The Tell the Story technique is very similar to EFT’s Movie Technique.
Make sure you’re familiar with the Movie Technique first, because most of the instructions are the same as for Tell the Story.
The main difference between the two is that the Movie Technique is usually performed silently, while Tell the Story is spoken out loud.
Tell the Story is as simple as it sounds.
Just identify a specific event, like you do in the Movie Technique.
Give the story a title, and ask how big an emotional charge is held in the title alone. Use the 0 through 10 scale, with 0 being no emotional intensity, and 10 being the maximum possible intensity.
Use EFT on the story title alone, till the intensity level drops to a low number like 0, 1 or 2.
Then start telling the story from the beginning. That beginning should be a neutral point. If the story is about being shouted at by a teacher in school at the age of 6, for instance, start at the point just before, when the room was calm, before the shouting began.
Stop whenever you reach an emotionally intense part of the story, which is easy because you’ll feel your intensity number going up, for example to a 5 or 7 or even 10. If you’re working with a client, make sure you stop them if you believe their intensity number is rising, even if they don’t stop by themselves.
Clients are often so used to just pushing through the tough feelings, they don’t realize they can stop, and resolve them using EFT. Find out just how high their number is.
When you or our client reaches that first rise in intensity and stops, fashion an EFT setup statement targeted to that particular emotional crescendo:
“Even though [emotional crescendo], I deeply and completely accept myself.”
Tap on all 12 acupressure points while repeating the statement, and repeat several times if necessary, till the intensity level drops to a low number, like 0, 1, or 2. Then start telling the story again. Stop at the next intense moment, and repeat the process.
When the whole story has been told, and all emotional crescendos have been tapped down to low numbers, test your results.
Tell the story emphatically. Exaggerate. Raise your voice. Imagine each sensory channel, sights, sounds, smells, tastes, as strongly as possible. Try to get upset during the emotional crescendos.
When you fail to elicit an emotional response, you’ll know you’ve truly eliminated the emotional sting of this event.