This is an excerpt from a new TMS book called, Use Your Mind to Heal Your Body, by Stephen Conenna. Stephen actually was the creator of Dr. Sarno’s Alumni Panels and the book gives the account of his recovery story. I find this quote to be particularly enlightening on the way to recover. Yes, knowing what emotions we are repressing and/or avoiding is helpful, but it is not the end of the story. Recovery can only happen once we accept that it is okay to have these emotions. One of the problems I see people face when they journal is that they are only looking to do the first part of this. That is, they are only digging up emotions. When these emotions come up and the recognize their anger, they become overwhelmed by guilt and feel terrible about themselves. Then they wonder why journaling is not working for them. Journaling will only work if you learn to accept and allow these emotions to be present in your current life. This is why I think some people can read the books and heal right away, without really digging to find out what they are repressing. They simply recognize that it is okay to have deeply repressed rage, and allow themselves to express their emotions more. To a large degree, we may never be able to fully identify what emotion we are actually repressing. That’s why learning to accept our emotions and not feel guilty about having them is so important.