Tools to help with 9/11 Emotional Pain

9/11 is tomorrow and we’ll be inundated with media images again. This may trigger emotional pain and even trauma for some people. I’ve written two articles with some ideas for protecting yourself:

Bin Laden Killing May Trigger 9/11 PTSD: This article was written shortly after Bin Laden was killed, but is timely for this anniversary of 9/11, as it goes through the symptoms of PTSD

People Are Still Experiencing 9/11 PTSD After 10 Years: This article also details the emotional pain that may continue and get re-triggered now, and tells how EFT works to heal painful emotional and anxiety symptoms .

9/11 Anniversary May Trigger Childhood Trauma

Hope these are useful to you.


Ask Zoe: Can I Forget a Painful Memory with EFT?

Here’s an interesting question from Maggie: “If I work on something with EFT, can I forget bad memories that I don’t want to remember?

I can see why, if you have a bad memory, you might think that the only way to erase the effects of the memory is to erase the memory itself. But isn’t the reality that you’d like not to be distressed by the memory anymore? I don’t think any kind of therapy or treatment or procedure (outside some kind of brain surgery) could make you forget a memory. What EFT does is take the negative charge away from a previously painful memory. That’s why it’s called Emotional Freedom Techniques—after working on something with EFT, you are free of the pain around it, you have “emotional freedom.”

To explain: when we experience a painful or scary event, it affects our energy system and thus our nervous system, and this effect stays in our nervous system and energy system as emotional stress or emotional trauma until we do something to resolve it. (For more information on how this works, see my website page on Stress and Trauma).

EFT works to heal our energy system and thus alleviates the negative charge in our nervous system. You will still remember the event itself, but it will feel a lot different. After working on bad memories with EFT Tapping, some people say they seem really far away now, or that they remember the event but there’s no feeling attached to it—it’s just matter-of-fact, like thinking about what I had for breakfast yesterday. No big deal.

And, in my opinion, one of the great things about working to heal a bad memory with EFT is that it often works so quickly (EFT Case Studies).

EFT Heals Animals with PTSD

EFT Can Help Animals Experiencing Emotional Pain

A while ago, I  read a heartbreaking story in the McClatchy Newspapers (article by Chris Adams, 4.24.11) detailing how scientific research on apes has created PTSD symptoms in them  .  One ape went from being friendly with other apes to becoming very aggressive with a female who shared his cage. Another began to bite himself and a third became very depressed. There are many other examples. These are all signs of traumatic stress, or PTSD, in animals.

Surrogate EFT Tapping

There is a kind of EFT Tapping that often helps to heal the emotional pain of animals after they are traumatized. It’s called “surrogate” EFT Tapping. That is, we can have a human step into “being” the animal, imagining into the animal’s experiences around the trauma. All the while, the human is tapping on him/herself, going through all the various emotions that the human imagines the animal went through during the trauma. It may seem weird or “magical,” but often, it works!

Surrogate EFT Tapping With a Traumatized Horse

A while ago, I did some surrogate EFT Tapping with a horse and his owner. This horse had been experiencing clear symptoms of PTSD for quite a long time and, after about an hour of surrogate tapping, was completely calmed down and stayed that way permanently! Check out my article, “Surrogate EFT Tapping Cures Horse’s Trauma.” Also, for EFT with humans, click for my EFT and EFT Case Studies pages.

Wishing you (and your animals) a free and joyous life,