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  • Writer's pictureCarolyn Wright

Emotions, Stress, Vices and "The Emotion Code"

Have you ever had this gut feeling that turned out to be true? My gut tells me "The Emotion Code" can assist the equine to release trapped negative emotions and stop undesirable vices.

Horses have emotions! Horses stress and act out their internal, emotional stress through vices, such as weaving, cribbing, stall walking, etc. Chronic stress will eventually lead to health problems, and behavior problems. Chronic stress has the capability to cause reproductive problems, muscle tension, heart disease, colic, kidney disease, muscle damage, even death. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) each meridian is associated with an emotion. For instance, fear is associated with the kidneys or the bladder. It can becomes housed within the kidney or bladder causing havoc.

Let me explain; there is a growing amount of evidence that suggests emotions lead to the failure of the body:

"Specifically, it is the unresolved emotions - our hurts - that have the power to create the physical conditions that we recognize as cardiovascular disease; tension, inflammation, high blood pressure, and clogged arteries." This mind-body relationship was documented recently in a landmark study at Duke University directed by James Blumenthal. He identified long-term experiences of fear, frustration, anxiety and disappointment as examples of the kind of heightened negative emotions that are destructive to the heart and put us at risk. Each is part of a broader umbrella that we commonly identify as 'hurt.'

"Therapist Tim Laurence, founder of the Hoffman Institute of England, describes the potential impact of our failure to heal and forgive what he calls 'old hurts and disappointments' (Braden, 2006).

The vagus nerve stimulation starts at the base of the brain and travels to 1. the pharynx, 2. Left lung, 3. right lung, 4. heart, 5. stomach, 6. liver, 7. spleen, 8. pancreas, 9. right kidney, 10. small intestine, 11. large intestine. It is my belief that every emotion has direct contact with the vagus nerve and is associated with almost every major organ system in the body. We all know that stress is a major health concern. The energy of the emotion have the power to cause breakdown of the organs.

The Vagus Nerve (Cranial Nerve Ten or CN X) is one of the largest nerve systems in the body. It sends updated sensory information about each organ within the body to the brain. Approximately 85% of the nerve fibers communicate the condition of the viscera to the brain. Gut feelings are emotional intuitions transmitted to the brain through the vagus nerve and have been linked to changing mood, unique types of anxiety and fear. Likewise, the messages from the brain travel downward vis the vagus nerve to the organs within the body.

The vagus nerve is the command center for the operation of the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS). This is the same system of the horse when a bodyworker is able to get your horse relaxed and release tension within the muscular system. A duel directional communication between the periphery and central nervous system, is said to be an intricate part of a feedback system. The vagus nerve serves as a governing task in the communication of emotions because feedback from the heart to the brain via the vagus and independent of the spinal cord.

Stress raises the body's level of epinephrine and norepinephrine. The epinephrine and norepinephrine accelerate the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) to over-ride the PNS. When your horse's stress level rises, the SNS kicks in and releases epinephrine and norepinephrine; the vice (weaving, stall walking, cribbing, etc.) releases endorphins, which lower the stress level and allows the PNS to take over again.

Because the horse had an impeccable memory, second only to the elephant, traumatic events can stay within the physical body and become trapped, another more familiar term is 'emotional baggage.' Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. explains, "Long after a traumatic experience is over, it may be reactivated at the slightest hint of danger and mobilize disturbed brain circuits and secrete massive amounts of stress hormones."

Trapped emotions cause interference with healthy functions of the body's organ systems and tissues, causing pain, fatigue, illness, and undesirable vices. The invisible energy of the trapped emotions continue to undiagnosed by conventional medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine and other ancient modalities of healing believe that dis-ease is initiated by the imbalance within the body. Trapped emotions are the most common imbalance sentient beings suffer from. Because the emotional energy is invisible, emotions cause a wide variety of physical problems without being revealed. Everything the horse has ever experienced, good or bad, is recorded in the subconscious mind.

Each trapped emotions is separate and exists in a particular area of the body, vibrating as its individual frequency. After a while, the surrounding tissue begin to vibrate at the same frequency (phenomenon resonance). Perfect example of this is when an agitated person infects a roomful of people, or walked into a room after an argument; this invisible energy effect is incredibly powerful.

After releasing the emotion, what happens to it? When a magnet is run along the Governing Vessel Meridian, an opposing energy is created in the shape of magnified intention, consequently, the trapped emotion gets voided; it dissipates and disappears. Think of the releasing the trapped emotion like the magnetic strip of a credit card encoded with information; when a magnet come in contact with the magnetic strip, all pertinent information disappears and renders the card useless. The release of trapped emotions will generate a rapid, remarkable result; however, much of the effects are subtle, yet they produce a sense of contentment and peace.

The Emotion Code should never replace veterinary care, but used as an adjunctive therapy. This type of therapy can never interfere with other equine modalities, including but not limited to Craniosacral therapy, chiropractic therapy, tension release therapy, or massage therapy.

"Animals can communicate quite well, and they do. And generally speaking, they are ignored." ~Alice Walker~

"If the trials of your life seem overwhelming to you, remember that God has a purpose for you and that you are loved." ~Dr. Bradley Nelson~


Nelson, B. (2007). The Emotions Code, Mesquite, NV: Wellness Unmasked PUblishing

Sircus, M. (2014, December 4). Function of the Vagus Nerve. Retrieved from

Van Der Kolk, B. (2015). The Body Keeps Score. [Kindle Edition]: New York, NY. Penguin Random House LLC.

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