EFT is effective in healing pain, whether it be emotional or physical pain.
John (not his real name) came to my office for the first time having experienced two solid weeks of pain in his abdomen. It felt like a powerful stabbing in a certain spot and a general feeling of pressure. Right then, it was at a 3 level of intensity, though it was often much worse.
I asked him what the feeling was in his abdomen right now. It was like turmoil, he said, like the water in a brook caught in an eddy. He said that it was trapped, and couldn’t go further. When I asked him what emotion was in there, he said it was a feeling of not being in control, of things just happening as they will, and there’s nothing he can do. A feeling of being trapped.
“Even though I’m in a turmoil and feel that I’m not in control, that everything is going on its own and there’s nothing I can do.
Even though this feeling is manifesting in my abdomen….” This made the feeling in his abdomen go up, from a 3 to a 6. So I knew we were getting somewhere.
After some questioning and possible connections that didn’t really get us anywhere, I asked him what had happened in the period anywhere between two weeks to two months just before the pain started. It turns out that about two months earlier, his closest co-worker, a woman, was replaced by a tall, strong man—we’ll call him Toby. Before, everyone was collaborative at work, and the atmosphere was congenial. People greeted each other every morning and were friendly. Since this new man came, there was a cloud in the atmosphere. John would greet Toby, but he would not answer him. There was a feeling of competitiveness instead of camaraderie. John began to hear that some people felt John was not a good leader of those under him, and it brought up doubts in himself, too.
He was irritated that he had to hear gossip about himself, and that he started to doubt himself. He couldn’t be “in my peace.”
We tapped, “Even though I’m irritated, and it’s manifesting in this turmoil in my abdomen, even though I’m doubting my ability as a leader, I choose to find a surprisingly easy way to be in my peace again. This brought the feeling in his stomach down to a 3 again.
I asked him for a specific incident that typified the relationship with Toby: he and Toby were coming toward each other in a hallway at work. Toby said to him, “You better get out of my way, or you’ll get knocked on your butt.” This made the pain get worse again, to a 5.
“Even though I’m really pissed that Toby said “You better get out of my way or you’ll get knocked on your butt,” I deeply and completely accept myself.” The pain went back down to a 3.
He realized he was angry because “whether I’m a good boss to my employees or not, I’m a person. He’s not treating me like a person; he’s not even answering my greetings.”
We tapped, “Even though I’m angry that he’s not treating me like a person, and I start doubting myself, I deeply and completely accept myself. So that I can let this go, and let the pain go out of my abdomen, I forgive him. Maybe the way he’s acting doesn’t have anything to do with me. Maybe he has his own issues or doesn’t know how to deal with people. I choose to let this go and I choose to be in my peace.
Within a couple of rounds, the pain went from a 3 to a 0. We tested to make sure by having him remember the hallway incident in great detail. No intensity left. In only one session, EFT was effective in healing pain that had been around for two weeks.
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