What is a Trapped Emotion?

The Emotion Code (devised by Dr Bradley Nelson) is an energy healing modality, and like many other energy healing methods, it works with releasing trapped negative emotions from the body.

To understand what a trapped emotion is we must first understand that everything is energy. In addition to everything being energy, we need to understand that everything vibrates at different frequencies – the higher the better….so there is truth in the popular phrases “good vibes” and “bad vibes”- good vibes being things that make us feel better ie raise our vibrations and bad vibes being the ones that lower our vibrations and leave us feeling worse.

Everything – even abstract things – are energy and vibrate at a certain frequency eg: food, drinks, cosmetics, air, earth, books, films, music, sounds, clothes, flowers, ideas, opportunities, money, ourselves, emotions, beliefs, thoughts and so on. When we think a thought, or a belief, we are letting the vibrational frequency of that thought pass through our bodies. The more life affirming the thought, the higher its vibration, and therefore, the healthier it is for us which is why Positive Thinking is such a big deal.


It’s the same when choosing our emotions. When we feel an emotion, it is in the form of energy passing through our bodies. In the case of severe trauma or bereavement, we may not be able to fully process an emotion and our bodies shut down. But often we choose not to feel an emotion for whatever reason and we actively trap that energy within the cells of our body. Sometimes we deny ourselves the right to feel a certain way and we bury the feeling deep inside. Sometimes our bodies instinctively want to process the emotion through the natural processing mechanism of crying but we don’t always allow ourselves to cry. There are many limiting beliefs around crying especially for men. We are often taught as children not to cry and regard it as a weakness. Sometimes we choose not to process an emotion because it doesn’t feel good and we bury it in favour of distracting ourselves in some way. Trapping emotional energy this way may help in some way in the short term but as Sigmund Freud said,

“Like attracts like” so trapped negative emotions will attract more of the same frequency emotions into your reality. This process of “like attracts like” will continue until eventually you get a whole ball of negative energy blocking the flow of your vital life force and causing mal-function, illness and disease within the body.

If the body already has a weak area then the new trapped emotion will most commonly find its way there adding to any exisitng pain or symptoms. Sometimes the location within the body where a trapped emotion lodges can be relevant to the particular emotion. Different organs and glands within the body relate to different emotions eg: the bladder and kidneys house fear, the lungs house sorrow, the liver houses anger and so on. Also, for example, resentment at having big boobs can lead to the emotion being trapped in the breasts. Trapped emotions from a sexual violation can lodge in the sexual organs. Grief from loss can lodge in the heart although grief from losing a baby can lodge in the womb. Grief from not being able to have children can also lodge in the heart and/or the reproductive organs.

When we think about the most traumatic times in our lives, it is easy to understand that we may well have trapped negative emotions. For example, the feeling of heartache, rejection or betrayal after a relationship break up or the emotion of abandonment when our mother doesn’t defend us as a child against a violent father………but trapped emotions can also be from less significant events. A 3 year old who has lost his favourite toy could trap emotions of lost, anxiety or despair. Or a small child getting lost in a shop could trap emotions of panic – and we have all experienced these things in some way or another.

Furthermore, to complicate matters we also have “inherited trapped emotions” which are basically passed onto us at the time of conception from either biological parent. They too, could have inherited it from their parents and it is common to find these inherited trapped emotions spanning back through the generations. Releasing these inherited emotions can often bring immediate relief to ailments – it’s almost as if they have built up strength and impact as they have passed down the gene line and it is important to note that once released they have been released from the WHOLE gene line forwards as well as backwards. The thought of inheriting negative energy from our parents is always easier to handle than the thought of passing it onto our children. This passing on of negative energy to our children can often fill us with guilt but luckily The Emotion Code gives us a quick, easy and effective way to release this harmful, negative energy and bring about natural healing and balance to the body thus promoting good health in all areas of our lives.

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Taylor Hicken - February 9, 2021

I appreciated it when you shared that the Emotion Code provides effective ways for one to release the harmful and negative energy within himself. My friend just mentioned the other day that she is concerned about herself as she often feels like there is something unsettled from her childhood and she does not know how to let go of the feeling. I will suggest to her looking for a reliable Emotion code practitioner who can help her to release those feelings.

    Deborah Jane Sutton - February 9, 2021

    Thank you Taylor for your comment. I have sent you an email with further information which I hope will help you and your friend. Love and Blessings

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