• What is Emotional Baggage?

    How many times have you heard someone use the phrase “emotional baggage” in reference to another person? And what is emotional baggage, anyway? Is it real? And if so, can we do anything about it?

    Simply put, emotional baggage is a common name we use for unresolved negative emotions – feelings surrounding memories of past experiences and events that color our present experience. If allowed to fester for years, these emotions can damage our health, relationships and well-being.

    Methods for Removing Difficult Emotions

    Modern medicine has recently made some striking discoveries about how to manipulate and even reduce the emotional charge attached to memories, at least in mice. At McLean Hospital in Virginia, scientists found that mice simultaneously exposed to Xenon gas seem to “forget” the feelings of fear created when they receive foot shocks. Another study that recently appeared in the journal Nature showed that neural connections that trigger specific emotions such as fear can be replaced or overridden by new, more positive neural connections, even while feeling the negative emotion.

    While these studies are definitely breaking new ground and may add to our knowledge of the human brain, energy medicine has been racing ahead with simple and effective methods of removing emotional baggage. Rather than using exotic and expensive tools such as Xenon gas and lasers, the energy healing community has been removing emotional baggage very effectively for years now.

    We know from quantum physics that your body is ultimately nothing but a very complex energy field. When you are feeling a very strong negative emotion such as anger, grief or resentment, you are actually experiencing a precise frequency of vibrational energy that is unique to that emotion. If this emotional vibration is powerful enough, it may prove to be too much for the physical body, and part of this energy may become “trapped” in your body. We refer to this as a “trapped emotion,” and have found that this is actually what makes up your “emotional baggage.”

    The Emotion Code Method

    The Emotion Code is a remarkably simple healing method that is rapidly becoming accepted as the “gold standard” in a new field that is often referred to as “energy psychology.” Using a form of biofeedback known as muscle-testing, The Emotion Code method consists of asking a series of simple questions that are designed to quickly uncover the exact emotion that has become trapped. We rely completely on the subconscious mind to give us the answers about what our emotional baggage actually is.

    Consciously, we know very little about what emotions we may be harboring, but the subconscious mind is fully aware of all you have been through and knows precisely what your emotional baggage is.

    One of the best examples of how The Emotion Code can free people from emotional baggage came to me when I was in practice many years ago. I was treating a patient and discovered that she had a trapped emotion of resentment. By asking questions and muscle-testing her subconscious mind’s responses, I discovered that this particular emotion had become trapped in her body during the time she was in high school, around age 18. I was surprised when she said, “I know exactly what that’s about.” Really? I replied. “The resentment is about a cheerleader that I knew in high school,” she told me. “I really resented her then. The funny thing is, even though 20 years have passed since high school, if my thoughts ever stray to my high school days and I think about her, I can feel the waves of resentment welling up inside of me. I really disliked her. But I find it strange that I still have these strong feelings after all these years.”

    I released the trapped emotion of resentment and she left my office. When I saw her again two days later, she exclaimed, “That really worked! Last night an old friend of mine and I were reminiscing about the old days, and that girl’s name came up. For the first time in 20 years, I felt… Nothing! It’s not that my memories of her have been erased, but I just don’t feel the resentment anymore!”

    Our website, HealersLibrary.com is replete with stories of people who have experienced the dramatic effects that often occur when emotional baggage is released. The Emotion Code is easy to understand, simple to use, and often quite breathtaking in its power to free us from our emotional baggage.

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    Article by: Dr. Bradley Nelson

    Dr. Nelson has extensive experience in the field of resolving emotional trauma such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and less dramatic but equally harmful "trapped emotions" that affect health and wellbeing. Through two decades in private practice and teaching around the globe, he developed The Emotion Code, a system for releasing negative emotions that contribute to illness and block healing. He has trained more than 1500 practitioners worldwide in how to help people overcome unresolved anger, depression, anxiety, loneliness and other negative emotions, and the physical symptoms associated them, including fibromyalgia and chronic pain and fatigue.

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