Earth Sensitivity and Eco Emotion Backlog

Tamara Low

Emotional Freedom Guide, Writer, Planet Advocate.

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A passion for ecological wellness & a deep reverence for the Earth is at the heart of my friendship with Julian. Recently, in a conversation, he mentioned reading about some potentially ecologically horrendous happenings in the Congo. When he told me about it, I felt ‘ecological-emotion-saturated,’ so I did not ask him anymore about it—an example of the need for Earth Sensitives to process eco emotion backlog.

Days later, he forwarded me a link to the article with the title of the note reading, “That appalling Congo situation….” I felt so much trepidation when I thought about reading it and taking it in, and I told him via text that it felt too scary and sad to read.

Julian’s Response to my Fear and ‘Eco Emotion Backlog’

His note back read, “It’s just factual and short. We need to know about it surely so we can pray about it! This really is key! I understand about the fear!”

I said, “I completely understand what you’re saying; it’s so incredibly painful all these things everywhere we look! What other species ruins, harms, pollutes, and destroys their own home?? Unfathomable! I know you know…”

I sat with the truth of what he said for a week or so. At the same time, I gave space to and honoured the over-saturated part of me that was trying to protect me by not allowing in any more information (until I dealt with the previous).

I Became Internally Curious about ALL of this! 

I noticed repeated masterful distraction attempts to read the article. Again, I was observing this and curious.

When I opened up the article and saw the pic of lush greenery and a man taking notes, the title reads, “Congo peat swamps store three years of global carbon emissions- imminent oil drilling could release it.” (The Conversation. July 21, 2022).

I could feel all the emotions bubbling up, so I began doing EFT Tapping. I wrote down whatever was coming up and noticed a real tightness in the back of my heart. After giving a voice to these feelings in this way, I felt clearer and calmer.

EFT Tapping is so profound (to me). We can give voice, and loving attention to the places that need to be heard, seen, acknowledged and understood, resulting in emotional and energetic freedom. (Please feel free to reach out if you are in need of processing any eco emotion backlog!)

The next day I pulled up the article again to see how everything was feeling. I did a bit more tapping on the remaining emotions, and this time, I read through the whole article.

If you are curious, here is a brief summary of the article:

“To reverse this valuable natural defence against climate change in the space of a few years, simply to find more of a fuel which the world already has more of than it can safely burn, is not something life on Earth can afford.”

Bart Crezee and Simon Lewis.

I learned that (click this link for the article):  

  1. The Congo peatlands are the world’s largest tropical peatland complex, covering an estimated 16.7 million hectares.
  2. They are one of the most carbon-dense ecosystems on Earth, storing an average of 1 712 tonnes of carbon per hectare.

The article speaks about 16 proposed oil licences for sale to explore for fossil fuels in the Congo (which took place on July 28th/22) and that ‘sale of rights’ includes close to 1 million hectares of peat swamp forest and all that potentially would be destroyed in the process (e.g. construction of roads, pipelines etc).

The authors conclude that peatlands have helped cool the climate for thousands of years by locking up carbon, and they have estimated that up to 6 billion tonnes of CO₂ could be released if this goes ahead!

Processing Eco Emotion Backlog

I discovered that behind the feelings of ‘I can’t take in any more’ was sadness, despair, anger, frustration and hopelessness at the choices and decisions made on behalf of the planet that are chronically misaligned with nature’s balance and miraculous perfection!

Francis Weller, in his book, “The Wild Edge of Sorrow,” beautifully says,

“Our broken hearts have the potential to open us to a wider sense of identity, one capable of seeing through the partitions that have segregated self from world. Through grief, we are initiated into a more inclusive conversation between our singular lives and the soul of the world.”

Francis Weller

Ah, this resonates deeply and is the Earth future that I dream of!

What if I decided not to read the article?

If I had not read the article, I would have missed the opportunity to look at a depth of emotions that needed my attention and a part of the world and ecosystem that needs my/our attention.

The two authors put their heart and soul into this article, and I am certain they intend to bring people’s attention to this area. This extends to those all over the planet, passionately educating, protecting, serving and sounding off alarm bells! I honour ALL of them and their important work!

I honour Julian, who brought my attention to this and the part of him that was so bothered by these potential happening in the Congo his unconscious was trying to work through it during the night preventing a peaceful sleep.

Honouring the Deeply Feeling Part of Us

Earth Sensitive People take in and care about things VERY deeply! We NEED to honour and care for this deep feeling and compassionate part of us! In processing my eco emotion backlog, it has become easier to keep showing up and BE engaged and present for what and who needs my presence, care, heart, voice and support!

For me, what is happening in the Congo and worldwide is vitally important to know about and necessary of our loving care, attention, voice and action, and as Julian said, our prayers!

I am endlessly grateful for and inspired by ALL the world’s change-makers and innovators! Who fight for and create balance, harmony, wholeness and conscious community and connections! Because of them, I look to the future with hope and optimism…..

Tamara

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Earth Path EFT

Transforming Ecological & Climate Sorrow, Grief, Anxiety

MANY of us have a very deep and sacred connection to the Earth that we call HOME, and our deepest desire is for her to THRIVE as we live in harmony with her, care for her, make decisions based on her health and well-being and desire for ALL of life and her inhabitant to live in balance and harmony; biodiversity, ecosystems, animals, trees, plants, insects, clean air, clean water, healthy abundant food, healthy soils, healthy conscious, aware humans, etc.

The FACT is- SHE has tolerated A LOT of harm from humans! Indigenous people respect her at the deepest level and live in harmony with her! SO sadly, they and their lands were harmed and exploited as they faced those with the opposite view of the Earth and living in harmony. Their agenda being the insatiable need for power, control, greed and domination, which continues today. 

We are at a crossroads. The Earth and her inhabitants are in turmoil. Humanity is in turmoil. These are intense times!

This brings up A LOT of emotions such as – grief, sorrow, sadness, despair, hopelessness, overwhelm, and confusion. How did we stray SO far away from balance, peace, centre, the Earth’s wisdom, guidance, and healing?

We feel and see the collective fear, doom, gloom, and panic everywhere we turn; we are bombarded with bad and scary news. It is hard to stay positive, hopeful, joyful and alive within our beings when inundated with fear, dread, and collective uncertainty. 

With all of the difficulty in our hearts, we might:

-retread and try and push it away because it’s ALL too much, too overwhelming, scary, and too painful)

-or to take bold action and become involved and engaged. 

-or somewhere in between. 

 My passion is to assist and support those deeply concerned about the Earth, Climate, and Environment in healing our feelings and emotions with EFT so that we can take action in the direction of becoming more internally peaceful & able to cultivate hope as we put our energies into purposeful action, solutions & BEING a voice & advocate for this Planet! 

With Love and Purpose,

Tamara

Welcome to Inner Empath

My Inner Empath blog (and articles) are a love letter to Empaths and Highly Sensitive People who are so special and sacred to me!

Accepting and embracing this way of BEING in and experiencing the world has been very difficult for me. So I wrote to make sense of it, to grow and learn, and let others know that they were not alone in what I used to call “the vast wasteland of depth and emotions,” which is extra hard if you felt there was something innately wrong with you and that you were flawed in some way and how you are was an inconvenience to others. Fortunately, I no longer feel that way. 

I am passionate about honouring the deeply sensitive and attuned part of us and exploring and coming to accept the gifts that it brings not only to those that know us but to those we come in contact with and to the bigger picture of what we bring to the planet. I feel that sensitivity is so vital to the vibrant health of families, societies and the planet. 

What I do know now is that:

We (HSP Empaths) are not meant to try and “fit in”; we are meant to SEE and FEEL and BE in the world from OUR unique perspective and soul’s purpose!! 

And I feel that our sensitivities enable us to be more attuned to people, animals, ecosystems and the planet, contributing to wanting to care for them and want them to be well. 

I see you, honour you, and I celebrate you and your beautiful, sensitive, empath nature! 

Love, 

Tamara