455: The Emotion Code by Dr. Bradley Nelson

Ashley James And Dr. Bradley Nelson


  • What is the Emotion Code
  • What is the Heart-Wall
  • Trapped emotions can accumulate in one area and cause pain
  • The Emotion Code can be used on humans as well as animals

We all have emotional baggage but does yours cause you physical pain? In this episode, Dr. Bradley Nelson talks about the Emotion Code and how it can help release trapped emotions and alleviate the pain that is caused by emotional baggage.


Hello, true health seeker and welcome to another exciting episode of the Learn True Health podcast. I am so thrilled that you’re here today to learn from Dr. Bradley Nelson and his Emotion Code, how you can heal physical illness through healing the emotional body. He has just thousands upon thousands upon thousands of testimonials on his website. You can check out hundreds of thousands of people around the world that have had amazing results, so you’re going to love today’s interview.

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[00:03:21] Ashley James: Welcome to the Learn True Health podcast. I’m your host, Ashley James. This is episode 455. I am so excited for today’s guest. We have with us Dr. Bradley Nelson. I absolutely am thrilled to introduce you to his technique, and you should get his book The Emotion Code. You can also go to one of his websites, which is emotioncodegift.com and he gives you some great free goodies. Dr. Bradley, I’m really excited to have you on the show because in so many cases I’ve seen where people can heal their body on the physical level when addressing emotional blockages. And when going in and healing things on an emotional, mental, and even spiritual and energetic, everything comes back online. The vitality of the body and the joy comes back online.

I’ve seen so many people with chronic pain when they address the emotional side of their chronic pain, even though for years they've been going to chiropractors, getting acupuncture, or maybe even getting injections of some kind of steroid. But when they address the emotions, the pain went away and it's absolutely fascinating. 

I even had a woman on the show recently talk about her Ph.D. thesis was scanning people's brains while they did emotional work and saw that the pain would actually leave the body. She could see it in the brain, and that sometimes, that chronic pain was in the emotional centers. It lived in the emotional centers of the brain, and how fascinating is that? And this is something that you specialize in is helping people to heal on the emotional level like we should be focusing on.

We focus on healing the body physically, we should be focusing that much effort if not more effort on making sure we're healthy emotionally. I’m thrilled that today you're going to teach us more about your technique, the Emotion Code. Welcome to the show.

[00:05:23] Dr. Bradley Nelson: Well, thank you, Ashley. It's really great to be here.

[00:05:26] Ashley James: Absolutely. Now, you have this really fascinating story that led you—both personally and professionally—to where you are today. I would love for you to share with our listeners so they can fully understand what happened in your life that had you become the healer you are today.

[00:05:42] Dr. Bradley Nelson: Well, it really started when I was seven years old I was really sick with the measles, and I’d overheard my parents talking. I knew that the plan was I was going into the hospital the next day and I was going into something called an oxygen tent. You know how it is when you're a kid and you overhear your parents and they don't think that you're listening, but you are. So I knew the plan.

That night, I was lying on the couch. My parents had made a bed for me on the couch so that I could be near their room. I’m lying there on the couch just feeling really sick, and everyone else has gone to bed. My parents came into the room and my mother said to my father, “Honey, will you kneel down with me and say a prayer for our boy here so that he'll be able to get well,” and so they did. Knowing my dad, I’m sure it was probably the first time that I ever heard my dad pray. My dad was a really great guy but he just was very private in that way. 

Anyway, here they are, they're kneeling down by the side of the couch. My dad is praying for me that I’ll be able to get well, and in the middle of this prayer, I had this unbelievable thing that happened. It started at the top of my head and it went whoosh through my body to the soles of my feet, and I was healed just instantly.

Now to go from being really sick one moment to being completely well in the next moment is just so bizarre, so impossible, and so unforgettable that I remember that like it happened yesterday after all those years. So I held my tongue until my dad was done praying, which didn't take long. When he was done I said, “I’m better. I’m totally better. I’m totally better.” And they said, “That's fine, go back to sleep. Tomorrow you're going into the oxygen tent.” But the next day proved it. I was totally well.

So I filed that away. What I learned from that experience was that there is a higher power that we can draw upon, that higher power goes by different names, and I don't think that it really matters too much. I think that we all have that capacity that we can ask for help from that invisible higher power, so that's what I learned.

Fast forward about another seven years, things tend to run in those seven-year cycles, right? I started having these pains in my back that were so extreme they'd come out of nowhere and they would take my breath away or put me on the ground. I mean, it was like being stabbed with a knife or being run through with a sword or something. It was really extreme. My parents took me to the hospital and they ran all these tests on me. My parents were told that I had kidney disease, that it was about 50% fatal I found out years later from my mother, and that they had nothing to offer. There was no medical treatment, and my parents were told that my kidneys were either going to survive or not. If they didn't survive, I wasn't going to survive basically because they didn't do kidney transplants back then. It was a long time ago.

My parents decided that they would take me to see some alternative doctors, some holistic doctors. Now, these doctors were actually a couple of old-time osteopathic doctors. If you go to an osteopath nowadays, in most cases it's like going to a medical doctor. They prescribe books and so on, and there are some of them who still do some of the things that the old-time osteopathic doctors used to do. Their profession was a lot like chiropractic is now back in those days.

What happened was I think in the early 1960s or maybe the late ‘50s, the medical profession basically came to the osteopathic profession and said, look why don't you just join us and we'll make you like us and you can prescribe drugs and so on, and so they did. But these two, it was a man and a woman and I never really knew for sure, but I think they were kind of fond of each other. They may have a relationship, I never knew. They stayed out and didn't want to have anything to do with becoming allopathic medical doctors, and so they stayed out of it. 

They practiced out on the edge of town in a wheat field in a trailer house. I remember sometimes going there and there would be a busload of people that would just be leaving. People in other states would charter buses and come out and have treatments from these people. They were really really amazing people, really great healers. Dr. Alan Baine and Dr. Ida Harmon were their names.

So my folks took me to see these people. I can remember scraping the mud off my shoes trying to get into their trailer, and it was such a different experience from being in this big multi-million dollar clinic where they ran all these tests, where they couldn't help me, they had nothing to offer. These people started working on me and right away I started feeling better. The pains right away were less severe, less frequent. And within about a month, I had pretty much forgotten that I’d never been sick. My parents took me back to the hospital and they ran all the tests on me, and as I recall they ran the tests twice. They said, “Well, that's a spontaneous remission. Whatever we did must have helped.”

I was only 13 years old, but I wasn't stupid. I knew that these people had actually helped me. So I decided at that time this is what I want to do with my life. I want to be a healer, and if I need to practice out on the edge of town in the middle of a wheat field in a trailer house, hey, that's fine with me. Because those doctors seemed to know what was going on with me, and they seemed to know what I was doing. As far as I knew at age 13, doctors that were found in trailer houses out in wheat fields on the edge of town that seemed to be their natural habitat of doctors got results.

[00:12:25] Ashley James: Man, I want to see a doctor in a treehouse. Just imagine what they could do for you.

[00:12:33] Dr. Bradley Nelson: I did see a doctor in a treehouse once. It was in Hawaii. I’d hurt my back and found a chiropractor. I remember I was waiting in his office and it was on the north shore of Oahu. He actually climbed up the tree and then all of a sudden hopped into the open window from the tree into the waiting room. I thought, okay, I’m in the right place.

[00:13:01] Ashley James: This is my doctor.

[00:13:05] Dr. Bradley Nelson: Exactly.

[00:13:06] Ashley James: What kind of things did the osteopaths do to you? I mean, I’m imagining some form of almost like osteopathic or chiropractic adjustments, but what else did they do to help you heal your body so that your kidneys functioned again?

[00:13:22] Dr. Bradley Nelson: Well, mainly they were realigning my spine and they ultimately ended up giving me various different kinds of potions and concoctions that they had put together. But that's mainly what it was back then. I had misalignments going on in my spine that were interfering with the communication between my brain and my kidneys that weakened my kidneys. They started realigning things for me. It was amazing how well it worked. I mean, really, the change in my body was something that was very obvious to me, something that I could really feel. That's what happened back then.

So then, time went on and in 1980, I spent a semester at Brigham Young University Hawaii campus, which is in Laie on the North Shore of Oahu. That's how I met that chiropractor that came in through the window. Anyway, I took a class in computer programming, and man, that was just something that I just immediately took over my life—computer programming. I became a computer programmer, and as time went on, I used to do consulting. 

I had a business, I called myself the Computer Tutor, which I thought was really clever. Back in the early ‘80s when people would buy computers for their business and they'd have absolutely no idea what to do with it. It would just sit there. They'd hire me to come in and look at the business, program things, and get things set up. So that's what I did, and I really, really loved that. There was something about computers that appealed to the perfectionist in me. If I wrote a program and it wasn't actually perfect, it wouldn't work. That had a great appeal.

So what happened was time went on. At the time, I was going to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah eventually and studying various different things. But I was about six months away from going into the MBA program to get my Master's in Business, and I had decided that's the direction I was going to go. I had this dream of going into the healing arts years before, but I kind of lost sight of that.

So my wife and I went back to Montana where I’m from and we were sitting around with my folks. It was Christmas time 1983. Out of the blue, my dad said to me, “Are you sure that you don't want to go to chiropractic school because it seems like such a great career and you've always wanted to do it?” I said, “No, I’m going this other direction.” And he said, “Well, why don't you think about it one more time?” So I said, “Okay.”

So my wife and I made up a pro and con list, on the one hand getting an MBA and going to work for some big company, and then on the other side going into the healing arts. If you've ever done a prone con list like that, I mean, there were appealing things on both sides, and doing that exercise didn't really help me. But having learned years before that there's a higher power that you can draw upon, that night I got on my knees and I prayed. I just said, “Father in heaven, if you have anything to say about this, help me to know what to do because I’m kind of in the middle of the fence now. I could go either way and be happy.”

So that night I was awakened three different times. When I would wake up it would almost be like I’d been having a dream, but it was an unremembered dream. I would wake up and my mind would be full of all these thoughts of how great it is to be able to help people naturally, heal people naturally, serve people, and so on. I would think, well, yeah. That's true. But then, on the other hand, the computers and then I’d fall back asleep. That happened three times that night, so I’m still not convinced the next day and still don't know what to do.

So that night I’m on my knees again and I’m praying and asking God can help me to figure this out because I still don't know what to do—kind of thick-headed, apparently. That night, the second night, I had this experience where I was awakened again three different times like the night before, but on the second night, each time that I was awakened, the thoughts that I had when I was awakened, the feelings that I had were—if you can imagine—really exponentially more powerful each time. So that on the second night on the third time that I was awakened it was overwhelming at the thoughts of service to mankind, humanity, and the whole planet. I mean, it was absolutely overwhelming. And right then, I heard a voice that spoke to me as clearly as I’m speaking to you right now, Ashley, and it said, “This is a sacred calling.” And I thought, okay, I get it. Thank you. So that was it. I never looked back.

When I got into practice I figured well, God's gotten me into this, maybe he'll help me now. So I developed this habit, and the habit was that before I would go to work on someone I would just take a moment and just ask for help. I just say, “Father in heaven, please help me to help this person. Help me to know what they need in Jesus name, Amen,” basically like that. And it was a totally private, totally personal habit. Nobody ever knew that I was saying a prayer for them, but I was, and it was just a momentary pause really. But I’ll tell you something. I absolutely know for a fact that that higher power—whether you refer to it as God, Father, Jesus, the Creator, source energy, or whatever you want to call—is real, knows what we're doing, and is aware of our lives.

There were times back then when somebody would come in to see me and I didn't know sometimes what to do. I didn't know how to approach this problem, I didn't know what to do, didn't know how to help this person. And in response to that silent prayer, the information that I needed would just flood into me like an avalanche of understanding. Sometimes it would be a totally different way of looking at things than I’d ever either ever considered before, and that nobody else had ever considered before either.

So basically, I was in practice for 17 years in a brick and mortar practice and for about another two and a half years in a distance practice. I had that habit all those years and nobody ever knew it was a totally private thing. Now I teach it as part of what I teach to people how to use the Emotion Code, how to use the body code. It's part of what you do and what we teach people all over the world that it's an important thing. Whatever you believe, it's not a denominational thing. It's just that if you believe in a higher power, well then, you'd be silly not to ask for help because you can get it. It's available for the asking.

So one of the most powerful things that I learned during those years was that all of my patients—no matter how old or young they were, no matter what they were suffering from, whether they were dealing with migraine headaches, neck pain, back pain, knee pain, infertility, asthma, digestive problems, depression, anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, PTSD, eating disorders, or self-sabotage of some kind—I saw the gamut. All of those people had something in common, and it was that they were suffering from what you might call emotional baggage. 

We use that phrase emotional baggage, right? And we usually use it in reference to somebody else. We usually say things like, that guy's really got a lot of emotional baggage, and it's true. The thing is we all have emotional baggage, but what I learned is that our emotional baggage is actually a real thing. That our emotional baggage is a lot more concrete than we have ever thought. To understand how this works, you have to understand what the body really is. 

If you look at your hand, for example, that hand looks pretty solid. You can slap it down on your desk. It makes a nice thunk sound. But if you were to put your hand under a big microscope like say an electron microscope, and if you were to keep zooming in and zooming in and magnifying your hand more and more and more, pretty soon you'd be looking at cells, then pretty soon you'd be looking at this parts of the cell, then pretty soon you'd be looking at the DNA, and then pretty soon you'd be looking at individual molecules. At somewhere between a million and maybe 850 million times magnification, eventually, you're looking face to face at a single individual atom. If you keep magnifying a little more, you see inside the atom. There's really nothing in there. It's empty space. Our bodies are pure energy.

Now, we think of energy and we think of the matter, and we think that they're different, but they're really not. Albert Einstein said that there really is no matter. That all that matter is energy that has had its vibrations slowed down enough to a point that we're actually able to perceive it. And so that's what our bodies are. Our bodies are made of pure energy. 

Some quantum physicists actually figured out recently that because our bodies are energy, you could easily put all 7.8 billion people on earth into a little box the size of a sugar cube and there would be room for even more. That is if you could take all of the empty space out of these bodies of ours.

It's a strange thing really, our existence and these bodies of ours. That they are really more of a force field than anything else. But if you talk to any quantum physicist, they'll all tell you that that is absolutely the truth about our existence, which is hard for us to wrap our heads around but that's the truth of our reality, the truth of our existence.

So anyway, sometimes we feel intense emotions. Sometimes our parents are arguing, we're little, and we're crying ourselves to sleep at night. Sometimes we're in high school, we go through a breakup, and it's devastating. Sometimes somebody close to us dies or is sick, or sometimes we have a bad job. I mean, who knows. We have all kinds of things that go on, and we experience all kinds of emotions, and emotions are a tremendous gift. If we didn't have emotions, I don't think our lives wouldn't be worth living. I think our life would just be a flat line.

So we have these emotions, and we have positive ones like joy, happiness, and so on, but we also have negative ones. It's the negative ones that tend to cause trouble for us. Think about a time in your own life when you were really upset about something. Maybe it wasn't that long ago. Maybe it was today. Maybe it was last week. Were there things that you went through in your life that was difficult? Did you ever cry yourself to sleep at night, were you ever abused, or did you ever go through anything that was difficult to bear? The reality of it is the vast majority of people, with few exceptions, have gone through emotionally difficult things.

Now, the problem is when you're feeling an intense emotion of anger or maybe it's resentment, frustration, grief, or sadness—whatever it might be. When you're feeling an emotion like that, if you're feeling it powerfully enough, your whole being—that whole energy field that is who you are—can be resonating and vibrating with that particular frequency. Sometimes what happens is that emotion can be too powerful, and it can actually then become lodged in the body, and this is emotional baggage. We refer to this as trapped emotions.

A trapped emotion is a ball of energy that is from about the size of a baseball to about the size of a softball, and these become lodged in the body. They can lodge anywhere in the body, and then they will cause a couple of different effects. They will cause physical effects. Pain is one of the big effects that they tend to cause. Again, when I was in practice and I had all kinds of people suffering from all kinds of different problems, I found that emotional baggage or trapped emotional energies were often at the root of all of these problems.

So to give you an idea of how this can work, there was a man that came in to see me many years ago. He had really severe low back pain. It was a 9 on a 0-10 scale, he said. He rated himself. If it's a 10 you go to the ER and he was a 9. He was in a lot of pain, and I tested him using the Emotion Code. And with the Emotion Code, what we're able to do is we're able to very simply, very easily tap into the subconscious mind. 

The subconscious mind is where all the good information is. It's the part of you that is keeping track of everything that's ever happened to you in your life. It's the part of you that remembers everything you've ever done, every face you've ever seen in a crowd, everything you've ever eaten, tasted, touched, or smelled. All the emotional energies that have gotten trapped in your body.

I’m testing him and I find he has trapped emotion, the emotion is anger. Testing a little bit further, I found this had occurred about 20 years before, and he immediately spoke up and remembered what had happened. He said it was a work situation. He had been falsely accused of something and was really angry about it. That was the emotion, that was what created this trapped emotional energy in his body. So I released that trapped emotion, and his pain level went from a nine to a zero in the snap of a finger, boom. It was gone. It was unbelievable. He kept bending over, walking around in my office, twisting this way that way, and exclaiming he couldn't believe it. It was like a miracle really, and I was grateful that it worked so well. Why did that happen?

There are two parts really to this story, but the first part is the pain relief that this guy got. Why did that happen? Well, you see, when you have a trapped emotion, it literally is a ball of emotional energy. What it's doing is it's residing somewhere in your body, and it's distorting the normal energy field of your body. When the normal energy field of your body is distorted, that's all your body is ultimately an energy field. This guy had a trapped emotion of anger. It was in his low back, and after 20 years of having all of those tissues distorted by that anger energy, eventually, it was causing severe pain. With the release of that trapped emotion, the pain was gone because that distorting force that that emotion was creating in those tissues suddenly was gone.

Well, the story didn't end there. A couple of days later he came back in to see me for a follow-up visit. He said to me, “My back pain is still gone. I still can't quite believe it, but I have to tell you something. When I came here I had another problem that I didn't tell you about. For as long as I can remember, I’ve basically been what you would call a rage-a-holic. I’m always yelling at my wife and my kids. I’ve got to watch road rage. I’ve been to anger management several times, it hasn't really helped me. I’m just an angry person. I’m just kind of on edge all the time. 

Since you worked on me and you released that emotion of anger, I feel really different. Things that would set me off before don't set me off now. I feel kind of relaxed and I feel a certain level of peace. How did you do that? How does that work?” At the time I said, “Well, I really don't know. I just work here.” But here's what we believe, okay. Think about this, and this is I believe the actual truth about emotional baggage. 

This guy's got this ball of energy, this ball of anger in his low back, which seems very strange but I’m telling you that's how this works. It's distorting the energy field in his low back until eventually, it's bad enough that he comes to see me. But overall of those 20 years, it has altered his personality because when a situation would come along in his life where he might tend to become angry, he would become angry much more readily, much more easily. Why? Because part of his body is feeling that emotion of anger 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You see, every emotion is a frequency, it's an energy, and it's a particular vibration. Because part of his body was already vibrating at that frequency—that vibration of anger—it was easy for him to fall into that resonance. That's why after 20 years, he believed that he was an angry person until that trapped emotion was released. 

That's a great example you see of what our emotional baggage does to us and how it affects us. It's such an incredible thing. Sometimes people have physical injuries that leave them with pain for years and years and years, and by removing their emotional baggage, sometimes that just disappears even though it was a physical injury in the beginning.

In fact, just a couple of days ago—we post a new testimonial every day on our site. We have far too many that we can actually post. Our site is at discoverhealing.com, by the way. I’m looking at our site and there's a testimonial I want to share with you. 

This was from February 2nd this year. A woman named Sabrina from Valbonne in France said, “Twenty years ago, I had a big car accident with two whiplashes in a row. It was very painful and for years I had substantial neck problems and vertigo. The agony became worse over the years and, because I had children, I could not get any rest. Eventually, five years ago, my body collapsed with neuralgia and I had to stay in bed for days.” Neuralgia is nerve pain. “The pain was so intense that I went to see several doctors and chiropractors, but it did not help very much. Sometimes it was so excruciating that they could not even touch me.

Then I heard of the Emotion Code and it was like a miracle. I healed myself! Today I can play tennis, run, look after my kids, and work once again. This method saved my life! Many thanks! I want to share it with everyone who is in pain because I know how much things can improve!”

There's a great example of that, right? Somebody who had a really bad car accident 20 years ago and using the Emotion Code on herself she was able to, apparently, get out of pain. She says it saved her life.

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[00:34:35] Ashley James: I’d be curious to know—and maybe you wouldn't know maybe from her but from others—was the trapped emotion about the car accident or did she create the car accidents because of a trapped emotion? The reason why I bring that up is one of my past mentors was getting in a series of fender benders until she realized that she was creating them. It was other people hating her, but there were so many. It was like 12 of them. So many of them that she realized because she was very spiritual and did a lot of emotional work herself—master practitioner and trainer of neuro-linguistic programming. She saw in herself when she went back and went okay, why am I creating this? What's my belief system? What's going on.

She realized that she was creating them because of the emotional distress she was having around her job and how much her unconscious was fighting her because it was completely going against her value system. Staying in that job was going against every fiber of her being but she kept shoulding herself like golden handcuffs, like I should stay here. So she was creating these disruptions to basically not go to work, but there's a lot of emotions around her work, around feeling neglected and abused. So she had to work on that, get away from the job, work on the emotion, and then she stopped creating car accidents.

But she thought isn't this interesting that some people—if you get out of victim mode in life right, and I really always have to preface this when I talk about being victim versus being at cause. I’m in no way saying that rape victims created it for themselves. This is just an exercise, it's a mental exercise. 

But if you can take on the mental exercise of being at cause in your world versus being a victim of things that have happened to you, then from the standpoint of being at cause you can go, so why did I create that? And not for blame but more for what's going on at the unconscious level that I put myself in this position to be in this accident? Even if someone else hit me, what's going on? Can I own this from the standpoint of what can I learn from it? How can I grow from this and what is there for me to learn here? Is there something that happened in my life that had me put myself in this situation? 

Because all of our conscious and unconscious choices have led us to where we are today. And so if we own them and then we can learn from them, then we can look back and go, oh maybe this is connected to the emotions that were happening, the turmoil, or the unresolved issues that were happening prior to the accident.

I just wonder if in her situation, if she couldn't heal fully from the neck pain because of emotions that created during the accident like feeling the injustice of being in a bad accident, or was it that she was having issues with motherhood, with her husband—whatever dissatisfaction in her life, whatever stuff was happening before the accident, still her body was holding on to that pain from the injury for years later because she hadn't worked on it.

So I would just be interested to know what is the root cause? In a lot of cases, when it comes to an injury that lasts for years, is the root cause prior to the injury oftentimes, or is it the emotions from that injury itself? 

[00:38:19] Dr. Bradley Nelson: It depends. If I had to bet, I would say that probably there was some emotional baggage that helped to precipitate the accident. When we have trapped emotions, what they do is they send out—they're continually broadcasting their vibration out into the universe. And so then that tends to draw things to us that tend to create more of that.

The other thing that happens is when you have an injury—the intense emotional experiences that you go through after that for years or decades—will often tend to become trapped in that area and make the distortion worse. A great example of this is a guy that I worked with many years ago. This guy came into my office, his name was Steve and he came in with his wife. He had a really severe tennis elbow. I mean, his arm was in a sling and he couldn't turn the keys to start his car. It was so excruciating. I was barely able to touch the area, there was so much pain there.

So I started working with him and doing the normal chiropractic things and I wasn't having too much success with it. So at the time, I was just learning about the emotional side of this, I was learning about trapped emotions. So I asked his subconscious mind, and we use muscle testing different types to get answers from the subconscious, and it's all taught. We teach it very clearly in the Emotion Code book

So I asked his subconscious mind, is there a trapped emotion that is contributing to this tennis elbow? And the answer immediately was yes. What I found was that he had a number of trapped emotions that had become lodged in that area of his elbow during the years that he was in high school. Now he was about 42 years old when I was seeing him. So he'd been out of high school for a long time, but it was funny because every trapped emotion had to do with a girl who had basically rejected him. 

It was so funny because his wife was sitting there, and I’m muscle testing him and he's saying, “Well, let's see. Was it Sheila?” His arm would go down, “No, okay. Was it Cheryl? No. Shawna? Oh, yeah. That one's strong. Yeah, Shawna. Yeah, she dumped me.” And so it was all these trapped emotions about that.

Here's the thing, he was on the tennis team in high school. So what's happening is as he's dating these girls and they're rejecting him, he's also playing tennis and he's incurring micro-trauma to those muscles that are being used the most. So that's where the trapped emotions would lodge. The interesting thing about it is I think there were six different trapped emotions that needed to be released. The story’s in the book actually. It was so funny. 

But the amazing thing really is that every time we'd release a trapped emotion, the pain level would just instantly drop. The pain level just kept dropping and dropping and dropping with the release of each trapped emotion until finally, we cleared the last trapped emotion and the pain was completely, completely gone. He couldn't believe it. He took the sling off and he's moving his arm around. I could go in and I could press deeply into those muscles, there was no pain anymore. I remember that was the first time that I had seen this phenomenon where you can have more than one trapped emotion in one place.

But that was a great example to me of how trapped emotions can accumulate in an area and can eventually cause just extreme pain. What we find now is that about 90% of all the physical pain that people have is actually due to their emotional baggage to trapped emotions. We've got almost 7,000 practitioners of the Emotion Code now in 80 countries around the world, and we're all finding the same thing. That if you're in pain, there's a very high probability that that pain is actually due to some emotional baggage. It's actually really simple.

[00:43:02] Ashley James: Absolutely. I’m a master practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming timeline therapy and hypnosis. Back in 2005, my mentors were enamored with the book Healing Back Pain.

[00:43:22] Dr. Bradley Nelson: Oh yeah, by Dr. Sarno.

[00:43:24] Ashley James: Yes, Sarno. So what he discovered—unfortunately, he has passed away. I tried to get him on the show but he had passed away. Well, he was working, and I don't think he was a medical doctor. I mean, this was back in 2005 I read the book. But he was doing work with hospitals and looking at the records and more administration work, looking at all the administration stuff seeing that all these back surgeries these patients were still having pain. Oh, we got rid of their bulging disc. We surgically removed it. Why do they still have pain? Why are they still on disability? Why are they still on these drugs?

So he started to look at stuff and found that—I can't remember the statistic right now, I wish I could remember off top of my head, but it was so crazy something like 70% of all the MRIs they do, there's some form of a bulging disc and yet people are asymptomatic. He's like, how can we have someone who has a bulging disc that has no pain, but when people have pain in their back we always assume it's a bulging disc. So we do these scans, then we blame the disc, and then we remove the disc, but they still have pain so it's not the disc. So what is it?

And then he just dove in like you did, figuring it out. What he saw was that there was ischemia, which is a cutoff of blood flow to the muscles when there was an emotion withheld. So I had a client come to me, this was 2006. So still, a long time ago. She was a long-distance runner, she was in a lot of pain, she was very fit, and she was in her 50s closing in on her 60s. 

She said, “I’m on Tylenol—three every day—and I really don't want to be on it because it's not exactly good for you.” I started talking to her. I was like, “Well, how long have you had the pain?” She's like, “Oh, you know a few years maybe four or six years.” And as we kept going back in her history, it's like her brain couldn't fully accept or remember. It actually had been more like 15 years that she had been in pain and been on these drugs. She's like, “Oh wow, I didn't realize how much time had passed.”

I got to the root cause because guilt kept coming up as we talked, and what we figured out was she's catholic and she had an abortion. She felt so guilty about it and she said to herself, “I have to pay for this guilt with pain.” She actually said that. She wouldn't allow the doctor to give her pain medicine during her abortion, and she said, “I have to pay for it with pain.” And she did, but what was interesting because I was also in Canada, I was a registered massage therapist and worked in sports rehab, in sports medicine. 

Before we started our session I said, “Can I palpate your back?” because she was pointing towards the quadratus lumborum on the left side, and I palpated. On the left side, it was hard as a rock ice cold. Now, this was in Florida. I was living in Florida at the time. I mean, it's warm. On the right side, it's flush, it's a very good color, it's warm and palpable. But on the left side, it's like I’m touching granite. I thought this was interesting. This is ischemia. The whole muscle is just not letting any blood flow in, and that's incredibly painful. Of course, when bands of muscle cause ischemia around the innervation of the nerve, it will create just incredible pain. Sometimes the pain will travel to different areas, but it's very painful.

As she gets into talking about guilt, the pain goes up. I keep asking her where is your pain level? Now, I mean, my session with her was like six hours long. Sounds like your session would have been like six minutes. Your program sounds like maybe it's more effective in that it sounds a lot quicker. But by the end of it, we released the negative emotion of guilt at the root level. I said, “Where's your pain?” and I’m kind of expecting it to be less. She's like, “It's gone. It's gone.” She's like jumping up and down. She's like, “How is it gone? How is it gone?”

So she goes back to her hotel room and I didn't tell her to do this because I’m not a doctor, but she flushed all of her meds down the toilet. She was on three meds, one of them was an anti-anxiety med. She came to me the next day she's like, “I took myself off all my meds. I’m not on the pain meds. I’m not on the anti-inflammatory meds. I’m not on the anxiety meds. I feel like a million bucks. I feel amazing.” And her pain was still gone. “Can I touch your back?” and her back on both sides were warm and palpable. 

That was the most amazing thing for me to see that someone physically that their muscles that were holding—I mean like you said, the size of a softball or a baseball. Her entire quadratus lumborum, which is quite a big muscle, so bigger than a softball was hard, ischemic, cold, and holding on to guilt for 15 years. That to me just blew my mind. How many people are on meds, emotional medication, and also physical medication, and suppressing and putting a band-aid on and just pushing it down and pushing it down and pushing it down and then poisoning their bodies? And they're not free of it. 

That affects every area of their life just like one of your clients whose anger spilled over into every area of his life. Her guilt spilled over into every waking moment of her life, so just to be free of that. I’m so excited that people can learn your technique through your book and they can also then train. Can anyone become a practitioner of the Emotion Code?

[00:49:23] Dr. Bradley Nelson: Yes, anybody can become a practitioner. There's really no prerequisites. It’s a simple program. It's a six-month program, most people do it in about half the time. If you're interested, there's more information there—discoverhealing.com is our website.

Listen to this one because it never ceases to amaze me. Here's one that came in from a guy named Robbi Cuijpers from Posterholt in the Netherlands. This was posted on the third, so today's the ninth. Anyway, he said, “One night I woke up with a terrible toothache. It was around 2:00 AM and I couldn’t sleep anymore. I was suffering so much I was about to call the emergency desk and go to the hospital. It felt dreadful. Then suddenly the question popped into my head, “Could there possibly be some trapped emotions causing this horrible pain?”

“So, I gathered all the willpower I could find, jumped out of bed, and started sway testing for trapped emotions.” That’s where you stand up and your body will sway forward for yes and backward for no. “And yes, I had some trapped emotions that were causing the tooth pain. With the release of each emotion, my toothache instantly subsided. With the fifth and last emotion released, the pain was practically zero.

I then went to bed feeling on top of the world knowing the power of The Emotion Code.”

[00:50:43] Ashley James: That's amazing. I love it. And the unconscious mind controls all of our muscle movements. I’ve seen that. I’ve seen it where you can ask your unconscious mind questions and it can control the micro muscle movements of a finger or an arm, or like you said, the sway test. If someone is in a wheelchair, there are other ways. You could do it because the unconscious mind controls the muscles of the body. You can communicate with it, which not that many people know. 

I was always afraid of my unconscious mind when I began to study, learn more, and dive into it, and then once I developed a relationship with my unconscious mind, it was actually the most rewarding thing because it’s you, it's the rest of you. It's the rest of you and your unconscious mind. It's just you, it's just more of you, but it's the rest of you that loves you. Your unconscious mind adores you, loves you, wants to keep you safe, wants to keep you healthy.

I mean, trying to understand John E. Sarno's philosophy behind why the unconscious mind creates this ischemic pain? I’m not saying it's always ischemic pain because like you've mentioned it can be injuries and joints and things like that, although I’d love your opinion. I guess the hypothesis is that the unconscious mind wants to resolve these issues and so it's bringing it to your attention.

[00:52:06] Dr. Bradley Nelson: Well, that's exactly how I look at it. Yes, the symptoms that we have are really just the subconscious mind trying to get our attention so that we can open a dialogue and figure out what's really going on. What the underlying cause of our problem really is. What is it that's unresolved? What do we need to deal with that we've never dealt with? I love what you said about the subconscious—that it adores us and it is the rest of us. It's absolutely so true. That's what it is.

It's not just pain. Listen to this one. This is another one. This was posted on February 8th, I guess yesterday. This woman Susan from Utah wrote and she said, “My husband, John, recently went through radiation therapy for prostate cancer. One of the side effects has been a terrible itching that would not stop after his therapy. His radiation doctor said that John could be allergic to something new but didn’t think the medication he had prescribed was doing it. John went to a dermatologist and was told that all older men get dry skin and that was it. I had recently read the Emotion Code and I tried it on his itching. The next day he completely stopped itching! In his eyes, this was a miracle!” You never know. Try it on anything.

[00:53:25] Ashley James: Right. Well, the thing is, all day long we have emotions. All-day long we have experiences, and how often do we actually sit back and unpack those experiences, process those emotions, and digest them like you would digest a very healthy meal? It's like we're taking care of our bodies, and so many of the people who are listening would sit down and eat a beautiful very nutritious meal, chew each bite until it's fully digested, and really give themselves, bathe themselves in nutrition. Give themselves the time, the space, and the peace to digest their food because they know nutrition is so important. 

And yet when it comes to our emotions, we treat it like we're going through the drive-thru and just scarfing it down and not even tasting it and then just throwing it back and expecting our body just to deal with it. Just deal with it. It's so funny that we're treating our body like we're eating fast food when it comes to our emotions, but we take our physical body so seriously and we don't take our emotional body that seriously.

I also believe there's a stigma, and it depends on your generation. I see the younger generation. I’m 40 years old. I’m turning 41. Hopefully my mid-life is years to come, but I look at the younger kids and I see that they're more open to counseling and therapy because there's not a stigma for them. For the older generations, there was a large stigma around going to counseling. The thing is that working on your emotions is like going to the gym. You're just going to the gym for your heart and your mind and just find the right trainer. Not every trainer out there is going to be the right trainer for you. Not every counselor is going to be the right counselor for you. 

But I have clients who say that their sessions, working with their therapist have been the most rewarding thing possible because it's just the place they get to digest, absorb, process, release, let go of, and understand their emotions and how they react. And then they notice that they stop just reacting and spewing onto their family and spewing onto their kids. They actually catch themselves, they take a deep breath, and they're able to then come from a place of communication that has love and has respect because they processed all the stuff that happened last week, last month, last year instead of just bottling it up and then spewing at people.

This particular idea of sitting down and respecting our emotional and physical body by working with the Emotion Code I think could be so rewarding.

Now back to my question about ischemia, is it always muscles? Is it always ischemic pain, or do you find sometimes there's bone pain? I know you mentioned that man had tooth pain. That could have also been a referral pain from a trigger point. Do you think it's always ischemia though, or have you seen it where there's absolute evidence that it's not created in a muscle?

[00:56:42] Dr. Bradley Nelson: Well, yes. See the thing about it is trapped emotions can lodge in different areas. They can really lodge anywhere. They can lodge in a specific organ. So the way that we look at it is a little different from Dr. Sarno's, and I have tremendous respect for what he did and the consciousness that he was able to create for people that this kind of thing goes on. But trapped emotions can lodge in different places. One of the most fascinating things that we see is that they will often form into a wall around the heart to protect the heart from being broken, and we call that a Heart- Wall. That's one of the most interesting things that we see.

With the Heart-Wall, it's not necessarily that we see the ischemic pain so much. Although sometimes, people do have that. But there's a whole another dimension to it. Anciently, the ancient peoples believed that the heart was the seed of the soul, the source of love, the source of romance, the source of creativity, and really the core of our being. Even now, after all these thousands of years, anywhere you go on earth, if it's Valentine's day or if someone is romancing you, they'll give you a box of something tasty that's probably shaped like a heart. So these are ancient ideas.

I mean, the word heart is mentioned just shy of a thousand times in the bible, for example. There are these scriptures in the bible that say things like God doesn't look on the outward appearance of a person, instead, he looks on the heart. There's another one that says that as we think in our hearts, so we will be. In the west, we've never really paid much attention to those old ideas because medicine is still very mechanistically oriented, still very rooted in Newtonian physics. So the heart is just a muscle and we know it's a muscle. It just pumps blood, that's all it does, and that's how we've looked at it for many, many years.

But in the last 20 years or so, there has been new instrumentation developed, and new studies that have been done that show some amazing things. For example, they found that when one person is feeling love or affection for another person that their heartbeat will become measurable in the brain waves of that other person on an EEG. They found that their heartbeats will synchronize. So there's this connection going on between all of us that we have not necessarily been aware of.

But what we discovered, what was actually shown to us back in 1998, my wife had a dream. She asked me to help her decipher her dream. As I’m trying to do that, all of a sudden I have this experience that I can only describe as a waking vision where the room that I was in suddenly disappeared and I’m looking instead of this incredibly beautiful hardwood floor with this understanding that my wife's heart is underneath this floor. 

Now, this is one of the strangest things that I’ve ever experienced, and I don't take drugs. I don't even use caffeine anymore. I’m very straight that way. But anyway, this lasted for several minutes. I told my wife what I was seeing and understanding. She didn't know what it meant either. We prayed, asked God to help us figure this out.

We started muscle testing her, and what we found was that when she was two years old—because she was born into a very volatile, very dysfunctional family—she, at some point around that age, thought her heart was going to break and so she started building a wall around her heart. This wall was literally made from layers of her emotional baggage. So she'd had this wall around her heart all of these years. We asked if we could start removing these, and it took us a couple of weeks to take down this wall one emotion at a time. 

When the last one was removed, all of a sudden, things really shifted for her because for one thing, whatever group of friends that she'd ever been with, she never really truly felt like she belonged anywhere like she was always the odd person out. She always felt kind of expendable until that was removed, then suddenly, she felt like she belonged. The depression, the anxiety that she had to deal with decreased dramatically.

Initially, when we discovered this, it was really shown to us. It's very much a God thing trying to get this out into the world this understanding. Initially, I thought it was maybe just her, that she was the only person on earth that had this. But what we find now is that about 93% of people have this phenomenon going on, and it's called a Heart-Wall. 

The most recent testimonial that I have about this—we've got about 10,000+ testimonials on our site. We get new ones every single day. We'll pick one every day and post it. This one came in on February 4th. This is from a woman named Fawn. Apparently, one of our practitioners from Ohio said, “My most meaningful experience using the Emotion Code is with a client named Paul. He is a 70-year-old man who had such a horrific and abusive childhood that he built a Heart-Wall to protect himself. He never married or even had a close relationship. He has had many acquaintances but no close friends.

After our Emotion Code sessions, he is now transformed! He went out and got his motorcycle endorsement at 70! And now he is actively looking for a lady to enjoy it with him. He simply shines! The transformation is the most amazing thing I have ever witnessed.”

Think about this, 93% of people have this phenomenon, this Heart-Wall phenomenon going on. What it does is it interferes with your ability to give and receive love for one thing, but also to really create the life that you want because the best ideas that you'll ever have are not in your brain, they're in your heart. And the heart we know now is really a second brain. The heart is filled with gray matter and white matter, it really is a second brain. 

In fact, when scientists a number of years ago looked at the communications along the nerves between the brain and the heart, they found the vast majority of communications were going from the heart to the brain, and they were expecting it to be just the opposite.

What one of the first people that I saw after we worked on my wife with this was a nurse that came in to see me. She was 38 years old, and she came in because she had this terrible neck pain that she'd seen a couple of doctors for—they haven’t been able to help her. As I was talking with her she told me that she was single. She had not dated in eight years and was never going to date again. 

So she's 38, hasn't dated in eight years, she's basically celibate. She was an attractive person. I said, “Well, why do you feel this way? What happened to you?” She said eight years before, she's really deeply in love with this guy who dumped her and broke her heart. That was it. She hadn't dated since then. So I tested her and found, sure enough, she had put up a wall around her heart from that breakup. There were three emotions, three layers making up this wall. We cleared those emotions one at a time, and when the last one was gone, instantaneously the neck pain was gone—instantaneously. 

When we see instantaneous pain relief like in this case and like in the case with the guy that I told you about in the beginning that had the anger from 20 years before, I think there's more going on than just the ischemia. I think if those arteries and veins open up a little bit, it's going to take a little bit of time for things to shift, but we see instantaneous relief of pain in many cases. That's what happened to her.

That's not the end of the story though. She left the office feeling totally fine and didn't come back for three months. When she came back into my office—I’ll always remember this—she looked great. I said, “Hey, you look great. I haven’t seen you for a while. How are you?” She said, “You know, my neck's been fine since I was here. You cleared that Heart-Wall for me, that really works. About two weeks after I was here, I found out my childhood sweetheart has been living right around the corner from me for almost eight years. We're dating and we're in love, and I think he's going to ask me to marry him.” Wow, what a shift. Holy smokes.

[01:06:04] Ashley James: You got me fascinated when you said that it can manifest in the organs. We often hear anger in the liver and fears in the lungs or the kidneys. If someone has something with their pancreas, an illness with their pancreas because, with type 2 diabetes, it's not necessarily a pancreatic issue. If someone has a known illness with an organ or like fatty liver disease or they have a traumatic brain injury, have you seen people take something—either acute or chronic—that's in an organ that's been labs diagnosed, been tracking it, seeing that yes there's an injury or there's a disease state and they worked on the emotions that were there? Have you seen people, their bodies heal to the point where they've been able to heal organs?

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[01:07:16] Dr. Bradley Nelson: Yes. For example, one of the most common examples of that that we see is actually infertility where we find trapped emotions, for example, in the uterus. By removing those trapped emotions [inaudible 01:07:35] conceive. Think about all the different organs. The first thing that you have to understand is that every disease process that people experience has an emotional component every single time. In our experience now, doing this for 32 years, there's always an emotional component.

If you identify the emotional component and you release that emotional baggage that's affecting that area, then yes, things turn around. We've seen it happen over and over and over, so yes. In fact, trapped emotions can affect very specific parts of the body. For example, you might have a trapped emotion affecting your pineal gland, maybe the hypothalamus, or the pituitary. You might have trapped emotions that are affecting the thyroid gland. See all that this does really is it just removes the encumbrances that are in the body's way of being able to function like the body wants to.

The body wants to be healthy, it wants to function normally, but when you've got emotional baggage, those are encumbrances, those are blockages to really being able to heal and to function normally. In fact, here's a really dramatic story that I haven't thought of for many, many years. But in talking about this, it's reminded me of this.

There was a woman that came in to see us once who had fibromyalgia, which is this pain that you get all over the body that is very difficult, no known cure, and so on. I was able to help her with that, and then she told my wife and I about her daughter. What had happened with her daughter was that her daughter had gotten married about six months before, but her daughter suffered from vaginismus, which is the tightening down of the opening of the vagina. 

She and her husband, still after six months, had not been able to have intercourse. They'd never been able to consummate their marriage. The marriage is starting to show signs of stress, and so she asked if we would look at her daughter. So we did so. Her daughter came in and we checked her. My wife found something that I don't think we'd ever seen before, and I don't think we've ever seen it since. But this girl had what we ended up calling a vaginal wall. 

So in the sense, if you think about a Heart-Wall, if you feel like your heart is going to break, you're feeling a physical sensation like there's an elephant sitting on your chest, or maybe like you can't breathe. There's a physical thing going on there. The subconscious mind will put up a wall. The wall is an invisible wall to us, but to the subconscious, it’s very, very real I think. My wife's Heart-Wall, the symbolic material was wood. She grew up in a house with hardwood floors. 

So the subconscious will always choose some kind of material, and we've seen heart wall symbolic materials everything from plastic to glass to iron. But anyway, this young woman had a wall that her subconscious mind had put up in that area of her body to protect herself, and then she told us that she had been sexually abused at some point as a child. So anyway, we cleared the trapped emotions that were creating that, and it was the next day her mom called us and she said, “Guess what? Everything's working. Thank you.” And in fact, she said, “Her husband is coming home. He's spending his lunch breaks at home now for a catch-up.”

[01:12:02] Ashley James: I had a friend who had that and she had to have surgery. She had surgically had her vaginal opening altered so that she could have intercourse. It's very interesting that she had the same condition. She spent years doing everything. Obviously, she didn't learn about the Emotion Code. It would have been a lot easier than having surgery.

[01:12:31] Dr. Bradley Nelson: That was their next step really. Their next step is surgery. But luckily, we were able to avoid that.

[01:12:37] Ashley James: I’m just going to throw this out there, I like to get weird. What about people who are in a coma who has maybe dementia. Maybe children who are nonverbal autistic or adults who are non-verbal autistic. Is there any way to do this technique with people who can't clearly communicate with you?

[01:13:05] Dr. Bradley Nelson: Oh yes, absolutely. It's not a problem at all. The reason why is because the subconscious mind never sleeps. So it doesn't matter. People can be worked on when they're asleep, when they're in a coma. In fact, let me tell you a story. This is actually in the Emotion Code book. We have twin boys. My wife and I had seven kids together, and then she had a daughter before we met. So we have a total of eight, but we have twin boys that are 31 years old now. When they were four years old, we thought that one of them had a problem with his hearing because he wouldn't speak in full sentences. His brother on the other hand was a total chatterbox, but he wouldn't speak in full sentences. We just didn't know what was wrong.

So we took him to a hearing specialist thinking maybe he was a little bit deaf, but his hearing was totally fine. At that time, we were really first learning about trapped emotions. So one night, we decided to work on him when he was asleep. Now, in the book, we explain how you do this. It’s a simple process, but we worked on him when he was asleep and we found that he had an inherited trapped emotion of anger from my wife's father. 

So in other words, when my wife was conceived in the womb, there was emotional energy of anger that was passed from grandpa. When we conceived this little boy of ours, that energy was passed to him. So we cleared that, released that. He's asleep so we're working on him when he's asleep, no problem, subconscious never sleeps. We cleared a couple of other trapped emotions. The next morning at breakfast, guess who will not shut up. My wife and I are just looking at each other like a couple of owls like we just cannot believe what's happening.

We all have emotional baggage, and getting rid of it is so important. If you think about it, if you've got a heart-wall and there's about a 90% chance that you do, then what that's doing is it’s interfering with your ability to give and receive love and your ability to really create the life that you want because your best life and the best creative ideas that you have are actually in your heart, are not in your head.

The beautiful thing about the Emotion Code is that it's really, really simple. Anybody can do it. Kids can do it. We have kids that are having great success with it in different parts of the world. You can learn how to do it yourself, you can use it yourself, use it on your own kids, you can use it on your husband, on your wife, on your children, and so on.

[01:16:25] Ashley James: Can you do it with babies?

[01:16:27] Dr. Bradley Nelson: You absolutely can do it with babies. You can even do it with babies before they're even born. When they're in the womb you can work on them.

[01:16:35] Ashley James: Oh my gosh. That is so cool. I’m 32 weeks pregnant so I better start reading. Can you do it with animals?

[01:16:42] Dr. Bradley Nelson: You absolutely can do it with animals. In fact, let me see, there was a story that I was just looking at here on our site. Let me see if I can find that really quick.

[01:16:56] Ashley James: I consider myself an open-minded skeptic, like a really, really open-minded skeptic. I wouldn't be prompted to ask that question if I hadn't had an experience where a friend of mine asked me to do emotional work on her dog and I’m like I’ll try. 

Basically, the dog's parents are splitting up. The two owners were going their separate ways, and the dog was picking up on the tension and it was a wiener dog. All of a sudden, his back legs stopped working. He became paralyzed, and the vet said this is common with wiener dogs. But there was no trauma. He didn't fall down, get kicked, or hurt. He didn't bump himself. He just all of a sudden, his parents are splitting up. There's tension in the household, and now he isn't working.

So I sat with him, I held him in my hands, and I just started my heart communicating to his heart. All of that information came flooding to me. I’m like, okay, let's fill you with love and get you to see that your parents love you. You're going to be in their lives and you get to have two homes now. They're going to share. Your parents are getting divorced but you still have them. They're not leaving you. They're just leaving each other. The three of us were talking to him and telling him that, and then he got up and started by his tail and his legs worked again. We're like okay, that works.

I’ve had other people on the show who are healers. One guest of mine helped a horse with her fertility issues. She was having miscarriages basically and this horse wasn't able to conceive. So he did emotional work with the horse and the horse was able to heal from the emotions of all the sadness from the lost pregnancies. And then the next one worked and she was able to get pregnant. I’m like, okay. You know what, there's something very interesting going on here. Of course, animals have emotions. If you've ever had a cat or dog, you make a connection with them, and there's more there. There's love, there's acceptance, there's joy. They have some very interesting emotions.

There are so many studies done now where they can actually see that animals have emotions. I’m not doing a debate as to whether they have a soul or not, or whether they go to heaven or not. I mean, those are all very interesting conversations to have. But the fact is that if we as humans can—and we're animals too—but if we can heal physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, energetically by using the Emotion Code and working on our emotions and healing them, why not animals? I love that you said we can work with babies.

I just imagine the parents who have autistic children who are non-verbal could be doing this with their children. How beautiful is that? Sorry, you had a testimonial about working with animals?

[01:19:55] Dr. Bradley Nelson: Oh, right. This one just came in. This is from a woman named Beate in Germany. This came in on the first of February. She said, “Lilly, the dog of a family friend, suddenly no longer wanted to go up the stairs in her home and only managed to do so with a lot of start-up and motivation from her owner. Nothing seemed to be wrong physically. By the time my friend shared this with me, sitting together in a cafe, it had been going on for a long time. So, right there I connected remotely with Lilly the dog, and released a few of her trapped emotions. When my friend got home that afternoon, Lilly ran up the stairs without any complaints. A few days later, when her “fear of stairs” came back, I was able to solve a few more things. Now Lilly has no more problems walking up the stairs.”

And what's interesting about this one too is that this was done at a distance. Of course, that's because this is energy medicine really in its purest form. It's not bound at all by distance, and so that's a fun one, huh?

[01:20:59] Ashley James: Right. When you start studying quantum physics, you realize we're all in the milieu together. It doesn't matter if we're 1,000 miles away or 1 foot away from each other. We have this energetic connection. I just love that. It blew my mind. It completely changed my life. My life took a 180 after I saw the movie What The Bleep Do We Know because I went like oh my gosh. This energy. Stop thinking in terms of chemicals and matter. Think in terms of energy. It's all about energy. So that just makes total sense that emotions are energy and having them trapped in the body, very interesting.

You lived and went to school in Hawaii for a while. I studied Huna because I thought of the ancient Polynesian technique. I wouldn't even call it a religion because it was more like their lifestyle. It was how they breathed, how they loved, how they healed, how they fished. Huna was their philosophy for living, and in Huna, there's a belief. Now, this is hundreds or thousands of years old, who knows, but it's an ancient Polynesian belief system about living and life.

They believed that emotions would become trapped in the body like black boulders stored in bags inside us. Like if you looked at a river and saw a river with no boulders would be calm, but a river with many boulders would be turbulent. So they had this idea that the more trapped emotions you had, the more the chi was turbulent within you and was thrown off. So I’ve always carried that imagery in my mind. So of course we would want to heal and release these emotions.

Now you've talked about getting the book the Emotion Code, but you've also talked about this course. Could someone who was very passionate like I am wanting to do this to all their friends and family, let's say, and themselves and obviously the family being receptive, would the book be enough? Would it suffice, or should someone who really wants to do this technique with their animals, their kids, their husband, and their friends—should they take the course? Who should take the course and who should read the book?

[01:23:24] Dr. Bradley Nelson: Well, the information is definitely in the book. People all over the world are reading the book, putting it into practice, learning how it works. If you really want to master it or if you want to actually charge people for sessions, then we do want you to go through the certification program. The certification program that we have is an online program, and it's available—you can go to discoverhealing.com. It's actually on sale right now. It's not an expensive program. It's all online. You go through at your own pace. Most people will go through it in about three months, the record is two weeks. It just depends on how motivated you are.

But the nice thing about that is that it gives you rails to run on. I mean, think about it, I know that you've done this because I’ve done this and I think so many people have done this where you go to some really great course or something and you buy some materials and then a year later you come across it when they're still shrink-wrapped. You think, oh yeah, I really wanted to learn that. 

So the certification program gives you some deadlines, enables you to really learn it well, and get a lot of practice. You have a student advisor that helps you and gives you any kind of feedback that you need. But it also is all in the book. I mean, if you want to learn it from the book and use it on your friends, family members, and so on, by all means, go for it. It's all in there. But if you want that added experience of getting certified, then yeah. If you want to do it for a living, then we want you to do that for sure.

[01:25:12] Ashley James: So why specifically? Because we have a lot of health coaches that listen to the show. I’m sure they're all perked up and already on your site ready to sign up because this would be a great adjunct to health coaching. What is different in the live course that's from the book? Are you teaching them how to work with people, what to look for, or the precautions? What is it that you get out of the live course that really helps you work with people on a professional level?

[01:25:44] Dr. Bradley Nelson: The course, in part, consists of 10 different recordings. They're basically presentations where I go through with two of our top practitioners that have been doing this for many, many years. We discuss and kind of bounce things off of each other in explaining things. So what we try to do is we try to explain all of it from the very beginning in a way that makes it very easy for everybody to understand. That's part of it. 

You'll gain insights from certification that you won't get from the book. But also, in the certification program, you have homework. Your homework actually is the book itself. We supply the text of the book and the book on audio for you. You've got homework and then you work on yourself, and you're one of the people. There are, I believe, 20 people that you have to work with, but you can count yourself as one of those people. 

As you're working with people and you're releasing trapped emotions, you're recording everything that you're doing online on our site at discoverhealing.com in the back end at a location that's just for you for this, and you record all that information. Then as you're doing that, you do have to work with some animals, you have to totally clear the Heart-Wall from a number of people. What it does is accelerates your ability to do this because it’s like coaching. I mean, nobody really gets to the Olympic level of any sport without having a coach. It's not possible. 

That's kind of what this program does. You're able to see videos of other people doing this and sample sessions that are actually done that our practitioners are doing. You learn how to do this the right way. You learn how to do it better at a distance and so on. And then you're quizzed on everything. There really is no final exam. You basically pass off each part of it as you go and so each part builds on the next part. But we have lots and lots of people doing it. It's a great program. We consistently get very, very high 90% feedback from everybody doing it, that it’s a great program.

Anyway, the book itself if you're just wanting to explore this a little bit maybe, you can go to emotioncodegift.com. There you can download the first couple of chapters of the book for free. We can give you those for free, you can try those out. If you want to get the book, the book's available on Audible if you want to listen to it, amazon.com of course, Barnes & Noble—are they still in business? I think they are.

[01:29:09] Ashley James: Yeah. It's Borders that went under.

[01:29:12] Dr. Bradley Nelson: Borders, yeah. What about B. Dalton? Are they still? I can’t remember.

[01:29:14] Ashley James: I was so bummed. Where I lived in Vegas—Henderson, Nevada just off of Stephanie, there was a Barnes & Noble and a Borders practically beside each other. That would be my favorite Saturday afternoon activity. I’d go pour through all of Barnes & Noble and then I’d pour through all the Borders. They would actually have different books depending. I would always go with the self-help, personal growth, and spiritual sections. That was my shtick. It was funny. 

My husband's and my second date we did that. We went to Barnes & Noble and Borders. I pointed out every book I ever read and he bought every book I ever read. He walked to the register with his hands full. He spent hundreds of dollars, and I looked at him. I’m like this guy listening to me. He's serious. This guy's serious. Oh, man. That was cool because he said he was into personal growth but then he was like putting his money where his mouth was. That was pretty hot I’d have to say. But we've been married for almost 13 years. I pretty much knew almost instantly that there was something special there. So yeah, I miss Borders.

Barnes & Noble's around. I still do shop there occasionally. I love that you have an audiobook. I’m absolutely getting your audiobook because I love listening to audiobooks. I’m excited about that. Any listener can listen to your book or read your book and begin to immediately apply these techniques. They don't have to take the course, but if they want to do it professionally they should take the course because they're going to get it on a much deeper level.

That is so exciting. While I’ve been interviewing you I’ve made a list of at least 12 friends, clients, and family members that I want them all to get your book. I imagine all the listeners have done the same. No wonder you’re so popular. This is so needed in this world.

Dr. Bradley, I really want to have you back on the show. I’d love for you to continue to dive into this topic and explore it. Today was just to get us an introduction, get our foot in the door, and of course, everyone's going to go get the book. I’m going to definitely go listen to your book, but I’d love to have you on the show you know after I’ve finished the book, and then maybe we can go deeper a bit into this topic. I know my listeners will absolutely love that, especially since they're all going to go out and get your book too. And of course, they're going to go to emotioncodegift.com and get the gift you're giving out.

Is there anything you'd like to say to wrap up today's interview?

[01:31:51] Dr. Bradley Nelson: Well, I would just say that we're living in this very unique time of the earth's history where the world is in this transformational process. To me, it’s almost like the earth is in labor. It's trying to give birth to this new world where so many of us want it to go. A world where people are living from their heart, and a world that is just so different from the world that we're used to where darkness has so much influence over so much that's been done in the world. This work, the Emotion Code, is part of this transformation. It's just a little piece of it.

Think about when you read about somebody that is hurting someone else or has done some terrible thing, you can bet that there's a Heart-Wall there because you see we feel with our heart. That's why if someone is really hurting us or we're really deeply grieved, we feel it in our chest, we feel it in our heart. And the brain that is in our heads doesn't really feel. I mean, using the brain that is in our heads, the extension of that has created the world that we're in now in many ways where we're still using war to settle differences between nations, dropping bombs, blowing people up, and all kinds of crazy things, which seems to the logical mind to be perfectly appropriate.

But eventually, we are moving now towards a world where we're all going to be living from our heart, you see, where love is going to rule the day. This work is about helping us to get there. It happens on an individual level. Get the book, learn how to do this. You can work on yourself, you can work on your family members, you can do so much healing not only for your own family that's alive, but when you remove emotional baggage that has been inherited and passed down your line, you're releasing it from them as well. We might want to talk about that next time because I’ve got some great stories I can tell you about that.


[01:34:11] Ashley James: Let's do that. Awesome. Let's have you back on the show and we'll talk about inherited emotions. I have some amazing experiences about that as well. Again, an open-minded skeptic, wouldn't believe it if I hadn't experienced it with my own experience. It's pretty amazing, and it's been documented actually. They've scientifically proven that the stress from trauma is passed down. They've been able to measure it, which is just so fascinating. But you can get very specific, and very specific trauma, very specific emotion that can be passed down for generations. 

So it's up to us to stop that, to heal it, and to allow the healing to go in both directions for past generations and future generations. So I’d love to have you come back on and we can talk about generational healing. I’d also like to ask you about past life healing if that's ever come up because that is something that will challenge us in a very interesting way. 

Dr. Bradley Nelson, I had the absolute pleasure having you on the show and can't wait to have you back. It’s truly a gift and an honor to be in this day and age when we are birthing a world and we heal ourselves, heal thyself, help heal our friends and family. And if enough of us are going to tip the scales, we can help birth a world where love, peace, and consciousness are the things that we strive towards, the things that we resonate—coming from the heart instead of coming from the mind, like you said.

[01:35:50] Dr. Bradley Nelson: Yeah. We're going that direction. Well, thank you, Ashley. It's been really fun. Let's do it again.

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Ashley James is a Holistic Health Coach, Podcaster, Rapid Anxiety Cessation Expert, and avid Whole Food Plant-Based Home Chef. Since 2005 Ashley has worked with clients to transform their lives as a Master Practitioner and Trainer of Neuro-linguistic Programming.

Her health struggles led her to study under the world’s top holistic doctors, where she reversed her type 2 diabetes, PCOS, infertility, chronic infections, and debilitating adrenal fatigue.

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