Emotional Set Points

What are Emotional Set Points?

An “Emotional Set Point” is a term created by John Harvey Gray to describe the emotional memories that develop in babyhood and early childhood. These memories follow us for the rest of our lives. They are created as we interact with the people in our lives. These include our parents, brothers and sisters, other family members, other children, and teachers. Emotional set points can be positive or negative. Emotional set points of love, confidence, and happiness are each examples of  positive ones. Anger, sadness, and anxiety are examples of the negative kind. As we go through life, we may not consciously remember the triggers that created our emotional set points. However, they’re still there!

We teach in our Reiki 1 classes that when a stressful situation happens that subconsciously reminds us of one of our emotional set points, emotions are triggered. When the situation passes, our emotions subside. This is normal. Then, when life again brings along another stressful situation, the emotions rise again. When the new situation passes the emotions again subside. These emotional ups and downs create waves of emotions that tend to stay with us throughout our lives. These emotional waves are normal for most of us. The problem begins when many stressful situations occur at the same time. This can change the emotional wave into a straight line. The straight line of negative emotional set points can then communicate to the body. It’s well known that angry people have more heart attacks. People with a set point of sadness are more vulnerable to catching an infectious condition.

A friend of mine, told me her story of never attending kindergarten and how that affected her life. She didn’t know until recently that it is in kindergarten that children bond with each other. Children who are deprived of attending kindergarten have a more difficult time relating to people throughout their lives. Not having attended kindergarten had created a negative emotional set point for my friend.

How Emotional Set Points Affect The Chakras

Chakras are energy wheels of approximately one inch and a half in diameter. There are 7 principal chakras located along the midline of the body. Chakras perform 2 main functions: 1.)  Chakras provide us with energy to supplement what we receive from the food we eat and the air we breathe. 2.) Muscles surrounding the chakras hold  emotional memories. According to John Harvey Gray’s theory of Emotionality in the Chakras, it is the muscles surrounding the chakras, and not the chakras themselves, that hold the emotional memories, the emotional set points. When a person experiences a series of strong negative emotions, the body intuitively hardens those muscles in order to protect itself from feeling the emotion. This response creates a tourniquet effect around the corresponding chakra lowering its energy. Then, the glands and organs that receive their signal from that chakra would not be getting enough life force from the outside. This could create a greater vulnerability to future problems.

 Reiki Helps To Heal Emotional Set Points

Reiki is a harmonizing and balancing energy. Reiki works with the healing wisdom of the body. It is perhaps the gentlest of all healing energies. Reiki helps to balance the body at all levels. This includes the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. As we apply Reiki to ourselves, using Reiki self healing, also known as Reiki self treatment, and continue to practice regularly, over time, Reiki helps to heal our negative emotional set points. We must always remember to be patient. Reiki acts only when we are ready to receive. It never forces change, yet waits patiently for the right time, the moment when we are ready, to do its work. Reiki addresses the root cause, healing the old emotional set points and restoring balance and health to the self. The process is very simple.

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