By Rebecca Snyder
After overindulging at my favorite restaurant, I awoke later that night, around 2:00 a.m., with a hellacious heartburn. I went into my bathroom to find some antacid.
I was both sleepy and angry at myself for overdoing it with food and drink. I couldn’t find any antacids, and knew there was no way I was going to be able to go back to sleep with my stomache churning like it was. Then I suddenly I thought about trying to tap the heartburn away with emotional freedom techniques.
I started by rating my heartburn discomfort at a SUD intensity level number of 9 on the 0-10 scale.
I did several tapping rounds on:
Even though I’m mad at myself for eating too much of that rich food, I deeply and completely forgive myself.
I’m so mad at myself!
My SUD Level of Intensity on my heartburn went down to a 6 out of 10.
Then I tapped:
Even though I drank too much wine, and now I’m paying the price, I love and forgive myself for this overindulgence.
Paying the price.
My SUD Level of intensity on my heartburn went down to 3 out of 10.
Then I remembered someone had posted some excellent articles in the EFT newsletter where she directly addressed her body’s natural healing ability.
I decided to tap one round on:
Even though I overindulged, I ask my body to neutralize the excess acid in my stomach and to process the contents comfortably.
My body’s natural wisdom,
Neutralize the excess acid,
Thank you Body for processing that rich food comfortably.
Bingo! Heartburn discomfort fell to a flat 0 number of intensity out of 10 after a tremendous belch! It took all of maybe 5 minutes of tapping. The tapping left me so relaxed that I went back to bed and fell asleep immediately.
Now, here’s the kicker:
The next day while I was mentally blessing EFT for having given me the tool to take care of my heartburn and no antacids problem, I remembered why I thought I had antacids in the house. About 3 years ago, I suffered from chronic GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Heartburn has been a nearly constant companion for at least 15 years.
my GERD problem was one of the first things I tapped on after learning emotional freedom techniques, and though I don’t recall exactly, it may have been the reason I did the search that turned up the EFT website and prompted me to sign up for the EFT newsletter.
Needless to say, EFT was so effective that I completely forgot having suffered for 15+ years with GERD. This recent heartburn episode was the first time in 3 years that I had any heartburn at all.