An Introduction to Emotional Healing

We commonly think of some emotions as negative and other emotions as positive, but it would be more accurate to say that some emotions are pleasant and other emotions are unpleasant. The idea that some emotions are negative, tends to make people feel like there is something wrong with them (as a person) when they're feeling that emotion. This makes them try to supress or deny that emotion or may cause them to project blame for that emotion onto other people or situations. Both of these activites (supressing and blaming) are dysfunctional ways of dealing with emotions.

The fact is that pleasant (positive) emotions motivate us to do things, while unpleasant (negative) emotions motivate us to avoid things. Like pleasure and pain, both are necessary for our health and well-being. The sensation of pleasure tells us that an activity is beneficial for the body, while the sensation of pain tells us something is harmful. Positive and negative emotions have the same function on a spiritual and social level of our being. They tell us whether thoughts we're thinking or actions we're taking are beneficial to our well-being and the well-being of others, or harmful.

I created the following video to explain an idea central to this course.

In An Introduction to Emotional Healing, I discuss to discuss how to transform all emotions, both the pleasant ones and the unpleasant ones, into useful tools so we can better our lives. I start by explaining how unresolved trauma and abuse can cause us to get stuck in expressing certain emotional patterns over and over again. You'll learn why "feelings buried alive never die" and how to bring our unresolved emotional conflicts to our awareness so we can process them and never have them bother us again.

7-Emotions2.jpgThis powerful course is based on the model of emotions found in Steven Horne's book, The Heart's Key to Health, Happiness and Success. This model, shown on the right, likens the different emotional energies to colors. Just as all colors blended together make white light, so the ability to harmoniously deal with all of our emotional energies leads to an inner state of joy, love, peace and happiness.

There are eight lessons in this course, as follows:

Lesson 1. The lingering effects of trauma and abuse

In this session we explore how unresolved trauma and abuse create "trauma vortexes" that can cause us to become irrational and highly emotional when "triggered" by certain sounds, words, phrases, sights, smells or other experiences. We'll also talk about the natural process of how the body heals from trauma and how we can use this process to permanently defuse these triggers so we can stay calm, centered and rational instead of spinning out of control emotionally.

Lesson 2. Cooling the fires of anger

In session two we'll address what is probably one of the most primitive and potentially harmful of all our emotions—anger. We'll talk about the various forms of anger—from irritability to rage—and what anger is trying to teach us. We'll learn how to start defusing excessive expressions of anger and express anger in a more positive way that doesn't harm others.

Lesson 3. Creating healthy boundaries

While some people vent their anger (as discussed in the previous lesson), other people completely suppress it. This leads to feelings of helplessness, discouragment and even depression. Supressing anger makes a person a people-pleaser and enabler. Being a "door-mat" for others can lead to a smoldering resentment that eats the person alive, which is just as unhealthy as venting one's anger on others. So, in this session, we'll explain how to connect with suppressed anger and learn to express it constructively by establishing healthy personal boundaries.

Lesson 4. Overcoming grief with gratitude

We all experience loss in our life, but the grief and sadness experienced with that loss doesn't need to plague us for the rest of our lives. It's possible to heal completely from ANY loss, no matter how tragic. This healing can only happen, however, when we embrace, rather than run away from the grieving process. When grief is experienced, rather than denied or projected in blame, it teaches the great lesson of gratitude. And gratitude will allow us to rise above our losses and transform them into positive growth and ultimately, a deeper happiness and joy with life. We'll discuss this process in this lesson.

Lesson 5. Softening the hardened heart

When people experience loss and emotional pain they often chose to harden their hearts and try to protect themselves from future pain by creating protective barriors against the experience of love. Unfortunately, this strategy doesn't promote healing, and it does not protect the person from future pain. In fact, it increases their level of emotional pain by causing them to become isolated and cut off from others. In this lesson, we'll talk about how and why this happens and how to heal from the loss of pain by softening, rather than hardening, one's heart.

Lesson 6. Developing the courage to face one’s fears

Fear is a natural protective mechanism that helps us to avoid danger. However, this protective mechanism often backfires when we become afraid of things that are not actual dangers. These unproductive fears can paralyze us and keep us from enjoying life and growing. Courage is the antidote to fear and the more we utilize courage to overcome fear the more self-confident we become and the more freedom, joy and prosperity we experience in life. In this lesson, we'll discuss the relationship between fear, stress and anxiety and how to utilize courage to get "unstuck" so we are not controlled by unreasonable fears.

Lesson 7. Overcoming addiction and compulsion

Supressing fear leads to anxiety, compulsive disorders, addictions and obsessions. In this lesson, we'll explain how fear sits at the heart of these problems and how to address those fears so we can regain control of ourselves and our lives. We'll discuss how unresolved trauma contributes to these self-destructive habits and how to get to the root of these problems and overcome them.

Lesson 8. Cultivating awareness and becoming centered

Ultimately, awareness is the healing balm for all of our emotional dysfunction. Becoming self-aware sounds easy, but it takes time and effort to learn to quiet the constant mental chatter that prevents us from just being able to experience live and flow with it. The rewards of doing this, however, are many. We become more calm, more centered and more loving. We experience greater joy, happiness and inner peace. In this final lesson we'll learn how to find this place of inner emotional balance and cultivate it.

About this Course

Required For: Certified Emotional Healing Coach program.

Prerequisites: There are no pre-requisites to taking this course.

Webinar: Classes are recorded and posted online.

Course Hours: Eight 2-hour webinars with about 24 hours of reading, learning activites and other homework to complete the course, for a total of about 40 hours of study.

Course Fee: $197, $50 discount for members of the herbiverse.

To Register: Use the button below to register for this class online or call 800-416-2887.

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