Overcoming Emotional Trauma
Energy-Psychology is one of the fastest growing areas of helping people to deal with emotional and psychological trauma today.
It combines a contemporary approach that links into how our body and our energy field stores the information which fuels our relationship to any unresolved trauma or stress.
Energy-Psychology will work in areas that incorporate rebalancing the central nervous system (CNS), the heart field, energy meridians and the mind-body-emotion connections that create the overall patterns that keep trauma and high emotional states anchored in place.
Due to the multiple successes seen in Energy-Psychology, from releasing the various aspects that hold a pattern in place to helping a person to re-connect with life experiences in a different ‘light’ (not just a different mental point of view, but a whole new energetic relationship), energy-psychology is fast becoming recognised as a powerful therapeutic and transformational tool!
“I THINK, therefore I AM”
As Einstein says “everything is energy” – and this is the precept upon which the new science of energy-psychology is built.
But that still leaves the question: So what is Energy-psychology?
It may be a term that you are beginning to hear more and more – but what does it mean?
Energy psychology (EP) is a mind-body approach which may help us to understanding and improve our unique and individual human functioning.
It recognises that we are all unique, and that our biological & energy systems are a creative and living response to the uniqueness and individuality of our own life experiences.
EP focuses on the relationship between the biological-energetic systems, focusing on the physiological processes (I apply the META-Health standards as set out via IMMA), and the functions of the mind involving thoughts, beliefs, emotions, sensations, and behaviour. The interconnectedness of the biological-energetic systems also sits within the wider context of Social & Environmental influences, so cannot be consider without reference to these. These are therefore key areas that are considered within the 8 Milestones of any Meta Health Assessment.
A new paradigm in health management?
It is probably not too extreme to suggest that Energy Psychology is indeed a new paradigm in how we think about health. Traditionally we have looked to outside forces or organisms as a way of explaining why we are healthy or unhealthy. We have also looked to include aspects of our internal systems – such as our DNA as reasons that we are either extremely fit, or unwell. Whilst both of these experiences of our health are true, they are not necessarily the ‘whole truth’ of how or why our bodies are responding in the way they are. Energy psychology is on the cusp of new research and findings that are beginning to re-write how we view our bodies in relation to everything – our mind, our environment, our geneology, and how our cells interact and talk to our environment and access important information that has been stored within the elusive field of ‘energy’ (for want of any other appropriate wording that our sciences have yet to define).
The elusive ‘energy’ aspect of this term is probably the most perplexing to most people, in that it has some strange ‘other’ connections for different people. In its most simple form, energy is simply how one piece or type of information, or action is transformed into another piece or type of information, or action. We can understand that we get energy by eating food, and that the type of energy we experience from eating food varies from whether we eat sugar rich, fast glucogen-burning foods that create sugar rushes followed by energy dips; or whether we eat nutrient rich, high density foods that sustain our energy and provide us with the stamina and fortitude for ongoing energy expenditure. Both of these experiences of ‘energy’ in our biology FEELS very different. Most of us have felt how these things feel different, but might not be able to explain it well. However, we KNOW it feels different within our bodies. Whilst this experience of burning sugar as energy within the body is a commonly shared experience for most people (the same input create a similar output or experience), not all inputs (or external experiences) have the same energetic affect on all people! For example, the thought of a cliff top bungee jump will bring experiences of fun and uncontainable excitement to one person, but will bring terror, fear and the urge to run away or freeze on the spot to another person!
In its simplest form, exploring this type of unique ‘energy’ experience within each perosn is different, and unique to their own history and past experiences. In short, energy-psychology explores how different experiences result in the body ‘holding’ different aspects of an energy-experience within the physical body itself.
Many Energy psychology techniques combine aspects of many different methods, both new and traditional, into a holistic approach to improving and maintaining health and wellbeing. Energy-psychology is making an impression, not only amongst psychologists and energists, but amongst a wide range of practitioners within the fields of scientific, social, therapeutic and medical practice and research. Not just because it is a new, exciting and expansive way of looking at health and disease, but because time after time, both the professional practitioners and also the lay people using these techniques and tools are experiencing successful outcomes.
Putting it into practice wherever you need to start from
Energy-psychology can be viewed, in my opinion, from two different aspects of application.
- One is via the energy-body itself (i.e. all of the subtle and gross pathways that a physical body operates through, whether that be through the more subtle energies that inform the senses, the emotions or even the hormonal pathways or whether that be the more ‘gross’ aspects of the physical body, which becomes the tissues, organs or different body parts or regions themselves).
- The other is via the mind, which is where the importance of our psychological processes becomes important – through observing and becoming consciously aware of our thoughts, our beliefs and int turn recognising how they inform our emotion, our experiences and hold our previous experiences and patterns in place through the mind-body (or how the body ‘feels energy’ within the physical body).
We can break down our understanding of Energy Psychology into two points of view: One whereby we start our journey by looking at the energy-body and its various ‘parts’; or whereby we begin by looking at the mind-body, our thoughts and how they inform the biological programs we are ‘running’ (if we step out of the experience of our thoughts and emotions, we can see that they become component parts of a process, and not unlike a machine, our body responds to those instructions, even if we are unaware of them on a conscious level!)
The Practical Applications of Energy-Psychology for a therapist
By looking at the different processes of energy-psychology in practice, either the energy-body, or the mind-body, a therapist can chose to approach a client from any area which is most appropriate. We can break down these two areas of approach into the following methods:
- Energy Psychology is a term used for the ‘practical methods’ or tools and techniques that have been developed over the last few decades – (i.e. these tools allow us to explore our disease, pain or discomfort by originating from the body experience itself – and following the energy we experience through our own bodies) such as EFT, Matrix Re-imprinting, Energy Consciousness therapy, CMEft (Crystal Moon Eft) amongst many others; these methods allow us to access our unconscious thought patterns and beliefs through the energy-body itself.
- Energy Psychology is also intrinsically imbedded within the practice of Meta-Health, a ‘mental method’ of uncovering the core of a physical, psychological, behavioural or emotional issue: it is a ‘root cause analysis’ system, or process, which helps to outline the mind-body connections; tracing the conscious/subconscious links that maintain and enforce biological programs as an intelligent means of adapting to our perceived environment as a means to either survive (fear-based surviving), or thrive (love-based thriving).
21st Century Innovators in the Field
Some of our greatest, most progressive thinkers in todays fields of medicine, health and the sciences are leading the way in Energy Psychology, including:
- Bruce Lipton: “Energy psychology is the 3rd way – it activates the brain to be in a state of superlearning”
- Karl Dawson, creator of the Matrix Re-imprinting Technique says: “I use cutting edge diagnostics to uncover the root cause of disease and also implement my unique EFT technique “Matrix Re-imprinting”.
- Donna Eden: “Energy Psychology provides new methods for overcoming emotional problems and enhancing optimum psychological functioning”
- Silvia Hartmann – talking about the Third Field: “Two of these fields, psychology and physiology are deemed to be scientific; the Third Field has been left in darkness, ignored, denigrated and left as a last resource when all else fails. Yet it is in the Third Field that the answers can be found which have perplexed the other two fields for as long as they have existed; and if we want to make good on the promise to the citizen that these fields exist in the first place to help people lead happier and healthier lives, we can go on no longer without the knowledge, expertise and practice of the energy modalities.”
- Doc Childre – “HeartMath research confirms our intuitive understanding of the heart with solid science and explains how the electromagnetic field radiating from the heart can affect those around it”
EP works with our thoughts, beliefs and understandings – which are formulated within the mind; but both accesses and reconsolidates new learnings that ‘talk’ to the whole ‘energy-body’ of a person, therefore affecting deep and powerful change on multiple levels – not just psychological!