The Physical Dynamics
After being diagnosed terminal from an illness, and then ten years later from an injury, there is one thing I truly understand as a result of piecing my health back together and studying the Eastern healing sciences. That is the physical dynamics of emotions - how emotions travel through the body, what emotions stress and undermine which organs and how unresolved emotional experiences can literally get trapped inside the body.
Emotions are a form of energy, and like all forms of energies they have a certain vibrational signature frequency. That vibrational frequency difference is what separates anger from fear, and sadness and grief from impatience. Our internal organs, also being forms of energy, vibrate at difference frequencies. That is what makes the liver, the liver, and not the lung or the foot. When we have an emotional experience, that frequency moves through the body like waves move through water or sound waves through air.
Our internal organs have the ability to digest those emotional frequencies. Different organs digest different emotions. For example, the lungs and related airway passages are designed to digest the signature frequency of sadness and grief. When that organ has digested that emotion, it has taken the emotion in, then pulled from it what is needed, and last and most importantly, let the rest go for the recognized waste that it is. The natural post-digestive emotional by products of sadness and grief are courage, self-confidence and self-assurance these emotions are then absorbed internally and ultimately embodied.
The liver and gall bladder digest anger, rage, jealousy, frustration, irritation and the like. Once these heated emotions are digested and the waste released, the results are wisdom, understanding and self-knowledge. The spleen, stomach and pancreas digest worry, anxiety, and feelings of being unsupported. That is why people get “butterflies” in the stomach when nervous; that emotion is literally being stomached in that exact location within the body.
The heart and small intestines take on impatience and feelings of not enough. When the waste from these emotions has been released the results are patience, joy, and inspiration. The kidneys, ureters and bladder break down fear and horror and digest those cold, paralyzing energies into expansive and unlimited creativity.
The greater wisdom here is that there really is no “bad” emotion. Each vibrational frequency contains within it the seeds for a healthy, balanced and successful life. The challenge is to take the emotion in without judging it or the process. Let whatever is serving to you, whatever makes you a better, stronger, wiser person travel to the deeper levels of the your human experience. Now here comes the trickiest part. Let go of whatever is not life enhancing in that worry emotion. Recognize whatever is not adding to your wisdom in that anger for the waste that it is, and permit it to pass through. Allow the fear to bring you the ability to create a fear-free existence, and do not hold on to the memory of feeling powerless and overwhelmed from the past.
Anyone having a human experience knows that being in right relationship with the digestive process of emotions is much easier said than done. Good thing we have a lifetime to practice. As difficult as properly digesting highly charged emotions can be, it does explain a lot. Could there be unresolved and unreleased sadness and grief behind that bronchitis that shows up every year? Are you consuming so much worry that you just cannot stomach it anymore, and that is what is really bothering your gut? All provocative and meaningful questions.
The next time you visit your acupuncturist, and she tells you the liver meridian is weak or stressed, try using that information as a productive opportunity to share what is happening in your emotional life with your doctor. You may find yourself talking about and revealing the exact emotionally irritating energy vampire underlying the condition.
Ayurvedic practitioners and Doctors of Oriental Medicine have a vast knowledge of how to manage your physical issues. Most of them are eager to have their clients express a proactive interest in what can done to achieve greater balance and health in the management of the physical body’s energy systems. Do not hesitate to ask them how to support the heart in releasing impatience. And when driving to that next appointment remember, as you are stuck on the freeway screaming at the traffic “You’re making me late!,” that you are assaulting your heart and small intestines.
My specialty these days is a bit different. I have, by necessity, spent most of my life releasing and growing beyond the dysfunctional digestion of emotions. My strength and greatest skill is in understanding the power of what I give my attention to, and how that relationship determines how well I am or am not digesting the rest of my life. Presently, I help people understand and resolve the psycho-spiritual underpinnings of any limitation life may be throwing their way, be it psychical, emotional, relationship, life purpose, or spiritual. Every Sunday from 11-12 pm on KTLK 1150AM people call in asking for more information on how to move forward and grow with grace and dignity.
Suffering is such a universal human experience, and it never ceases to amaze me how talking to one person about understanding what is holding their suffering together, helps so many other people. I also provide one-on-one sessions with people who would like more in-depth information than what I can reasonably provide on my weekly call-in radio show.
The purpose of life is to grow beyond any limitation, while sharing more love, joy, compassion and wisdom. Of course, while you have a body you will want to do that while swallowing, stomaching and absorbing the nutrients while releasing the waste of your physical and emotion life. The good news is your human experience already comes with every form of digestive intelligence you need to get the job done.