Emotional Release Technique – Part Two: How to Use the Emotional Release Technique
This is part two of a two-part series on the Emotional Release Technique.
If you’ve already read, Emotional Release Technique – Part One: What is the Emotional Release Technique?, you have a general idea of the theory behind the technique and what the technique is used for, and now, I’m happy to present you the actual technique.
The Emotional Release Technique is one of the most simple tools to learn and to use, but don’t let its simplicity fool you, it is effective and it can be very powerful.
While you’ll find that the instructions are quite simple, you’ll also find that the more you work with the technique, the more awareness you’ll have of its effectiveness.
To begin using the Emotional Release Technique, find a quiet time and a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed for at least 20 minutes. Most releases take much less time than this, but you may hit on a big one and find that it can take a bit more time and you don’t want to be interrupted or distracted during this time.
From that quiet place, spend a few minutes just relaxing your mind, relaxing your body through a quick progressive relaxation, and set the intention of your release session. Your intention can about a particular emotional issue that is bothering you, or just a general sense of being stuck, or you can also set an intention of allowing your higher and wiser self to choose what comes up and would be beneficial for you to release.
Next, place your hand over your heart, and make an intention phrase instructing your body to release the emotions of your intention into your hand. Your intention phrase would be something such as “Releasing this emotion of _______ into my hand” or “Releasing this stuck energy into my hand”.
It’s important to note that the focus is on the release of the emotion, rather than the thought of the emotion, and one way to keep your focus directed on the emotion is to repeat your intention phrase, either silently or aloud, at a rate that feels right for you, at a rate that keeps your focus on the emotion. For some, this may mean repeating the intention phrase over and over, and, for others, this may mean repeating it only a few times.
You may feel a surge or a trickle of energy releasing into your hand immediately, you may feel a surge or a trickle of energy beginning to release a little further along, or you may feel nothing at all.
All of these feelings are just fine, even the feeling of nothing at all. Feeling nothing at all doesn’t necessarily mean that you aren’t releasing energy, it may just be that you are not yet attuned to the feeling of energy being released.
Some people report a feeling of heat in their hand as the emotions are being released, others never feel this. Again, whatever you feel is fine.
You may get a feeling of your hand being full during your session. When this happens, I like to give my hand a little shake (as if shaking off the heaviness) and then replace it back over the Heart Center.
Some people also like to keep a bowl of salt water (a bowl of water with 1 to 2 tbsp. of salt) nearby to dip their hand in when it feels like it’s getting full, and also because they consider the released emotions to be toxic (salt water is said to dissolve toxicity).
Making a bowl of water isn’t always convenient, so I keep a squirt bottle with a salt water mixture nearby. I don’t always use it during my session, but I do always perform a quick rinse of my hand once I am finished with a session. (If you go the squirt bottle way, be aware of where the salt water is spraying as it can leave quite a mess once it dries. I use it over a sink whenever possible, or if that isn’t possible, I make sure to wipe up the spray once I am finished.)
End your release session when you no longer feel any symptoms of releasing.
Now, for those who aren’t feeling any symptoms to begin with, just give yourself a good 10 or 15 minutes, and if you’re still not feeling anything, go ahead and end your session. You’ll begin to have more awareness of the feelings the more you use the technique.
That’s about it. As you can see, I leave a lot of room for individual preferences and adjustments here. There really is no one specific way to do this. Although releasing into the hand is a proven method, you could use this technique and send your emotions from your Heart Center into a bucket across the room if you chose to do so and it would still be effective… as long as the intention is there.
And that right there is your key to the entire process… your intention. Set your intention from the beginning, maintain your intention throughout the session, and adjust everything else, as needed.
Note: While it’s always advised to consult a professional when it comes to deeper traumas, and if you’re dealing with a deeper trauma, this is my advice as well, the Emotional Release Technique can be used in self-care for relief from less traumatic emotional causes and it’s a very simple technique to learn and to use.
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