Trapped emotions can cause physical pain, emotional and mental dysfunction, and even dis-ease. And most of us are carrying emotional baggage without even realizing it. Dr. Bradley Nelson, the author of The Emotion Code, offers a simple way to identify the emotions, help heal the wounds and lighten the load.
He explains how there is an emotional component to every sickness, including cancer, and how trapped emotional energies around the heart can even affect our ability to give and receive love. He introduces to us a simple method to connect with our bodies and the subconscious mind for insights on how to begin the healing process.
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Most of us are carrying emotional baggage without even realizing it. Trapped emotions from past events can lead to a number of health issues. However, there is a simple way to identify the emotions to help heal the wounds and lighten the load. This is Episode 401. Our guest is Dr. Bradley Nelson, a holistic physician and the author of The Emotion Code.
Bradley goes over how trapped emotions can cause physical pain, emotional and mental dysfunction, and even disease. He explains how there is an emotional component to every sickness, including cancer, and how trapped emotional energies around the heart can affect our ability to give and receive love. He introduces to us a simple approach to connect with our bodies and subconscious minds in a fresh way that will give us insights on how to begin the healing process.
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Welcome to the show, Brad.
It’s great to be here.
It was about time. I’m more convinced that our health has something to do with our emotions and maybe even deep-rooted traumas. I’m so excited to have you here. You’ve been at this for a while. Tell us a story from someone who saw some health issue resolved because they decided to look for the root cause in some deep-seated unresolved emotions.
There are so many stories. I wrote The Emotion Code book. It came out in the same month and year as the iPhone. You remember that. That was a self-published book. It was a soft cover. In 2019, we signed an agreement with St. Martin’s Press, one of the biggest publishers in the world. The book is a hardcover with a foreword by Tony Robbins and some great endorsements by people like Gregg Braden and Joe Dispenza.
I’ll tell you a story. There was a woman that came in to see me who thought she was having a heart attack. I had seen her before, but it had been 1 month or 2. She comes in one day. She’s got crushing chest pain and difficulty breathing. Her left arm is numb. The left side of her face is numb. She thinks she’s having a heart attack, and it sure looks like a heart attack to me. Our office is right next to a medical center. I told my staff, “We might need an ambulance. Stand by but let me do some testing on her quickly.” What I found was that she had what we call a trapped emotion, or she had some emotional energy that was stuck in her body. That was part of why she was having this “heart attack.”
You weren’t thinking, “This is all in her head.” Her body was having some response. Our bodies can have a response to some emotional stuff.
At the moment though, I didn’t know what was going on. It looked like she was having a heart attack but I had learned how to ask questions of the subconscious mind through muscle testing. A lot of your readers have been exposed to that. One person holds out their arm. The other person asks some questions. The arm stays strong for yes and the arm weakens for no. That’s what I was doing with her. I was asking some questions. The first question was, “Is there a trapped emotion that I can release that’s contributing to this?” The answer was yes.
In The Emotion Code, we have a chart of emotions that consists of 60 emotions organized into a chart with 2 columns and 6 rows. Quickly I was able to figure out, “Is it in column A or column B?” I figured out the column. It was in column B and row three. I asked further, “Was it confusion, defensiveness, or grief?” The answer was strong on grief. I asked, “Do we need to know any more about this?” I’m talking to her subconscious mind.
That question is important because sometimes you need to know a little more before you can release something. In asking a few more questions, I found out that this powerful grief emotion had occurred years before. When I arrived at that, all of a sudden, she burst into tears and said, “I can’t believe that’s affecting me. I thought I dealt with all of that.” I said, “What in the world happened?”
She said years before, she was deeply in love with this guy who dumped her. It was worse than that. She was married to the guy. He had been having an affair. He dumped her by betraying her with another woman. The grief and the betrayal were so intense. That was all we needed to know. I released that trapped emotion by swiping a few times down the middle of her back with a magnet. The feeling came back into her arm and her face within about three seconds. The chest pain was gone. The difficulty breathing was gone. It was all gone.
I remember about ten minutes later, she left the office after talking with me and my staff and joking and so on. She felt fine. After she left, I sat down at my desk. My head was spinning, “What did I witness? What was that?” That was one of my very first experiences with how emotional baggage can cause physical symptoms. 90% of all the physical pain that people have is due to their emotional baggage in my experience. It’s interesting.
It’s beyond interesting. I was with a friend who felt like they were getting panic attacks. I have seen and witnessed panic attacks. What was interesting is that the person would have an episode and then within 1 hour or 2 would be fine and ordering pizza. I was like, “This is weird. They thought they were dying,” but nothing was apparent to the naked eye. They didn’t look ill. They have had a lot of medical tests, so I know. There doesn’t seem to be a physical root cause but there may be an emotional one.
Every disease process that I saw during those many years that I was in practice had an emotional component. In the years since I retired from practice, it’s been the same thing. There was always an emotional component in my experience of every disease process that we suffer from as human beings. There may be some rare exceptions but I’ve never seen one. There’s always an emotional component.
In German New Medicine, they believe that there’s an emotional component to every disease process. I’ve never seen a disease process that didn’t have an emotional component. The thing about it is that in Western medicine, they don’t take into account the emotional side of things but if you miss that emotional component in whatever disease that is, it may end your life or you may never get over it. It’s critical to recognize that there is an emotional side to things. You have to take care of that. Luckily, we have The Emotion Code, which is the simplest and easiest method or device to do that. Anybody can do it.
That’s so encouraging because these physical ailments, as we both have alluded to, are very difficult to live with. For some people, they become impossible to live with. I have another friend who suffers from some sickness that makes it difficult for her to leave her home. It is real. I wish I had a couple of magnets I could run along her back. Is that all I need to do, Brad?
There’s a specific process that you need to go through. Running some magnets down a person’s back might feel good to them but it’s not going to release the guilt from whatever they did, their resentment, or whatever it might be.
I was being somewhat facetious because you have intrigued us so much. Talk to us about the process.
The process is simple. Let me explain how this works. First of all, you have to understand that the body itself may weigh a certain amount and may feel solid and three-dimensional, and it is but quantum physicists know and have proven that the body is pretty much entirely empty space. Some quantum physicists tried to make a point about this. They calculated that if you could remove all the empty space from in between all of the atoms in everybody’s body on Earth, you could fit all 5.8 billion people on the planet into a box the size of a sugar cube. Think about that.
Are you kidding me, all the people?
Isn’t that amazing? If you think about it, our actual reality is a lot different than what we think. These bodies are made of pure energy. When you’re feeling an intense emotion, you’re feeling a specific frequency. Anger is a different frequency than grief, and that’s different from sadness and so on. Nikola Tesla said, “If you want to understand the secrets of the universe, think in terms of frequency, energy, and vibration because everything is made of those things.”
When you’re feeling an intense emotion if the emotion is a little bit too powerful or if an emotion comes up for you, and you decide you’re going to bury that emotion and you’re not going to allow yourself to feel it, what happens is that energy becomes trapped in the body. After the bully moves away, the divorce is finalized, or you quit that awful job and get a better one, what ends up happening is that even though you think that you’ve moved beyond those things, you carry with you the energy of those emotions.
It’s what people commonly refer to as emotional baggage. The truth is that we all have emotional baggage. It consists of these energies that become trapped in the body. The beautiful thing about it though is that it’s easy to find and delete. Anybody can do it. It’s simple enough that a child can do it. Let me share a story with you. A few years ago, we met a woman at one of our events. She told us that she bought The Emotion Code book on audio and was listening to it and reading it. Her son started reading and listening to it. He started practicing with his friends. She thought it was cute.
We all have emotional baggage, consisting of these energies that become trapped in the body.
A couple of weeks go by. One day, the phone rings. She answers the phone. The woman who’s calling her identifies herself as the mother of one of her son’s friends. She says, “I need to talk to you. My son has had a severe phobia of water all of his life.” You can have a phobia of anything. He had a phobia of water. It was severe. His mom said, “We have tried everything. We have taken him to everybody. Finally, a number of years ago, we gave up because nothing that we have ever done has ever touched this.”
She said, “I’m at the community pool. My son is out playing in the water with the other boys for the first time in his entire life. Your son did this. No one else has ever been able to touch this. How is this even possible?” Those two boys are only eleven years old. One of our students named Lisa from Massachusetts wrote this in. We have a certification program. By the end of 2022, we will have 10,000 certified Emotion Code practitioners in over 80 countries. Lisa’s one of our students. She’s in that program. It’s an online course that you can take.
She said, “I have seen so many improvements in the lives of people and their pets using The Emotion Code. People have had hip pain reduced or completely disappear. Dogs that had been limping for months walked normally. It works on animals as well. Chronic nausea caused by stress subsided and situations became easier to handle. Neck and shoulder pain was eliminated. Chronic insomnia and circadian rhythm imbalances were straightened out within 1 day or 2.”
“Kidney conditions improved and brain fog lifted. Business decisions were easier to make instead of indecisive tendencies, which had been slowing progress. There are too many to list. These results are all from sessions done on volunteers during the time of working toward getting my certification as an Emotion Code practitioner.” Think about that. Lisa is an average person. She’s probably not a doctor. She might not even have a college diploma. We don’t care. It doesn’t matter.
Neither did that eleven-year-old. This is something very special but before we dive into more of the process, I have to ask you. We all have emotional baggage. Why is it weighing some people down more than others?
The thing about it is that we’re built to survive. We go through horrific events, yet we survive and keep putting one foot in front of the other. We put distance between us and those terrible things that have happened but what we now know is that those intense emotional experiences that you have been through can manifest as pain, part of a disease process, depression, anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, PTSD, eating disorders, and self-sabotage of all kinds. That may not manifest for 10, 20, or 30 years after the event.
I even feel that for some people, it doesn’t manifest. I had surgery when I was nine. I’m not saying I’m perfect, mind you, but I’ve been through things. My parents divorced when I was eleven. All these things are traumas. There might be emotional baggage but I feel like I’m thriving. Are you saying it’s going to hit me down the line?
It often does. What happens oftentimes with people is that they have emotional baggage that they maybe aren’t aware of. Sometimes it can be something that all of a sudden shows up. Think about it.
It could be that the person found a way to deal with it. Maybe I’ve dealt with those emotions so they’re not trapped inside me causing sickness and disease. I have faith. I have positive connections. I have food that nourishes me. Those modalities are helping me manage all this better than I might have imagined or someone might think.
My experience is that many times when I’ve worked with people who have had no symptoms of any kind and removed that emotional baggage, what ends up happening is they usually say things like, “I didn’t realize that I wasn’t feeling that great. I didn’t realize that I could have this much more energy.” That’s not unusual. Sometimes the emotional baggage can contribute, in my opinion, anyway to things like cardiac syndrome.
The Japanese discovered this. Women over 55 who suddenly experienced something intense emotionally can go into complete heart failure where there’s nothing organically wrong with the heart at all. One of the most dramatic cases there was Doug Flutie’s mother. Doug Flutie played for Boston years ago, back in the ’70s. He’s a very famous guy. His father passed away from a heart attack.
He was in the room with his mother at the hospital. They were both there grieving. They have been there with his father’s body for about an hour. His mother leaned over to give her husband a kiss goodbye. All of a sudden, she slumped over and was gone. He lost both his parents in the space of an hour. In cases like that, there is emotional baggage that is there already that’s weakening the heart. Think about it. People show up with cancer.
Someone that I know very well, for example, is dealing with cancer, but the underlying causes of that go back to age fourteen. She never knew that any of that was affecting her. That’s how it is with trapped emotions. You don’t know that you have them. You may go through events and think you’re fine because you survive. We’re built to survive. We go on with life, yet the emotional baggage that we have shows up eventually in one form or another as some emotional issue or physical pain.
Coming up, Bradley discusses what to do if we have an emotional wall around the heart.
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You were talking about the heart. I want to pivot here and ask you about the heart wall. You mentioned that in your book. We have probably all built one. Tell us more about what the heart wall is and what we can do about it.
The heart is the most fascinating and powerful organ in the body. They have proven that. It puts out a much more powerful magnetic field than any other organ in the body, especially the brain. Back in the 1960s, when doctors started doing heart transplants, they found that sometimes people would come back to them and report strange things. Sometimes people would come back in after their heart transplant and say, “My taste in music, food, or sports changed.”
Sometimes they would say that they had memories now of being in other cities and other countries that they never in their whole life had ever visited. Sometimes their handwriting would completely change. In every case, when these people were connected with the family of the heart donor, they would find out, “That’s our son’s handwriting that you have. How weird. Our daughter loved to go to Rome. She went there every year. You have memories of being in Rome. You’ve never in your life ever left the country. How is that possible?”
The heart has a brain within it. It’s called the little brain in the heart. That little brain remembers the things that are deeply meaningful to you. The heart, I believe, is the seat of the subconscious mind. Think about this. When somebody is hurting you, or you’re deeply grieved about something, where do you feel it? You don’t feel it in your head. You feel it in your heart.
The heart is the seat of the subconscious mind.
You touch your heart.
Sometimes what happens is you can feel like your heart is going to break. You can feel like there’s an elephant sitting on your chest. You’re choking. You can’t breathe. In those circumstances, your heart is under assault. The subconscious mind will put up a wall around the heart. That wall is made of layers of emotional baggage or trapped emotions.
I’ll share one story with you. It’s one of my favorite stories because it illustrates this so well. This woman came in to see me one day years ago. She was suffering from severe neck pain. She had seen a couple of doctors for it but hadn’t been able to help her. She comes in to see me. As I’m talking with her, she tells me her situation. She says that she’s 38 years old. She’s a nurse. She hasn’t dated in eight years. She’s single. She’s never going to date again. She says she’s going to die single.
I thought, “I’ve never met a celibate person before.” I said, “Why do you feel that way? What happened to you?” She said that eight years before, she was deeply in love with this guy who dumped her and broke her heart. I tested her. What I found was that during that breakup when she was feeling all those intense emotions of grief, sadness, and so on, those emotional energies became incorporated into this invisible wall around her heart.
I started releasing these one at a time. It probably took me ten minutes to release those emotional layers. When I cleared the last one, all of a sudden, the neck pain was gone. It was because of the wall around her heart. She was thrilled. She left the office feeling fine. She didn’t come back for three months. When she came back into the office, I remember I saw her in my hallway. I said, “I haven’t seen you for a while. How are you? What’s going on?”
She said, “My neck has been fine since I was here. You cleared that heart wall from me. That works. About two weeks after I was here, I found out my childhood sweetheart has been living right around the corner from me for almost eight years. We’re dating. We’re in love. He’s going to ask me to marry him.” I thought, “What a huge shift.” This is not unusual. People often fall in love when that wall is taken down. People find their soulmates. Marriage is improved.
Although if you’re in a bad relationship that’s abusive, you may have a heart wall that is helping to muffle some of the venoms that are in that relationship. If you take that wall down, you may end up getting out of that relationship. That happens, too, sometimes. Creative ideas start to flow. The best creative ideas that a person will ever have will come not from the brain in their head but from the brain in their heart. Think about this. When you graduate high school or college and somebody tells you, “You need to follow your heart,” that’s the best advice you can ever give but what if somebody has a heart wall? It makes it much harder. It’s a beautiful thing.
The best creative ideas a person will ever have will come not from the brain in their head but from the brain in their heart.
There are so many amazing testimonials. One of my favorites is one from a woman named Raluca in Italy. She wrote this in her broken English. She said, “For years, my marriage run badly. I got a new husband.” I’m reading this and thinking, “She got a divorce and got a new husband.” What she did is hire an Emotion Code practitioner in Budapest to work on her husband in Italy at a distance because this work is done at a distance. She said, “I’ve got a new wonderful and beautiful husband. He’s so kind.”
You’ve whet our appetite for 2/3 of this episode. Talk to us about perhaps some techniques we could apply immediately based on The Emotion Code to either soften that heart wall or deal with some of the emotional baggage that we have been carrying for some time.
The Emotion Code method is very simple but there are some steps that you need to go through to do this. The reason why we have particular steps to go through is that we want you to be able to release the emotional baggage once and for all so that when you clear it, it’s gone. It doesn’t come back. None of us doing this work have seen a trapped emotion released that has ever come back when it’s done with this little method that we follow.
One of the things that I can do is share with you the first method in The Emotion Code that we teach that shows you how you can tap into the subconscious mind because we live in our conscious minds. We take our tests, go to school, get our degrees, have our relationships, and spend all of our waking hours in the conscious mind. When we go to sleep, the conscious mind shuts down and the subconscious mind takes over but the subconscious mind never sleeps. It’s always awake. It’s always working to keep you healthy and your body running but it’s in that subconscious mind that we find all of the answers.
The subconscious is this vast and incredibly powerful holographic computer. It seems to remember every face you’ve ever seen in a crowd. It remembers everything you’ve ever done. Everything you’ve ever eaten, tasted, touched, or smelled is all in that subconscious mind. The work that we do with The Emotion Code and all of this that I teach with The Emotion Code and The Body Code is all about accessing the subconscious mind to get answers.
The subconscious mind knows if you have a nutritional deficiency. It knows if you need more vitamin B complex, vitamin E, or something like that or if you’re deficient in a certain mineral. Your subconscious mind knows that with a perfect understanding. It knows if you have trapped emotions too. I’m going to share with you a way that you can tap into the subconscious. It’s easy. Think about a plant. If you put a plant in a pot and put it near a window, what’s going to happen? It’s going to grow.
It starts reaching that way. It starts growing in that direction.
The human body is the same way. In other words, if you’re holding thoughts of positivity, congruency, or truth, and you’re standing and you’re very relaxed while you’re holding those thoughts, the body will start to sway forward. On the other hand, if you’re holding thoughts of negativity, falsehood, or incongruency and you’re standing relaxed, pretty quickly within 3 to 10 seconds, your body will start to sway backward. We call this the sway test.
A lot of people use this method with The Emotion Code to track down their emotional baggage and release it. Here’s what I would like you to do. Hilda, I don’t know if you can do this but the people reading can do this. Stand up, drop your hands down to your sides, take a deep breath, let it out, and relax. As you’re standing there relaxed, what you will notice is there’s a little bit of movement. It’s not possible. No matter how hard you try, you cannot stand perfectly still. I don’t want you to try to do that. I want you to stand there and be relaxed.
I’m going to give you something negative to contemplate here for a moment first. The most negative thing that I can think of that goes on in this world is war. We hear that word all of our lives. There’s a war going on with Russia and Ukraine and so on. There are other wars going on in the world. I would like you to think for a moment about what goes on in a war. What are people doing to other people? What’s happening to villages, apartment buildings, and hospitals?
What’s happening to families? What’s happening to children losing their parents or becoming injured and so on? Think of all the tears that have been shed on this planet since day one over all the wars that have been fought. As you think about war and what goes on at a human level in war, what will happen if you’re holding those thoughts is within 3 to 10 seconds, your body will start to involuntarily sway backward. That’s your subconscious mind. You’re feeling that.
Even as you were speaking, I could feel the tug back a bunch of times.
That’s your subconscious mind trying to move you away from the sheer negativity of the whole idea of war. Let’s shift gears. I would like you to think about something different. I would like you to imagine that 1,000 years have gone by. You’re still alive but you’re a completely different person than you used to be because now, you’re living in this place where you’re surrounded by unconditional love. Not only that, but you are capable of giving unconditional love.
The unconditional love that fills your heart for the whole universe, all beings, and all of creation is so huge that your heart can’t even contain that love. It expands out from you and fills the immensity of space. What would that be like? Imagine for a moment what it would be like to be that being. Your subconscious mind knows that’s a possibility for you. You will find your body swaying forward on that one.
This illustrates how the subconscious mind can respond if you’re holding positive or negative thoughts. What you can do is stand there very relaxed, hands by your sides. I would like you to form a question in your mind. The question is, “Do I have a trapped emotion?” Allow that thought to sit there and think about that. As you’re thinking about that, allow your body to do whatever it wants to do. It may go forward. It may go backward. What did you get on that one?
What I want you to do is ask another question. The question is, “Do I have a heart wall?” Don’t force it. Allow your subconscious mind to do whatever it wants to do. Don’t try to force the sway. Hold that thought. Focus on that. Think about that. Allow your body to do whatever it wants to do. This also does work while you’re seated. It works better standing.
It seems like my body wants to go back.
This is a way that you can ask questions and get answers. About 93% of people on the planet have a heart wall. If we can get it to 92.9%, the world is going to transform because we have to hit a tipping point.
93% of people on the planet have a heart wall. If we can get it to 92.9%, the world will transform.
This has been amazing but because our show is short, we’re going to have to have you on for part two to talk more about this process because there’s a discerning process. Maybe we can go into the two columns. You mentioned A and B for folks to go even deeper into removing the heart wall and releasing these trapped emotions so that they can live their optimal lives. What do you think of that?
I would love to come back and do another one.
I feel like we’re just getting started. Maybe it’s me. I want to sway some more and figure things out but it’s probably all of us. I want to wrap up this part one with the question I often pose here at the end. If the reader could do one thing to improve their health, and it could be related to The Emotion Code and your work or it could be something else altogether, what would you recommend that they do?
What I would honestly recommend is that they go to our website at DiscoverHealing.com. At the top of the website, they can put in their name and email. We will send them back the first two chapters of The Emotion Code book for free so they can start to read about what this is and how this works. If they decide that they’re interested, then the book’s available on Amazon, Audible, and everywhere books are sold. That way, they can at least get their feet wet a little bit, try this out a little, and get an idea of what this is about.
Thank you so much for your time, Brad. This has been a pleasure.
Thank you, Hilda. It’s great to connect and great to see you. We will do this again.
Our guest was Dr. Bradley Nelson. Visit his website DiscoverHealing.com for more about The Emotion Code. Stay tuned for part two of this conversation. You can find me at HolisticHilda.com. For a review from Apple Podcasts, 987Jessa123 had this to say, “True and timeless principles, Weston Price’s teachings and methods never go out of style.” Jessa, thank you so much. We agree 100%. If you would like to leave us a review, go to Apple Podcasts, click on ratings and reviews, give us as many stars as you like, and tell the world why they should tune in to the show. Thank you so much for reading, my friends. Stay well. Hasta pronto.
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