Just as physical pain reflects a stagnation of energy, emotional pain is also a signal that something in life is stagnating. Something about the way you live your life isn’t working for you. Emotional pain can lead to all kinds of behavioural patterns.
To give a few examples; not being able to set clear boundaries, feelings of inferiority or guilt, an exaggerated sense of responsibility, or desiring too much control.
With emotional pain, we often assume that these emotions themselves are painful. However, it is the resistance to an emerging emotion that is experienced as physical pain. An emotional experience is actually always healthy and permissible, but the resistance that suppresses, stresses or distorts this experience can be regarded as the “issue”. Healing emotional pain should therefore be focused on how this resistance works and how it can be released.
In the vast majority of cases, emotional resistance is built up in our youth. We therefore call this ‘the child’s pain’. It is important to stress that it is not necessary to return to the original child’s pain in the past. The original child’s pain arose because of a lack of adequate care for emotional distress. Which means there was no solution in the past. If we would return to the past, we would simultaneously return to a world where the child cannot see a solution for the pain it experienced.
What can be healed is the resistance itself. That is what experienced in the “now”. In the “now”, regardless of the experience as a child, we can start to see solutions and slowly gain insight into ourselves. As soon as the resistance starts disappearing, an emotion can be experienced in a natural and healthy way.
During acupuncture treatment, the focus is on those parts of the body where physical pain or tension associated with resistance is present. More space and flow is created in these areas. This can support the overall process of letting go of any resistance. My guidance is also aimed at increasing the general awareness of the body.
As Goethe’s quote so beautifully describes, a healthy, natural growth of life is based on roots and wings. The process of healing also follows the principles of natural growth. Without the safe feeling of roots, and the space for wings, no healing can take place.
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