Do You Need an Emotional Detox?
“Emotions are the nexxus between matter and mind, going back and forth between the two and influencing both.”
Chloe (not her real name) could not understand why she felt a constant, burning pain throughout her entire body.
Chloe’s pain was so persistent, so unrelenting, she told me, she never got any relief.
No drug, no remedy she had tried had made any difference.
Although she had consulted medical professionals as well as a wide range of natural healing practitioners, nothing anybody said made any sense to her.
So she called me for a medical intuitive reading.
As is my custom, I started by reading the physical body before going on to read the energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies.
Parasites, I found when I started on the physical level.
Yes, she confirmed – somebody else had told her that also and she had just ordered a lab test for parasites.
But before I could really get into reading the rest of her body, Chloe started screaming – literally yelling into the phone.
She had once been anorexic but had gained 40 pounds. She now hated her body, she yelled.
She once taught meditation and yoga but could no longer find her inner peace. She was angry about that too.
She had hoped her family members might take her in to live with them, but every single one had set boundaries and told her no. She was furious at her mother and sister.
Of course there was more I had to say – and this part Chloe did not want to hear.
She was so certain that the burning she felt must have a physical explanation.
She didn’t want to hear that her self hatred and the hate she was spewing out into the world was causing any of her pain.
“This is 80 to 85 percent emotional,” I explained to Chloe, beginning to connect her emotional state with the chemistry she was setting up inside herself.
“You are burning with anger.
“You are so angry your anger is driving up your cortisol to the point where you are experiencing high levels of inflammation.”
Inflammation is like fire in your body – it will break down your bone, your hair, your muscle tissue, your brain chemistry.
If you have pain, you have inflammation.
And where there is inflammation you also have high levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
“Five minutes of anger will drive up your cortisol for six hours.”
You can read a fascinating infographic about what anger does to your body – destroying your immune system, wrecking your digestion, increasing your blood pressure, raising your blood sugar, thinning your bones and killing your brain cells – at this link.
“Nothing will work until you stop hating your body, hating the world, hating your life.”
Years ago, I had the privilege of meeting the neuroscientist and author Candace Pert. She was speaking to a group at an exercise conference.
I will never forget that she said if you want to understand what’s going on in your subconscious mind, just look down at your body!
“Your mind is in every cell of your body.” Candace Pert
Many people have heard about or embarked on various kinds of physical detoxification programs.
Detoxifying at the cellular level can make the difference between you experiencing radiant health and dying of cancer.
Although I also recommend various approaches to physical detoxification, I have to ask you an important question:
Do you need an emotional detox?
“Most psychologists treat the mind as disembodied, a phenomenon with little or no connection to the physical body. Conversely, physicians treat the body with no regard for the mind or the emotions. But the body and mind are not separate, and we cannot treat one without the other.” Candace Pert
Here’s why an emotional detox can change your life as profoundly as a series of colonics, dry skin brushing, juice cleanses, far infrared saunas, IV therapy and other physical approaches.
In your brain you have what are called neurotransmitters.
The precise mixture of neurotransmitters in your brain consists of your individual brain chemistry. You may have less of some neurotransmitters and more of others.
For better and for worse, every thought you think and every emotion you feel affects the balance of your neurotransmitters.
When you go through trauma or prolonged stress, the energy of your emotional reactions cause the small molecules of your neurotransmitters to combine together into larger molecules called neuropeptides.
While neurotransmitters have a short-term response, neuropeptides create a longer term response.
In natural healing, we believe that you hold specific emotions in different organs in your body.
Therefore the emotions you feel just for a few minutes leading up to hours and days and weeks and possibly months can have a serious detrimental effect on your organs and your organ systems.
Over time, when you feel the same emotions day in and day out, these neuropeptides can even affect the expression of your genes.
For example, if you have a family predisposition for a certain type of cancer and you feel angry at the world day in and all day out, the neuropeptides your anger creates can turn on the genetic predisposition for you to become seriously ill.
“When emotions are expressed…all systems are united and made whole. When emotions are repressed, denied, not allowed to be whatever they may be, our network pathways get blocked, stopping the flow of the vital feel-good, unifying chemicals that run both our biology and our behavior.”
A good way to think of this is like a single tree falling in the forest.
The other day I was out walking my dog.
In broad daylight, following a previous night of heavy rain and nerve-rattling thunderstorms, a 100-foot high tree fell down and crashed into numerous other trees.
The fact that this one huge tree fell on top of other trees set up the likelihood that other trees would eventually fall into the roadway and possibly knock out the power lines to my neighborhood.
You may think you’re just going through a divorce, a job loss, a stressful time raising your special needs child or the every day grind of driving through rush hour traffic and working long hours at a job you don’t really like, but what is happening in your body at the cellular level in response to the constant flood of emotions you feel every day?
What if one little negative thought was causing a cascade of neuropeptides turning on your genetic predisposition to pain and illness?
Can we please stop pretending that what’s really going on with you is only physical?
“Emotions are the glue that holds the cells of the organism together.” Candace Pert
In my work as a medical intuitive healer, I refer to numerous charts of emotions and their body correlations to identify your primary emotional processes.
“Your body is your subconscious mind and you can’t heal it by talk alone.” Candace Pert
Based on my 26 years in natural healing, here’s how the organs in your body hold the negative emotions you feel.
Liver. Adversely affected by:
Gallbladder. Adversely affected by:
- Making choices that are right for you and the entire universe
Heart. Adversely affected by:
- Self doubt
- Closing off to love, whether out of self punishment or self protection
- Self esteem
- Self worth
- Knowing who you are
Small Intestine. Adversely affected by:
- Failure to learn from the past
- Making the same mistakes over and over again
- Not taking in what you actually need
- Internalizing your feelings instead of expressing them
- Taking in what you actually need
- Learning from all your past experiences
- Nourishing your body and soul
- Talking things out rather than holding things in
Spleen. Adversely affected by:
- Faith in the future
- Inner peace
- Trusting the unfoldment of your life
Stomach. Adversely affected by:
- Counting your blessings
Large Intestine. Adversely affected by:
- Unwillingness to let go
- Money worries
- Letting go of the past
- Self worth
- Moving forward in your life
Lungs. Adversely affected by:
- Low self esteem
- Positive self esteem
Kidneys. Adversely affected by:
- Giving your whole spirit to life
- Inner peace
Bladder. Adversely affected by:
- Being overly controlling
- Feeling inadequate
- Going with the flow
- Allowing other people to do it their way
- Letting go and letting God
- Following your own inner direction
- Not allowing others to control you
Trust me when I say these lists only begin to scratch the surface of these emotional patterns that your organs are holding onto way down deep.
So what exactly is an emotional detox?
An emotional detox works pretty much like a physical detox. Get the junk out of your diet. Get the toxic thoughts and feelings out of your mind!
Step One. Recognize your emotional patterns. All you really have to do is listen to yourself. What do you say to yourself? What do you complain to others about? How do you really feel all day long every day?
Step Two. Get curious. What organs do your primary emotions affect? One way you can tell that your feelings may have been affecting your health is if you have an organ you always have trouble with. Has your doctor diagnosed you with heart disease, lung cancer, thyroid troubles? Your body reveals to you where you have been holding negative emotions by expressing ill health.
Step Three. Unwind the emotional patterns. To do this, in my professional opinion, you are better off working with an outside professional. Whether you are working with a psychotherapist, a medical intuitive healer such as myself or a coach, you will want to get to the bottom of not only why you think and feel the way you do but how to stop damaging yourself. And yes, that’s a great way to look at it – your negative feelings actually damage YOU.
Step Four. Cultivate the positive. In my professional opinion, there are very few illnesses – physical, mental, emotional or spiritual – that can not be cured by unconditional love, compassion and forgiveness.
I have written at length about the beneficial effects of forgiveness:
More than likely if you have been emitting a specific negative emotional frequency for some time you will find yourself in your own way and will heal faster if you have an objective third party to help you clear what’s been driving you crazy and making you sick.
If, for example, you have suffered from long-term troubles with your large intestine, a.k.a. Crohn’s disease, colitis, colorectal cancer, food allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, parasites, polyps and/or alternating diarrhea and constipation, you might want to explore your relationship with money, face your long term depression, let go of the anger and resentment you have felt justified holding on to and learn how to let go of the past.
Easier said than done, I realize.
But true healing requires a degree of radical self honesty.
“A feeling sparked in your mind will translate as a peptide being released somewhere. Peptides regulate every aspect of your body, from whether you’re going to digest your food properly to whether you’re going to destroy a tumor cell.” Candace Pert
What is healing? Healing happens when you courageously confront how your long term emotions affect your mind and body.
To set up an appointment for a medical intuitive reading or healing work, please email catherine@catherinecarrigan or call 678-612-8816. If you are calling internationally, please call me at the same number through WhatsApp so I can return your call toll free!