Joy is not a feeling. It is the result of a relationship you have with your heart -Michael Brown, The Presence Process
Enslavement by illusion is comfortable. It is liberation by truth that people fear -David Hawkins, MD
Honesty is the gold standard of our relationship with our heart. The heart longs for honesty, at all cost. Too often, however, honesty gets hijacked because we’re taught to push down painful, unwanted emotions. This results in incubating shame and guilt—the grist of heart pain. It also results in elaborate conflict as we attempt to distance from painful memories. The heart, longing for simple honesty and acceptance now contracts with the heaviness of dishonesty and shame. Is it any wonder that heart disease ranks highest in our mortality arena?
It is not the difficult emotions in your heart that cause your suffering. Rather, it is the judgment or denial of these emotions that creates your pain. We have so much fear around the territory of the heart that we treat it as a bogie-man. The truth is that it is your cover up that causes dis-ease—which turns into disease. Denial is infinitely more damaging than the courage of honesty.
EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a safe and gentle method for you to begin to ‘cut the crap’ and explore your heart with respect and compassion. It is your opportunity to experience those hidden feelings that you have pushed down due to guilt and shame. With EFT, you get to allow these feelings to surface free of self-judgment. Finally!
The secret to effective heart work is non-judgment and self acceptance. You will find that when you are able to accept with compassion whatever you find in your heart—and just let it be—only then will it let you be. The art of being with challenging emotions is the key to clearing their unrelenting grip on your life.
While this is not a practice for the casually curious, the tenacity of your heart honesty will reap you heart health in body, mind and spirit.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Tapping and hypnosis are effective practices for opening the heart. Laurel is skilled in assisting you to achieve freedom from challenging emotions, to live your life with grace and ease. Go to: www.EFTSoulPath.Com to sign up for her blog.