Thorax Region: Emotion / Energetic
Emotional disconnection leaves an individual with only limited ability to experience and express a wide variety of emotions. The individual may or may not have opinions they wish to express. Alternately, they may be enamored with logical analysis, enjoy “clever” humor with little connection to joy or mirth, and converse in great detail about topics even well after the audience’s interest has waned.
Even those individuals who come to recognize the absence of feeling and wish to choose risk over the “safety” of emotional disconnect have difficulty getting in touch with the very feelings that could enable progress through the
grieving process and healing. Emotional disconnect may result from abuse, fear of rejection or ridicule,
repeated experiences of feeling rejected by significant people in their lives, emotional pain, disappointment, or any situation entailing overwhelming emotions. The emotional shut down acts as a protection from the chronic or
mounting stress the individual would otherwise experience.
Physical manifestations may occur in the throat area such as a sore throat, laryngitis, sinus problems, thyroid problems, stiff neck muscles, and difficulty swallowing. Multiple-personality issues may also be evident.
The release of the stress that blocks emotions may be aided by actively seeking to experience emotions through the enjoyment of physical activity or entertainment which helps the individual to identify with their emotions through others. The release is usually a welcome relief as the individual has likely moved beyond the stressful situation, acquired better coping abilities, and healthier perceptions for dealing with the world. Releasing is often followed by the final steps of the grieving process that includes sadness, acceptance, and the ensuing peace.
Emotional Integration restores the person to a more complete sense of self awareness and understanding of feelings and the ability to express them. Emotions now more easily pervade all modalities (thinking, acting, feeling, etc.) and connections with others become deeper, more richly rewarding, and easier to form.
An individual may experience stress in this area when they have not grieved the disappointments and losses of relationships and life experiences. These may be conscious or subconscious, emotional or experiential. As this stress
increases, the subconscious attempts to suppress it. In the process, it blocks the capacity for compassion and acceptance especially towards oneself. This results in self criticism in an attempt to gain (self) acceptance by focusing on
the perceived “bad” or unacceptable aspects of the self with the aim of fixing or eliminating them.
Healthy grieving may occur naturally as the person gets in touch with his or her emotions and increased compassion results. If the individual has blamed past negative experiences on others, forgiveness becomes an important part of letting go.