The human energy system is a complex thing. Several healing traditions have developed paradigms to help us wrap our heads around the idea of energy; as a result, we can talk about it in terms of chakras or meridians, to name the two most common paradigms.
Here’s a third paradigm that I encountered as part of learning Integrated Energy Therapy® (IET). It immediately appealed to me because of how clearly and directly it relates our energy to our emotions – and because at its core, my work as an energy healer is about achieving empowerment by freeing ourselves from the control of emotions.
As part of developing IET, Stevan Thayer had conversations with Archangel Ariel that introduced the concept of a “cellular memory” component within the human energy field. This cellular memory exists not only in the physical body but in five non-physical layers that exist around it.
Today I offer you an overview of my understanding of (and experience with) that cellular memory system. In future articles we’ll dive into specific aspects of this system – not just the definition but the experience of them. (You can also learn about them in a Basic Level class of Integrated Energy Therapy.)
The cellular memory system helps us understand where we store negative emotion in our energy field. Let’s pause here and get on the same page about what we mean by “negative emotion”:
- Some teachers say that all human emotions boil down to one duality: Love and Fear – and that Fear is merely the absence of Love, so we have only Love or the lack of it.
- Others regard emotion along a scale, with the most powerful emotions at the top and least powerful (in the sense of most lacking in connection to Divine Power) at the bottom.
Perhaps the true answer is a hybrid of both: that a certain scale of emotions reflects how much Love is lacking, or where it’s lacking. Regardless of that intellectual truth, we experience “less than Love” in different flavors and intensities, and thus we’ve given them different names.
In Stevan’s work, he intuited that we store those different emotions in different places in our cellular memory. From that study he was able to generate a map that predicts where we hold negative emotions in our energy field.
Here is my rendering of that map. Although the chakras are not explicitly part of this system, I included them in this drawing so that you could start to see where the cellular memory map does and does not correlate with the chakras. Take a moment to study the map before you read on:
Risk / Threat
Shoulds / Obligation
Sadness / Hurt / Betrayal
Struggle / Opposition / Limitation
Crown of head
Front of neck
Back of neck
Liver (right side of rib cage)
Spleen (left side of rib cage)
Stomach & adrenals
I use this information in various ways. One way is during an Intuitive Energy Assessment, where I use the location of an energy block as the jumping-off point to tune into the client’s issue. For example, if I sense a disruption around the client’s crown, I ask my guidance, “What does she feel guilty about?” That focused question helps me receive the response more clearly and fully.
You might notice that this map doesn’t seem to represent all of the human emotions. I believe that these are the core emotions, and that any others you could name are variations of the ones listed. For example, Rejection isn’t explicitly mentioned, but it is a variation of the Sadness/Hurt/Betrayal found in the area of the heart. Blame, as another example, is Guilt projected onto another person.
During an energy healing session, I might offer the client some affirmations or intuitive downloads based on the emotion we’re working with in that moment. And as a side note, I appreciate that having this map enables me to know what emotions we’re working with without having to feel it myself.
How can you use this information? Well, if you’re a healer, it might give you additional insights into what’s going on with your clients. You might find the clarity and simplicity of this map more helpful in some cases than referencing the chakras, which can have multiple issues tied to them. And I shared about my Intuitive Energy Assessment, having a specific question to ask your intuition can bring clearer answers for your client.
On the physical level, you might gain deeper understanding of the connection between pain or illness in the body and the energy that’s creating it. Based on the location, you can use the corresponding emotion as a jumping-off point for introspection. For example, if your leg is sore, you might ask yourself where in your life you’re feeling held back or victimized, and what you could do to stand your ground in that situation.
Chronic and serious conditions reflect long-held emotions. Heart disease and breast cancer, for instance, are the result of unresolved patterns of sadness and hurt. That’s why both conditions are more prevalent in women, who tend to take people’s actions more personally.
But you don’t have to wait until emotions manifest in your physical body to benefit from this information. If you’re someone who represses your negative emotions, being able to see them as blocked energy might help you put an end to that. Viewing emotions through the lens of being either blocked or flowing energy permits you to regard all emotions are equally valid: They are all the expression of the presence or absence of Love.
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