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If you've never tried Emotional Freedom Techniques, but you've read or heard of some of the astonishing stories about "EFT," you may wonder if a whole lot of people are simply being tricked. Pain gone in seconds? Trauma resolved in an hour? Limiting beliefs changed in days? What's going on here? I believe what's going on here is a paradigm shift. And this may sound nutty, but I think it's planetary. A paradigm is a broad or more specific framework of philosophical or theoretical laws or generalizations. Basically, what we believe about things.
For example, my perspective of traditional medicine, is that a Dr looks at a patient as a bag of bones and other parts. The patient has a problem say with an elbow. Maybe it's tennis elbow. And the Dr looks at the elbow and prescribes one of a number of things: plain and simple rest, medication for pain, and perhaps surgery. Ta da! Typically, the Dr will NOT take into consideration that perhaps just before the tennis elbow manifest, the patient had a fight with a friend (or any number of scenarios) and you might not either. Say what?
For at least a couple of decades now, practitioners in other fields, and scientists have been discovering the biology of our beliefs. In fact, Dr Bruce Lipton wrote a book, called the Biology of Belief, showing that it's our positive and negative thoughts that create our reality at the cellular level. Millions of people are now exploring the possibilities that EFT and other methods that involve the energy of the body, can literally change the condition of the body in moments, minutes, and hours, rather than days, months, and years! That is a paradigm shift, especially if it is true.
When I was first introduced to EFT, I read many of the testimonials with wonder, and being of a curious nature, I downloaded the manual and tried it on something I totally could not test in the moment. "Hmmm." I sent it to a psychologist friend and asked her opinion and we both went "Hmmm." I left it alone for at least a year and then started seeing references everywhere to it. So, I tried again, only this time I threw caution to the wind and ordered the first two or three sets of DVDs. Man! Those and my other EFT DVD sets, are among my most prized possessions. The most valuable information I've ever learned except the principles of faith I believe in.
I started using EFT and getting results. A lot more hmmmms going on! I kept scratching my head. HOW is this working? Most everything I tried it on improved. My real aha and unexplainable results came when I applied it to my teen son's hernia and the pain was gone immediately and it subsequently healed spontaneously with no surgery. And I also found the power in our thoughts and feelings when I could not resolve a shoulder issue until I addressed that I had recently had a falling out with a friend and tapped on the guilt, shame, and embarrasment I was feeling around that.
I actually got a little scared. WHAT IS THIS???? Is it new age? Is it voodoo? Is is satanic? I laugh now. I had several discussions with my husband and he put my strange doubts to rest. It's a tool. Ding, ding, ding! Dr, Chiro, EFT practitioner.
It's one tool in the box of tools you can use to better your health. You might feel like going to the Dr for something, especially if you haven't realized to try it on everything. Or if medical help is urgent. You might go to the chiropractor. Although I can't tell you the number of times I have felt my spine or other things pop and crack after tapping, not even feeling there was a need. You could go to a hypnotist, an acupuncturist, an herbalist, or any other number of natural health practitioners. Or you could come and see me. Or learn how to tap and apply it yourself. Plain and simple. Try it on everything!
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I am not a licensed physician or psychiatrist. I am a teacher and a consultant and I use EFT with clients to target and address stress in the body. I cannot and do not diagnose, nor do I guarantee you will have excellent results though typically the average person can get 50-70% success with their own use. If it's not working, it may just mean there are techniques you don't know. That's when I can help.
Throughout history there have been certain people who have "upset the milk cart" so to speak. They have put forth ideas that were clearly not acceptable for their time. Galileo comes to mind. Sun at the center of the universe? It was actually heresy at the time. Semmelweis is another. Never heard of him? Ever heard of doctors washing hands between patients? Of course you have! And yet, 200 years ago it was common for a Dr to visit the morgue and examine a dead infected body, and then go to his laboring patient as she was in childbirth, and examine her. This of course spread infection and killed a lot of innocents. Semmelweis is the one who came up with the idea of washing hands. He was a laughing stock. No one is laughing about that now.
One that I am aware of in my lifetime is Dr. Marshall and Dr Warren's discovery that stomach ulcers are caused by bacteria. Again, they were derided by their colleagues, and persistence proved that simple antibiotics would resolve this condition. At the time, no one thought bacteria could survive in the stomach. Dr Marshall went so far as to drink a beaker of the bacteria and became predictably ill a few days later. I saw my own mother-in-law take the information she saw on a television program about it to her doctor, and he scoffed at the idea. Two years later, he was prescribing antibiotics for his patients with stomach ulcers. Interesting.
I set the stage with that information because there is a Dr in Germany with a new idea. And although the title says it's about cancer, he claims it applies to all major disease. What is it? His name is Dr. Hamer and his theory is that every cancer, every disease originates from a shock or trauma that catches us completely by surprise. It does not have to be traumatic, but it certainly can be. In his case, his son was unexpectedly murdered and the culprit got away with it. Within months, Dr Hamer, who was previously healthy, was diagnosed with testicular cancer. As with previous medical mavericks, he is being labeled a quack and worse. Only time and history will prove whether he is right or not.
My intent is not to share all the ironclad rules of cancer. Click the link if you want to read the voluminous amounts of information. I have read it and seen the youtube videos because I found it so intriguing. I spent about a week a few months back, going over all of the information.
I am currently reading Molecules of Emotion, by Candace Pert, Phd. This is another amazing story about a discovery that 20 years later is only just beginning to be accepted in the medical world but has been accepted for thousands of years in some cultures. Dr Pert's discovery of molecules in the brain, led her to find the same molecules all over the body in every organ and cell. These molecules are indeed "molecules of emotion." Her discovery, led to the scientific proof that our minds and bodies are completely connected; a fact that medicine has a hard time wrapping it's brain around. As a whole, they see people as parts, but we really are an integrated soul: mind, body, spirit.
So, to treat those parts separately, leaving out the thoughts and feelings of those suffering, is an incomplete way of practicing medicine. I have great respect for those Doctors in their fields who are willing to use integrative or complementary therapies. And that is where I come in. I would never assume to try to diagnose anyone. I am neither a doctor or a psychologist. But you don't have to be a doctor or psychologist to study human behavior. To learn and experience for yourself and identify with the suffering that comes to all who enter life on the planet. The trick is to lessen the ultimate effects.
Facing emotions and resolving them when necessary can lead not only to peaceful living, but often also leads to partial or total resolution of physical complaints as well. How could you imagine that a misunderstanding with a friend could be the cause of your shoulder pain? I found that out myself. Can unforgiveness lead to medical issues? There are many who say it is so. Asking good questions can lead to discoveries that free you in ways you may have never imagined. And whether energy therapies or other complementary therapies lead to cures, they can lead to peace of mind.
I have a friend who had cancer. And she eventually passed from this life. But our meetings together before she left, were precious to me and helpful to her. I was able to help her experience some grace and ease in her final weeks and I am not sure whether she benefited more, or I did. I know beyond any doubt, that our emotions and how we handle them can lead to unwanted consequences.
The ironclad rules of cancer, helped me to understand even more, how vital it is that when we have shock, trauma, grief, unexpected "negative" events, that it is important to make friends with those emotions, so that they do not make an enemy of us. EFT is such a wonderful tool that helps anyone to do that. If you haven't learned EFT yet, please do so. Feel free to ask questions. I'm here to help.
You might also enjoy this post about cancer. http://dailyabundance.net/cancerfear Please share with a friend if you like.
It's an unfortunate fact in the world today, that many horrific things happen that cause long term trauma and anxiety for people. Whether it is witnessing something horrible, a personal experience of rape, childhood trauma, an unexpected accident or death, a soldier's battlefield scars, or any of a number of upsetting things that leave their mark.
PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is defined as an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, accidents, or military combat. People with PTSD have persistent frightening thoughts and memories of their ordeal and feel emotionally numb, especially with people they were once close to. They may experience sleep problems, feel detached or numb, or be easily startled. (From National Institute of Mental Health).
I recently worked with a professional who contacted me because she was suffering from PTSD. She had been diagnosed by mental health professionals and was resistant to taking medication and after trying other methods, including hypnosis, she asked me to try EFT with her. One of the symptoms she was suffering from was sleeplessness, which manifest itself in being difficult to go to sleep and experiencing restless sleep. She wanted to address this first. It was typical for her to have to stay up very late, as late as possible, so that she would be sleepy enough to go to sleep. We spent most of the hour tapping on the inability to sleep; both going to sleep and staying asleep. I instructed her to go to bed at a normal bedtime, see how long it took to go to sleep and whether she had a restful night. I also told her, that if she did not, to continue tapping on the problem. She did not follow instructions. 🙂
She did go to bed at a reasonable hour. It took her about a half hour to go to sleep. She woke up once during the night. She slept almost 8 hrs. This was a HUGE improvement. Where she did not follow instructions, was to keep tapping. She wanted to see how far that one session would take her. Within a few days, she was going to sleep quickly and sleeping through the night 7-8 hours. She had not been able to do this for almost 16 years.
The next session we worked on her irritability. She was having a very hard time relating to her children at the end of the day. It was too much activity, too much noise, too much to handle and she often ended up hiding in her office and her work. We worked on all of the feelings she was having about this and again, she noticed within days, that she was feeling more at ease, more relieved, and enjoying her time in the evenings with her children and spending only the time she needed to in her office.
The last session we did together went straight to the heart of the matter. As a young girl, of perhaps five or six, one of her caretakers had sexually abused her. 40 years later, this event(s) was at the heart of her PTSD. We went through every piece of the memory. We tip toed around it, so as not to create undue emotion. We took piece by piece and dismantled the power that it had over her. By the time 45 minutes had passed, she had released all of the negative emotions associated with the specific memory, and truly was released from the overwhelming symptoms that went along with it.
This was my second opportunity to help someone specifically with PTSD, and my third working with someone with a very traumatic event. I've also worked with my own grief and trauma surrounding my mother's suicide. It's an amazing thing to me. That you can walk through life, carrying such serious baggage. In my case, I went to therapy. I don't know how much I got out of that. To see myself and others in only an hour or two or three, be completely relieved from traumatic memories, dramatic emotions, consuming thoughts, and grief that seems as if it will swallow you, is nothing short of a miracle. It is this part of EFT that I find so gratifying. It has the power to take things that are completely overwhelming, and almost like magic, cause them to go poof in a cloud of smoke. If you have something from your past that is too big to face, but you know still has a hold on you, you owe it to yourself, to release it. You deserve to be free. EFT can give you that. And if you want, I can help. Tap with me.
It’s breast cancer awareness month. I may be the only female this really bugs. Excuse me? Can we come up with a better term? Who ISN’T aware of breast cancer? Why don’t we have a breast cancer healing month? And why don’t we look at all possibilities, not just heavily funded medical possibilities? I think focusing on healing is much more beneficial than just being aware of breast cancer. Women are aware and terrified of breast cancer and that is what I want to discuss today. Unwarranted fear. I know you may be thinking, are you out of your mind? Shouldn’t I be afraid of breast cancer? Who wants to go through something awful like that? And I say, I know. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 46, had a mastectomy, and left this earth by her own hand only six months later. Years later, within one year of each other, my paternal aunt and grandmother passed away from breast cancer. Fear? You are right, I know about fear. I guess I should say I knew about fear. Because I became so terrified that I literally saw a path in my mind and at the end of the path, was a sign marked breast cancer.
Slightly previous to and around the same time of some of these events, I began having routine thermograms. What’s a thermogram you say? Go here:
My thermography results were becoming more and more troubling and I was just this side of panic. But, also in the midst of my panic and rising concerns, I came across EFT. I learned it, I applied it. I became a living, breathing, experiment of EFT. I started using it with others. I saw amazing unexplainable results. My annual thermograms were recommended to six months. Even so, it was almost ten months before I went back. And when I did, I was curious about my new results. They had gone back toward the safe zone, and I was back to annual exams. Hmmm. Something to think about. I had not changed one other single solitary thing about my life. I had just added tapping. In fact, in some ways, many things were worse. I wasn’t exercising, I wasn’t eating true to my beliefs, etc. The funny thing is, I never directly tapped on fear of breast cancer. I tapped on traumatic memories around breast cancer, and only quickly addressed breast issues before that appointment when the values began coming down.
I was contemplating this out loud one day with my husband and he made the obvious connection: that I had been using EFT for months for every traumatic memory, every bothersome thing, and the generalization effect had actually happened.
Two years later, my test results via thermography are better than even when I started. My risk level has gone from the high of 3 that it was, all the way back down to 1. (It can go as high as 5) And not only have I worked on breast issues, self worth issues, body image, general stress, and I could go on….but that little sign at the end of the path? Obliterated. I have NO FEAR of cancer. But I have to remind myself to be compassionate toward those that do fear it and for seemingly good reasons. Like family history.
It is my decision not to have mammograms. Maybe that is an explanation best saved for another day. But, stay tuned. Because in a few days, I will post the Iron Clad Rules of Cancer and how EFT can be a big part in preventing cancer and giving someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, tools for total peace of mind. Stay tuned. You don’t have to be afraid of cancer. I’m not. And you don’t have to be either.
If you are older than 18 or so and you live in the United States, chances are, this date, 9/11, is ingrained permanently in your memory. If you are older than 18 or 19 and live anywhere in the world, chances are, you probably also remember this day.
I woke up at 5:30 am (Pacific) that day. It was dark and the air was cool and crisp when I left home and drove to town to the high school gym to lift weights. There was news on the radio about a tower and an airplane and I thought it was a crash at the Phx airport. Sad. I went and lifted weights and while lifting, on the news, it said something about President Bush and towers and airplanes. I wasn't really paying attention. On my drive home at around 6:45, I heard more on the radio again and finally realized something was terribly wrong! All airspace in the U.S. shutdown!!!!!!!!?????????? I'd never heard of such a thing.
When I got home, I went RUNNING in the house and turned on the television. My husband and children were getting ready for work and school and were almost ready to go. They hadn't heard. And then we all saw. The towers ablaze and smoking, fire at the Pentagon, another plane missing. We sat speechless and wondering, when to my total dismay, one of the towers disintegrated and fell before our eyes. I burst into tears knowing the time of day, knowing all the people that must be in them, knowing the loss and grief and trauma of thousands, that would follow. People jumping out of buildings, evacuations, all those firefighters. My husband and children left for school and work, and I sat glued to the television with my one year old and three year old at my feet while tears rolled down my face all day long.
Where were you? What did you feel? Do you still feel it? As I write, I realize that I can still feel it almost as strongly as the day I watched. I couldn't stop watching for weeks, until one day sickened and sad by the whole thing, I turned the news off, and for years, stayed away from the news. I'm able now to selectively watch if I want, but only once every few weeks and scanning headlines on the internet.
I did not know about EFT back then, and haven't thought till today to do anything about it.
What to do about past traumas? I know what I am doing today. And if you know EFT and know how to tap, I'd encourage you to do so. Releasing trauma from the past, whether it is 9/11 memories and emotions, or your own personal tragedies, gives you great freedom. Here are some things you might tap on surrounding 9/11.
Even though I still feel the trauma of that day (3x)…..I deeply and completely accept myself. Reminder, trauma. (tap all around after each statement, 3 times total)
Even though I didn't realize what was happening, I was scared…..reminder phrase, scared.
Even though our country was under attack and I was scared…
Even though so many people died that day and we all watched helpless…..reminder, helpless.
Even though I'll never get over the sadness and fear….reminder. I'll never get over it.
Even though I still cry over 9/11 and the tragedy…..reminder, still crying.
Even though life will never be the same…reminder, never be the same.
Even though I saw the planes hit the towers, over and over and over…reminder, planes hit the towers.
Even though I saw people jumping out of buildings…reminder, those poor people.
Even though the towers fell before my eyes…..reminder, the towers fell.
Even though it was terrible terrorism, and we all felt it……reminder terrorism.
Even though I'll never forget, I can leave the grief behind me…..reminder, letting go of grief.
Even though it felt so dangerous, I am safe now….reminder I am safe.
Even though the nation suffered so much trauma, there are things to find joy in now…reminder, finding joy.
Even though the events of 9/11 created so much terror, I now choose peace…reminder I choose peace.
If the photo at the beginning of this post triggered your emotions, when you are finished tapping the EFT phrases, go back and look at the picture. Does it still trigger you? Then keep tapping. Go through those statements and any others that you can word that are meaningful to you, and keep tapping. You can test how well it worked by finding news footage from that day, are there still emotions? If so, keep tapping. Until you can look at pictures and video and think about all you experienced with no emotional response. It's possible. I just did. And you can too. email me, if you need help with past traumas.