Everyone using The Emotion Code or The Body Code will have encountered “Processing time”. It is the phase our bodies go through once we have cleared trapped emotions or other energies. However, I wonder whether it is a phrase we use without actually having a good understanding of what we are likely to see or feel when processing is taking place.

Let’s start with the scenario where you are working on yourself. You prepare yourself for the session, quiet your conscious mind and let your subconscious know you are communicating with it, check that you have God’s guidance and find your first trapped emotion / energy. You clear this successfully; think “great now for the next one” and then find that you are getting strange inconsistent answers from your muscle testing and a slight feeling of disconnection. A degree of frustration and possibly even irritation arise at this point and you may even think “this is useless, I can’t even do this for myself, how can I ever do it with other people?”. The answer is that you are processing the first energy you released. One of the first signs of processing is that the body can’t give you answers. Give yourself a couple of minutes, take a sip of water, muscle test “is there another trapped emotion I can clear now?” and carry on with the next one if the answer is “Yes”. In my experience, at least 90% of the questions I receive about difficulties muscle testing when working on oneself are due to trying to proceed when the body has gone into processing. By the way, if the answer to “is there another trapped emotion I can clear now?” is “No”, accept it. You can muscle test to get an idea of how long the processing is going to take and come back to your session once that period is over.

Sometimes this first sign doesn’t occur until somewhere between 5 and 8 emotions or energies have been cleared. When you can’t get a clear answer take this as a sign of processing the clearances “in bulk” and draw the session to a close.

The second scenario is where you are working with another person who is present with you either in person or over the phone. They may be a person who starts processing as soon as each emotion/energy is cleared so slowing the pace and allowing a couple of minutes between each clearance will normally allow you to do 5 to 8 clearances in a session. However, if you find you are getting confusing responses at an earlier point consider that you may need to stop the session and resume when muscle testing indicates the client will be ready for more. If your client tends to process clearances as a batch be mindful of the first sign of processing once you are beyond 5 clearances.

In the third scenario you are working completely remotely. There isn’t any conversation to slow you down and you move quickly from one clearance to the next. It is very easy in this situation to be working so quickly that the client goes into processing after 2 or 3 clearances. Therefore, work at a slightly slower pace and you should be able to clear the desired 5 to 8 emotions / energies.

Why is this first sign so important? In my experience it is essential to recognize that someone is processing and take that as a STOP sign for the session. There are a number of other symptoms of processing which I will explain now. They follow on from the first one and they will be amplified if you overload the body with clearances to process.

Tiredness or extreme fatigue is a common symptom of processing. The body is so busy rearranging energy and renewing communications with previously blocked areas that it sometimes leaves a client feeling that they have no option other than to sit down and rest. Many people report that they’ve fallen asleep even if this is something they never normally do during the day. It seems to just happen at this “full stop” intensity, although some clients can feel they are lacking in energy for a couple of days after a session.

Hangover type feelings ranging from headaches to feeling heavy and “muggy” are common, particularly in clients who are unable to follow the advice to sip water frequently during their waking hours whilst processing. The symptoms we normally describe as a hangover are, for the most part, just as attributable to dehydration caused by excess intake of alcohol as they are directly the result of eliminating the toxins from the alcohol. Therefore the same symptoms become evident when our cells need water to stay hydrated whilst processing.

Echoes of the emotions released can be experienced giving the client an emotional roller-coaster ride whilst processing is happening. Each emotion cleared can recur (normally only once) for a couple of hours and it can be very intense. Once clients get used to this they can view this symptom as a positive expression of things about to change.

Worsening of physical symptoms that were addressed by the session can also occur. Many clients report that symptoms got worse before disappearing. “I had a rough couple of days following the last session, but it is much better now” is very common feedback. Bearing all of the above in mind I am sure you can appreciate how important it is to understand the symptoms of processing. In some modalities this is called a Healing Crisis however, for me this doesn’t convey the right image; it isn’t a crisis, it is just processing whilst the body adjusts and starts to heal. I’d like to add one final piece of advice. Processing symptoms are often stronger when too much has been cleared in a session. It may be possible to push the boundaries of a session by waiting 5 minutes and then trying again, however is it worth it? Take heed of the first sign of processing particularly if you have already cleared more than 5 emotions or energies and your clients will hopefully find their processing symptoms to be tolerable.

author: Hazel Markou, Certified Emotion Code and Body Code Practitioner