The article below was written by Glenys Bowers, R.H.N. Glenys has been a regular contributor to my blog, and I so appreciate her perspective on how nutrition plays a role in our overall health. I believe it is important to be looking at ourselves holistically. What is going on mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually when we are starting to make changes and heal.
That is why the timing of Glenys’ article is especially fitting for me right now! I have just finished training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy). This approach to therapy comes from the perspective that to process what we are facing in our emotional lives, we need to pay attention to what our bodies are telling us, how that points to the emotion we are feeling, and what thoughts we are having, or messages we are telling ourselves.
When a disturbing event occurs in our life, it can get locked in our nervous system with the original picture of the event, as well as the sounds, and our thoughts and feelings at the time that it happens. These facts combine with other images that we create that represent the actual event or our feelings about it. EMDR appears to help us unlock our nervous system and allow our brains to process the experience in a way that allows both sides of our brain to work together. This is similar to what appears to happen in REM or dream sleep. Our eye movements may help to process the unconscious material. When we do EMDR, we are using our brain to heal our physical and emotional memories stored with that traumatic event, and allows you to be in control of the process. For more information on how EMDR works, check out the EMDRIA website.
Just as it is important for me, as a counsellor, to explore the ways that your body is experiencing and storing its emotions and thoughts, Glenys’ approach as a nutritionist pays attention to the same alerts. Read below to see how your emotions and thought patterns could be affecting your physical health as well.
Thanks to Albert Einstein’s mathematical discovery that matter and energy are interchangeable and interconvertible (E=mc2), we can safely say that the biochemical molecules that make up our bodies are a form of vibrating energy. Practitioners of alternative medicine and scientists accept this concept and acknowledge the existence of an electromagnetic field which surrounds the body and extends as far out as your outstretched arms and the full length of your body. This energy field is a highly sensitive information system which is generated by the body’s biological processes.
According to Caroline Myss, PH.D. and professional medical intuitive, the human energy field contains and reflects each individual’s energy. Every internal and external experience we have, either positive or negative, carries an emotional charge. This emotional energy impacts the physical tissue within our bodies, which then generates a quality of energy that reflects those emotions. In this way, your biography – the experiences that make up your life – becomes your biology. The types of experiences that carry emotional energy include past and present relationships, profound or traumatic experiences and memories, and belief patterns and attitudes. For example, let’s say you had difficulty with math when you were young. The fact that twelve makes a dozen would not carry an emotional charge with you that would change the health of your cell tissues. However, if the teacher humiliated you because you didn’t know that fact, the experience would carry an emotional charge that would create cellular damage, especially if you were to dwell on that memory through adulthood.
Every positive and negative experience we have becomes encoded in our bodies, as well as the energy field. Our emotions literally reside in our bodies and interact with our cells and tissues. But what long term affects do these emotions have on the physical body? Caroline Myss states that “.....emotional and spiritual stresses or dis-eases are the root causes of all physical illnesses. Moreover, certain emotional and spiritual crises correspond quite specifically to problems in certain parts of the body.” For instance, people with lower back pain have had persistent financial worries. But does the idea that our biography becomes our biology imply that we participate to some degree in the creation of disease or illness? Yes. However, we must not blame ourselves for becoming ill. I don’t think people consciously choose to create an illness. Rather, the illness develops as a result of toxic behavioural patterns and attitudes that the individual is unconscious of having until the illness becomes apparent. At which time, we often re-evaluate our whole self.
I’m not saying good nutrition and exercise don’t play a part in preventing illness but a major contributor to disease in the body are the negative thoughts and experiences we have and hold on to. As long as negative emotions are dominant, knowing that those emotions are negative and giving them permission to thrive in our consciousness, disease is created. If you are currently experiencing a physical illness or finding that your emotional experience is overwhelming, it’s necessary to take a holistic perspective of your whole self by re-evaluating your body, mind and spirit. Becoming the observers of our thoughts, feelings and attitudes on a daily basis is one of the first steps in harnessing the energy within us and using it to heal. In my next few articles, I will be exploring the seven wheels of energy of the body to gain a better understanding of what triggers energy loss, why illnesses develop in certain areas of the body and what we can do to regain our power to heal. Stay tuned and stay present.
If you would like to explore the emotional and mental side of your experience, or try EMDR therapy, please contact me at 778-549-6334 or through the button below.
Resources – Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing, by Caroline Myss, PH.D.