Emotional Release Pt 3
We often reach a point where the patient says, “But I worked on that and put it behind me, years ago!” My patient probably isn’t telling a lie. He or she probably has worked through this material before, but in their head. The story may be in the head, but the actual content, the history, isn’t. It’s in the tissues—where we found it.
It’s parked in the tissue because whenever we have an emotional overload, our nervous system automatically dumps the emotion into our tissues. Our body does this to keep us from going crazy and to enable us to continue to function and, most importantly, survive. Like that patient, you’re probably conscious of most of your traumas, and you’ve probably worked through most of them in your head, too. So what is there to fear?
If the patient is ready to let go of the stored content and gives the tissues permission to let go of it, that content is finally gone, at least in the sense of it no longer producing entropy/chaos in the patient’s body and life. If the patient wants or needs to work on the content at some future time, fine; the content will always be available for that, but it will no longer be creating problems.
Typically, if someone has worked through something in their minds, releasing the content from the tissues is very quick--at most minutes, and usually there is no muss or fuss. In other words, this final step often proceeds without the emotional drama that so many people seem to fear—unnecessarily it turns out. Releasing content from your body is simply a decision: “Yes, I’m willing to let it go!” followed by a permission: Go. Be on your way!” We may do a brief visualization or breathing exercise for good measure, but often even this small effort may be superfluous.
Thirty or forty years ago, experts believed that the bigger the drama the bigger the trauma, and the bigger the trauma, the bigger the drama. This misconception may stem from the fact that, by its very nature, drama grabs our attention. Today, however, we know that the most important releases often are barely perceptible. Even though there are measurable, palpable changes to the tissues involved, a sigh, a breath, a softening in the tissue, the tiniest tear, may be the most obvious external indication that a person has finally dispatched a lifelong trauma. Even when there are lots of tears, by the time the patient is off the table ten or fifteen minutes later, their face full of color, radiant; they usually look about ten years younger; and the vast majority are beaming.
Emotional Release part four will be published soon - plan to visit in several days