In the 5 Levels model of healing, Third and Fourth level healing interventions can use the emotions as entry points to work with traumas that have a direct effect on our body’s ability to heal. These traumas, both conscious and unconscious, often correspond to specific organ systems that are adversely affected as a result.
For example, kidney and bladder issues will often manifest as a result of unresolved fear, lung symptoms will often go hand and hand with feelings of chronic grief. Stomach and gastrointestinal issues will often be connected to feelings of homelessness. These emotions will usually relate to circumstances that the patient is currently facing (or avoiding) in their actual day to day life, or to events that have come and gone, and yet are still lodged unconsciously in the psyche (and body) like a hidden wound waiting to be healed.
By working with a practitioner in this way the patient can follow these emotional pathways to the corresponding organ systems and have tremendous impact on their healing of chronic health.
The Liver and Anger: A Case Study
An example of this took place with a patient who began our session describing symptoms of fatigue and acid reflux. An initial A.R.T. scan with this patient’s primary physician showed blocking in the jaw, liver and gallbladder. When the body was asked to prioritize between the three, the liver stood out as the most important to work with. A Level 3 and Level 4 intervention such as Transomatic Dialogue or Family Constellation was recommended.
In our session we began by constructing the patient’s genogram (or family tree) and identifying any relationships in this family tree that were “stressed”. In this case these lines of stress were connecting from the patient to his father, and then to his father’s father. This suggested either unresolved conflicts currently existing between one, two, or all three of them, or a trauma that had been passed down epigenetically from one to the other, without their conscious awareness.
At this point we begin the Transomatic session, which is a modality that uses the body to access unresolved emotions and memories. By working directly with the liver we were able to reveal a feeling of repressed shame, fear, and grief. The patient recognized that they had been dismissing these emotions as a coping strategy to manage their illness since it had always been difficult to understand where they were coming from, and what value they possessed other than to simply make them feel uncomfortable.
In this particular case the patient had never fully allowed themselves to feel grief for a particular event in their life because it had made them feel weak and vulnerable, which was unacceptable. Getting angry and repressing that weakness became their natural response, leaving the grief to continue welling up within them, which over time, began to affect their liver.
When asked about previous healing work that attempted to address the anger directly the patient reported feeling a relief that would always be temporary because, they now understood, it had never addressing the root of the problem. For the rest of the session the client was supported to get to this root in a way that was cathartic and healing.
Following the session the patient was re-tested with A.R.T. The liver was no longer stressed, and the body was left in a deep, healing state referred to as a “Yin” state.
Zachary Feder works with Sophia Health Institute offering sessions in person, via Skype and over the phone.