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A B M P m e m b e r s e a r n F R E E C E a t w w w. a b m p . c o m / c e b y r e a d i n g M a s s a g e & B o d y w o r k m a g a z i n e 97 ENERGY WORK for a way to constructively employ this heart for processing emotions. Fortunately, it's actually easy to do, whether you're working with yourself or a client. You've only to focus spiritually on the energetic heart when concentrating on feelings. What do I mean by "focusing spiritually?" There are four aspects of a being: body, mind, soul, and spirit. The body, mind, and soul selves are the parts of the being that seek to understand love. In general, however, these aspects don't "get" it yet. Damaged and injured by life experiences, misguided beliefs, and emotional confusion, the body, mind, and soul are survival-oriented. This means their perceptions are fear-based. The body-self runs the gut brain. The mind-self regulates the head brain. The soul flips between both of these, sometimes making good emotional decisions and other times, messing things up. The spirit is a horse of a different color. It only perceives situations through the lens of love. The spirit knows that it is always connected to the Divine. Because of this, it will only produce or interpret emotions through the lenses of love. It will perceive all situations with mercy and grace, using emotions to heal and uplift, never deny or decry. And when the spirit is enabled to operate emotionally through the energetic heart, which is located in the center of the chest, it can bring about miracles. While the gut brain is busily churning the stomach, the energetic heart can be ushering in love and bonding. 12 While the head brain is mixing up thoughts, the energetic heart can be sharing spiritual truths. I'm not saying that it's bad to feel fear, anger, sadness, or any other so-called "negative" emotions. There are five feeling constellations (anger, fear, disgust, sadness, joy). From a spiritual point of view, each feeling generates a vital message. Anger, for instance, tells us to set boundaries. Only our spirit, however, can correctly highlight and interpret the emotion applicable to a given situation. Only our spirit can keep us connected to the Divine while we're feeling our feelings. Only our spirit will ensure that our phonons are distributing helpful, not harmful, sounds through our body. Notes 1. Susanne Babbel, "The Connections Between Emotional Stress, Trauma, and Physical Pain," Psychology Today, April 8, 2010, accessed November 2017, psychology/201004/the-connections-between- emotional-stress-trauma-and-physical-pain. 2. "Anxiety and Physical Illness," Harvard Health Publishing, last updated June 6, 2017, accessed November 2017, staying-healthy/anxiety_and_physical_illness. 3. Christina Sarich, "New Proof That Our Emotions Cause Physical Pain & How to Change Them," Collective Evolution, June 30, 2015, accessed November 2017, www.collective-evolution. com/2015/06/30/new-proof-that-our-emotions- cause-physical-pain-how-to-change-them. 4. Anne Trafton, "How the Brain Processes Emotions," MIT News, March 31, 2016, accessed November 2017, emotions-mental-illness-depression-0331. 5. Babbel, "The Connections Between Emotional Stress, Trauma, and Physical Pain." 6. Adam Hadhazy, "Think Twice: How the Gut's 'Second Brain' Influences Mood and Well-Being," Scientific American, February 12, 2010, accessed November 2017, brain; "The Brain in Your Belly," The Best Brain Possible, September 8, 2014, accessed November 2017, 7. Hadhazy, "Think Twice." 8. "The Heart-Brain Connection," HeartMath Institute, accessed November 2017, www. regulation-technology-theoretical-basis. 9. Rollin McCraty, Raymond Trevor Bradley, and Dana Tomasino, "The Heart Has Its Own 'Brain' and Consciousness," in5D, January 10, 2015, accessed November 2017, heart-has-its-own-brain-and-consciousness. 10. Ibid. 11. Jay Kshatri, "Sound Healing … More Than Just a Good Vibration," Think Smarter World, July 15, 2015, accessed November 2017, www.thinksmarterworld. com/sound-healing-more-than-just-a-good-vibration. 12. Raluca, "How Intuition Works," Intuition Ways Blog, February 18, 2016, accessed November 2017, how-intuition-works-backed-by-science. Cyndi Dale is an internationally renowned author, speaker, and intuitive consultant. Her popular books include The Subtle Body Coloring Book: Learn Energetic Anatomy (Sounds True, 2017), Subtle Energy Techniques (Llewellyn Publications, 2017), Llewellyn's Complete Book of Chakras (Llewellyn Publications, 2016), The Intuition Guidebook: How To Safely and Wisely Use Your Sixth Sense (Deeper Well Publishing, 2011), Energetic Boundaries: How to Stay Protected and Connected in Work, Love, and Life (Sounds True, 2011), The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy (Sounds True, 2009), and The Complete Book of Chakra Healing (Llewellyn Publications, 2009), as well as nearly 20 additional books. To learn more about Dale and her products, services, and classes, please visit Cyndi Dale is accepting a limited number of students for her apprenticeship program February 22–October 28, 2018: "Develop Your Magical, Mysterious, and Miraculous Spiritual Gifts." Massage & Bodywork readers can use code CDABMP to receive $250 off an individual registration price. For more information, visit

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