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Inside Info on Cutting Cords of Attachment: What Is The Yuckiness Index?

Stephanie Thomas -- now here's somebody who knows about The Yuckiness Index

Stephanie Thomas — now here’s somebody who knows about The Yuckiness Index

The Yuckiness Index — on average I work with that just about every day of my life. Because every time I facilitate cutting a cord of attachment, I check out that Yuckiness Index.

Yet you won’t know what the heck that is unless we have been together in session with the Healing Centerpiece of cutting a cord of attachment.

Or you have been in session with someone I trained as an expert in this system of Energy Spirituality.

Or you have read today’s article. 😉

Yes, today I’m starting a series of articles about little known technical aspects about cutting these energy cords. I figure, the more you know about this specialty of energy healing, the more you will benefit:

  • If you are someone who does self-healing, it’s helpful to know some of the lesser known, but very cool, technical points.
  • As a consumer, learning about The Yuckiness Index can alert you that there is more to cutting cords of attachment than you may have been expecting.
  • And also, as a really clever New Age Consumer, guess what? You can start asking new practitioners, “Do you use The Yuckiness Index?” This is a good question to pose when seeking a qualified person to help you with energy healing, and it’s possible that a cord of attachment might be cut. (Not everyone is as sophisticated about cords of attachment as you are becoming, you know!)

Disclaimer: My perspective comes from using one particular system for cord cutting, 12 Steps to Cut Cords of Attachment®. Of course, this isn’t the only system that is effective for cuttnig cords of attachment. Unfortunately some methods that are popular today may not be effective long-term.

I do know for sure that this method is. Not only feedback from my clients over the decades. Also from readers of my how-to books, both the English editions of my books and authorized editions in Japanese and Czech. Anyway….

What Is The Yuckiness Index?

The Yuckiness Index is a way to gauge just how icky/ yucky/revolting/important any particular cord of attachment might be. The Yuckiness Index goes on a scale from 1-10, with 1 as the most mild cord items possible and 10 as the most intensely awful ones.

Why bother to find out?

  • If you’re doing self-healing, it’s really smart to facilitate cutting 25 or more MINOR cords of attachment before going on to any MAJOR cord of attachment. Well, The Yuckiness Index can help you do an even better job of telling which is which.
  • Whereas if you’re in session with an expert at Energy Spirituality, it won’t usually be worth session time to cut a cord of attachment unless it scores really high on The Yuckiness Index. Maybe 8-10. (In most cases; there can certainly be exceptions.) So having your session facilitator check out The Yuckiness Index can bring you extra peace of mind.

For developing skills at self-healing, knowing the difference between major and minor cords of attachment is really important. And definitely something you can learn to figure out. (For details, see either “Cut Cords of Attachment for Self-Healing” or the more expanded edition, at triple the size, “Cut Cords of Attachment: Heal Yourself and Others with Energy Spirituality.”)

For super-smooth progress at self-healing, you’ll find that researching The Yuckiness Index is an excellent little skill to use. This adds to the nuance, because sometimes a minor cord of attachment will turn out to be one of your majors.

How can you research The Yuckiness Index?

During Step 4 of the 12-step sequence, just add this optional bit of “Questioning.” Research, “What is the score for this cord of attachment on The Yuckiness Index?”

(If this tech info makes sense to you, great! Otherwise, disregard the whole idea for now. I can coach you in a session of mentoring, but I’m not going into further detail at this blog.)

Who is unlikely to know about The Yuckiness Index?

  • Someone with a Reiki, Pranic Healing, or other Energy Medicine approach to cutting cords of attachment. (I think these systems are great. But they’re not systems that specialize in emotional and spiritual healing. That can limit results with this healing specialty, since cutting even a minor cord of attachment can help to bring about significant emotional and spiritual growth.)
  • A practitioner of NLP who works with cords of attachment. (NLP has plenty of fans without having to get involved in a form of energy healing that can be the equivalent of major surgery to an aura.)
  • An angel card reader or psychic who adds a bit of cord-cutting. (Just because you love GLADYS’s psychic readings doesn’t mean that she has developed dedicated skills for a potentially big-deal form of energy healing.)

On the bright side, a professional or apprentice who works in Rosetree Energy Spirituality will definitely know about this valuable nuance for healing. If you’re aiming for emotional and spiritual growth, might I suggest that you select a practitioner trained in this field? If somebody has a different training background, make sure the person comes really well recommended.

Otherwise, go for do-it-yourself. Put in the time and get yourself excellent skills.

When a cord of attachment is cut for good, you only get one chance at a quality healing.

You see, the power of the healing is very related to the skill level of the practitioner. If you facilitate cutting 25 or more minor cords, low on  The Yuckiness Index, you’ll be developing solid skills as a self-healer. So you’ll get much better results when you do “Go on to the majors.”

Who else is unlikely to know about  The Yuckiness Index?

Pretty much anyone. 🙂

Short of reading this blog article, there is very little public conversation so far about The Yuckiness Index. (Unless, I guess, a whole lotta people share today’s article. Just for a benchmark, here’s what a Google search turns up today, shortly before publishing this article.  For “The Yuckiness Index,” ta da!  5 hits.)

I’m all for learning skills for cord cutting from a book. That’s why I worked really, really hard to publish the paperback, its eBook edition, and the “Self-healing” shorter one (so far only in eBook format, but definitely on my list of how-to’s to publish as a paperback when time allows).

Although I’m interested in helping everyone learn how to do this powerful form of energy healing, I’m distressed by the lack of standards out in the New Age Land of Enthusiastic Energy Experimenters.

I don’t have to tell you though. You’re a savvy New Age Consumer. You know that developing skills around energy can help you so much in the Age of Aquarius. So it won’t hurt you one bit to ask about that Yuckiness Index.

More power to you, as a client and also as a self-healer! Your willingness to read this article all the way through to the end speaks well for your practical focus. Smart consumers know that just because a healing involves energy doesn’t mean you will benefit by assuming “Oooh, energy. It’s all so beautiful.” 😉

Note: Have you heard the term “etheric” used about cords of attachment? Then leap forward to Comments 15-28 below. Blog-Buddy DAVID B. summed up the practical parts best by writing: “I would be careful when anyone uses the term “etheric”. ” 😉

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  1. 1
    Sarah says:

    This is great, Rose! It’s such a simple yet USEFUL concept. This explanation should also help bring even more nuance into the discussion of cords of attachment.

    Some other healers will talk about the “size” or “material” of the cord as being significant, and directly related to its relevance/importance-to-cut.

    I like this system much better. Cut straight to the chase: how Yucky is this cord?? Then there is less guesswork, seems like to me.

  2. 2

    SARAH, this thread is going to be fun for consciousness nerds like us.

    Yes, nuance is so important. Especially because cords of attachment are not just things. Cutting a cord of attachment is a process.

    And the emphasis people place on the “thing” aspect can sometimes tell you a lot about the process.

  3. 3

    I’d be interested, SARAH, in your giving some examples if you could about either size or material of a cord of attachment.

    Even with that abbreviated bit that you wrote about, I have two comments, for sure, that can bring forward important perspectives (I think) for successfully cutting cords of attachment.

    Note: I define “success” here as both permanent healing and significant emotional and spiritual growth resulting from the removal of the cord of attachment.

  4. 4

    Personally I can think of only one example of somebody finding the material substance of a cord of attachment to be important.

    Back in the day, JOE called up because he was interested in having a session with me. Once we engaged in the conversation he asked, “Do you cut etheric cords of attachment.”

  5. 5

    “Etheric” is a type of material, right?

    Etheric means “at Divine frequency.”

    Of course cords of attachment are not ever etheric. To me (and of course this is just my point of view… as with anything I would write at my own personal blog), this is absolutely preposterous.

  6. 6

    Many of you Blog-Buddies know that cords of attachment are one of 15 types of STUFF that can be healed in the system now officially called “Rosetree Energy Spirituality” (RES).

    Cords of attachment are STUFF, made of astral-level or psychic-level substance.

    So I figured JOE was just joking. In response I said something like, “Cords of attachment are astral, not etheric. And I definitely have the skills to facilitate cutting them.”

  7. 7

    As I recall, JOE snorted, “That’s not what Doreen Virtue says.” Then he slammed down the phone. Because back in the day, we just talked on landlines. They did make a satisfying “Thwack” when hanging up on somebody to show your displeasure. 😉

    I just checked, for fun, and Doreen Virtue is still convinced that cords of attachment are etheric.

    Sigh! Just because someone is a super-famous and influential psychic does not mean she is an expert at aura-level healing. Or even that she is clear about the difference between what is astral (or psychic) versus what is Divine (or etheric).

  8. 8

    Now for the even more fun second comment in response to what you wrote in Comment #1. (Fun for us consciousness nerds, anyway.)

    The approach in RES to cutting cords of attachment is similar to the approach with every kind of session we facilitate to help clients.

    And it’s similar to the set of skills for self-healing in my books, like “Cut Cords of Attachment for Self-Healing.”

    The emphasis is on the human. Not on the astral.

  9. 9

    This is a big-deal difference because so much energy healing, energy medicine, etc. glorifies The Romance of the Astral.

    As in the assumption that the more detail given, the better.

    From that perspective, it’s perfectly natural to notice as much as possible about the astral characteristics of the psychic-level debris, the cord of attachment.

  10. 10

    Yet you may notice that practitioners who emphasize the energy and the psychic are NOT generally as invested in noticing human-type information.

    Such as? The logical consequences, or results a person can reasonably expect, from cutting a particular cord of attachment.

    In RES, cutting a cord of attachment is not about removing a “fascinating, so-full of qualities” nuisance-type energy.

    The point is to support your human intention for improvement to your human life.

    See that difference, SARAH?

  11. 11
    Sarah says:

    I have a question about self-healing and cutting many minor cords of attachment before moving onto cutting major cords of attachment.

    I had also read somewhere (either on this blog or in one of your books) that you recommend not to have more than one cord of attachment cut per week (either by oneself or a professional).

  12. 12
    Sarah says:

    Does this apply only to major cords?

    Or does this suggest at least 25 weeks of cutting minor cords on oneself before attempting to cut a major cord?

    Or have I remembered this recommendation incorrectly?

    Thank you again!

  13. 13

    Excellent questions, SARAH.

    In response to #11, yes!

    In response to #12, yes. Then no. However, there is an exception if you attend the Level 1 Workshop to Cut Cords of Attachment. Or you do personal mentoring for the equivalent of that workshop. (Info to be give then.)

    Developing this life skill is not a race.

  14. 14
    Jnana says:

    I thought this could be useful for you to know.

    In some circles, the term etheric is used to refer to the level between the physical and the astral.

    Pranic healers would probably drive you up the wall because they say etheric quite a bit.

    But they are not referring to the Divine. Just the energy counterpart of the physical body.

    It’s a theosophical thing.

  15. 15
    Connie says:

    I became curious about the meaning of etheric. Here are some different definitions of etheric energy. They seem to come from all over the place.

    From Mesa Creative Arts, specializing in Native American Culture:

    “As the vibration of matter becomes slower it becomes more physically solid. If its vibrational frequency increases, it becomes less and less dense until it becomes etheric.”

    “Etheric blueprints comprised of the highest Spiritual energy are the very organizational templates of what and who we are. If they were withdrawn, we would simply cease to Be.”

  16. 16
    Connie says:

    Nancy Seifer writes about etheric energy this way at her blog in an article about “Free Energy and Consciousness”

    Within this ocean of energies, “the etheric body of every human being is an integral part of the etheric body of the planet itself and…of the solar system.” Through the medium of the etheric web of life, “every human being is basically related to every other expression of the Divine Life, minute or great.”

  17. 17
    Connie says:

    From a Buddhist and Hindu perspective, according to the website of Akasha Spirit Crystals,

    “Those who follow Hindu and Buddhist faiths use the word ‘Akasa’ which refers to the highest, unseen, unfathomable Spiritual Energy, Ether or ‘Source’ from which all transcendent matter is created.”

  18. 18
    Connie says:

    In contrast to these references to types of energy, many experts on energy healing discuss the ETHERIC BODY. This is one of the subtle bodies, important in esoteric philosophies, some religious teachings and New Age thought. Quoted here, Barbara Brennan has written:

    “The etheric body (from “ether” the state between energy and matter) is composed of tiny energy lines “like a sparkling web of light beams” similar to the lines on a television screen. It has the same structure as the physical body including all the anatomical parts and all the organs.

  19. 19

    Interesting! Thanks JNANA and CONNIE.

    So yes, let’s make a distinction. Talking about the etheric body is different from discussing ether as a substance, such as the subtle material from which a cord of attachment is made.

    I’m really not an expert at discussing specifics of how to clean and clear energies from the perspective of energy medicine.

    Energy spirituality is about upgrading emotional and spiritual life, with just enough emphasis on energies to permanently remove STUFF.

  20. 20

    It’s impressive when experts at Pranic Healing or other modalities can minutely work with the subtle body for energy medicine-type healing.

    However, I’m glad Barbara Brennan was mentioned here. Because I can give you an example of how different her approach is, as one of those consummate technicians within energy medicine. She approaches everything about auras (including what constitutes “healing) from a very different perspective from this specialist in emotional and spiritual healing through moving out astral-level STUFF.

    Not STUFF made out of Divine-level, or akasha-level, or etheric-level material. Because, by definition, STUFF is made of astral — or psychic– type material. And, of course, cords of attachment are a form of STUFF.

  21. 21

    In her mega-bestseller “Hands of Light,” you can read what Brennan has to say about cords of attachment. To summarize what I remember from researching this years ago:

    * Barbara Brennan recommends opening up cords of attachment one by one, cleaning them, and reinserting them.

    * She says they are located in the Solar Plexus Chakra.

    * And the best way to understand what is in them is to study Transactional Analysis.

  22. 22
    Jnana says:

    Barbara Brennan sounds like she’s working with energy cords at the level of the etheric body.
    I’m wondering if she has gone to the extreme as have many of those involved in energy medicine.

  23. 23
    David B says:

    Love how you give simple clarity and context to some of this. I’ve certainly used the word Yuck in reference to some kinds of Stuff but have never thought of it in terms of an Index. Good idea, Rose.

  24. 24
    David B says:

    I was going to raise the issue of terminology but others have. Ether is certainly one of the terms bandied about a lot but used rather sloppily.

    Technically, as observed above, ether is another word for the element of space or akasha, the container into which form is expressed. It arises out of self-aware consciousness.

  25. 25
    David B says:

    But as others have also observed, it’s often also used to refer to the pre-physical body, often even by the same groups. This is a completely misleading use of the term. It would be more accurate to call it the “water” body but of course the “water” element is not physical.

    I think thats where the confusion comes from in this case.

  26. 26
    David B says:

    The other aspect to note is the distinction between the “3 worlds” model and the “7 worlds” model.

    Some like Rose describe creation in 3 layers – physical, astral and divine. Simple.

    But some of us prefer to divide that same rainbow with more detail. I prefer the 7 model and write about the Vedic Koshas (sheaths), for example. In that case, the first 5 are associated with the elements mentioned above.

  27. 27
    David B says:

    In the 7 worlds model, the 5th is the space or etheric level, also known as anandamaya kosha or the bliss body. Physics refers to this as virtual fluctuations in a vacuum aka empty space.

    The bliss body is beyond Stuff, so when translating the 7 to a 3 worlds model, is naturally part of the divine.

  28. 28
    David B says:

    The kosha model considers the pre-physical body part of the physical or “food body” (body made of food). It has nothing to do with “ether” and certainly isn’t the bliss body.

    I would be careful when anyone uses the term “etheric”. Find out what they mean first. Ofter it’s just a generic word for “subtle” with Stage 1 energetic literacy. Nothing to do with bliss or lively space.

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