Let’s repeat what the basic concept EFT-Emotional Freedom Techniques is based on:
“The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system”
First prove it to yourself: Think of a deep hurt or traumatic experience in your past. If it was severe enough, and you are sufficiently in tune with your body, you will feel a tightness in your chest or queasiness in your stomach as you merely recall the incident.
This slight or major physical sensation is actually a disturbance in your energy body, like the ripples created on the smooth surface of a pond when you drop a stone into it.
The Trekkies would call it a “disturbance in the force”. Now, depending how in tune you still are with the actual memory of the hurt, most people will exhibit flashes of, or massive negative emotion, be it anger, rage, bitterness, jealousy, hatred, despondency or malice or any other of the host of negative emotions or feelings, depends to what degree you had worked through the original hurt, how you deal with your wisdom and system of beliefs, and how the memory is stored in your subconscious mind.
This is a daily occurrence to a greater or lesser degree in everyone’s life, unless of course you are a Saint, and have totally abandoned your fear center and live strictly out of your LOVE center. Some have Mystics as models, depending on the severity of it, many have spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars with a psychiatrist and other mental health practitioners, with often negligible results. Others function quite well, with occasional outbursts of anger, yet others are institutionalized.
In the metaphysical field it is well known and totally accepted that these traumatic negative emotions, will with time manifest as a physical illness. This is actually the premise behind most alternative healing modalities.
It should make sense, if we can neutralize the worst of these traumatic memories allowing the energy system to flow smoothly, we will have achieved a better quality of life at the very least. To get off a perpetual emotional roller coaster, to be able to deal effectively with current problems, to calmly face life and all it has to offer would be getting mighty close to the space described as “heaven on earth”. Or so we believe in our Spiritual Science world. You are of course free to make your own decisions.
Here is a partial list which this healing methodology works well on:
|Depression||This is an effect, not a cause. The causes of depressions are many, mostly poor self-image and some sort of fear, real or imagined, hanging on to past hurts or emotional traumas.|
|Anxiety||This is always caused by fear. Think about it. If you did not fear not having enough money to pay the rent, or buy groceries, why would you be having anxiety attacks? This is a very basic example. It works on all fears of “not having enough of ______” [you fill in the blank]. It also works on all fears of ” I am not good enough to _____”, pass the test, get a promotion, get that big sale, ask for a date, etc.|
|Fears||free floating fears – about anything and nothing in particular
fear of heights
fear of public speaking
fear of flying
fear of crawling insects, snakes or mice
fear of meeting new people [ shyness ]
fear of enclosed places [ claustrophobia ]
fear of success. This is a big one and is the underlying fear of all, failure.
|Phobias||These are a variation of the fears above which over time have become so “set” into the emotional patterns that it immobilizes you, and does not allow your common sense to function. A phobia by definition is an “irrational fear.”|
|Poor self-image||This is said to be the #1 emotional health problem in America today. It is always based on some kind of fear. It is a variation of “I am not good enough to ______”, or its cousin “Who would give me ______”, a break, a date, a job, etc. Or its other cousin, ” He/she could not find me ____” attractive, sexy, good enough, and on and on. It is often based on past negative experiences we have stored in our memory and positive affirmation techniques may be helpful.|
|Hostilities||These are also based on past negative experiences and fears of repeating them, and thereby getting slapped down once again.|
|Anger and Rage||These are pure fear, from the simple anger at your child when he runs out into the street ( fear of child getting hurt) to the rage at your mate when he/she stays out later than you expected ( fear of losing your mate).|
The list goes on and on – bitterness, jealousy, spitefulness, loathing, hatred, apprehension, panic, despondency, suspicion, bigotry – ALL of them, when traced to the sources that are based on fear, usually from the distant past or even from childhood remembrances. These negative emotions are stored in our memory banks and pulled out most inappropriately causing untold suffering not only to ourselves but to all those around us.
Some of the physical ailments that have been addressed quite successfully through meditation and with this modality are those of a degenerative nature and those resulting from stress and emotional problems:
- Sinus and other headaches
- High Blood pressure
- Heart Disease
Have they been totally cured? No, not yet, but many of the symptoms have been abated, and some quite dramatically in numerous instances. In other countries, the mind/body connection is being studied seriously. More and more as the alternative healing field is becoming more accepted, and results are being tabulated, the general population is starting to look at it more seriously.
I definitely DO NOT recommend you leave medical treatment. I am simply suggesting that this is a great supplementary treatment like meditation may be beneficial, especially for pain management. If you are under a physician’s care, please consult with him or her about whether to try this.
We are now living longer than a hundred years ago. Part of this is from modern medicine having conquered most of the deadly communicable and infectious diseases. However, this allows the slower growing degenerative diseases more time to take hold and flourish “Our medical science has expanded our life-span but in the USA, 97% of our health dollars are spent after our individual diseases are discovered”. (This is compiled for informational and educational purposes only, check with your physician or other medical sources for verification.)
This modality is also great for kids and totally safe, as there are no medications or invasive treatments.
- Kids who are afraid of the dark
- or of a neighborhood bully,
- or of things that go bump in the night
- or who are thumb suckers, nail biters and bed wetters,
- or have nightmares or free-floating fears
- or are shy or bashful and have low self-esteem or poor self-images
- or can’t sit still and pay attention
- or can’t focus on their studies
- or afraid of taking tests
- or abused kids with much hostility.
Or for teenagers who have a hard time adjusting to a societal norm, with many of the symptoms listed under “kids.” The teenage years are difficult ones at best and if these youngsters have developed a low self-image and poor self-esteem based on whatever fears, real or perceived, we can help them overcome this without lengthy psychiatric sessions or medications.
One thing that has to be made very clear. Getting rid of “fears” does not make one stupid. There is such a thing as a normal precaution when walking down a dark alley or facing an unknown growling dog and the precaution stays while the irrational fears are dissolved. Also with emotionally charged memories, like a death, rape or messy divorce, for example, the memories will still be there, only the negative emotions of them will be neutralized.