For the past two years, Lake County has made the national news filling TV screens with the fiercest fires in California’s recent history. We were edgy and nervous when, this summer, we started getting red flag warnings of conditions for highest risk of fires. We did have a few, but nothing like what swept through Santa Rosa and Sonoma/Napa Valleys in unprecedented devastation. I have no doubt PTSD was being triggered in Lake County residents as they watched entire neighborhoods disappearing in yellow, orange, and smoke.
Now the rains have come, and the cold snap of autumn, with people relocating, mopping up, and deciding where to go from here. If you’re one of those, or if you simply have anxiety, fear, or paralysis of will in what you’re facing, I’d like to share a few techniques that can help you regain your emotional balance and release the terrors that can steal your sleep and haunt your dreams.
CANCELLING THE NOISE
Dr. George Goodheart, father of Applied Kinesiology, said past trauma can be like a tape recorder with the volume turned down. You don’t consciously hear it, but its always there, playing in the background. And when something even remotely like your original trauma happens, it triggers the emotions and the volume is suddenly blaringly loud, re-traumatizing you once more.
However, just as there are Delete buttons on electronic devices, there are Erase points on the body. The simplest one to use is the Governing Vessel (GV for short), the master meridian that runs from between your eyebrows, over the top of your head, down your back and down past your tailbone. It affects all the nerves that come out of the spine, and all the meridians in your body. Even treating part of it will work, just as a leaf falling into a river upstream will be carried along by its current. If you stroke this meridian, you will be changing its energy, so be sure your intention is to replace the negative emotion with a positive one before you begin.
Here’s what you do:
1. With the palm of your hand, stroke from between your eyebrows, straight up your forehead, over the top and down the back of your head to the base of your skull. Think of it as brushing your hair back. Use comfortable pressure. It should be soothing, not irritating
2. Replace the negative emotion with its opposite—like noise-cancelling headphones. If you’re feeling anxiety, speak peace into your GV. If you’re feeling fear, serenity. You will know what you need. You can’t do it wrong.
3. About 10 passes should do it. That will help in case it’s inherited. With the fires, I realized I had not only carried the terror of a fire from my childhood, but my mother’s two fire traumas from her childhood. After I finished the passes, I no longer reacted to the TV updates with anxiety that kept me from being able to go to sleep.
EYE MOVEMENT FOR NEUROLOGICAL RESET
There’s a strong connection between your eyes and your brain. These eye movements not only help reset you neurologically, they also help your eyes by exercising the muscles so you don’t become myopic from shortened eye muscles resulting from hours of looking at something the same focal length away day after day. Do each pattern 4 times. Move your eyes, not your head.
1. Look to the left, then to the right, each time looking as far in that direction as possible.
2. Look up and down—again, as far each way as possible.
3. Look diagonally upper left to lower right.
4. Look diagonally upper right to lower left.
5. Roll eyes clockwise. This one is the hardest movement. You may notice some restriction and your circle may be lopsided. Note that area. It represents uneven muscle tension. If you stretch gently as you roll your eyes, this should eventually get better.
5. Roll your eyes counterclockwise, noting areas of tension or restricted movement and working those a little more to help even out muscle pull.
6. Point your index finger up in front of your face, about half an arm’s length. Move it at a moderate speed left to right and back, following with your eyes.
7. With your head level, look down at the floor, then to a slow count of six, raise them upward to the ceiling.
These eye movements are a good way to relax while you’re working on your computer. You can make it a habit of doing some of them while waiting for a download or thinking of what you need to do next. They will help you save your sight, and that’s a blessing all by itself!
For me, the worst part of the traumas of my life has been the feeling of being trapped by them. When I learned there was something I could do about them, and that it was thorough and final, it changed almost everything, including how I saw my future. I used these techniques and others to release the traumas of my seventy years, and I’m the healthiest I have ever been, especially emotionally. May this be the start of something wonderful for you as well. You are not stuck in or with your traumas. God has given us electromagnetic erasers in the palms of our hands. How convenient is that!
Of course, there’s a lot more on this subject. I recommend “The Emotion Code” by Dr. Bradly Nelson as an excellent resource in energy release techniques. It’s not placebo. It even works on animals and babies!