By J. Boucher
A client of mine is no stranger to EFT. We have worked together tapping on issues many times with great success. However, on this one particular occasion she was struggling to get in touch with her true feelings.
We were dealing with a situation that was causing her daily stress.
In her words, "It follows me around wherever I go."
She reported that she had great difficulty sleeping at night, was constantly upset and tearful and felt drained by the whole experience.
Several EFT tapping rounds into the session it was clear that we were not making progress.
Even though it follows me around whereever I go, I deeply and completely accept myself.
Having tried a number of techniques that usually give great results, we were still stuck. She could feel the sadness, despair and hurt, but none of the words she was using were taking her to the heart of her feelings. If anything, they were highlighting her frustration and increasing her tears.
Knowing that my client has a passion for writing, I was inspired to try this new idea.
I gave her the following instructions:
"I want you to describe to me how you feel now, as if you're writing about it in a novel and you're the lead character. You're at a crucial stage in the story and you have to let the reader know exactly how the character feels about this situation."
Without a moment's hesitation, she replied, "She feels broken."
This was a wonderful breakthrough.
Even though I feel broken, I deeply and completely accept myself.
The SUD Level of intensity number dropped after just one round from a 9 on a scale of 0 to 10 down to a 4 out of 10. Two subsequent rounds brought it down to zero. We continued to use this technique for the remainder of the session after which she reported, "I definitely feel calmer - as though I've been released from the trauma."
Follow-up telephone call 3 days later:
"I can now think about this without feeling as though my world has come crashing in on me. I am sleeping better. I had a couple of minor 'moments' whilst out on the street and on the train when I saw something that reminded me of the situation, but my response was nowhere near where it used to be - I just tapped my fingers a few times and was absolutely fine!"
I have since used this EFT writing technique on 5 other clients, plus myself, with excellent results. To my knowledge, none of my clients have a passion for writing, but still found it easier to describe their feelings as though they were writing a story as they tap.