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We are all bundles of energy. Every process within us works based on energy. Emotions are a form of energy too. It stands for power in motion. This means it cannot be contained or bottled within. Energy has to flow. Problems occur when emotions are suppressed, bottled and contained. Energy cannot be destroyed, but it can be transformed and channelled. But you need to know how to channel your energy and where.
Many people channel anger, sadness, jealousy, and resentment into binge behaviours like binge shopping, eating, drinking, socialising, smoking and pornography, and yet feel miserable. Some people channel the same emotions into building themselves by cultivating hobbies that help them express like singing, drawing, painting, constructing, art, and so on, nurturing their spirit, looking within, writing, or communicating it to a trusted one, or simply spending time in nature and feeling better.
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Why it is essential to channel energy the right way?
Every cell has a vibration of its own. Healthy cells vibrate at a frequency that is higher than the frequency of a diseased or unhealthy cell. When negative emotions are bottled within and suppressed for a long time, they can change the frequency and vibrations of healthy cells and turn them into a vibration similar to that of an unhealthy cell, affecting our health at a cellular level.
Today, even medical science links deep and chronic emotions like guilt, hate, resentment, and forgiveness with conditions as serious as cancer. In fact, forgiveness is classified in medical books as a disease, and forgiveness therapy is now being used to help treat diseases such as cancer.
The moment you try overcoming guilt, hatred, and resentment, their health improves too. But, of course, cancer is multi-factorial. No one reason can cause your cells to grow abnormally, but emotions play a massive role in your cancer treatment.
How can your emotions can trigger diseases?
A study found positive and statistically significant associations between bearing grudges and a history of heart attack and disease, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, arthritis, back problems, headaches and chronic pain.
Research shows that people with chronic anger suffer more frequent colds, flu infections, asthma, skin disease flare-ups and arthritis than those who aren’t chronically angry.
Researchers from the University of Rochester and Harvard School of Public Health found that people who suppress anger have a 70 percent higher risk of dying from cancer.
Tips to detox your emotions and cleanse your mind
1. A good cry
Crying doesn’t make you a crybaby, and it isn’t a sign of weakness. Crying is a form of releasing suppressed emotions, and a good cry is cathartic. Let it out if you feel like it. The idea is to express over suppress.
Yoga works on the concept of energy. It helps channel life force, also known as prana, and releases stagnated energy from our system. Specific breathing exercises, asanas, and meditation can help cleanse negative energy and cultivate more positive energy. Many people also break into tears when they sit down to meditate because the practice helps resurface all the pent-up emotions.
Gratitude is the highest form of vibration. It is one of the most powerful ways to transform negative energy into positive energy. Some people tend to complain about petty things that are mostly not in their control, like traffic, roads, weather, pollution, and so on. Their constant complaining and whining can feel draining to them and the people around them. So I ask them to do a simple practice of being grateful for what they have. It is impressive to note the shift it creates in their energy and aura.
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Praying is a humble, simple yet powerful way to channel energies. When you pray, you address your thoughts to a force or power above you. Some call it God. Some call it the Universe. I also like to talk to God, especially when I cannot meditate or reflect on something I need to process. Praying shifts your fears and uncertainty to faith and feeling protected and guided. And this can bring immense peace and strength to one’s heart.
Writing down your thoughts on paper can help you purge what you have been holding within. It is a form of expression too. Poets express emotions through poems, writers through lyrics, and authors through books. Why do some scripts feel so heart-touching? Because it carries the pain, the person writing it must have gone through. You do not have to be a proficient writer to express yourself. Even scribbling down your thoughts and emotions help.
The last word
If all of the above does not work in helping you to channel your energy in a positive direction, seek the support of a therapist or professional counsellor. Working with emotional counsellors can help you process and release the emotional baggage from your body and mind. Do whatever it takes because your healing, prevention, and recovery depend on it.