Emotrance

I have used Emotrance for a long time personally and with my clients and it is one of my personal favorites of all the methods out there.

The emotrance view of emotions

When I read up about Emotrance for the first time, it seemed very odd. After I had some experience with it, I wondered how I missed something so obvious in my everyday experience!

It is easy to explain with an example. If you had a fight with someone and are upset, much of your attention will be on the details of the fight, related past events, how you are going to react, what else you should have said, how wrong the other person was etc. 

As you can see above most of our attention is on the mental/thought processes associated with the event. And usually they are of a nature that aggravate the situation or leaving a lingering irritation/emotion for hours or days.

But there is another component of emotion that is rarely observed, and that is our sensations in the body. We are so used to residing in our minds that we rarely observe what is going on in our body. 

These are usually  sensations of weight, of tightness, heaviness,  heat, prickling etc. in various parts of the body

These sensations are very individual in nature (i.e.) you may feel your fear of dogs in one part of the body in one form (say heaviness in head) and your anxiety about dealing with an authority figure in another part and another form (say heat in the chest).  And two different individuals will experience the same trigger differently.

If you spend a few hours observing yourself every time you are experiencing a strong emotion, you will be able to notice this for yourself.

In the Emotrance view point, the sensations that I describe above are the essential component of the emotion you are experiencing and consequently if you focus and release the sensations in your body, your corresponding emotion will change. 

If you use the method, it usually starts with 

  1. Where do you feel this emotion in your body?
  2. Once it is localized and described, you use intention, breathing and movement to release it.

Once the body sensations start changing, how the person felt about his source of emotion (say fear of dogs) changes. It is a shocking experience for most people when they experience this for the first time. 

The healing model

Emotrance proposes a simple usable model to heal emotions.  In this model:

  1. All of us have an energy body just like a physical body. 
  2. Negative emotions are nothing but disturbances/injuries in the flow of energy through the energy body.
  3. These disturbances are felt by the individual as sensations in his physical body.
  4. Once the sensations are released, the corresponding emotion is released.  
  5. When the disturbance is healed and the energy flow is restored, the person feels good.

We have traditionally been trained to look at emotions as representative of the quality of a person. e.g. if someone feels fear, we call them cowards; if they feel anger, we say they are out of control; if they are depressed, we say they are mentally weak. The list of conclusions is very long indeed! 

The same is not the case for physical issues. If a person comes down with a cough or an infection, we hardly think it has anything to do with their personal nature.

This has made it a taboo to even discuss or acknowledge emotions, and in most cases we go to great lengths to deny or repress them.  Seeking help or exploring means to resolve them is out of bounds!

By proposing the above model, emotions are put on a similar plane as physical problems (ie) they are disturbances within us that can be healed. You are more likely to address if your fear of public speaking if you treat it as a disturbance rather than as a character trait!

An example

One of my family members has a fear of heights and always usually stands a couple of feet away from the parapet wall when we are  on the terrace. 

I asked her where she feels the 'fear of looking down' in her body. Initially she said she did not feel anything. When I persisted that she scan her body for changes as she tried to look down, then she said her eyes feel weird if she looks down.

We used that as the starting point and after working on it using the standard protocol we were able to release it in about 15 minutes. 

She was no longer afraid of looking down and could stand with her hands on the parapet wall without any anxiety after that. Both of us were surprised that it worked so fast in this case.

Learning more

Many people find it easy to learn and use Emotrance.

Some people find it hard to even feel what is happening in their bodies. A few hours of observation can often fix this.

Sometimes a breathing or meditative practice can help you become more aware of your body. Find something that works for you.  If you are not able to feel even after trying, then try something else like Positive EFT.

Further reading

  1. The  Emotrance website has a lot of case studies, patterns, exercises etc.  that you can read up to explore more.
  2. The best way to learn this method is the pretty solid manual that lays out the basic patterns and applications of emotrance: The Emotrance Manual
  3. Read this article to see the kind of issues that Emotrance can help with. 

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