Freedom From Emotional Distress

There appears to be a “storehouse” of sorts within the subconscious mind.
From that storehouse there appear to emerge various emotions that seem to affect our behaviour and limit our potential for greater expression.

I have actually experienced in the past that when there is anger for example, to say "I am angry" misses the point.
It adds stress. “I feel angry” is observing from a different centre and thus opens up
the possibility of releasing the hold that a particular emotion exerts on us and thus the release of stress.

Identification with anger or other emotions is demonstrated in phrasings like “I am angry”, or “I am sad”, and so on.
Such statements carry the same identity impact as saying: “I am anger”, or “I am sadness”, etc.

When you identify with an emotion the “you” that was before the anger manifested is no longer there,
and the alternate personality of "anger" makes its appearance.

This was a real eye-opener discovery for me, and it actually led me to an understanding of identity
and freedom from "suffering" emotional distresses.

It seems to work the same way for love, hate and any other of the so-called "human emotions",
which are energetic manifestations in a sense.

The manifestations of emotion can be thought of as energetic movements or movements of thought energy through the body.
If we identify with the emotion as a characteristic of who we are, by making or thinking statements
such as “I am angry” or “I am sad,” then we suffer the stress (or distress) that those emotional states
can impress on the body. One might see this as emotional energy "possessing" the body
- similar to Eckhart Tolle's concept of the "Pain Body".

Is it possible to be free of emotional distress?
Certainly! If we do not identify with emotions as expressions of our character or as a reaction to some arcane
survival urge,
then we can look at the emotion as a feeling that we are experiencing.

First, acknowledge that the emotion is present and has an effect on us in some way,
either pleasant or unpleasant.

Second, do not resist the expression of the emotion, since that would be futile in any case
and the most likely outcome of resistance would be increased distress and suppression,
with future stress on one 's physical and/or mental system. Non-resistance implies acceptance.
That does not mean that you have to like what you are experiencing, but you are not confusing the issue
or making it more complex by resisting and wishing the emotion out of existence.

Third, allow yourself to feel the emotion as clearly as possible. This is what you are feeling.
This is not you, and it is not something that can harm you in any way.
It is just a feeling that you are experiencing.

Fourth, ask yourself if you COULD let this emotion or feeling go freely from you.
Ask yourself “Could I release this feeling of anger?” (or lust, or hate, or whatever it happens to be).

Fifth, ask yourself if you WOULD let this emotion go.
Ask yourself “Would I release this feeling?” It does not really matter if your answer is “yes”, or “no”.
If you are skeptical or unsure then you will likely answer “no”. But the fact that you have given this emotion
your consideration and attention at all will have some effect in at least a partial release.

Sixth, ask yourself WHEN? “When would I be willing to release this feeling”?
Most people usually find themselves answering “NOW” to this question.
This initiates the action of release immediately.

The emotional “baggage” that we carry is the main cause of many of our problems in life.
This emotional baggage can also be a great source of stress on our physical system leading to various ailments.

The releasing process is a tool that can be added to one's way of living.
After a bit of practice the releasing process happens automatically if we are giving attention
to releasing that which is inhibiting our progress in life.

Emotional baggage is not always released instantly. Often one has to “keep at it”,
feeling the emotion and confirming our desire to release it. This process becomes automatic.
After sufficient conscientious applications an intuitive-like process of releasing activates
whenever you notice that an emotional distress of any sort becomes an inhibiting factor in your life experience.

The above steps for the release of emotions and the subsequent improvement of personal emotional state,
health and movement towards happiness is taken from a system of “Releasing” initially taught by Lester Levenson.
His story is a remarkable journey of healing and achievements of success, happiness, and much more.
The course Lester Levenson designed has developed into the “Sedona Method”
which is now taught world-wide. Lester handed down his system of releasing to Hale Dwoskin
who has evolved the system to it's present state.

Coming across Hale Dwoskin's book “The Sedona Method” has provided me with many meaningful glimpses.
I am truly grateful for the unselfish sharing of people like Lester Levenson and Hale Dwoskin
who help people deal with the difficulties that they encounter on their journeys in life.