TERA (The Emotional Resolve Approach) is a procedure to let feelings have their life; to allow disturbed energies to run their course. Emotional resolving is first to welcome, and then to allow.
Why emotional resolving? An emotion, when either suppressed (resisted) or expressed, is involved with. Involvement is the opposite of allowing. An emotion is thus not allowed to have its natural life as energy. It’s interrupted. But interrupted, interfered with energy doesn’t just go away; rather, it stays in your thought-and-feeling system as a blockage, circling around and around like an inner wound—an emotional button.
So long as you have and sustain emotional buttons, anything in the outer world of people, places and things will trigger the energy blockage. The mind is then very busy creating strategies to prevent buttons from being pushed, or managing them when they are triggered.
Inner energy blockages are the cause of all distorted thinking and all emotional suffering. The tendency to interfere with emotional energy—and therefore create energy blockages—is learned in childhood. Learned interference is supposed to prevent “bad” feelings or hold on to “good” feelings; but so long as there are blockages, the natural and ever-present flow of life—upliftment, enthusiasm and well-being—is also blocked. Blocked well-being-ness is certain unhappiness.
Emotional resolving begins with identifying the learned tendency to interfere with emotional energy. Once this tendency is seen, it is challenged with inquiry. Through a cost-benefit analysis, clarity arises. It’s seen that the only intelligent response is to meet emotions with a “hands-off” approach. This is done by first welcoming activated energy (a pushed “button”) and then by removing anything that would interfere with allowing it to run its course. Finally, as it runs its course, you'll need to sustain focus on the field of kind neutrality (consciousness) as the activated energy resolves.
What makes TERA unique is that it precisely identifies anything that interferes with a hands-off approach, especially the interference of analytical thinking. Self-inquiry works synergistically with TERA to accomplish this. Once interference is identified, it can be systematically dropped.
When interference is dropped, the consciously-welcomed, warmly-invited, graciously-allowed energy has nothing to cling to, nothing to push against, nothing to give it seeming reality or validity, and thus it does the only thing it can do. It merges with the space in which it originated.
The dynamic of disturbed energies transforming or resolving naturally in the space of conscious awareness, resembles the dynamic of weather in the sky. Disturbed weather such as a hurricane, or windstorm, or rainstorm—all of these arise, reach a peak, and merge back into the space from which they originated. But imagine if you took a hurricane and contained it inside a gigantic structure. It would require constant maintenance to manage, monitor and control it. However, the moment you un-contain it, it goes through its natural cycle, and merges back into the space in which it originated.
Emotions are like weather, inner weather. They naturally resolve when offered to the space, the sky-like space of consciousness from which they originated. Inner resolution of emotional blockages is the essence of TERA.
Everyone is capable of doing this. It's just that most people don't want to. –Michael Singer, author of The Untethered Soul
Everyone can uncover the root of unhappiness—blocked energies. Blockages are the past in you, the past that’s determining your present.
--The past in you—when you learned to be at odds with the facts of life—how life unfolds from moment to moment. When you learned to judge, to single out life experiences as “This shouldn’t be happening,” or “I want something different to be happening.”
--The past in you—when you learned to be emotional, by involving with likes and dislikes.
--The past in you—when you learned to suppress or express the emotions triggered by likes and dislikes, “shoulds” and “should nots.”
Nothing is more exciting than to watch a fear fade from the mind forever. Nothing is more delightful than to possess self-command in a world of chaos. There is no greater inspiration than to know that you have found the true path at last.—Vernon Howard
In my experience, there is nothing more liberating than freedom from the past. Emotional resolving resolves the past, as if it never happened. It is also a cessation of accumulating more energy blockages in the present.
Stillness is the way–to access the past in you, and empty it out. There is no better teacher of being still, than an activated energy blockage, which will not resolve itself by any think-and-do strategy; which gives itself up completely, only to the presence of your immovable consciousness. People who “push your buttons”—unresolved blockages—are not enemies, then, but Angels in disguise, helping you to get unblocked and receive an ever-present flow of upliftment and well-being that is waiting to grace you.
Once you have a glimpse of the freedom possible through emotional resolving, the former habit to suppress or express emotions dissolves. You lose your identity as someone who needs to shut down to be safe from the natural flow of life. It is a doorway to a new life on earth; a profound way of “being in the world, but not disturbed by it”—fearless, joyful and worry-free. This is self-realization.
I invite you to join the next The Work and EIQ Teleclass where you will learn how to use all the TERA Resource Materials:
Partner Facilitation Guide
TERA Wallet Card
Tips for Learning TERA
"When there is no way out, there is still always a way through. So don't turn away from the pain. Face it. Feel it fully. Feel it-don't think about it. Express it, if necessary, but don't create a script in your mind around it. Give all your attention to the feeling, not the person, event, or situation that seems to have caused it.
"Don't let the mind create a victim identity for yourself out of it. Feeling sorry for yourself and telling others your story will keep you stuck in suffering. Since it is impossible to get away from the feeling, the only possibility of change is to move into it; otherwise, nothing will shift.
"So give your complete attention to what you feel, and refrain from mentally labeling it. As you go into the feeling, be intensely alert. At first, it may seem like a dark and terrifying place, and when the urge to turn away from it comes, observe it, but don't act on it. Keep putting your attention on the pain, keep feeling the grief, the fear, the dread, the loneliness, whatever it is.
"Stay alert. Stay present-present with your whole Being, with every cell of your body. As you do so, you are bringing a light into this darkness. This is the flame of your consciousness."― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now