There is no way out but through.
When first placing focused attention on the heart, sometimes unexpected emotional reactions might occur. Emotions provide vital clues to issues that may be in need of attention. We may not have fully processed past emotional situations, whether from childhood or last week, and they can become stored in our bodies, both energetically and physically.
Intellectual knowledge or awareness alone does not necessarily resolve emotional issues. Past traumas can sometimes hold a powerful influence over our behavior and choices.
Placing attention on the heart can bring these emotions to the surface, providing an excellent opportunity to release the emotions. Calling upon your neutral inner observer when this occurs can be very useful. It is important to allow yourself to feel whatever emotions arise while witnessing from a neutral space.
It is not necessary to explain or justify the emotions with a story from the past; analysis can be saved for later. As you feel the emotions, simply say to yourself, “Let Go,” and imagine the emotions are being released. Releasing emotional trauma can provide clarity so that you can address the original source of a problem, if necessary.
More extreme trauma may necessitate third-party assistance from a practitioner. Practices such as hypnosis, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) or breathwork can be useful for some. These are some of the methods of assisting the subject into a hypnagogic state, similar to brainwave entrainment using audio technology. In this more expanded state, suppressed memories more easily come to the surface, allowing them to be processed and examined from a fresh, more objective perspective — and, ultimately, released.
Always remember to generate a feeling of gratitude when entering your practice. If unexpected emotions arise, observe from a neutral space while allowing yourself to feel whatever arises and imagine that it is being released. Continue with your practice and save analysis for later entry in your journal.
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer