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What is emotional freedom? Really?
Anyone you ask will give you their own definition; and, eventually, you’ll need to find your own way to define what emotional freedom means for you. What I have to offer you here is my way of thinking about it.
For me, emotional freedom is the ability to CHOOSE how I will (and will not) feel about anything and anyone.
All choice starts and ends in the mind. The body is within the mind and is always responding to the mind.
Our inner environment (especially thoughts and feelings) affects how we perceive and respond to our outer environment. Our outer environment affects how we feel and what we think, to varying degrees.
Choosing to monitor and purposely create preferable inner and outer environments is at the core of all conscious evolution and blissful contentment.
If you’ve ever felt emotionally highjacked by overwhelming feelings that were not enjoyable (and perhaps even unbearable), you know exactly what I’m talking about. It sucks to feel terrible or terrified or angry! It sucks the life energy right out of us and leaves us feeling powerless.
The good news, as hard as it may be to believe, is that we do actually have a choice in the matter. We may not be able to change an overwhelming feeling in the moment; but we can certainly change the amount of power that feeling has over us.
We can make choices that are well-balanced (and the best choices available to us at the time) IF we choose from a place of reasonableness and calm.
Nothing good ever comes from purely emotional choices.
Here are a few techniques you can practice to start increasing your level of emotional freedom. If you find yourself being overwhelmed by a strong feeling (and, sometimes, that includes too high highs), try:
TAKE A DEEP BREATH IN AND EXHALE VERY SLOWLY. Doing so will activate calming messages from your cerebral cortex to the rest of your nervous system. Purposely slowing down your exhales is much like “a sigh of relief” and, notice, your body always relaxes slightly with a sigh of relief.
CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. Even if you’re not willing to accept any different points of view that come up (new ideas, the compassionate view, the objective view), the act of looking at anything differently engages analytical reasoning. Emotion devoid of reasoning always leads to bad places. Engage your critical mind and the energetic force of overpowering emotion will dissipate.
SIT WITH THE FEELING FOR 5 MINUTES. Feelings are messages. There is a level of consciousness that resides in the physical body. When a feeling becomes overwhelming, it’s your body basically screaming out the message (something you’ve probably been ignoring or just couldn’t “hear” before). Take all of your focused attention and place it into the space of your body where the feeling is most noticeable. “Sit” your attention down in that space and just feel what needs to be felt for 3-5 minutes. Then, put your hand on your heart and say out loud “I know.”
GET GROUNDED IN THE PRESENT MOMENT. Use your senses (taste, touch, sound, sight) to pull as much of your attention as possible into your outer environment. Look for what’s solid, stable, and relatively good in your immediate outer environment and center your attention on it. Feel the ground under your feet. Push a wall. Open the window and smell the fresh air. Take the focus of your attention into what is stable right at that moment in your outer environment. The energy inside you will redirect with your focus.
These are just a few simple techniques to help get you started. Emotional freedom doesn’t happen over night (not for anyone). And it’s an ongoing process to maintain emotional freedom because there is always something or someone to influence how you feel.
It’s worth the effort though. When you have more emotional freedom: (1) You are not emotionally dependent on anything or anyone for happiness, a sense of safety, or a feeling of overall well-being; (2) You feel more self-secure because you’re in charge of managing your feelings; (3) You feel more confident just being yourself because what is outside of you can no longer emotionally dominate you (at least, not for long).
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Hi! I’m Sloan Rawlins, and it’s my pleasure to “meet” you. I am a Holistic Life Coach, Advanced Angelic Healing Practitioner, and Professional Intuitive. I am also a Light Bearer: a liaison of Light
My special gift, and my expertise, is helping people transcend their conditioned realities and start living happier lives. It’s my calling, and I love it!
There’s a saying, “God doesn’t call the qualified. God qualifies the called.” When I answered the call to Awaken (and to free myself from childhood wounds, subconscious self-sabotage, and low self-esteem in the process), I had no idea that the Divine Plan was for me to become well-qualified to help people around the world do the same. But that is exactly what happened, thankfully!
While my qualification process was sometimes arduous, I wouldn’t change anything about it, if I could. The human experience can be challenging for us all. My soul’s experience in humanity has been no exception. I was first introduced to self-realization through the forceful prodding of existential pain. There was a time in my life, many years ago, when it hurt me just to exist.
By Divine Grace and a strong commitment to my own transformation, all that has changed. Now that I know how to live a peacefully empowered life, that is exactly what I do. Each new day brings growth opportunities, new levels of healing, and a bit of magic.
I made a commitment to consciousness years ago, and the years have brought both difficult transitions and exquisite rewards. It is all magical to me now.
That ability – the ability to maintain a positive focus and a clear center (no matter what is happening), is something I had to learn for myself. And it has become a great gift to me. I love to share that ability (and other life-giving skills) with other people. After all, we are all in this together!
I am always inspired by the opportunity to walk with a fellow traveler on the journey of transformation and conscious evolution. I see myself as a guide who happens to know the terrain. It is an absolute honor to support, assist, and encourage clients as they create the inner and outer experiences they’ve always dreamed of.
Thank you for visiting this page and learning more about who I am and what I do. Please be sure to visit my coaching page before you go.
CERTIFICATIONS & DEGREES
Sloan Rawlins, B.A., J.D. is a Certified Master Life Coach.
She is also an Ordained Inter-Faith Minister.
Certified Spiritual Life Coach
Certified Angelic Healing Practitioner
Certified Advanced Angelic Healing Practitioner
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) & TFT (Thought Field Therapy)
Certified Life Story Coach
Certified Holistic Life Coach
Certified Cognitive Behavioral Coach
Health & Nutrition Life Coach (Certificate of Completion)
Stress Management Coaching Certification (2014-2016)
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