Thursday, October 31, 2013

What Does Emotional Trauma Have To Do With Weight Loss And Insulin Resistance?

October 31, 2013

In case you haven’t already noticed, a lot of weight issues have an emotional component, either large or small.  You don’t have to spend a lot of time in therapy to turn many of these issues around.  Some of the most common core issues that need to be addressed are:

·         Feeling safe while having a thin body/being attractive
·         Believing that you deserve to be healthy and attractive
·         Believing that it is possible for you to be healthy and attractive in spite of family history or expectations, low self-esteem, etc.

When I am helping people with this work, I use MRT* and intuition to pinpoint the limiting belief(s) that are keeping them unhealthy, and to trace these beliefs back to their origin.  Once I have some of that information, I draw from three or four techniques to change their limiting belief(s) so they can move forward with the life they want.  These techniques work by helping a person to process the trauma(s) that created these beliefs from a safer, more informed place than where they were when those beliefs got “stuck” somewhere in their subconscious mind.

The Legacy of Trauma
People are often surprised at the other positive changes that occur when they release a trauma for weight loss, insulin resistance, financial success, relationship issues, etc.  However, when you consider that the trauma just released, and the emotions attached to it, have been circulating in their body for a long time, you realize that a myriad of energy channels could have become blocked over time—and cleared when the trauma was finally released.  Imagine the possibilities when someone releases a trauma that created the belief that they do not deserve the good things life has to offer!

Early life experiences create a “colored” lens through which we view the rest of our lives.  Traumatic experiences frequently create a “fear colored” lens that makes everything we see look frightening.  One example could be of a girl who was sexually abused, who then believes that keeping herself unattractive and “insulated” by extra weight will protect her from more assaults.  Another example could be of a person who has been rejected or abandoned early in life, who then keeps himself so busy with work that there is no time or opportunity to develop a close relationship. 

The conscious mind may not remember the trauma at all, or may downplay it, and have no idea of the belief that was formed because of it.  The subconscious mind does remember the trauma, makes a judgment about it based on its frame of reference (remember the “colored” lens it is looking through), and faithfully goes about its job of protecting the person from future traumas – or so it believes.

The Release of Trauma
There are a number of theories on how trauma is processed and what happens when it is not, and we certainly see many examples of what can happen when extreme trauma is locked up inside a troubled mind.  The examples of suicides and mass murders are extreme, but becoming all too common.  Seemingly more relevant to our everyday lives are examples of self-sabotage in our eating habits and in pursuit of our dreams of success in our chosen fields.  “I know I should . . . but I just can’t follow through” is a frequent comment from such diverse individuals as a frustrated entrepreneur, a student, an author or a homemaker.  Whether sitting at home, too depressed to act, or signing up for more programs and classes that will surely be the key they need, success eludes them because they are programmed for something else.

For all of these people, finding and releasing the trauma(s) that bind them will allow them to move forward with greater confidence and peace of mind.  Affirmations are great, but when they are competing with prior programming for failure, success often remains out of reach.  Reprogram the subconscious mind with the possibility of success, whether it be financial, health, relationships, career, etc., then add those same affirmations, and you can finally be on your way to wherever you choose!

May you find the path to your success!

*Muscle Response Testing – from Applied Kinesiology

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