Have you ever had a moment when the world around you went into slow motion, your hearing faded, and you dissociated from reality? Chances are you experienced a gray-out. Following last week’s whisper on Astral Travel, the whispers from the loving light focused my attention to this term. Gray-out refers to a loss of consciousness. Gray-outs are triggered when consciousness is separating from the physical before total separation is complete. It’s the in-between stage to astral travel. Suppressed emotions are likely part of the energetic mechanism.
There is a concept that depression is anger turned inward. When a person holds back powerful emotions, they can develop a way of being in the world that includes repression of all emotions. The inability to cry or to laugh is energetically associated with unexpressed emotions. Long-term patterns of repression of emotional energy can lead to fatigue (trapped energy), lack of enthusiasm, food issues, lack of empathy, sexual blocks, or a refusal to take part in anything that makes you feel good. Low self-esteem drives inaction.
Survivors of trauma and abuse often develop a very controlled exterior. What you see on the outside may not truly reflect what is happening inside that person. The result can be a distancing from the true self, which serves to add more guilt and shame around the question ‘What’s wrong with me?’ The cure might be as simple as allowing the rage to come out! (tee hee). That sounds simple, but in reality could seem impossible. Let’s explore the impossible with a whisper on the subject of gray-out:
A gray-out experience can be triggered by something traumatic or something that seems rather insignificant: receiving a medical diagnosis, news of a death, any type of loss from a job to a relationship, a confrontation, or even something that brings extreme love or joy. With the current climate of uncertainty, more people are experiencing a gray-out. This is due to the isolation, lack of human touch, a collective fear, and the loss of emotional outlets.
Suppression of emotions leads to compression of energy. Compressed energy in the head can lead to overthinking, intellectualizing emotions, loss of identity, and a lack of vision for the future. In the throat area, one might develop a cold, a cough, a slowed-down metabolism, or a blocked healing process. Compression around the heart leads to overdoing, frustration, and the inability to forgive yourself. Compression in the stomach area leads to procrastination, digestive issues, depression, and a lack of satisfaction or fulfillment. With an overabundance of energy in the sacral area comes sexual blocks and the inability to cleanse from the past. Compressed energy in the root is often experienced as anxiety and the development of unhealthy patterns.
There are many ways to express and ultimately release suppressed emotions: physical activity with intent, writing, speaking directly and honestly in every situation, engaging with your passion, or a focus on letting go and acceptance. The intention to stop being so hard on yourself is mandatory to healing. Becoming an observer instead of a reactor helps reach higher levels of self-awareness. The embrace of all emotions and expression of them as your reason for being here is paramount to understanding how every experience made you a stronger person. Loving your life means loving yourself. You have a voice that wants to sing the song in your heart.
Bring joy, ease suffering and create beauty, then dance like you mean it!
“The process of dissociation is an elegant mechanism built into the human psychological system as a form of escape from (sometimes literally) going crazy. The problem with checking out so thoroughly is that it can leave us feeling dead inside, with little or no ability to feel our feelings in our bodies. The process of repair demands a re-association with the body, a commitment to dive into the body and feel today what we couldn’t feel yesterday because it was too dangerous.”