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Why We Have to Let That Sh*t Go

I recently had the honor of seeing Gregg Braden and Bruce Lipton lecture live. If you haven’t heard of these two, they are New York Times best-selling authors, they are scientists, biologists, activists, and the list goes on. A couple books of theirs that are must reads are Bruce Lipton’s Biology of Belief and Gregg Braden’s Isaiah Effect.  Powerful, thought provoking, and life-changing! They are both pioneers in the field of energy, spirituality, and consciousness. And together on stage, they are incredibly entertaining! For 3 hours, they had a packed house captivated on the edge of their seats even while talking about epigenetics, gene expression, and neuropeptides. One of the best lectures I’ve ever been to!

The reason I start with this is because I have long been obsessed with the belief that our emotions affect our health and these men give you the science to back this. This is no longer a concept or a thought. Science has and continues to prove this causation. There’s good and bad news to this. The bad news is our emotions directly affect our health. And the good news is our emotions directly affect our health! Confused? Keep reading and you’ll see what I mean.

Did you know that our subconscious mind is 1000x more powerful than the conscious mind?

And our subconscious mind is really what runs the show! Think about this…we speak at roughly 125 words per minute. But we think at 1300-1500 words a minute.  That’s a lot of subconscious thoughts going on in a minute! And what are those words and thoughts? Are they thoughts of frustration, victim mentality, negativity?Or are they empowering, uplifting, and love? It is these thought and words that create our emotions.

Where attention goes, energy flows.

How about this fact….that 80% of all health issues are stress-related. And these health issues range from moderate to life-threatening. This is something we have control over but half the battle is realizing and accepting this fact. Your emotions predict and effect your state of health or lack of.

Emotions become moods and moods become personality traits.

Through imaging, science has actually uncovered how and where we store emotions in the physical body. Unresolved or buried emotions in the body shows up as a ball of energy that ranges in size from a golf ball to a cantaloupe. This ball of negative energy distorts and disrupts our body’s energy field which then changes and distorts the tissues in our body (leading to health issues and disease).

Here’s the thing, when you hold onto or bury an emotion long enough it becomes a mood. Then pretty soon you’re always in this mood (whether it be angry, depressed, anxious). Eventually, if this emotion isn’t faced and released, the body memorizes this emotion/feeling/state and it becomes a habit and habits become personality traits.  After months or even years, you forget what even caused this mood and now this is just part of your personality and so begins the decline in health mentally, energetically, and physically. We have to face our emotions, deal with them, and then let them go.

And this is why in the beginning I said that our emotions directly affecting our health is good and bad news  It can be extremely painful to admit, uncover, and address wounds.  It takes courage and strength but you are so worth it! Behind the frustration, pain, sadness, and anxiety is your spirit crying out for freedom. Your spirit calling to you, begging you to heal. Because as we heal our mind and body, we become clearer, cleaner, lighter. And then, we are able to reflect and illuminate our divine light allowing our spirit to soar. And with this alignment, we are then able to fulfill our Dharma in this world and are powerful conduits of love-helping to heal not only ourselves but those around us. Now isn’t that worth the grime and grit of working through our sh*t?!  What an honor and gift.

I won’t discuss the paths to healing our emotions, because that is a very personal and sacred path. One soul’s path to healing may be a path to nowhere for another. Find what works for you and work it. Heal so you can live a life filled with health, happiness, peace, and of service.

What helps you let go of suppressed emotions? What tool helps you release heavy feelings? How have you healed? Share with us here!


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    January 2, 2018 at 1:36 pm


    1. Joy Arnold

      Joy Arnold

      January 2, 2018 at 7:28 pm

      The healing journey looks different for everyone but a great place to begin is in stillness. Give yourself time to just BE. In that stillness, you’ll hear guidance from your soul. Feel free to email me if you have any questions or would like to schedule a private session.

  2. Pála Margrét

    Pála Margrét

    January 19, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    I love this one! So true, all of it. Parts of healing for me: Dance a lot! Meet new people. Meditate. Yoga. Pigeon pose. Long walks. Long talks. The ocean. The forest. Close friends. Telling my story.

    Thank you for this.

    1. Joy


      January 19, 2018 at 9:27 pm

      Love this! Thank you for sharing your story with us! The ocean for me is a HUGE healer 🙂

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