emotional Pain?

Screen Shot 2013-07-03 at 11.34.36 AMI’ve spent my life’s work supporting people in working through their anger, their sadness, their grief, their disappointment, their frustration, their rage and their confusion. Working with our emotions is one of the most difficult things we’re asked to do in this human experience. And we can be sure that when we are struggling with or stuck in our emotions, it’s always because of our resistance to actually be with what’s going on.

I’m sure you’ve found this to be true. What you resist persists. What you can’t be with won’t let you be. No matter how hard you try to get rid of an unwanted emotion — whether you eat over it or drink over it or shop over it or work over it — it will always keep coming back until you allow and invite the emotion, the feelings, the thoughts, the fears and the resistance to be as they are.

Even though some people would call me a master of emotional freedom, I get stuck in my own emotions all the time. And when I do, I call one of my staff or one of my coaches and they work me through it. Lately I’ve been calling my dear friend Hale Dwoskin, listening to one of his recordings or watching a bit of his movie Letting Go. (I say “a bit” because I’ve watched it a few times now in its entirety.) Hale is the New York Times best-selling author and teacher of The Sedona Method which was created to support people in uncovering their natural ability to let go of any painful or unwanted feeling, belief or thought.

After Hale’s proven, powerful, and liberating techniques saved me once again from a gnarly mess of wound-up emotion, I realized that many of you don’t even know about him, his work and his movie. Letting Go works. So if you haven’t seen this movie, I really want to highly recommend it. I promise you that you’ll get your value out of it at least 10 times over if you stick with it.

Transformational Action Steps

I’m excited to share with you one of my favorite processes to make peace with my emotions.

1) Find a comfortable, quiet place and bring your journal and a pen.

2) Identify an emotion that you are resisting.

3) Take a deep breath and give yourself permission to give up your resistance.

4) Do to The Subpersonality Process by listening to this recording. In this process, give the emotion you are resisting a name other than your own and then use the process to dialogue with this aspect of yourself. You will be amazed by the gifts you discover.

5) Take the action or put in place the practice that will support you in making peace with this part of yourself.

Make this week the week of emotional release. You deserve it.

With love and blessings,

p.s. I’d love to hear from you on Facebook and Twitter about what you discover as you do this emotional release work!

 

Originally published March 2011.

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About Debbie Ford

About the Author Debbie's first three books, The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, Spiritual Divorce and The Secret of the Shadow, are still known as groundbreaking, pioneering work in emotional and spiritual education. They take the reader on amazing journeys into the internal world, laying out the blueprint of the human psyche. They are honest, straightforward and practical. Debbie

Comments

  1. This is an interesting article. I have emotional issues and a lot of anxiety before. It’s hard for me to release my emotions since the memories kept on lingering on my mind. So I seek energy healing hoping that my issues will be resolve. I met Paul (YM practitioner) and started to heal me. Since he treated me, I don’t have any issues anymore. If depression does start to set in, I just make a correction to eliminate it. I have almost no pain anymore. I also experienced chronic pain that became annoying at a long term. I couldn’t sleep through the night. I took medications for some time, but not long enough to notice any results. After Paul worked on me I noticed immediate effects. The pain has almost completely gone. I still have some pain in the left shoulder and some headaches but they start to dissipate. Now those are gone. Here are some video resources with learning tips that demonstrate the benefits of energy medicine, http://www.chineseenergetics.com/Energy-Medicine/

  2. It takes a lot of courage for people to come to terms with their emotions. Resistance does indeed make it harder for us to face reality. I know of a chiropractor in McCarron Lake who had been troubled by his emotions for very long, until he finally decided to see a counselor and felt much better after that.

    Laura

    McCarron Lake Chiropractic