When Those Negative Emotions Come Back

So you’ve been meditating regularly, you’ve been recording your dreams, and you’ve been doing other things to help become more spiritual.  You get into these periods of a major “high” where you feel perfectly connected and living by the moment, but then suddenly BAM some negative emotions come back to hit you like a pile of bricks and you don’t know how to respond.

Have you been there? I know I have — and it has been far too many times in the last several months that if I probably told this to a conventional therapist or psychiatrist they’d probably think I’m bipolar.  The truth is, however, that it is everything BUT bipolar.  No matter who you seem to get information from in the psycho-spiritual area, it is explained as a sign that you are on the path to a spiritual awakening.

Eckhartt Tolle describes this as the “pain body” and that it will have the tendency to creep back.  He suggests that the best way to handle it is to except it as part of the moment (rather than fight it) and it will eventually pass.  Though I completely agree with his suggestion from a spiritual standpoint, I can’t help but wonder what the reasons are for this trigger.  I came across one reading the other day that seemed to imply that it is caused by the fact that we may still be holding on to the pain and hurt from our past relationships, so it still comes back to hurt us.  It was suggested that we must completely forgive in order to be relieved because, until we do so, it is like we are unconsciously choosing to be “chained” to this person and it won’t allow us to live in the moment and be “free” until we choose to free ourselves from our pain.

I have also tried using some EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), accupressure, and accupuncture that has worked well for me though it is something that needs to consistently be done because it always comes back.  Others have explained this as a chakra imbalance, which is something that could perhaps be cleared with reiki or any other energy work.  I personally have yet to try and experience this so I can’t give my personal experience with this.

What have you tried?  What works for you?  What doesn’t work for you?


About Jennifer Twardowski

Jennifer is a graduate student in transpersonal counseling psychology. Her interests are in personality typology (MBTI, Enneagram, Jungian typology), expressive arts, dreams, yoga, tarot and oracle cards, world religions, dance, photography, gardening, floral design, and more!

Posted on June 12, 2012, in Emotions, Love, Psychology, Spirituality and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Some fine ideas to try in your post. The thing is, the pain body and chakra imbalance, are probbaly related. With understanding comes forgiveness, nad I think you are on the right track wondering what is trigering this reaction. There may be a lesson in these feelings. The next time they come, try asking why you have them, what are they meant to teach you or remind you. You can ask his of yourself, your higher power, etc, depending on what works for you.

  2. Can you explain EFT a little more? Great post!

    • There are certain pressure points that you can put pressure on that can help you to relieve negative emotions (and health issues as well). One of the main points is to tap the side of your hand (below your pinky finger) with your other hand or do the “chop” motion of hitting both together for a few minutes. You have to start with an intention of what you want to work on like “This headache” or “This fear” and rate it on a scale of 1 to 10. You then do the tapping for a few minutes telling yourself positive things and then when you are done rate how you feel again. There are several YouTube videos of EFT practitioners giving examples.

      • Awesome! Thanks…I’ll go check them out. Ok, I do know a little about pressure points for aches and pains, works pretty good. Thanks again 🙂

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