“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.”
— C. Jung
Emotions are the language of our Soul and feed our intuition. Emotions offer feedback and guidance about where our focus has been. When we feel something, it is because our feedback systems are telling us something important. My job is to be a guide on the side, assisting you in listening and discerning what the bodymind is saying and not saying. Ultimately, my job is to assist you in not needing me or depending on therapy in the long run. That said, we all need guidance here and there, and there is nothing wrong with that.
Living in the information age means there is more coming at us than ever before. When we reduce our interactions in the world as purely informational, it is staggering to comprehend that the subconscious (or unconscious) handles approximately 11 million bits of information per second, while the conscious mind processes approximately 166 bits per second (Norretranders, 1999).
Emotional Memory Therapy works with the subconscious mind to access and release old and outmoded survival patterns and to transform emotions into practical knowledge. These patterns became habits order to survive and to respond to the stressors and threats we experienced, no matter how big or small the stress or threats. While those patterns and responses were helpful in that moment, we are not meant to remain in those them, but rather are intended to learn from the situation and move on. During a session, we work together to identify and transform traumas and stress stored in the body and subconscious mind for the purpose of getting on with the life you want to live – consciously and in the present. Once there is conscious awareness of what our subconscious is reacting to, the potential for choice is accessible, and a healthy thriving state can be reached.
Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance is a fascinating phenomenon and once considered heresy in medical science. In the recent biomedical literature (2013 and 2014), however, transgenerational transference of trauma has been experimentally tested in major university laboratories and found to be an important method of how stress/trauma moves down the generational lines. While the phenomenon was first demonstrated in plants (Manning, 2006); Manning, K. et al. Nature Genet. 38, 948–952 (2006), over the past few years’ evidence has been accumulating that transgenerational transference occurs in animals and humans as well. For example, in a recent study conducted at Emory University, mouse pups, and even the offspring’s offspring, were found to inherit a fearful association of a particular smell with pain, even if they have not experienced the pain themselves, and without the need for genetic mutations.” (Callaway, 2013. Nature doi:10.1038/nature.2013.14272).
Perturbation, physics, and mathematical term, is when a system absorbs energy and becomes unstable. As more and more energy is loaded into the system, it becomes unstable to the point that transformation takes place. When our minds are stretched and perturbed, real learning and change can occur. All of a sudden we experience things differently and we are transformed. This awareness and shift can happen in an instant. Perhaps spontaneous healings are explained by these phenomena.
Like the butterfly, once transformed we cannot ever be who we were a moment ago. We all become more resourced daily – the question is, are we becoming more resourced in a supportive way or a deleterious way? Choice is key, and we need to be empowered to make choices. For details about empowerment, please see the Evolving the Survival Archetypes to the Archetypes of Grace.