These are most often associated with the death: death of a loved one, death of a relationship. But we grieve more than people. We can grieve the loss of a job, the loss of youth, the loss of a home.

In its root form, grief is about dispersion. It’s associated with the season of autumn when the trees let go of the leaves. By letting go of the leaves, the trees pull inward for a time and allow their roots to grow so that when spring comes then new life can bud forth with new leaves and new fruit.

In the body, grief is there to remove the emotional charge from our memories so that we can keep the memories and look back with fondness and appreciation for that person or time in our lives. When the natural function of grief gets out of balance and we begin to live in a state of not ever being able to let things go, then it sets up a myriad of symptoms in the body including the potential for heart disease and chronic lung conditions such as repeated bronchitis or even cancer. Digestive systems can begin to experience constipation or diarrhea.

BodyTalk can address these issues in a number of different ways. Here is an example of how a session might look:

We may highlight some internal “programming” that is causing disharmony in physical, emotional, mental or spiritual aspects of the client. I should note here that current researchers are looking at what we call epigenetics (see video “Ghost in Your Genes”). Epigenetics is basically showing that there are genes (markers) on top of our genes. These markers tell the genes how to express themselves. Is the gene supposed to be turned on or off?

At this time, I would like to note that if you feel like you’ve been held captive by any of the following, then know that it is possible to also become free.


A genetic influence or predisposition for excessive grief or grief out of balance. This creates a perpetual state of mourning or even depression.


A genetic influence or predisposition to “hold one’s breath” like waiting for the other shoe to drop or “waiting with bated breath” as though there is the feeling that something bad is going to happen.


Any toxins that affect the respiratory system can cause an imbalance of grief, especially if these toxins happened to damage the genes that affect the lungs.


“Pervasive” grieving. This is grieving that just won’t let go as though it is part of your very being. As though you wouldn’t know who you were if you weren’t grieving.

Now that we’ve highlighted some of what might be going on, the next priority might be to use the Cellular Repair technique to repair any cells in the respiratory system as well as release an excess of the emotion of despair.

All of what’s been listed so far is there to help the body breathe. If you are breathing then you are living. If you are breathing then every organ in your body is getting a nice massage, which makes your organs feel better and function better.

Next, we bring in the ability to release trauma from life and bring back in the sweet aroma of life (similar to the essential oils of Trauma Life and Aroma Life) so that we can live life in harmony and joy.

To end the session, we bring in a technique designed to get us out of our compulsions about the need to control. Control is born from guilt and fear and keeps us locked in the grid of excessive grief. Once we begin to free ourselves from the need to control, life feels more relaxed.

If any of this speaks to you then I invite you to “tap this session in.” Tapping is one of the BodyTalk philosophies that if we tap on our head then we are telling our brain that this is a new way of thinking and a new way for our body to behave. Tap your head by gently patting the top of your head making sure to touch both sides of the head so that both sides of the brain are involved in learning the new way of thinking. Then tap on the heart (in the middle of the chest over the sternum) to tell the heart to memorize this new way of thinking and to make sure every part of the body gets the message with every heartbeat.

Bless you, body, mind and spirit as you journey to better health!

Kathi Springman, BAT, AdvCBP, ParBP

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