Article by Reiki Master Brooke Chang
In spiritual/emotional healing practice, we observe, control, and release our thoughts within our Ego mind. Many practice Reiki, meditation, yoga, and mindfulness. The Ego mind can be sneaky, and can operate unconsciously outside of our control. This is particularly true during this unprecedented Coronavirus/Covid-19 Pandemic within our lifetime that is completely outside of our control.
The neurobiology of the brain unconsciously controls our physical responses within our bodies when we experience fear. Within the past five months, many have felt agitation, anxiety, insomnia, sleep disturbances, lethargy, malaise, fatigue, and roller coaster of emotions. When the Ego mind experiences fear, the sympathetic nervous system is stimulated unconsciously within our bodies when adrenaline, and cortisol stress hormones are released, also known as “Fight or Flight”. The brain’s emotional center, the Amygdala also is activated, and we no longer operate within the Prefrontal Cortex where rational thought, decision making, and moderation of social behavior occurs. For these reasons, we experienced the above symptoms.
In addition to these neurobiological responses, the Ego mind also comes into play. The Ego mind deals with fear and trauma through suppression, repression, or expression. Suppression is the conscious pushing down of feelings. Repression is the unconscious pushing down of feelings due to guilt, shame, or fear over these feelings. Expression is the vented, verbalized, stated in body language, group demonstrations, or dumping of negative feelings onto others.
The Ego mind uses denial and projection as part of its suppression, repression, and expression. Denial is used to avoid reality because it is outside of our control and too difficult to face. Projection is believing feelings we experience belong to others. The Ego mind then finds justifications to reinforce these projections. Blame is then placed on people, events, things, political and social conditions, etc. We blame the fear we experience as the fault of the government, politicians, the media, and justify this by pointing to the poor job of our government, and inconsistent media coverage, etc.
In fact, this fear is within us caused by repressed and suppressed fears from earlier in our life, and the current viral pandemic is merely a trigger of this fear within. One way of determining where the fear or negative emotion lies is by observing who is reacting to the situation. For example, if a disagreement arises between two people, observe who is upset, yelling, melting down, and acting out. Whoever is reacting negatively, the fear or other negative emotions lies within them. The disagreement is only a trigger and that individual’s Ego mind’s justification to release these negative emotions.
This is why spiritual/emotional healing practice is so critical during this viral pandemic, and why we must be vigilant in observing our Ego mind and its reactions to what is truly happening within us. Healing begins within us, and when we become aware of what is really happening, we can help our world and country heal their divisions and conflicts.
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