If someone was to find that there is pain and tension in their chest, the first thing that could come to mind is that there is something wrong with their heart. It could also be a challenge for them to breath, which could mean that they will believe that there is something wrong with their lungs too.
After coming to this occlusion, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they were to end up being consumed by anxiety and even fear. The next step might be for them to go and see their doctor or they could end up going to a hospital.
To their amazement, they may be told that there is actually nothing wrong with this area of their body. This assessment may have been made after a number of different tests were conducted.
Or, they may be told that they have Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy (broken heart syndrome), which has caused their left ventricle to become enlarged. In this case, they may be told that everything will soon return to how it was and they could be given medication.
If they were to ask why their heart has responded in this way, they may be told that this is what usually takes place when someone experiences a fair amount of physical and/or emotional stress. One could then be asked if they are going through or have recently been through a stressful time.
After thinking about what has been taking place in their life, they may say that there isn’t anything that they can pinpoint Then again, they may say that they have recently gone through a break up or that they are in a relationship that is not going well.
However, even if one has recently gone through a break up, they may struggle to understand how this would affect their heart. What could add to this is that one might not have even felt sad after it came to an end.
So, while it would have been a stressful time, it wouldn’t have been something that stopped them from being able to carry on as normal. This could show that one doesn’t have a strong connection with their body.
If they were able to connect to their body, they would probably find that they are in a lot of emotional pain. There will then be the physical pain they are in and there will be the emotional pain to go with it.
Perhaps one was able to connect to their emotions before or maybe this is how they have been for a very long time. If they have been this was for a quite some time, it could mean that they are also carrying pain from other break ups.
A Different Response
Alternatively, one could be acutely aware of the emotional pain that is in their body. It is then not going to be hard for them to see how their emotional body has impacted their physical body.
Still, one might still find it hard to comprehend how a break up could cause them to experience so much pain; pain that is so intense that it ends up manifesting into a physical symptom. Ever since it ended, they may have spent a fair amount of time crying.
Irrespective of whether one is in tune with how they feel in this part of their body, there is the chance that the pain also relates to what took place during their beginning of their life. This will then explain why there is much tension in this area of their body.
What has occurred throughout heir adult years will then have gone on top of what occurred throughout their early years. The beginning of their life may have been a time when they were neglected, meaning their needs were rarely met.
Through being rejected and abandoned during this time, it would have caused them to experience a lot of emotional pain. As the presence of the people around them wasn’t there, this pain would have stayed within them.
Disconnecting from it would have been the only way for them to stop themselves from being overwhelmed. It was then not something that they chose to do; it was something that just happened to ensure their survival.
Life Goes On
The years would then have passed and what took place would have been forgotten about, yet the pain would have stayed there. This pain would have been lying dormant until something happened in their life to bring it up to the surface.
If the pain in someone’s chest is the result of emotional pain that is trapped – or frozen - in their chest, it is unlikely that this will be solved by taking medication. The only thing that this will do is stop this energy from being released from their body.
Said another way, it will simply mask the symptoms; creating the impression that everything is fine. One way that someone can release the tension that is in their chest is to connect to the pain and then to cry it out.
If someone is out of touch with their emotions and can only connect to the physical pain, it can show that their body is carrying a lot of trauma. This is likely to be why they are disconnected from themselves.
Once they start to work through this trauma, their emotional self will gradually start to open up. This is something that can take place with the assistance of a therapist or a healer.
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Oliver JR Cooper
Oliver JR Cooper
Author of 25 books, Transformational Writer, Teacher & Consultant.
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That which is contained within these articles is based on my own empirical understanding and is true for me at the time they were written. However, as I continue to grow, what I perceive as the truth will inevitably change and as a result of this - parts of these articles may not reflect my current outlook.