Carrying emotional blockages prevents us from our spiritual journey. Emotional healing will release past blockages and patterns and allow profound spiritual growth to take place.
Guest article by Issam Kadamani, Principal International College of Meditation & Healing
Fiona Redding, founder of The Happiness Hunter, has been studying under Dr Issam for the last two years and much of the work within The Happiness Hunter is inspired by his teachings.
Healing ourselves emotionally is part of our spiritual growth. Spiritual growth means to be able to not only feel love, but to express love without fear and condemnation, to be true to ourselves and our desires, to follow our intuition and inner guidance and follow the highest path, to be awakened to the spirit and to live each day with love, peace and joy.
However, feelings of upliftment, joy and connection to the spirit are fleeting and limited. We have often experienced these feelings during the birth of a new baby, recovery from life threatening disease, celebrations, holidays, being in nature, and meditation. These experiences can touch us deeply and give us a profound spiritual experience, but what is stopping us from feeling our spirit in our everyday lives? Why is it that we feel a see-sawing of our emotions? Some days feeling happy and confident and alive and other days having destructive thought patterns, negative emotions and feeling angry and depressed.
To get in touch with our inner spiritual self, we must allow ourselves to be healed, not only physically, through prescription drugs or by undertaking rigorous exercise, limited diets and mentally through positive thought control, but on a deeper emotional level - through emotional healing.
Emotional healing allows us to come to terms with events and circumstances which have occurred in our lives. Once emotional healing work is done to release past emotional blockages, we not only integrate these experiences into our lives, we allow ourselves to grow and develop emotionally, on a deeper, more profound spiritual level.
Emotional healing involves integration of the fragmented parts of our soul to help us, not only understand a past experience, but to resolve it fully, so that it has no emotional response whatsoever. With emotional healing, the past traumatic experience will no longer control our thoughts, feelings and emotions. Instead, limiting belief systems will be overcome and lasting, positive change will take place on a deeper, soul level.
There are many programs, courses and books available which seek to help an individual overcome specific problems, eg anger management, increase self esteem, build confidence, lose weight, stop substance abuse etc. While most of these problems can be overcome using specific techniques it is when we go deeper into the problem to look at the cause and release its emotional impact that real change occurs. Change that is transformative in nature: change that will release the emotional charge behind the emotional block or pattern.
How many self-help books have we read, how many times have we vowed to make a positive change towards others and not use anger, to be more caring and loving, but working against our deepest intentions there is always a recurring pattern that causes us to go against our best planned efforts.
Most of us are aware of our conscious thoughts and through conscious thought control we can effect change in our lives. However, as many of us have found, this may not lead to permanent change. We need to go deeper into our subconscious mind to life events that have caused sorrow, anger, guilt, anxiety, resentment, depression etc. Any signal to us that our lives are not balanced (eg high stress, drinking too much, eating too much or too little, low self esteem, relationship or communication problems, withdrawal from others, abusive behaviour etc - even a feeling of lack of fulfilment and lack of peace and joy) is an indication that there is some thought, or memory within the subconscious mind that needs to be released and resolved.
Any traumatic experience will remain in the body and influence the body, even if there is no conscious memory of the traumatic event. An external stimulus can trigger an unconscious reaction and once there has been a trigger there can be a corresponding emotion or reaction to that trigger. For example, the smell of freshly mown grass on a spring day may trigger pleasant and enjoyable thoughts in some people because it represents family life and pleasant memories of dad cutting the lawn. However, in others in may produce a different reaction, mentally, physically and emotionally in the form of allergies, headaches, nausea, sorrow, anxiety etc. The trigger was the smell of the grass, which was identified by the subconscious mind and therefore caused a physical and emotional reaction. The repressed (or even conscious) incident may have been a time when a person was sexually abused and the smell of the grass, was the trigger to the memory of the event occurring.
Since the event triggered a past memory on the subconscious level, it can be difficult for us to understand and to fully comprehend any changes within the body, physically, mentally and emotionally. In other words, we may be reacting to environmental triggers without knowing why we are doing so. Another example would be that we become ill at a particular time each year or react angrily when certain words are used in our vicinity.
An emotional memory block can be held in different parts of the body - in the physical body including organs, tissues and muscles, and be recognised as pain, aches, heaviness, and physical diseases, such as allergies, cancer, AIDS, PMT, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart problems, asthma, headaches, migraines, poor digestion, hormonal problems, chemical imbalances etc. In the mental body (our thoughts) eg negative thinking, rage, anger, frustration etc and in the emotional body eg emotions such as sorrow, anxiety, depression, fear, jealousy etc. These mental, emotional and physical patterns relate to the past experience.
Emotional healing will uncover incidents that happened in childhood where it appears there is no connection to ourselves today. These earlier incidents are important, because they are the catalysts in releasing patterns of behaviour which are affecting us on a daily basis, reactions which we may or may not be aware of.
Effect on the Aura and the Chakras
Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning "wheel". The chakras are spinning wheels of energy which correspond to energy points (called meridians in Chinese medicine) within the body. As well as the chakras contained within our body, there is a corresponding energy field surrounding the body, called the aura or auric field. The chakras and aura are the human energy system and it is here that chi energy is trapped or blocked.
The memory and the emotional impact of past life events are held within the memory of the body and to the trained eye can be seen clearly, since they are encapsulated within the aura and the chakras. These past experiences will lead to different forms of disturbance within the body, either physically, as pain or emotionally in a variety of ways, fear, sorrow, depression etc. This energy system - namely the chakras and aura - hold the key to unlocking traumatic experiences that occurred earlier in our lives.
Any blockage we have, whether it is coming from the mind, as in anger, physical as in pain or emotional as in sorrow, causes a fragmentation of the aura, which may appear as leakages, holes or muddy spots around the aura. This fragmentation may have occurred by early life experiences and is the motivating factor when we react to anything or anyone in our environment. Once the fragmented aura is healed we are healing not only ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally, but healing also takes place on a soul level, or spiritually.
Many forms of abuse including sexual, emotional, physical and substance abuse addictions, including alcohol, drugs and gambling can be linked to traumatic events held in the memory patterns (often the subconscious mind) which have to be released for effective change to take place.
Once the emotional blockage is released there will be a corresponding emotional balance: a feeling of peace, upliftment and majesty. Once balanced, the person will have no emotional response to the situation that caused the trauma. For example, someone who had experienced abuse will no longer feel traumatised, anxious, fearful, guilty, ashamed, emotional or angry when recalling the abusive incident or when seeing or hearing about similar experiences.
Releasing the emotional block held within the energy pattern of the body will also lead to a corresponding release of associated emotions, eg the strongest felt emotion felt may be anger, however the underlying emotion may be sorrow. The memory of the incident is still retained, however the emotional changes is no longer present - leading to effective and lasting change.
Emotional healing can be instantaneous and lasting as the change has occurred not only within the emotional, physical and mental bodies, but also to the body's energy system: the aura and the chakras, where all past experiences have been coded.
The blockage has been released and therefore freed up the flow of energy in that chakra where it has been held and has simultaneously been freed in the auric field.
On a mental level, since we no longer hold a fearful or negative response to the trauma, we can create more powerfully a future that is based on compassion, love and abundance and not based on the fear that the blockage ultimately represents.
In terms of healing, there is a place for psychology and psychiatry as both forms of treatment will assist the individual in discussing their problems and help the individual focus on finding solutions and changing their behaviour.
Healing modalities dealing with the physical body will also help release blockages, however as we heal the painful emotions and traumatic life events on an emotional level, we will find that change will not only be lasting, but will bring more love and joy to ourselves and in turn those around us.
It is not possible to live with unconditional love unless we evolve and work through our own personal blocks which have imprisoned the soul. Our past experiences should not be seen as limitations, for they are the experiences from which we can grow and learn about ourselves on a deeper level. It is not possible to have spiritual growth if we are resistant to emotional healing.
The steps we take towards understanding ourselves means we can move forward on our spiritual path and help others to move forward with their own spiritual journey. Through this opening of our spirit we can show the path of love, compassion, joy and upliftment to others.
Issam Kadamani MSCD M. IMM (Aust) M. NMI (Aust) Alumni USA, Reiki, Sekhem and Ajna™ teacher and is the Principal at The International College of Meditation & Healing. His focus is to empower you so that you can live your life to the fullest, with unconditional love and joy.
For the last 35 years Issam has taught around the world, and is now based in Melbourne teaching courses and providing transformational healing, coaching and spiritual mentoring to people who are looking to learn a happier way of living.
The International College of Meditation & Healing is here to assist you to find yourself and to reconnect; to find genuine, real and lasting happiness. Teaching since 1984, operating since 2004.