Have you ever considered that you can heal yourself of emotional trauma? When we think of healing, we often think we need to go see someone. As a healer myself, I love working with my clients. But even more, I want to give them tools they can use to heal themselves.
Healing is an ongoing process that takes time. I just assume I’ll spend the rest of my life healing! That’s not because I’m “broken”, but because healing is a process of growth and transformation. It’s not about “fixing” something. Healing yourself of emotional trauma is a way to find freedom, and to more fully express who you are.
As you heal yourself, you become more….YOU. That light within shines brighter and brighter, and you become happier, more confident, and more loving.
Here are 5 resources you can use to heal yourself from emotional trauma.
1. The Emotion Code
The Emotion Code book is the first thing I recommend to all of my clients. If you’re new to energy medicine, this is the perfect place to start.
My favorite part about The Emotion Code for emotional trauma
The reason I rate this book so highly is because Dr. Nelson actually teaches you how to use The Emotion Code for yourself and your family. This is by far the biggest benefit of this book!
Once you learn the basic tool of muscle testing, you can use The Emotion Code anywhere. It’s simple and easy, and it works for many physical, emotional, and mental issues.
Here’s what part of the description from Amazon.com says about the book:
"Renowned holistic physician and lecturer Dr. Bradley Nelson skillfully lays bare the inner workings of the subconscious mind. He reveals how emotionally charged events from your past can still be haunting you in the form of "trapped emotions" - emotional energies that literally inhabit your body. These trapped emotions can fester in your life and body, creating pain, malfunction, and eventual disease. They can also extract a heavy mental and emotional toll on you, impacting how you think, the choices you make, and the level of success and abundance you are able to achieve. Perhaps most damaging of all, trapped emotional energies can gather around your heart, cutting off your ability to give and receive love."
There’s one caveat, though.
Don’t expect The Emotion Code to bring complete relief from everything you’re dealing with. Many things can be completely relieved, but not all.
You’ll learn how to release trapped emotions, but this is just skimming the surface of energy medicine.
However, it’s still a powerful tool, and you’ll get many benefits from learning it and using it on a regular basis to heal yourself from emotional trauma.
2. Feelings Buried Alive Never Die...
After The Emotion Code, my next favorite method is Feelings Buried Alive Never Die… by Karol K. Truman.
Truman gives a more in-depth explanation of energy and its effects on us. She explains the effects of our early lives on our feelings and dis-ease we experience. She discussed the impact of feelings on our lives, the role of the subconscious mind, and the importance of the words we use.
My favorite part about Feelings Buried Alive Never Die... for healing emotional trauma
This book contains a very powerful tool, called The Script. The Script is a page that you read, where you pick a current feeling or situation that is causing you pain, and you replace it with a different, desired outcome.
The Script is simple enough to memorize. Once it’s memorized, just use it every night before bed to help you overcome something you’ve struggled with that day.
Here’s what the description from Amazon.com says about this book:
"Karol Truman provides a comprehensive and enlightening resource for getting in touch with unresolved feelings which, she explains, can distort not only happiness but also health and well-being. Leaving no emotion unnamed, and in fact listing around 750 labels for feelings, Truman helps identify problem areas, and offers a "script" to help process the feelings, replacing the negative feeling with a new, positive outlook. A chapter on the possible emotions below the surface in various physical ailments gives the listener plenty to work with on a deep healing level. Feelings Buried Alive Never Die combines a supportive, common-sense, results-oriented approach to a problem that is widespread and that can stop people from living fully."
In addition to The Script, the book also contains a list of feelings with suggestions for positive feelings to replace them with. There's also a huge list of medical issues with possible emotional beliefs or feelings that can contribute to them.
The list of feelings behind diseases is very helpful when you're stuck and need some help figuring out what's going on. It's also great when you want to ask your body what it's trying to tell you.
Are you ready to use your own, innate healing abilities? Visualization is an incredibly powerful tool. I use it to help with reaching my goals, but it’s also very useful for healing.
Even if you don’t consider yourself adept at visualizing, give it a shot.
Here’s the secret to using visualization for getting rid of emotional trauma:
It’s not so much about creating a certain image as it is letting the image come to you.
When I visualize, I start with the negative feeling, and allow the image to come to me. As it comes, the scene plays out before me.
My favorite things about visualization for emotional trauma
It’s very effective, and it’s a tool that you always have with you. Also, you don’t need any special training. All you need is to practice.
To help you get started, I’ll share an example of what this looks like in practice, based on a recent experience of mine.
Step 1: Identify the issue you’re struggling with
I’ve been struggling with getting up early. I wake up feeling pretty exhausted, so I sleep more. I’m working on creating a new habit of getting up early and feeling good when I first wake up, but it’s been a slow process. And I’ve already done a lot of energy work for this challenge.
I sat down one morning to do some free writing about this experience. (Bonus! This is another really effective tool.) To do the free writing, you simply start to write what you’re feeling. As you write, you’ll find that your judgments will come out and your mind will reveal things you didn’t realize you were thinking or feeling about something.
Step 2: Identify the strongest emotion associated with the issue
As I wrote, I discovered feelings of shame. As I wrote a little more, I realized that shame was the strongest feeling. I also discovered that it was from when I was a child.
By this point, I really felt the shame strongly. It made me feel sad, too.
By the way, it’s possible to go through Step 1 and Step 2 without writing. Sometimes, it’s so clear that the feeling is what smacks you in the face immediately!
Step 3: Let yourself visualize the healing of the emotional trauma
Now that you’ve identified the situation and the feeling, it’s time to resolve it.
The process might take a little practice, but it’s simple.
Sit and close your eyes. Allow that strong feeling to be present with you. Now, relax, and let an image come to your mind. This image will represent the feeling.
If an image doesn’t come easily, ask yourself, “What does this feeling look like?”
I got an image of a little girl crouched in the corner of a really big room that was pretty dark. I could feel her shame and sadness strongly.
Stick with this! It’s ok if the feelings are strong….they won’t last forever!
Now, again, allow the image to move, or change, or play out like a scene from a movie.
As my image changed, I saw a young girl come in to comfort me. She was all light. A few more girls came and joined her. At this point, my feelings started to shift, and I felt a bit lighter and more self-assured.
I stood up to be with these girls, and a woman came in to the room. I knew that she was “mom.” (Not necessarily my actual mother, but that’s what she represented.)
I immediately felt fear. But the girls were still with me, and then the mom became light, too. She came over to me, knelt down, and opened her arms. I ran to her and sat in her lap.
She apologized to me for saying what she had said and treating me the way she did. As she apologized, I could feel the shame and sadness and fear all disappear.
A short time later, the image ended. I felt peace, calm, and completely at ease.
Try using visualization for healing your own emotional trauma
This is so powerful! And it gives you the power to find relief yourself, and to change your perception of these hurtful experiences and memories.
4. EFT, or tapping
Another powerful tool you can learn for free is EFT, or tapping. EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique, and was founded by Gary Craig.
The basic premise is that by tapping on acupressure points, you release the energies contributing to the trapped emotions you’re feeling.
My favorite part about EFT for emotional trauma
It’s incredibly simple to use. While there are more advanced practices of tapping, you don’t need to use them to get excellent results.
I’ve used tapping for myself when I’m feeling some strong negative emotion. It’s incredible to feel the shift in your energy as you go through the procedure. By the time you’re done, you’ll feel peace, calmness, and ease.
Here’s a short video demonstration to show you how tapping works:
5. Drawing (scribbling) your feelings
This last one is great for your kids….and for the kid in you. And it’s also probably the easiest of these 5 tools.
Ready for it? This is so simple!
1) Get out a piece of paper and a writing utensil (pen, pencil, crayon, whatever is handy.)
2) On some part of the paper, write what you’re dealing with. It could be pain, a symptom, a full-on major disease, or a feeling.
3) Start scribbling. Keep going.
4) Stop when you feel like you’re done.
5) Reassess how you’re feeling.
My favorite part about drawing for emotional trauma
No drawing skills are required! It’s not even technically drawing….it’s scribbling. And, you don’t even have to identify a feeling if you don’t want to.
Here’s one I did for some pain I've been having in my right ankle. It took me about 4 minutes, tops.
From left to right, I took 3 pictures as I went through the process. I did the first part, then felt to move to a different part of the page. The same thing happened for the last image.
As you keep scribbling, you'll feel when you're done. The more often you do this, the easier it is to know when you've gotten rid of everything you need to at that time.
Just like the other techniques, when you're done, you'll feel a shift in how you're feeling.
I think this works so well because physical movement moves the energy within the body. In fact, moving your body is another great way to heal yourself from emotional trauma.
There are many ways you can release your own emotional trauma. As you practice and use various tools, you'll find what you like the best and what works well for you.
Once you've found a few you like, use them regularly. Over time, you'll find that you naturally start to feel better. You'll feel lighter, happier, and have less negativity running through your mind.
You have the power within to heal yourself. Sure, sometimes we all need to get some help from someone who has a different perspective, but for the most part, there is a lot you can do for yourself.
Keep at it, and you'll find yourself feeling better day by day!
Heal your own emotional trauma
- Learn to use The Emotion Code or The Script (Karol Truman). Both tools you can memorize and use in a few minutes wherever you are.
- Practice visualizing. It might take a little time, but I've found that it's an incredibly powerful technique. Most of my clients pick it up pretty quickly for themselves.
- Remember that healing is an ongoing process, and it takes time to get through all of the layers for some issues. Be patient with yourself.
What is your favorite tool for clearing emotional trauma?