The ability to fully feel your emotions can improve your health, and conversely unresolved emotional traumas can create the majority of health issues. Without a question, emotional traumas need to be dealt with.
In order to fully resolve what has happened to you in the past, you need a healthy way to express whatever got stuffed down at the time of the event.
If you’re like most people, the idea of sharing your “dirty laundry” with others may sound very uncomfortable. We prefer to believe that we’ve got our ducks in a row and soldier on regardless especially when the going gets tough.
Unfortunately your unexpressed emotions don’t just go away, and the idea that different diseases might stem from suppressed trauma and undigested emotions is increasingly confirmed by science.
Fortunately there is a healthy way to release any suppressed emotions and allow your body to start it’s own natural healing process. One of the most practical, accessible and well known methods for healing emotional and physical trauma in the body is the Journey Process pioneered by Brandon Bays.
The Journey Process started from personal healing
The Journey Process was developed by the mind-body healing expert Brandon Bays over 20 years ago and today there are thousands of practitioners worldwide. It arose from a wake up call Brandon got at the age of 39 when she was diagnosed with a tumour the size of a basketball.
It forced her to stop, look within, meet her previous emotional traumas creating her health condition and come to a place of forgiveness. This opened to door for her body’s natural healing ability to occur and she healed completely and naturally from the tumour in only six-and-a-half weeks’ time.
At the time of Brandon’s healing, using The Journey Process, the work and findings of Deepak Chopra were very important to her. He was studying the link between emotional memories stored in the body’s cells and illness. Brandon believes that these suppressed memories cause blockages that can lead to both emotional and physical issues.
“Some people come to the Journey with allergies, tumors… Others come with rage, depression or simply feel that something is missing from their lives,” says Brandon.
Eugiene Kellie from Harper’s magazine tried the Journey Process for the first time
We all like to think we’ve got our ducks in a row, so when I contacted Sydney-based Journey Practitioner Sharon Turton for an appointment, I was worried I wouldn’t have any issues to work on. Turton told me to mull it over during the week leading up to our appointment and see what presents itself.
I’m weirdly on edge when our scheduled 9am session rolls around. I park my car outside her house, located in dense bushland deep in Sydney’s northern suburbs, and suddenly I’m gripped by the most ridiculous need to phone a co-worker, barking instructions to call the police if I’m not back in the office by lunchtime.
But my fears that Turton will be weird or a tad “Kumbaya” dissipate the moment she opens her front door. She’s bordering on North Shore housewife, if anything — gentle and softly spoken.
She takes me to a studio overlooking a forested valley, sits me down and hands me a box of tissues: an ominous sign of things to come.
“Close your eyes and relax deeply,” she instructs. It starts to get a bit New Age-y when she tells me to “surrender into my essence”, but her voice lulls me into a relaxing place, where I get the oddest sensation that time is standing still.
She tells me I’ve come to the top of a set of 10 stairs, guiding me to walk down into “Boundless, vastness”, where there’s a door. I “walk” through it and she tells me to meet my mentor – someone I trust. I choose my grandmother, and we’re asked to hop into a magical vehicle.
The vehicle stops and I’m told I’ve arrived back at a moment in time. A childhood memory flashes up. I’m eight years old and standing outside my uncle’s holiday house, my cousin reprimanding me for stealing his bike, leaning into my older sister in typical annoying middle-child mode.
My mother is in the background, tsk-tsking at me for being a brat (justified, I’m afraid), exasperated sighs all around.
Using this moment, Sharon works with me, and I see my family dynamics, and likely sources for my perfectionist tendencies — and the repercussions of that for those close to me.
I immediately think of my poor husband, who just doesn’t get worked up like I do about the shade of white paint we’ve used on our walls.
The session gets teary at times, especially when Sharon tells me to imagine my younger self, my present-day self and my mentor together around a campfire where we all get to speak out our truth. She then guides me back up the set of stairs and into the present.
Whoosh. Three hours have passed in a flash. “Our conscious mind, which carries our desires and intentions, is only in control about 5 per cent of the time, when we are in the moment,” says Sharon.
“If we’re in the thinking mind, worrying about the future, or if we’re mulling over the past, that’s when the conscious mind defaults to the subconscious realm, which runs the show 95 per cent of the time. It holds our programming and beliefs, most of which we took onboard as children … Even though we may really ‘put out’ for something we desire, we sabotage ourselves if our subconscious programming is full of negative self-talk. The scary part is we may not be aware of these patterns as they are so deeply wired in our subconscious.”
This is why we’ve all had those moments when we hear our mother’s voice coming out of our mouths, harping on at our husbands/partners, complaining that Dulux Vivid White would have been far preferable to Dulux Natural White. Maybe it’s time to nip that one in the bud!
How to resolve emotional trauma with the Journey Process?
1. Relax you don’t need to have a “problem” to deal with. Just be open and trust whatever shows up in the guided process.
2. There’s nothing to be afraid of – Journey practitioners are regular people just like you who have done this work themselves, know the huge benefit of it and trained so they can share this with others.
3. Before starting the process, you visit the bathroom, make yourself as comfortable as possible, have some tissues to hand.
4. When the practitioner begins guiding you through, relax, have no expectations about how it looks or should look like. Let yourself go and surrender to your essence. Let the practitioner guide you to a place of relaxation (you are not hypnotized!)
5. The Practitioner will guide you down through some emotional layers, may be asking you to describe how things look or feel, then ask you to imagine a campfire where any arising issue can be addressed.
6. Please know tears are normal, they are healing, simply let the practitioner guide you into ‘Source’.
7. Take time after the process to integrate what took place.
The process allows you to access your unconscious mind that is in control 95% of the time when you are in the moment. The other 5% is in control only when we are worrying about the future or mulling over the past. So even when you really desire something, subconscious judgement or negative self-talk about why we can’t or shouldn’t have it can occur and negate our wishes.
To experience the Journey and learn more about it, try The Journey Coming Home online community. Each month we address different aspects of life, uncovering blocks and fears that are holding you back.