Dear EFT Community,
It's important to find all the parts of a traumatic event. EFT calls these "aspects." It's vital to find and tap on these one by one. A session at an EFT workshop gave me an opportunity to demonstrate aspects.
By Dawson Church
I worked with a client in her 20s during an EFT workshop. Her issue was a car crash. We searched for aspects. We used the Tell the Story Technique, recounting the event out loud, and the Movie Technique, which is playing the event mentally without words.
Aspects are pieces of an event or problem. They may involve different sensory channels, such as sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. They may also be emotions or physical sensations. They may also be cognitions, phrases, or images. Here are some of the aspects we discovered.
As she began to tell her story, her first words were: "I looked down for a second." I treated that statement as an aspect, and asked for her SUD level. It was a 10, so we used the phrase in a setup statement. We tapped and it quickly went to a 0.
I noticed she seemed edgy, so I asked her how she felt. She said she felt a lot of nervous energy, and it came to focus up and down the front of her throat. So we treated that as Aspect #2, created a new setup, and just a single round of tapping brought the sensation under control.
For EFT's Story or Movie Technique, you start telling the story or running the movie in your head from a neutral point. I asked her to pick a neutral point and it was "It was a nice day in San Francisco…" We then went through her describing the moment she looked down without a rise in her SUD levels, and she told the story through the moment of the crash itself.
The impact threw her body forward, and we treated the physical shock as a kinesthetic aspect.
She remembered the noise of the crash, and tapped on that, after which she switched aspects to remembering the smoke coming out from under the hood of the car. When she got out of the car, her first thought was "There goes $5,000." It was her dad's car, and she knew she would have to buy him a replacement. Then she pictured telling him. She said he was the anxious type, and he'd be freaked out by the news.
We did rounds of EFT on each different aspect. After clearing each one, she rewound the movie in her mind and played it from the beginning. You can also have a client imagine that they have a remote control that controls playback. They can rewind or fast forward if they wish, for example to quickly get through a part of the story that clearly no longer holds emotional charge. I also ask clients to hit the "pause" button during an emotional peak, and fully experience the emotion. This is opposite to our usual tendency to rush through bad feelings.
With EFT, we stay with those feelings till they're all tapped away.
The next emotional peak in the story was the memory of the other driver yelling at her that his wife was pregnant. Her numbers didn't go down as we tapped on that, so we performed several rounds of the 9 Gamut Procedure. I suspected this was not the first time in her life she'd been yelled at, so we generalized to "People yell at me." Eventually, her SUD level went down for both this phrase and the memory of the other driver. The end of her story was the ambulance taking the pregnant woman away.
Here's a summary of the aspects we worked on:
1. "I looked down for a second" (memory aspect)
2. Nervous energy front of throat (present kinesthetic aspect)
3. Body thrown forward by impact (past kinesthetic aspect)
4. Noise of crash (auditory aspect)
5. Smoke coming out of car hood (visual aspect)
6. "There goes $5,000." (cognitive aspect)
7. Dad's going to freak out (cognitive aspect)
8. Blood on my jeans (visual aspect)
9. The other driver was screaming at me (memory aspect)
10. Other people in my life screaming at me (general problem)
11. The ambulance took the pregnant woman away (memory aspect)
There were 11 separate aspects, and you never know in which one the trauma is encoded, so it's important to tap on each. We tested our results at the end. I asked her to run the movie all the way through, and she was able to do this without a rise in intensity.