Your emotions are your profound compass in life. And emotional triggers could well be hiding behind your IBS.
Through them you know what is good for you, what goes towards what your heart desires – and what crosses over your boundaries and goes against your values and beliefs.
What we do with emotions
People who are sensitive are very in tune with their emotions and feel them deeply. Sometimes so deeply it becomes uncomfortable. Others learn to disconnect from unwanted feelings and push them aside.
It is not the emotions themselves that cause us problems, it’s what we do with them.
In our Western culture we learn from an early age which emotions are allowed and accepted, and which are not. For example, expressing “positive” emotions like happiness, joy, appreciation are valued. Whereas showing anger is frowned on.
We get the message these not so positive emotions are not socially acceptable. However we are not taught what we should do with them.
So we stuff them down inside us instead of accepting them and letting them go. And this makes them a wrong and unacceptable part of ourselves.
Dr Tal Schaller
On my journey to recovery, I came across Dr Tal Schaller, a Swiss holistic doctor. He had spent a great deal time researching how emotions can affect our well-being, and how stuffing down these feelings can cause disease.
In his excellent conference on managing emotions (in French), he pointed out how tribes he has visited, and untouched by our western social conditioning, have no stigma attached to emotions. They express their feelings fully, both physically and vocally – and they are very healthy. When they experience an emotion, they live it.
In the Western world, we are expected to express only the positive emotions we experience.
What happens to your emotions
Dr Tal Schaller points out that if we stuff down and disown any emotions, they stay lodged inside of us. Over time an accumulation of repressed feelings and associated negative energy can create physical problems.
For me this used to be a theory.
But to recover from IBS, I consciously went looking for those stuffed down emotions.
And I was nothing short of amazed at the result.
I identified my IBS triggers, then the roots behind those triggers, then released the emotions and the associated negative energy. I learnt various techniques to release these, and was blown away by the result.
No more IBS.
I found that IBS had been a warning signal all along, my body trying to get my attention.
The antedote to stuffing down and fearing emotions is this: Valuing your feelings and starting to pay attention to them. So you can notice the parts of your lives where you live in accordance to who you truly are – and the parts where you don’t.
If you learn to release emotional triggers, the irritation and imbalance in the physical body (aka your IBS symptoms) can start to subside and heal.8