In the chrysalis of change

Butterfly emerging from chrysalis

We must find our own way out of the chrysalis of change

 

Chrysalis of change

Like all life forms the caterpillar is born with an inbuilt evolutionary urge. At some point it will know it’s time to go somewhere safe and quiet to make it’s chrysalis whilst it transforms into a completely new life form.

It is not by accident it begins life crawling around. It cannot travel very far or very fast and it relies on its outer skin for defence in the form of camouflage or poisonous fur to protect it whilst it fulfils its basic needs. This is the first stage of its life, learning the basics.

We begin life in a similar way except our camouflage is the social identity we are conditioned to create so we can fit in with everyone else and survive. It has been this way for a very long time. Each generation passing down behaviour based on the survival mind and though in the past this would have often have meant to difference between life and death in recent times it has become a self-destructive behaviour on a global scale.

The fear-mind’s solution to the problem of survival has become a problem itself and has led us to a point where our environmentally destructive habits threaten the survival of all life on the planet. It is time for our evolutionary impulse to evolve from the survival mind to the conscious mind.

Rather than looking at insects and seeing something smaller and inferior to us. Could it be that we have much to learn from other life forms evolutionary journeys? After all many of them have been around much longer than humans. Perhaps the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into a butterfly represents this necessary evolution from humans mindlessly focusing on survival to heart-centred spiritual consciousness?

 

Entering the chrysalis

Like the caterpillar we have to enter our chrysalis period alone, we must also struggle to leave our chrysalis alone too. There are some things we can only do for ourselves and working out who we really are and what we’re here to do as spiritual beings is one of them. Time in your chrysalis is imperative for you to reflect on your life so far and understand the lessons learnt from it. It’s also a time to work out what you will do with the second half of your life when you transform from the caterpillar into the butterfly of spiritual consciousness.

How will you use these new abilities and skills that have evolved from your earlier life? How you will live in a heart-centred and conscious way? What will your life look like when you do?

 

Spiritual Metamorphosis

The caterpillar teaches us there are no short cuts to being a butterfly. It’s true the butterfly’s wings enable it to have a completely different perspective of the world and travel further and faster than the caterpillar ever could but it can only do this because it lived as a caterpillar first.

In the same way we need the lessons of our caterpillar stage of life to be the foundation for our own spiritual metamorphosis. This can only happen when we take the time in our chrysalis to understand and accept those life lessons. The spiritual wisdom of the butterfly can only grow from the hard work of the caterpillar.

© Amy Branton.

Amy Branton runs Free Heart EFT a heart centred therapy practice covering Brighton & Hove, Worthing, Lewes, Shoreham-By-Sea and Lancing dedicated to helping people bring positive change to their lives by improving their emotional, physical and spiritual health and wellbeing using EFT and Matrix Reimprinting.

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A free heart is a happy heart

The healing path is the way back to your heart.

In life you will find many pathways to choose from. You may try different routes and travel far but only the healing path helps you find your way back to your heart…

This healing journey can be challenging as we navigate the emotionally painful experiences we will inevitably face in our lives. It doesn’t help that in our society showing emotion is considered to be a sign of weakness so we are taught to suppress and deny emotions rather than express and release them.

But often these challenging and painful experiences lead to us closing our heart to protect us as we fear being hurt again. Whilst it’s an understandable strategy to avoid further pain, emotions are energy and for us to stay healthy they need to flow otherwise suppressed emotions will eventually manifest as physical symptoms and disease in the body. It also disconnects us from our hearts guidance and wisdom. It is our heart that is our creative centre and it needs to be open for us to tap into our connection with the creative intelligence of the cosmos.

Free your heart with EFT and Matrix Reimprinting 

This is why freeing your heart from the emotional pain of the past is so important. Emotional Freedom Technique and Matrix Reimprinting, a recent evolution of EFT are two revolutionary therapies from the emerging field of energy psychology that can help set you free from the pain of the past and open your heart to the joys of life again. They combine talking therapy with the eastern meridian energy system and are often referred to as ‘emotional acupuncture’ or ‘tapping’.

By focusing on your emotional issue whilst tapping on a sequence of meridian points on the head, upper body and hands you connect simultaneously with mental, emotional, sensory and higher dimensional information and energy within the subconscious mind to find the memories that are the root cause, clear the stuck energy that you’ve been carrying around often for many years and create new positive images in your subconscious mind. These positive images not only make us feel better emotionally but in studies undertaken by the Institute of Heart Math Research Center it has been proven that positive emotions also boost our immune system and so improve our physical health.

Co-creating with the universe

When you release the energetic blocks that have been holding you back and open your heart you are able to use this freed energy as a positive power source to begin co-creating with the universe, growing in new directions and creating what you desire in your life.

A free heart is a happy heart…

© Amy Branton

Amy Branton runs Free Heart EFT a heart centred therapy practice based in Sussex dedicated to helping people bring positive change to their lives using EFT and Matrix Reimprinting.

http://www.freehearteft.co.uk

https://twitter.com/amyfreeheart

http://www.facebook.com/FreeHeartEFT

Developing fear consciousness with Matrix Reimprinting

Fear protects us

It’s important to remember that fear is a natural and necessary part of our survival response that protects us from dangerous situations in life. However it can become a problem when it stops us doing the things we want to do life and keeps us stuck in our comfort zone. Often our fears lies in our past experiences where we where hurt unexpectedly but there are other types of fear we need to be aware of.

Origin of fear

Knowing the origin of our fears is the first step towards working with them consciously. Are we feeling fear based on our own past experience in a particular lifetime or is our fear part of our conditioning from the collective ‘fear-mind’? We live in a society where this fear-mind is all pervading with the behaviour of mainstream media, politicians and corporations reinforcing it on a daily basis.

There is a huge fear of lack in our society and often we find others projecting their own fears onto us. If we are not mindful of this we can find many of our thoughts and decisions in life are based on this fear. Fear closes us down and limits our options as our fearful thoughts create deeply ingrained neural pathways that are reinforced through repetition. This is part of the challenge in these times of shifting consciousness, awakening from fear-based living so we can begin living from the heart. It is our heart that is our creative centre and it needs to be open for us to tap into our connection with the creative intelligence of the cosmos.

The Scream

Edvard Munch The Scream

Developing fear consciousness with Matrix Reimprinting

Matrix Reimprinting can help us develop our fear consciousness by leading us to the origin of our fears. This empowering knowledge allows us to be more aware of what triggers our fear. Being able to identify whether our fear comes from our own life experience or perhaps a pre-conscious fear we may have absorbed from our mother in the womb or even the primal fear all humans feel can help us target it more effectively with EFT. Clearing our fear based energy blocks means we free our energy so we can use it in a more open, creative loving way that enhances our lives and attracts people towards us.

© Amy Branton.

Amy Branton runs Free Heart EFT a heart centred therapy practice based in Sussex dedicated to helping people bring positive change to their lives by improving their emotional, physical and spiritual health and wellbeing using EFT and Matrix Reimprinting.

http://www.freehearteft.co.uk

https://twitter.com/amyfreeheart

http://www.facebook.com/FreeHeartEFT

New pathways of possibility

The leaf has many pathways of veins because it needs to maximise the amount of water and nutrients it gets from the environment to help it grow and survive. In a similar way we need to ensure our thinking doesn’t get stuck traveling down the same limited routes but stays open to new pathways of thought that provide the nourishment of new ideas and possibilities for life.

New pathways of possibility and positivity

You can teach an old dog new tricks

Einstein said we cannot solve our problem with the same mind set that created it so it follows we need new ways of thinking to replace our old negative thought patterns. The old view was that ‘a leopard can’t change it’s spots or ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ both great examples of limiting thoughts that make you believe the brain is a compartmentalized static machine and once ‘thought pathways’ are deeply ingrained change is not possible. However the science of neural plasticity has found the brain is actually a highly adaptable and dynamic organ capable of generating new neurons and new neural pathways. This means limiting patterns of thought and behaviour; that often have their origins in childhood; can be replaced by more positive ones and this is exactly what happens during a matrix session.

We know the subconscious mind seeks to protect us by triggering our amygdala when it reads a situation as a threat to our survival but over time we can find this becomes a problem when we are held back by fears from our past, remaining stuck in patterns of thought that reinforce the neural pathways which both create and perpetuate those fears.

21 days to create new neural pathways

These patterns of thought contribute to our morphic fields. These are fields that organize our characteristic activity and behaviour and the more often we repeat these behaviours the stronger our fields become. This is why it’s important to reimprint your new positive picture for 21 days because that’s the time it takes for new neural pathways to form and to ensure the old pathways to the negative memory you worked on break down. The more you bring that new memory to mind and send it out into the matrix the stronger your new positive field will become.

Field of attraction

Another reason to reimprint the image for 21 days is that strong emotions help imprint new patterns of thought and strengthen neural networks. We can use the same ability the survival brain has to imprint an emotionally traumatic experience in the subconscious to help us avoid the situation again to reinforce the positive emotions attached to our new picture. Experiencing the image with all five senses touch, sound, smell, sight and taste helps make it as real as possible which also has a strengthening effect. Once we replace the negative images in our field with more positive ones we begin to attract more life-enhancing experiences towards us that reflect these new positive images and in turn strengthen our positive field of attraction.  If you build it they will come.

© Amy Branton.

Amy Branton runs Free Heart EFT a heart centred therapy practice based in Sussex dedicated to helping people bring positive change to their lives using MatrIx Reimprinting and Emotional Freedom Technique

http://www.freehearteft.co.uk

https://twitter.com/amyfreeheart

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Healing is believing

I tried many therapies on my healing journey and the reason I chose to train in EFT and Matrix Reimprinting is because they are about empowering people. I think the most important gift that can be given is a belief in the power to heal yourself because we all have an innate ability but are not taught how to use this. Especially in western society where too often we give our power away to medical professionals who are focused solely on physical symptoms that only tell part of the story.

We are also disempowered by western media and it’s steady, unrelenting stream of fear pumped out through the main media channels because the physiological and psychological responses to fear keep us thinking small and easy to manipulate. We have lived this way for a long time relying on the big systems of governments and corporations to ‘look after us’ feed us, clothe us, cure us and in doing so gave a way our power. More people are waking up to the high price we have paid for the comfort and convenience provided by industrial society in the form of increased alcoholism, depression, cancer, obesity, smoking related diseases, environmental and body pollution from chemical drugs and toiletries, preservatives and pesticides to name a few.

That’s just the way it is

Many of us conditioned since birth to believe this is the only way to live, that’s ‘just the way it is’. But we have created this ‘reality’ ourselves and we can create a new reality through changing the way we think and behave. We have the power to change the content and direction of our lives with our thoughts. EFT and Matrix re-imprinting are healing processes for our times, helping us heal from the fear, anxiety and stress that has been both created and driven by the dominant belief system of consumption we have all been conditioned to follow.

Our real needs

It is time for us to admit there are other ‘basic needs’ beyond food and shelter that have not been met by consumer society, needs that have been ignored, denied and even ridiculed. The need to feel free, to explore, to be creative, the need to feel self love and acceptance, the need to share our deeper feelings about life including the often denied feelings of fear, loneliness and anxiety, the need to share our truth whatever it may be and be heard, the need to have time and space to be ourselves not being on a relentless never ending tread mill of production at the expense of our own energy and the resources and energy of the earth, the need for hugs, love, affection and friendship, the need to learn and grow, the need for support, the need to be healthy, the need to look after our well  being, the need to feel connected to the earth, the need to feel an important part of this ongoing planetary evolution, the need to feel like we matter, the need to feel gratitude for our lives, the need to feel compassion for others, to care for all life forms that are part of the web of life, the need to understand we are a thread in the web not the masters of it. These needs are universal to all humans.

Outer change starts within

Inner change is the first step to creating a different world, our inner and outer worlds are completely connected and affected by each other. We have the power to make new rules, create a different belief system one that honours and values life, that sees the beauty in the natural world, the ingenuity which we humans can never hope to surpass, the intelligence in nature that we have turned away from in our desire to control our world and make nature our slave and in doing so we have enslaved ourselves.  We need to feel the love that it has for us, we are the children of the earth not the masters and everything we have is what our parent earth has given us. For too long we have been taking with no thought for the harm we’ve been doing, showing no gratitude and offering nothing in return.

Heal the earth through healing yourself

We have been taught to participate in the consumer belief system that is based on ruining the ecosystems of the planet on which all life is dependant. Many books have been written, many activists have exhausted themselves but still the majority continue on this path. We have lost our ability to visualise another way of living, we think it’s about going backwards or ‘giving up’ our material comforts. But if we can see it as an opportunity to begin living from our true nature as multifaceted and connected energetic beings with mental, emotional and spiritual bodies in addition to the physical one we are conditioned to focus on. We can begin to envision a new way of living in harmony with each other and the planet. As each individual commits to healing him or herself they are simultaneously helping to heal the rest of humanity and our relationship with the earth.

© Amy Branton.

Amy Branton runs Free Heart EFT a heart centred therapy practice based in Sussex dedicated to helping people bring positive change to their lives using EFT and Matrix Reimprinting.

http://www.freehearteft.co.uk

https://twitter.com/amyfreeheart

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What to do when the fear-mind takes over

Courtesy of Loddy Micucci.com

We are living in times of rapid and profound change with a growing recognition that we need to move away from solely focusing on industrial growth and materialism towards building a life-sustaining society that benefits the health of the individual, the community and the ecosystems on which all life is dependant. In the natural world change is constant it’s only in the human world we try and control our lives to avoid change as we fear we won’t survive it.

But change is necessary for us to grow and change involves risk. When a seed is germinated and it becomes a seedling there is a risk that it might get eaten or not have enough food or water to survive. However the risk is necessary for it to fulfil its destiny of growing into a plant that will then propagate the species contributing to its evolutionary journey.

Some of you are choosing to proactively change your lives because of dissatisfaction with your old life and a desire to be part of this positive shift but for others perhaps change has been forced upon you.  Regardless of how change is initiated it is possible for you to see it as an opportunity to reassess your life and the path you are currently on rather than becoming overwhelmed by fear of the unknown.

Challenges of change

When you let go of the day-to-day activities that kept you busy in our old life you find a space is created that makes it easier to listen to your inner voice.  It would be great if all you had to do was listen but this is just the first stage to bringing major change to your life. The biggest challenge to taking action based on the guidance of your heart is confronting the fear-mind. You will recognise the fear-mind when you start hearing all the reasons why you can’t do what you’re heart is telling you because:

It’s too difficult

It will never work

So and so tried it and look what happened to them

What if I can’t earn enough money doing the thing I love?

I’m not good enough

I’m too old to start again

What if it doesn’t work out?

What if I don’t meet anyone else?

The list can be endless and designed to do one thing and one thing only. Protect you from taking risks and remind you of all the times it didn’t work out in the past to keep you ‘safe’ in your comfort zone. However for many of you your comfort zone is often a place you reached because of limiting beliefs about yourself and what you could achieve in life rather than a place you consciously visualised and worked towards manifesting. Do you ever wonder who you would be and where you would be without the fear-mind holding you back?

Tapping into positivity and possibility

When you find the fear-mind has taken over but you also know that change will be a good thing for you. Tapping is a great way to acknowledge your fearful thoughts and get to the root of them. Acknowledging your fears instead of denying or suppressing them is the first step to overcoming them.

When you tap on these thoughts you can access the first time you felt this feeling which will usually be an early traumatic memory where you created a self-limiting belief about yourself or you will recognise the voice of an adult authority figure speaking their conditioned fears that you absorbed as your own. Other memories where these beliefs where reinforced may also come into your awareness. People are always surprised that the thoughts and beliefs of a 4 year old in an emotionally difficult moment can still be governing them unconsciously many years later.

Once you have tapped to clear the negative energy held within these memories you are able to have new insights about the past whilst simultaneously creating new positive beliefs about yourself in your current situation. This in turn frees your energy so you can begin creating new ideas and possibilities for how you can step out of your comfort zone towards whatever your heart is calling you to with positivity and confidence.

© Amy Branton.

Amy Branton runs Free Heart EFT a heart centred therapy practice based in Sussex dedicated to helping people bring positive change to their lives using EFT and Matrix Reimprinting.

http://www.freehearteft.co.uk

https://twitter.com/amyfreeheart

http://www.facebook.com/FreeHeartEFT

 

Pictures from the heart

When we re-imprint a new image during a Matrix Reimprinting session we are making use of the mind-heart connection the Institute for HeartMath Research has spent the past 20 years studying. Traditionally scientific research has focused on the signals the brain sends to the heart. However the HeartMath research has shown that the brain and the heart have a dynamic, two-way communication where each organ is influencing the other. They have found the heart communicates with the brain in four ways neurologically (through the transmisson of nerve impulses) biochemically (via hormones and neurotransmitters), biophysically (through pressure waves) and energetically (through electromagnetic field interactions).

The studies show that the heart has the most powerful electromagnetic field in the human body. In fact the heart’s electrical field is 60 times greater in amplitude than that of the brain and changes depending on our emotional state. It has also been shown that The many different studies they have undertaken demonstrate that intentionally creating a positive feeling state in your heart changes the communication between the heart and the brain enabling people to achieve significant shifts of perception, reach states of increased mental clarity, heightened intuitive awareness and influence the emotional state of those close to them.

The hearts electromagnetic field transmits information that can affect the brain waves of another person.

 

Sending out positive emotions from your heart to the field

During a Matrix session we support this mind-heart connection in a way that allows people to shift their perceptions about the issue they are working with and use their intuition to guide them in creating a new positive picture filled with positive emotions. This picture is then reimprinted in the Matrix using the powerful energy field of their heart allowing them to reach a place of resolution and healing. When they send the image back into the field through their hearts they are also positively changing the energy fields of others who have been involved in their healing journey in the Matrix.

It can be useful to create a representation of your picture, perhaps write a description, sketch it or find an object that represents it you so you can bring it into the physical world as a reminder of the positive transformation that has taken place and a doorway to return to that picture and the positive feelings contained within it anytime you feel the need.

© Amy Branton.

Amy Branton runs Free Heart EFT a heart centred therapy practice based in Brighton dedicated to helping people bring positive change to their lives using EFT and Matrix Reimprinting.

The heart feels when the soul knows

Many people feel anxiety as they try to keep up with the fast pace of their technologically ‘enhanced’ and ‘perfect’ life. Worrying they are somehow not enough without validating themselves through ownership of the latest consumer gadgets. All the while they are constantly bombarded with advertising messages about the next big thing. The problem is it is never enough. There is always something more, some new app, feature or function that promises the ultimate fulfilment.

All this means that today more than any other time it is harder to connect with the truth of our feelings and the message from our soul found within them.  Everyday we see people all around us clutching their mobile phones, pressing buttons and staring at the screen as if they somehow have the answer for the unmet collective need for a deeper connection with each other. Never before have we had so many ways of communicating with each other and yet there is so much isolation and loneliness caused by the industrial age.

Mossy Waterfall

Creating a sanctuary for your heart  

If this resonates with you don’t worry it is a good thing and a sign that you need to start listening more carefully to your feelings. To help you do this imagine a place you can go in your mind when you need to listen to your heart. It may be a room with an open fire and the warm glow of scented candles, it could be a beautiful waterfall with the water cascading down mossy rocks into a crystal clear pool or perhaps be a woodland in spring covered with a beautiful carpet of blue bells. It doesn’t matter where it is what’s important is that this special place is your creation and that it has meaning for you. You may choose to go there alone or you may invite others who are able to bring qualities of awareness that can support you in listening to the truth in your heart. Sometimes it takes courage to really hear what is being said, especially when it means bringing change into our lives. Remember you don’t have to fit in with other people’s feelings about life. Your heart is the doorway to your soul and as such it has unique messages of guidance just for you.

Make it a habit to go there regularly and ask your heart what you need to know, maybe you need some guidance or perhaps reassurance about a decision you have made. Whatever you need you can trust that your heart will connect you with the innate wisdom of your soul and the right answer will emerge.

Of course acting on it is a whole other matter….

© Amy Branton.

Amy Branton runs Free Heart EFT a heart centred therapy practice based in Sussex dedicated to helping people bring positive change to their lives using EFT & Matrix Reimprinting, therapies from the emerging field of energy psychology. 

http://www.freehearteft.co.uk

https://twitter.com/amyfreeheart

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