Using energy psychology to heal chronic anxiety
Energy psychology combines Eastern approaches of mind-body connection with Western psychology ideas. Essentially, it looks at the relationship between thoughts, behaviors, emotions and bioenergy systems (meridians and chakras). Within this framework, emotional and physical issues are treated as bio-energetic patterns inside of a mind-body-energy system.
Typically, practitioners combine physical and cognitive treatments, with focus on particular bio-energy systems.
For example, a patient may verbally recall a traumatic memory while tapping various energy points on the body.
The simplest method of energy psychology is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). The physical element is tapping; the cognitive part is to make statements out loud; the particular bio-energy system will depend on the dysfunction being treated.
Try this EFT example out for yourself:
Limits of talk-based psychotherapy
The hazy connection between talking and healing was first pointed out by London psychologist Hans Eysenck in the 1952 paper The effects of Psychotherapy, in which he concluded that only 44% of psychoanalysis patients receiving Freudian treatment showed any kind of real improvement over a five-year period. As Eysenck put it, his data “failed to prove that psychotherapy, Freudian or otherwise, facilitates the recovery of neurotic patients.”
In 2014, Emory University’s Scott Lilienfeld, working with colleagues at five other universities, published a paper in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science that therapists are subject to the same cognitive biases that skew all human thinking. They propose four broad cognitive biases in that industry:
- Naïve realism: an assumption that the world is precisely as we see it. This serves as a mental shortcut that leads therapists to focus on the most obvious facts while ignoring subtler ones.
- Confirmation bias: deeply ingrained tendency to seek out evidence consistent with one’s hypothesis, and to ignore or distort any evidence to the contrary.
- Illusory causation: a powerful propensity to see cause-and-effect where none exists.
- Illusion of control: the tendency to overestimate one’s ability to shape events. It predisposes therapists to believe they possess more power than they do.
Benefits of Energy Energy Psychology for Healing
Simply talking about anxiety doesn’t make it go away. Fortunately, beyond limited talk-based therapies are energy-based ones. Those that tap into ancient knowledge, mix in quantum theories and touch on the pillars of world religions to boot.
Energy Psychology is an approach that uses ancient mind-body techniques from acupressure, yoga, qi gong, and energy medicine to release traumatic events that are frozen in time within the mind-body system.
Childhood events that cause disassociation remain in the quantum field – not just as memories, but as specific energy bodies. These orbit the psyche, influencing thought patterns in the present.
Using thought energy, energy psychology practitioners work to guide the patient into the field to “release” the energy bodies from childhood.
Repressed Energies in the Quantum Field
Trauma is energetic, a disturbed vibration that goes on and on within the traumatized person and resonates outward to others.
Einstein’s formula E=mc² shows that matter is basically slowed down energy. Quantum physics confirms that energy and consciousness are interrelated.
5,000 years ago in China, a meridians system of chi (equivalent to prana) was described and acupuncture was developed as a way of regulating chi and thus health.
In the 1980’s, researchers Pierre de Vernejoul and Jacques Darras injected radioactive technetium in specific kidney meridian acupoints on 330 patients and observed how the isotopes traveled the meridian.
This and other research offers support for a bodily energy system that has electromagnetic qualities, including light, sound and subtle electrical current.
Matrix Reimprinting (an offshoot of EFT) considers that past negative memories are held as ‘holograms’ within the mind-body-field. Until those holograms are addressed, the patient will keep tuning into them on a subconscious level, which will affect health, wellbeing and level of attraction.
Like EFT, it uses the Traditional Chinese Medicine meridian system that has been used in acupuncture for thousands of years. However, in EFT, you verbalise (in a specific manner) an issue that you want to work with. At the same time you tap on points on your meridians with your fingers. This releases stress and trauma from the body’s energy system, allowing the body-mind to return to a healthy physical and emotional state.
This serves only to take the emotional intensity out of a past memory. On the other hand, in Matrix Reimprinting, the memory is transformed. You can go into any past memory, say and do what you wished you’d said and done, bring in new resources, and create and transform the picture you have of that memory.
Check out this (very powerful) example of how Matrix Reimprinting works:
Getting started with energy psychology
Consider this workflow:
- Prepare your mind and body: eat clean, get some exercise and adequate rest. The purpose is to calm a turbulent mind. If you are drunk, stoned or full of junk food, your mind will not respond.
- Practice mindfulness: this can be learned in just a few minutes, but will require consistent practice for at least a month.
- Practice visualization: create a detailed picture in your mind of life without anxiety. Picture it in your mind and visualize how all of the five senses respond.
Our first article explained how identify the root source of your anxiety. Once that is achieved, this article explains the second step.
In essence, that is to go back to that memory and decompress it's frozen energy. That energy will then dissipate into the ether, living you free and clear to live the life of your choosing.