Choosing an Emotional Release Technique 

Emotional release techniques can work wonders for healing emotions and painful thoughts getting in the way of your happiness and well-being. The memories you heal can be very recent or go back over 50 years.

Most of the popular techniques work well, so you do not have to worry about choosing just the right one. Experiment to find which methods you enjoy and what works best for your  in the moment and long standing emotional charges. It will serve you well to have a variety of techniques in your tool kit. At different times and with different circumstances you will find yourself resonating with one method over another.

Negative, painful emotions that serve only to torment you and keep you in a state of stress cause harm not only to your mental health, but your physical health as well. You cannot enjoy optimal holistic wellness while damaging stress hormones keep you physically and mentally in fright fight mode. Healing mode requires a relaxed, calm mind and body.

When dealing with emotional pain and stress, an emotional release technique can help you shift to better feeling thoughts by shifting negative thinking patterns and beliefs. It can free up stuck emotional energy in your body that keeps you in a loop of painful thoughts and distress. When you let go, and that energy is released, you are then free to use that energy for healing, creativity, and purpose.

Emotional Release Techniques

Below are just a few methods used for healing emotions and releasing stressful, painful thoughts. Experiment and find what works for you. Use them regularly to clear out old emotional pain and to deal with everyday emotional challenges. Read a summary of several techniques below. Some techniques are introduced in more detail on their own pages. Click on the following images to learn more.

Meridan Tapping and Energy Flow Techniques

Meridian Tapping and Energy Flow Techniques

ZPoint for Peace

ZPoint Process for Personal Peace

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The Emotional Freedom Technique

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Forgiving to Releasing the Past 

Choose shifting statements to feel better fast.

This simple, yet very effective, easy to learn, easy to use method comes to us compliments of Abraham-Hicks.

Shifting statements work well with negative feelings and emotions you are experiencing in the moment. They help you shift to a better feeling thought so you instantly feel better, which is your goal. With daily (or hourly) practice, this process will become almost automatic. As you shift to a better feeling thought, you quickly reduce the stress and limitations you were experiencing because of resistance to what is.

A better feeling thought can be as simple as changing your language from this situation is just terrible to all right, we have a challenge here.

 Lying to yourself will nowork. The new thought has to feel better than the old one, yet still ring true. Then, when possible,  reach for the next better feeling thought. Perhaps your challenge can now be seen as an opportunity.

One of my favorite shifting statements is one I learned from Abraham-Hicks.

You shift from your negative thought to Wouldn't it be nice if...? For example, instead of saying, I'm not going to eat any junk today because I'm getting fat (feel the stress and negativity?) I say, Wouldn't it be nice if I just ate healthy snacks today? 

Feels better, doesn't it?

As Esther Hicks says in the video below, "Find any reason to feel good."

Choose meridian tapping and energy flow techniques for in the moment and long standing painful thoughts.

These techniques are becoming increasingly popular because they can bring quick relief when dealing with emotional pain whether from yesterday or old past traumas.

  • The Emotional Freedom Technique is the most well-known of these methods. This is the first emotional release technique I learned, and it is still my personal favorite. I use it for healing emotions reaching back to my childhood, divorce trauma, and to more current limiting beliefs. The rule of thumb for EFT is to try it on everything.
  • The Personal Peace Procedure is an EFT process for shifting limiting beliefs, painful thoughts, and healing negative emotions. Simply take ten minutes or so and make a long list of 50 or more memories that still disturb you. No memory is too big or too small.  Rate the negative charge/feeling of each memory on a scale of 1-10, ten being terribly negative. Commit to using EFT or another emotional release technique on one or two memories a day until you are through with your list. Work with an experienced practitioner for any memories that are too difficult to bring down to zero by yourself.
  • The ZPoint Process for Peace is an effective, gentle, relaxing energy flow technique that is very nice as a guided process.

Practice Forgiveness for yourself and others.

Forgiveness is a great healer. It is sometimes included in other emotional release techniques. I don't know if you can really truly completely heal, physically or mentally, if you do not forgive. The past is gone. The only person you poison with lack of forgiveness is yourself.

Forgiveness is something you do for yourself. The chronic stress and energy drain of holding onto grudges and resentments, no matter how deserved you think they are, will eventually ruin your quality of life and your health.

Shift negative thoughts and emotions with gratitude.  

Gratitude may not sound like an emotional release technique, but it is actually quite effective alone or as part of another process. Catch your negative self-talk and quickly shift to thoughts of gratitude. You will be amazed at how much more peaceful you feel. If you are spiritually minded, you can pray something like this: Thank you for protecting me from that crazy driver. I am so grateful I am safe. OR I don't know why I have to experience this difficult situation, but thank you in advance for helping me through it and for all I will learn and how I will transform my life because of it. 

Try Hypnosis.

Stage antics aside, hypnosis can be an effective emotional release technique. It helps you relax so your subconscious mind accepts suggestions to release painful thoughts and limiting beliefs and to replace them with better feeling thoughts. Visit a certified hypnotherapist or use readily available audios created by a trusted source.

Send your negative, painful thoughts packing. 

Choose this simple, fun visualization to engage the child in you. Create and image that sends your negative feelings away. For example, imagine removing your negatives from your mind and body and stuffing them in a suitcase. Send them on a long trip, without you. Or turn them into a rocketship and launch them off. Give them a shape, texture, color and even a sound before releasing them. Engage your senses and a sense of humor if that appeals to you.  Bye, bye.

Meditate with the Core Energy Release Technique.

Do you enjoy guided meditation?  If so, you may enjoy the core energy release technique. It helps you let go of the energy of your limiting beliefs and negative emotions. It is a nice way to experience meditation and energy healing while dealing with emotional pain and thoughts that no longer serve your highest good. Try it here:

Keep in mind that releasing a lifetime of emotional pain, limiting beliefs and negative thinking habits is not something that you do once. Even when it only takes one time to release one specific memory, you may have many memories, feelings, and negative thinking patterns waiting to be addressed.

Use these emotional release techniques for emotional and mental healing. Used faithfull, they will help you release emotional pain and regularly and shift unproductive, painful thoughts. In time, you will enjoy a more positive mental attitude. You will have less stress and more joy and peace. You may even find yourself walking on the sunny side of the street.

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