Thursday, April 16, 2009

What is Energy Psychology?

I have had a few people ask me recently what energy psychology is and what the different forms are.  I remembered getting the newsletter below several ago and felt that this would answer those questions much quicker than me doing that research.  No, I am not being lazy, just wanting to answer the question as quickly and as thoroughly as possible.  As a student of Robert Najemy myself, I find his way of explaining things very easy to understand and then to apply. 

There are two parts to this article and I will post part two tomorrow which has some resource and reference links.  If you have any questions about any of the methods mentioned here, please let me know and if I do not have the answer I will get it for you!

In the last 35 years a number of new forms of psychotherapy have become very popular among psychologists, psychiatrists, doctors and many other professionals and even non-professionals who work with human emotional, mental, physical and spiritual harmony.

Just a few of these methods are:
     TFT - Thought Field Therapy
     EFT - Emotional Freedom Techniques
     BSFF - Be Set Free Fast
     TAT - Tapas Acupressure Technique
     EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.
     WHEE - Wholistic Hybrid of EFT and EMDR
     Sedona Method
     Freeze Frame - from the Hearth Math Institute
     Ho'oponopono - from the Spiritual teachers of Hawaii

These methods generically are called "Energy Psychology" and regardless of their different approaches have some of the following aspects in common.
     Note: For the purpose of this explanation, I will be avoiding using the words patient or client, and will refer to the person receiving emotional, mental, physical or spiritual support as the "recipient". For some of you that will mean your patient, your client, your friend or relative or your self.
1. These methods, as a rule, generate quicker and often deeper results than classical psychotherapy, based solely on discussion and analysis.

2. Most can be employed by the recipient, offering temporary, and in many cases, permanent freedom from disturbing thoughts, emotions and their psychosomatic effects on his or her body and life.

3. Analysis and discussion are, of course, used initially in order to identify the present and past stimuli, events, situations, thoughts, beliefs and emotions that are causing the person's present discomfort.

4. We then explain what we will be doing and why and what the recipients role and responsibility are in this process.

5. We explain the concept of SUD - Subject Units of Disturbance, in which the recipient is asked to focus on the emotional or physical disturbance and evaluate it from 0 to 10, where 0 means there is no disturbance at all and 10 means that it is extremely high. In this way, we develop the ability to objectivify the disturbance as something separate from ourselves and have a sense of how much in increases or decreases or whether the problem exists at all.

6. In most methods the first step is to help the recipient accept whatever he or she is feeling. Acceptance is basic for freeing up the energy for change. Some methods incorporate an affirmation such as "even though I have this (__________ specific emotion or problem), I love and accept myself." This is done because recipients may feel ashamed or angry at themselves for the feelings they have. Some tend to suppress or ignore their emotions. All energy psychology methods are based on the first step of coming into direct contact with emotional disturbance, accepting that it exists and then working with directly with it as an energy pattern in our energy system. This directly refutes the fears that such methods, might cover up emotions or divert us form them. The opposite happens. The individual is asked to focus as much as possible on the emotion or disturbance in the present moment. The same technique used in the therapy session can be used by the individual alone at home or other environments.

7. The second step is to be willing to let go of the emotion or disturbance. This is not always the case. Many recipients have a subconscious need to hold on to the pain, anger or problem for various reasons that are discussed in detail in the book Free To be Happy with Energy Psychology.

8. Having established at least a partial understanding and acceptance of what we feel and also of ourselves as the creators and owners of those emotions, and a willingness to also let go of what we are feeling, we are ready for the next steps. (Notice that a willingness to let go does not mean to ignore, hate, reject, fight or destroy what we feel, but simply to let it go - as we let go of an object we are holding in our hands. We stop holding on to it.)

9. We then focus directly on the emotional or physical disturbance created by that "learned reaction" to that particular stimulus, such as an event, an interaction, a situation, an idea or even a thought in our mind about the past or future. It might even be the result of chemical or hormonal changes. We can imagine that each particular emotion or state of mind is a habituated "energy structure", which was learned in the past and reproduces itself whenever our older programmed brain synapses are activated creating the message that we are in "danger". In spite of our conscious beliefs, logic and wisdom, we are forced by these habituated energy fields created by our outdated, but certainly active, programmings, to feel anxiety, fear, hurt, anger, guilt and the repercussions of these emotional disturbances on our bodies, minds, relationships and happiness. This is especially true when we subconsciously or consciously believe that our security, self-worth, freedom or pleasures are in danger.

Continued in next issue.
by Robert Elias Najemy

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