Inside each of us is an innate system measuring what it perceives to be safe or dangerous. This parallel innerverse is what we know to be the subconscious mind. It’s evaluating our past, our present, and predicting the future so that it can send information to the conscious mind to create action or inaction.
Every aspect of our lives is influenced by the subconscious mind without judgment or criticism, without reason or logic. It simply IS.
Everything you’ve ever experienced is recorded within the subconscious mind. As you navigate new experiences; physical, mental, or emotional, the subconscious mind cross references these past experiences.
Oftentimes, this cross referencing will link numerous experiences together. It views these experiences as being the same or similar enough and will produce a similar or different outcome depending on how you were able to respond previously.
However, if we try to look at these experiences with logical thought processing we will often have difficulty understanding how the subconscious mind would find them to be similar. We need to understand and accept that emotion does not equal logic. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to the subconscious and its creation of neuroemotional connections between past experiences and physical manifestations.
A physical manifestation.
Most humans don’t understand how mental and emotional issues can have anything to do with our physical manifestation of pain. It’s not a topic that is widely discussed or accepted in society so may not be something that you have come across in your social circles.
Stress externalizes itself and can cause unconscious behaviors that lead to physical health issues such as fatigue, brain fog, gut issues, muscle tension, sleep disorders, and many more. These physical manifestations have been well documented and linked to stress.
Physical manifestations can develop emotional connections and emotional connections can develop physical manifestations. It’s an infinite loop of poor processing that can be detrimental in some cases.
Still having difficulty processing this concept? Can you think of a time when you were in pain for days, weeks, or months on end? Were you angry that your lifestyle was interrupted? Did you go through a period of depression or have increased anxiety? Did family or friends remark how ‘different’ you were during that time period?
Let’s experience how this works in your body right now by doing a quick sensory activity. Imagine a situation where you are incredibly angry, worried, or grieving. Can you feel the tension spread through your body? Can you feel your temperature rise? Can you feel your stomach become increasingly upset as you get more anxious, worried, or filled with anxiety? Does your chest ache? Does your throat become restricted? Are your shoulders up around your ears?
All of these are examples of how emotions and physical feelings or sensations are intimately connected.
As pain science continues to explore aspects of what pain means, could mean, and how we humans process pain, it has become very clear that much of our physical pain can be linked to our mental and emotional well-being through a vast neuromatrix.
A Neuroemotional deep dive.
Neuroemotional work communicates with the subconscious mind to focus on the body where Talk Therapy focuses on the psyche. Therapies of this nature bring a stillness to the mind and create a profound effect on how we feel within our body, encouraging completeness.
In my office we have two ways of addressing this connection. One way involves the person being a very active participant. We use indicator muscle testing, a direct line of questioning to guide the experience, eye vectors to stimulate specific processing or holding areas of the brain, and organ energetics found in TCM meridian therapies.
The other is done in a more relaxed state and likened to a guided meditation for pain relief and healing. Both methods often lead to great insight and understanding going forward even though neither require verbal communication or evaluation of these feelings or experiences.
While this type of therapy is called by many different names and may include numerous variations of protocols, the guiding principle is the same; discover the emotional interference that is creating a physical manifestation and negate the improper processing.
This subconscious parallel innerverse is there to guide us and protect us, but it can create numerous problems in the process. As with all things, the less interference present in the Systems as a whole creates an environment for optimal processing and healing.