Moving From Emotional Chaos Into The Light


An illustration of a chaos funnel

Getting caught in a chaos funnel

Nancy Smeltzer, MFA

Have you ever felt as if you’re caught in an emotional whirlwind, but don’t have any idea as to how to grab hold and gain some stability? For me, it often feels as if I’m being sucked down an emotional chaos funnel, and it can be as dark and scary as a tornado. I have so been there, and done that! That’s why it was so easy for me to make this illustration of the metaphor of what I’m shown when I’m working on one of these funnels of my own or that of a client. The illustration shows a top view looking down into what feels like the craziness that is swirling around. For me, round and round I’ve gone, feeling trapped, alone, and scared.

As a diagnostic tool, these funnels are beneficial, as the height, speed, and degree of darkness all tell me something about how big of an issue I’m working with. As they decrease in height, I’m eventually left with what looks like a circle on the floor, such as the ring you might see if a coffee cup had spilled a little onto a table or floor. At that point, I clean up the residue, even down into the metaphorical floorboards, and the issue usually disappears. That’s when I know that the emotional chaos has moved into the Light and Peace.

However, what could you do if you can’t “see” the funnel as I can? I’ll have more on that topic in a future blog and why it is that we hang on to chaos funnels when obviously they don’t serve us well. For right now, use the alternative healing technique, Peace Breathing that I spoke about in a previous blog, where you follow each breath in and out as if it were your last one. We all breathe, even though it may be tight and restricted when we’re scared, and by following your breath, that gives you something easy to focus on which settles you down.

The following link has a great description of an emotional triangle which gives a more traditional explanation of the roles that people in our lives play in helping us to stay stuck in our messiness. Usually, we don’t get ourselves into complex issues all by ourselves, but my take is that we’re the only ones who can heal our own issues. The other people who may be involved in what’s going on with you have their own contracts with the Divine, and may or may not choose to work on their stuff. In other words, the only person you can really change is yourself. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to do the work by yourself, so by all means, seek me or some other practitioner out for help. It’s often very hard to see our own blind spots.

Have you been caught up in emotional chaos that sounds like what I’ve been describing? How did you handle it and what were some of the insights that you discovered?

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About Nancy Smeltzer

I'm passionate about long distance spiritual and alternative healing, having had a successful practice now for over ten years. My clients work with me over the phone and on Skype from all over the USA and Canada, as well as Switzerland, Russia, and Australia. I specialize in helping people heal their negative repeating patterns of behavior and remove the stuck energy in their unconscious minds. By doing that, they can quit going round and round in circles,. repeating the same mistakes, and move forward to having the life of their dreams. Besides my holistic healing practice, I've also been professionally creating art quilts and other fiber arts for over 30 years. My specialty is contemporary beaded art quilts. On my web site, I bill myself as the "Self Proclaimed Button and Bead Queen of Maryland (USA)." My recent works have images that are based on what I see when I tap into a person's energy field and are called Meditation Gardens. These visionary art pieces are the perfect place for that person to play and meditate. In my spare time, I'm a rabid, avid "dirty nails" gardener, composing scenes with plants. Sometimes, I come inside so dirty that my clothes have to go straight into the washing machine; they're too dirty for the dirty clothes hamper! -The Official Google + site for Nancy Smeltzer
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