Emotional Body, Physical Body
Part I: The Emotion-Body Connection: What Are You Feeling Now? (The Answer Could Save Your Life)
By Dr. Bryan Mallindine, MA, MBA, MHerb, CPA, CA, CPCM, PhD
Note: This is one of a series of six articles on the relationship between the emotional body and the physical body.
What are you feeling right now?
Please consider taking a moment to think about this question.
In Pixar’s 2015 blockbuster movie “Inside Out,” five animated emotions help govern young Riley, who is having trouble adjusting to a new city. Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler) says to her fellow emotions including Anger (Lewis black), “Come on, group hug! You too, Anger!” “Don’t touch me,” Anger yells.
What are you feeling? Anger? Joy? Fear? Disgust? Sadness? Love? Jealousy? How are you feeling now?
There is no right answer to this question, whatever you think about emotions. There is no “right” or “wrong” when it comes to emotion. If you’re feeling angry because someone cut you off in traffic and this reminded you that you don’t feel respected, you might stuff your emotion. Anger isn’t the most pleasant emotion, and society/workmates/family members/friends constantly advise us to calm down. As Mark Twain said, “When angry, count four. When very angry, swear.”
Anger doesn’t just manifest as throwing things or swearing. As “Inside Out” proves, emotions wear many guises and have nuances. We aren’t aware of the shades of sadness that range from simply feeling blue about the rain to that grief over a lost loved one that lingers two years after a loss. Many people I’ve worked with don’t recognize their own emotional range or that “Everything is Emotional”.
Instead, many times we know something is wrong but can’t identify it. We have a good job, family, financial security, social connections, and a community. Still, something is missing.
Perhaps something from your past bothers you—a childhood disappointment, a lost love, lost job, and so on. Perhaps it’s a dream you pursued and failed to realize. All you know is that you feel a sense of lack.
So, let’s return to the question at the beginning of this article: What are you feeling right now?
If the answer eludes you, let’s look at any health concerns you have:
There is a direct connection between your emotions and the headache/backache/broken bones/lupus you may be struggling with. Emotions affect everything.
The word emotion comes from the Latin “emovere,” which means, “to move energy out of”. As my columns have discussed, especially my introduction to quantum medicine, everything is energy. Energy is neither created nor destroyed. When we don’t allow ourselves to feel an emotion, it doesn’t disappear. Rather, it puts down roots and moves into one organ or other in our body. When we express emotion honestly, it can “move” us, and others, in dynamic and miraculous ways. However, when you “stuff” emotions such as sadness because you are afraid of being vulnerable, the emotion decides to unpack its baggage and make a nuisance of itself until you acknowledge it. Illness and physical pain can result—this is what we mean by the emotional body. Unfortunately, religion, science, and other dogmas teach that the emotional body and the physical body live apart.
Like love and marriage in Frank Sinatra’s song, your physical body and emotional body go together like a horse and carriage. You can’t have one without the other, no matter how we as a species try to separate them.
When you love someone, you send out a powerful energy signal, consciously or not. When you hate, the same energy goes out. In either case, the energy also goes out into your body and becomes physical. You’ve heard that hatred destroys. It’s the truth. Emotions can destroy. Emotions can contribute to illness. Conversely, emotions can create our bliss.
The intent here is not to judge “good” or “bad” emotions. Social conditioning, family of origin, and past lives all send us (often unintentionally) messages about which emotions are good and which we disown. In psychology, Jung called these traits our shadow—whatever the conscious mind rejects. Note that I said conscious mind. Thinkers such as V.S. Ramachandran and Leonard Mlodinow teach us that the subconscious mind rules our choices 95 percent of the time.
If this seems bizarre, think of driving home from work today. Did you do it without thinking about it? Did you arrive home and not remember the drive home? Your subconscious is your co-pilot, and quite often the captain of your soul. It also contains many trapped emotions.
So, one more time: What are you feeling right now?
The answer may save your life.
In the next article, I’ll show you how emotions can make you ill, and where specific emotions such as anger, fear and joy reside in the body. We’ll also explore what conditions arise from specific trapped emotions.
Until then, remember two things:
- “Always speak how you feel and never apologize for being real.”
- “We are a spiritual being in a chemical body, electrically stimulated and emotionally controlled.”
- “If you don’t feel, you are not real.”
- “You can heal what you feel.”
- How are you feeling now? There is no wrong answer—including “angry”.
- Many people I’ve worked with don’t realize the many forms emotion can take, or that we have subconscious emotions.
- Emotion can show up as a sense that something is lacking, even if everything may be “perfect”.
- Trapped emotions can manifest as medical conditions.
- Emotions affect everything.
- You have an emotional body as well as a physical body, and no matter what dogma says, they are inseparable.
- When you love or hate, you send out powerful emotional signals into your energy field.
- We disown the parts of our emotions we think are unacceptable. These emotions reside in what psychologist Carl Jung called “the shadow”.
- Our subconscious largely rules us, and 95 percent of our emotional/mental activity happens in the subconscious.
- Always speak how you feel and never apologize for being real.
- We are a spiritual being in a chemical body, electrically stimulated and emotionally controlled.
- If you don’t feel, you aren’t real.
- You can heal what you feel.
Bryan Mallindine Bio: Dr. Bryan Mallindine, MA, MBA, MHerb, CPA, CA, CPCM, PhD, is President and CEO of the world's leading portal of Quantum Medicine and has been featured on Discovery Channel’s Health Heroes. Who’s Who in the World. Bryan was awarded Californium a Business Person of the Year in 2006. Born in Canada, he has resided in four continents. Bryan currently lives in California and in Lago di Lugano, Switzerland and is relocating back to Bermuda. Besides having worked with injured US veterans, Bryan has held senior executive positions in Fortune 500 companies, hosted a radio talk show (BrYan's Entrepreneurial Edge), chaired a department at University of California San Diego and has lectured at several international universities. A single father, he coached hockey and power skating. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask him about his work in Quantum Medicine, photobiomodulation. quantum biofeedback, brain herbs, laser therapy, and life path coaching.