EMOTIONAL DETOXING: CLEARING THE EMOTIONAL BODY The emotional body is comprised of the psyche. The psyche may also be referred to as soul, spirit or mind. Clearing the emotional body is the process of releasing tensions that have accumulated within us that block us from reaching our highest potential in life. It is similar to clearing the body of toxins that affect its functioning and attainment of optimal health. The difference is that the emotional detoxing focuses on emotions. The journey of knowing thyself, i.e. self-realization, begins with understanding the self. This requires self-study that will unlock self-knowledge and eventually an understanding of the meaning and purpose of your existence. To understand the self we need to look deeper into our body and mind and how our experiences and our environment have influenced our perception of life. Sadly, human beings are conditioned to focus on the external, paying attention on the lives of others instead of focusing on the self and how it is unfolding. Our focus should be on why we behave in a certain way and how our actions affect those around us so that we can improve our livelihoods. It is important to understand oneself in order to understand the nature of existence. By becoming self-aware, we are able to identify reactions that result from conditioning and belief systems, the preconceptions that negatively affect our visualisation, distort our reality and cause us suffering. Furthermore, we are able to realise how the tension that has accumulated over time keeps us uptight about things that do not matter which add to the suffering. We then learn how to eliminate these tensions so that they do not have power over us so that our minds can become pure, peaceful, and happy. Emotions are stored in the mind they are the main cause of the internal tensions that we mentioned in the previous passages. For the purpose of this program the definition that an emotion is “a strong feeling deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others” is adopted. The mind is comprised of the higher and the lower mind. All of the experiences and events that we were exposed to from infancy are stored in the lower mind. The reason being that at this age there are no pre-existing beliefs to counteract what we are receiving and the mind absorbs everything. Emotional detoxing involves clearing the lower mind of trauma, beliefs and patterns of self-sabotage. Hence, the process includes dealing with inner child matters, healing the wounded inner child.