Feeling stuck? It may be trapped emotions.

If you were born a long time ago, so your parents lived in or grew up in the 1970’s, you may recall a self-help trend that involved a pendulum of some kind. The pendulum could be a needle on a thread or a real one, the kind that a hypnotist would use, with a big weight at one end of a thin string or tiny chain. 

This trend in the 70’s had people using pendulums at home to answer ‘yes/no’ questions. The way it worked is that you drew a circle on a piece of paper and divided it into quarters, making the horizontal line a ‘no’ and the vertical line a ‘yes’. If you swung the pendulum in circles over your drawing and then held your hand still, you would eventually see the weight at the end of the string start moving horizontally or vertically across the circle which would be the answer to your question.

As a kid I loved this experiment. I could ask any yes or no question to the pendulum and get answers by the direction it swung that most of the time confirmed what I already guessed.

Does Bobby at school like me? Yes. Will I get the puppy I asked for this Christmas? No. Is my sister my best friend? Yes.

I’d spend what felt like hours asking questions that only a 9-year-old could dream up.

What I didn’t realize though, is that what I was actually doing is something Dr. Bradley Nelson more recently discovered and calls: muscle testing.

In his book The Emotion Code, Dr. Nelson explains how he found out about this incredible way we can use our own bodies to tap into our subconscious (the thing that he says is always recording what’s happening to you) to answer deep questions.

He started as a chiropractor early on in his career, seeing hundreds of patients with aches and pains. Before each patient he would silently ask God or the universe to help him heal that patient. What he started noticing though is that sometimes when he adjusted a patient they would have an outburst of emotion. Sometimes it was tears, other times it was anger or a sense of bewilderment. 

You may have experienced this yourself already without even realizing it. Have you ever been on a massage table and then all of a sudden while they’re working out a knot or applying a hot rock to your spine, you start to weep? 

That’s because, according to Dr. Nelson, when we experience emotions we first create an emotional vibration, second we begin to feel the emotion, third we choose to let the emotion go and move on. The last step is called processing and it’s what normally happens.

Sometimes though, he says, if we don’t fully feel the emotion in step three the whole experience is incomplete and the energy of the emotion may get trapped in your muscles. The same muscles the massage therapist is working. The same muscles the chiropractor is manipulating. 

It could be that your past experience was so extreme or was felt for so long you didn’t have a chance to let it go before you started feeling other emotions, and therefore those emotions got trapped in that third stage of the cycle.

Dr. Nelson says sometimes we remember these more traumatic events, sometimes we do not, especially if we were very young when it occurred. 

He says each time these emotions get stuck, instead of moving beyond that traumatic moment, you retain this negative emotional energy inside your body. And this could eventually stress you to the point where you become sick or in pain as a result. 

It’s as if your Internet went out while you were streaming the finale of Game Of Thrones. Something could have interrupted what you were meant to feel at that time, which bubbles up and traps feelings of negativity such as anxiety, anger or loss.

Why is this important to understand? It’s because as we know from other great motivational leaders such as Jack Canfield and Tony Robbins, even if we have a positive attitude and want greater abundance, when we feel negative emotions they can paralyze us from taking actions that contribute to our success. 

We will put obstacles in our way of accomplishing what we want to do with ourselves. We experience resistance. We make excuses. We procrastinate. We tell ourselves ‘I can’t’. And these are the ways we stop ourselves from growing and learning and our lives turning out the way we hoped.

It’s those negative emotions from your past that may be holding you hostage believes Dr. Nelson. So he has dedicated his life’s work to find a way to release those trapped emotions for good.

By using the very simple techniques in his book, either on yourself or on others (who give you consent), you can pinpoint which trapped emotions are affecting you via muscle testing. Once you’ve identified which emotions are trapped and whether it’s important you know when they were experienced in your life, he has a fast, simple method for releasing them. 

The best part is that when they are released from your body, they are released for good. You never have to feel that negative emotion from that past experience again.

By using muscle testing and passing over your energy centers with a simple magnet, you can release your emotions one by one, sometimes even ten different emotions in one sitting.

Muscle testing can be done a myriad of ways. My favorite way to do this as shown in the book is to link my thumb and forefinger of each hand together. I then ask myself  a true-answer question “Is my name Michelle?” and then try to pull my fingers apart. If it’s really difficult to do that, then I know it’s a ‘yes’ answer. Then I ask myself if my name is some other fake name and try to pull my fingers apart. If they come apart easily I remember how it feels to do that, since that will indicate a ‘no’ to my questions. If both answers to my questions feel the same, I drink a large glass of water and try again. Apparently dehydration can mix up results.

Next you ask yourself yes or no questions around whether certain feelings are trapped based on a graph you look at in the book and use the muscle testing method of your choice to answer which of those emotions are the culprit.

Once you identify the specific trapped emotion, it’s as simple as running a magnet ( a fridge magnet will do!) over your energy line, sometimes called chakras, while thinking about releasing the emotions. And that’s basically it.

While I know it sounds crazy to use a magnet to release trapped emotions, I also don’t know how electricity works, and yet I still flick the light switch up every time I walk into a room and the lights go on.

This method just worked for me, and if you feel ‘stuck’, it could work for you too. I highly recommend you try it. 

After all, what have you got to lose except for a few trapped emotions?

Book link: The Emotion Code by Dr. Bradley Nelson