By: Bec Robertson
Emotions are a normal part of life. And they tell a story. When an emotion arises, something has been triggered. Often we don’t deal with the emotion or its underlying trigger. We let it pass, forget about it. The emotion and trigger may then repeat until such time as we address the underlying cause. Cups of herbal tea, spa treatments, diets, new clothes and yoga won’t fix the problem. Unless we deal with the issues sitting underneath it all.
Shamanic journey work is an excellent tool for developing emotional awareness and understanding of the root cause of our triggers. This is because shamanism respects and prioritizes the energetic side of the universe. When we realize that emotions are energy, we can ask:
- Where am I feeling this emotion in my body?
- How is that connected to what is causing this?
- What have I encountered today that might be triggering this in my body?
- What situations occurred in the past that my body is asking me to address?
- How are these emotions asking me to deal with old memories or beliefs that hold me back?
- What can I address in this moment to support the emotional messages I am receiving?
When we don’t ask such questions, we enter ‘spiritual bypassing’. This is where we push down or push away emotions because they are uncomfortable or we don’t understand where they are coming from. Many people walk around holding onto all these emotions, not addressing them. They then become conditioned to that feeling of ‘holding on tight’ just to get through the day. That is not a pleasant way to live.
Shamanic practitioners support people to identify emotions, the triggers behind them and the old beliefs that underpin it all. They then encourage their clients to take on a new inner power to replace all the old energy that has been cleared out. You will see shamanic practitioners use tools like drums and rattles to embed the new inner power. Using sound to support healing is an accessible, non-verbal way of providing the requisite energetic environment for a client to realize their true potential.
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