What is an Emotional Footprint?
An Emotional Footprint is a sophisticated and ultimately beneficial program designed to store, and later trigger, any emotions that were not processed and released at the time they were experienced.
While our experience of these triggered emotions is often painful, our subconscious creates Emotional Footprints to direct your awareness to a lie that exists beneath that emotion (such as you are powerless, not good enough, or not loved). This lie is the reason that your brain could not adequately process and integrate the emotions when you first experienced them.
What Does It Mean That There’s a Lie Beneath the Emotion?
The Biko Method centers on the philosophy that at the highest level of truth, all that exists is Love. Anything that isn’t love (fear, anger, betrayal, suffering) is ultimately a lie. So when you experience a harmful event that makes you feel unloved, unworthy, or not good enough, you are experiencing a story that is not true, but feels very true in the moment.
To protect you from two such opposing realities, your brain simply does not integrate them and the experience of the pain becomes a lie in your space that contradicts a healthy, balanced perspective or world-view.
The Emotional Footprint is created as a mechanism to contain the painful lie, and to periodically resurface it to your awareness so that you have an opportunity to perceive it for the lie that it is, and release it.
The problem arises when we don’t know how to perceive and release the lie. Because no one ever taught us how to operate our own Emotional or Feeling System.
The good news is that the latest science: neuropsychology, brain science, trauma research and emotional psychology are showing us that we can repair the damage done by these unwanted emotions – to our brains, nervous system, body and lived experience. These sciences are also beginning to explain how these unresolved emotions impair brain function and impact our nervous system, body and experience in the first place.
When an Emotional Footprint triggers an intense emotion or behavior, you’re not just feeling a single biochemical emotion. Most often there is an entire cascade of neurological, physical and behavioral responses triggered that are largely outside of conscious control. This is not to excuse any emotionally-triggered behavior, but rather to provide the hope and promise that you can do something about it.
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The Four Ways Emotional Footprints Affect You
To be specific, there are four primary ways you can tell an Emotional Footprint has been activated:
1 — The Rogue Emotion
An intense emotion gets triggered, as if out of nowhere, or you experience a rush of emotion that feels more intense than the situation normally calls for. When this happens, you are experiencing unprocessed past emotions that will affect your current thoughts and can create confusion or responses inappropriate to the current situation.
2 — Polarized Behaviors
You may find that you can turn on a dime, calm one moment and then livid in the next. Often, people find themselves saying, “I don’t know what came over me. It’s like I was someone else in that moment.” In order to perceive a lie in your space, the Emotional Footprint does its best to have you behave in a way that helps you see both polarities of the underlying fear or belief at its core. When you experience two opposing polarities, you are forced to ask yourself, “Which one is the real me?”
3 — Repeating Patterns & Experiences
Women who always date the same kind of guy… yo-yo dieters who inevitably binge, then diet, then binge again… that guy who holds so much promise, yet he finds a reason to quit every job he gets… these scenarios are cliche for a reason. They are the result of unconscious behavioral and belief patterns that get a person to play out the same experience over and over again, like some tragic broken record. The record is broken because it’s playing the tune of the lie you are being asked to perceive and release.
4 — Unconscious Agreements
If you’ve ever woken up one day to realize the life you’re living was your mother or father’s dream and not yours, or you find that your spouse is always sick, forcing you into a caregiver mode that stifles your freedom, these are examples of unconscious agreements. At a subconscious or conscious level, we decided at some point that we had to make our father proud, or that to love someone unconditionally means that we must heal them and always take care of them… these are not only powerful beliefs but can also become agreements we feel bound to whether we’re fully aware of them or not.
While the sentiment within an unconscious agreement may be a noble one (caring for others), it can become harmful when it forces you into a recurring experience that feels trapped or stifling, drawing to you people and circumstances that prevent you from living the life you desire.
As we can see from the above, when an Emotional Footprint activates, you experience a lack of control — over yourself and over your life. You often feel powerless. The Emotional Footprint is trying to show you in no uncertain terms that a part of you must already feel out of control or powerless.
But here’s the catch: it’s not enough to recognize powerlessness, or enough to feel your feelings when attempting to release an Emotional Footprint. Not once the emotions have been stored and an Emotional Footprint has been created around them.
To release an Emotional Footprint and the negative emotions associated with it, you must satisfy the program by perceiving and releasing the lie.
In essence, the purpose of an Emotional Footprint is to point the finger (through the signpost of your emotions) at damaging beliefs or stories — any lie in your space — that prevents you from knowing and living the truth of who you are.
At its essence, an Emotional Footprint asks you to accept, rather than resist, the felt emotion, while simultaneously rejecting the belief or lie that is causing the emotion.
Does that sound like a cruel joke? For a long time, that’s how most people experienced their own Emotional Footprints. Luckily, things have changed. It has never been easier to release Emotional Footprints and stored negative emotions.
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You are so much more than your emotions, and yet for most people, emotions dictate quality of life and impressions of self.
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