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What do emotions have to do with healing? - By Paula Muran

Emotions are the root cause of almost every injury and illness. Anger, fear, unworthiness and other emotions get “stuffed” into the body. Over time these limiting emotions weaken the physical body creating stiffness, aches, pain, and general discomfort, which eventually can cause more serious conditions like tumors and cancer.

In the allopathic and Western medicine world, we have lost touch with the basic concept of true healing. We substitute a band-aid for a cure and wonder why we don’t feel better. People get ill for many reasons. Each diseased state is telling us that we are ignoring some part of our self and change is necessary. While many factors contribute to healing and it happens on many levels, all require attention throughout the entire healing practice. Ignoring the mental, emotional or spiritual bodies will not provide adequate and long-term good health.

Emotions are the foundation on which we build our life. They inspire us and they limit us. Joy, bliss, and happiness along with anger, fear, confusion, and unworthiness make us a whole person. Anger is often the impetus of motivation to accomplish goals while fear has the exact opposite effect. For instance, head colds are a direct result of emotional confusion. A toxic liver can cause anger. Confusion on the other hand, causes us to become ungrounded and thoughts to loop and we become scattered. Fear can literally cripple us while playing havoc with relationships, careers, success, and finances. These limiting emotions cause us to stay stuck in a false perception about the self. Happiness and joy are contagious and elevate everything we do. But why is it that we experience joy less often, while fear, anger, confusion, and unworthiness dominate?

Emotions and beliefs also shroud our true divine Self. As we explore spirituality, it is necessary to also acknowledge and eventually release (let go of) the attachments we place on fear, denial, and disbelief. This action takes courage and trust as we examine the inner workings of the self.

As our world transitions, there is a real and urgent need to change. External circumstances perpetuate the already abundant level of fear around us. Anger, confusion, and mistrust all contribute to a society that is overwhelmed. It’s time for change!

How to identify limiting emotions:
The easiest way to change is to look at friends and family members and their behavior patterns. Notice all the things you like about them and all the things you don’t like, especially the things that really make you crazy. As you look deeply into them, you are gazing into a reflection of your own self. What you see in another that upsets or angers you is a part of yourself that has not yet been healed and loved. Begin by criticizing your dearest friends and then turn all that criticism around to yourself. This exercise gives you an opportunity to look deeply at your own limiting emotional issues. Allow others to reflect back your brilliance or limitations. Once you have discovered your personal limitations, it’s time for change.

Patterns are created when we place judgments upon them. It is important to experience (feel) the energy of anger but not to judge it—just experience it. Allow anger to run all the way down to your toes. Imagine you are sitting in a pond of murky water and enjoy it. Love the feeling that anger produces. Most importantly, feel the energy of anger. Allow it to flow through your body. Next, begin to dialogue with anger. This helps to locate the core issue underneath the anger. Strike up a conversation with anger. Ask it questions like, “What are you teaching me?” or “Why am I so angry all the time?” With these answers, you are able to make permanent changes and move from emotional and physical constrictions to a nice even flow in your life.

The emotional body is the gateway to the Spiritual Self. If we find it difficult to acknowledge our fears and feel them, it will be difficult to connect deeply to our Divine Self.

Sorting Emotional Laundry - by Sibyl McLendon

This week has been a real roller coaster at my house. A lot of emotional dirty laundry is piling up at my door. As much as I would like to not answer it, that isn't realistic. Avoidance of troubles is not the answer. I long ago learned that it you let that stuff pile up, soon you won't be able to get out of the house anymore.

So, when I feel as if I am trying to stand up on a teeter-totter, the trick is in the balance. Here, I am talking about my Hozho. This means maintaining balance and harmony no matter what. It is a Navajo word and concept; I am one half Navajo. I have to sort through that baggage; one pile is mine, another my son's, yet another belongs to my husband, and some even belongs to clients of my website design business. There is a small pile that belongs to friends, and even one over in the corner that is unidentifiable!

So now what? After doing the sorting (which is quite difficult, really), then I have to realize that the only pile I can do anything about is the one that belongs to me. If I attempt to walk around carrying all those dirty clothes, it is going to break my back. I am only going to get angry, resentful and negative if I attempt to clean up everybody else's stuff. Some of them don't even want their stuff cleaned up. I also long ago learned that some people cling to trouble like a teddy bear.

Trouble at the door should be like a democratic household: everyone has to clean up their own stuff! If I spend all my time trying to clean up after everyone I come in contact with, I will never have time or energy for anything else. I certainly won't have the energy to take care of my own stuff. This doesn't mean that I am not supportive of the others. It doesn't mean that I just turn my back on them. It does mean, to me, that I can be supportive without taking on the problems of others. It means that I recognize that I can't make anyone else do anything, and few people are looking for someone to try and control them anyway. I can love them without making their pain a part of me.

The Apaches have a thing called a "burden basket". It is a conical-shaped basket that is carried on the back. I have always loved that name: burden basket. I really don't want to carry other people's burdens around on my back. The next time that trouble comes to your door, take some time and sort it out. Don't add things to your burden basket that don't belong to you. Lighten your load!

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