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Guest post by Gerry White
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), developed by Gary Craig, is truly a gift to the world. Also referred to as tapping, it a self-help method of activating the body’s energy meridians to ease pain of all types, physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual. There are many sites on the Internet from which you can receive instructions and techniques.
I have been using EFT for many years to help deal with many different issues in my life. Over this time I have learned that to have EFT work effectively for me, I must define both the problem and the desired outcome. I think of our unconscious mind (UM) as the collective intelligence of the billions of cell in our bodies. The prime directive of the UM is to maintain and defend the collective (our bodies). UM is responsible for all your physical experiences e.g.: UM says you are happy so it turns on the dopamine and the serotonin taps. If you twist your ankle, UM causes the area to hurt to remind you to take care of the sprain. You could think of the UM as very intelligent and stubborn five year-old and your conscious mind as its parent. UM is dedicated to maintaining the collective at all costs. It does not know or care about things like reason and logic. It leaves all that ‘stuff’ to the conscious mind, which, through discernment, deals with the outside world. The conscious mind then presents to UM only those things it considers serious. UM for its part is hard to convince because of its early experiences.
During the first five years of our childhood there is no logic, no reason and minimal discernment. Throughout this period everything presented to us is accepted as absolute truth. If our parents, family, neighbors, media, or government tells us that we are bad, thoughtless, inconsiderate and worthless we absorb all without question. Fortunately, for us, loving and nurturing word are accepted in the same way.
If before the age of six your UM hears hundreds of times that you are worthless, how often would you have to hear how worthy you are before your UM believes this? Therein lies the dilemma.
The UM takes every thing literally and is unable to process a negative statement. If you say to a five year old “Don’t do that —-!” the child will do” that—-!” because he/she can’t process a negative. If I say ‘don’t think about a blue tree’, what is the first thing you think about? This is how UM interprets every negative statement.
When you request UM to make a change to its collective you have to make absolutely clear what you wish to change. The requested change must have integrity and must be stated with conviction!
The desired outcome must be stated in positive way in present tense as if the benefit of the change had already been gained. Any condition – physical, mental, emotional or spiritual – takes something extra to convince UM to respond. That is where EFT comes in. By stimulating the meridians while holding the well formed emotionally charged positive request in mind, you can overcome UM’s resistance to the desired change.
Recently I was having a problem with my right knee. Once or twice a week my knee would become painful as if a strand of nerve had somehow shifted out of position. It would last a day or two then disappear. After another day or two it would happen again. While this condition existed, it severely limited my ability to walk properly. Even a vitamin B shot in that knee only provided temporary and partial relief.
I attempted to use EFT on the problem to no avail. The problem continued for just about a year. I was frustrated. In my EFT scripts, I made statements such as “I don’t want the pain!” or “Please make the pain stop, I can’t stand it!”
Then I realized I had been stating the change I desired in a negative way. I was stating what I didn’t want instead of what I did want. One day between attacks I changed my words. For the setup I said: “Even though my right knee causes me pain, I deeply and completely love and accept myself and my right knee!” Then with each tapping point I said, “my right knee is comfortable and moves freely and easily!” I performed six rounds of EFT using these or similar positive words. I then forgot about my knee completely and focused on other things. The condition never re-occurred and my knee has remained pain free for more than two years and counting.
My knee problem is an example of how EFT does seem to work on everything when you make your request using the right words. Using a negative statement is an ‘away from’ whereas a positive statement is a ‘toward’. Always move toward the desired state not away from the undesired state.
Interview with Dr. Nancie Barwick, who overcame Muscular Dystrophy using the Conklin Method of Energy Therapy. The Conklin Method combines hypnosis, NLP, and energy work. Dr Nancie and Dr. Carolyn talked in the vendor’s room at the International Hypnosis Federation conference at San Pedro, CA, March 2013.
Gerry, an avid EFT prectitioner, reminds us in his article to try EFT on anything!
EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as the tapping technique, has been thought of as a method that allows one to adjust the intensity of an emotion usually associated with an event. Gary Craig, the founder of EFT often says ‘try it on anything.’ I have used EFT for many situations including emotional problems, removal of pain from extremities and even easing potentially tense situations such as crucial business meetings and public speaking/ performance engagements.
As an EFT practitioner, I remembered that one of the most important uses for EFT is easing the immediate shock associated with an accident induced trauma. Not long ago my wife Carolyn had gone for an afternoon massage session with a therapist. The weather that day was clear but windy. When Carolyn returned home she was totally distraught; she was sobbing and incoherent.
When I asked her what the problem was she was so upset she could not speak.
I sat her down and used an abbreviated version of EFT on her. I first tapped under her nose, called “UN” in the EFT world (GV26 – point 26 on the governing vessel meridian) and then on her collarbone point, referred to as “CB” (K27 – point 27 on the Kidney meridian). I repeated this sequence for about a minute, by which time the sobbing had stopped and she was able tell me what had happened and actually laughed about it.
When she left the therapist office to return home, as she opened the car door, she became entangled with the seat belt. As she tried to free herself a gust of wind caused the car door to slam across the middle of her hand. She somehow was able to drive herself home.
The injured hand was quite swollen and she was experiencing quite a bit of pain. I led her through another tapping sequence where we focused on the pain and the swelling. After a minute or so of tapping the pain reduced to a much more tolerable level and the swelling started to go down. We applied an ice pack to the afflicted area. Within about an hour the injured hand had returned to normal size. Although the pain and swelling were gone, the bones and tendons in Carolyn’s had were still sore from the injury, so over the next few days we did frequent tapping session to assist the healing of the injury. The hand has since completely recovered.
I studied acupuncture some years ago and am familiar with the body’s meridian system and energy points. The two points, GV26 and K27, which are only two of several tapping points used in EFT, also happen to be emergency points in Chinese acupuncture. These points, along with several points located on the hand, can be used to stop traumatic events such as shock and seizure. The human energy system is a marvelous network that runs all aspects of the body. EFT is a non-intrusive procedure that seems to work on any energy related problem. EFT certainly worked very well in this situation so I guess you can try it on anything!
In our previous article “Is Hypnosis and Energy Therapy? Does Hypnosis Alleviate Pain?” we showed the effect of hypnosis and energy therapy with before and after aura and chakra images. Expanding on this demonstration, we created a 13 minute video.
This vidoe gives an insight on several factors I use to interpret the aura and chakra image. Here is the video:
We’ve just finished another amazing long weekend at the Internation Hypnosis Federation (IHF) It’s All About You Re-Treat in San Pedro, CA. The Aura and Chakra Imaging was, once again, very well received! Here is a video from last year’s (2011) IHF Conference that provides a glimpse of us at the conference:
We did an aura and chakra image and interpretation for Lydia. The original reading took about 25 minutes, so the comments were quite edited.
“Clearing your Chakras vs. balancing your Chakras – are they the same? If not, what is the difference?”
The title of this article is a response to a question I recently received from a reader. It is an excellent one, especially since these two terms – clearing and balancing – are mentioned in regard to maintaining the health and efficiency of our Chakras. In order to best understand this question, let us first understand the nature of the Chakras.
We are all made up of energy. Light is one form of energy. The physical body is the stepped down energy of light. We are a physical manifestation of gradients of divine light, filtered through a system of interfaces called Chakras by the ancients.
A Chakra serves as the interface point between physical aspects of the body & the subtle, non-physical, non-local, Universal Energy Field (UEF). Each Chakra acts as a transducer (a transducer converts energy from one type to another), as well as a transceiver, continually receiving and sending energy between the UEF and us.
The system of the Chakras provides a structural blueprint, a conduit for this light energy. The information contained within is stepped down through the matrix of creation into a physical expression of that energy – our corporeal bodies. As such, Chakras are what feed us the parameters for this consensual reality.
What our Chakras energetically send back to the UEF passes through and is stored in the Akashic records. All of our experiences and emotions are recorded in the Akash, which serves as a blueprint for our personal growth and that of humanity.
Each Chakra functions as a tuned and resonant antenna that translates information into manageable frequencies for our body to utilize. The spin rate is part of the tuning. The frequency of each Chakra’s “spin” determines which portion of the light is meaningful, i.e. each Chakra responds only to the information to which it is tuned. This is the premise behind the assignment of specific attributes and responsibilities for each Chakra, i.e. the Root Chakra focuses on survival issues, the Sacral Chakra on creativity, etc.
When, like the radio analogy presented in the article “Oh, No, My Chakras are Closed – is it terminal?” you have a clear channel to the information coming from the Universal Energy Field, the Chakras function at optimal levels. Life is good; you are healthy and are living at your fullest potential.
The filters that we develop as a result of our human experience can alter, or distort, the frequency, amplitude and shape of the Chakras. Holding on to emotionally charged memories of fear, guilt, shame, and hate create energetically dense filters, which can adversely impact our two-way communication between the Chakras and the UEF.
Imagine that our Chakras act like the system of photoelectric cells in a solar panel. A clear view of the sun’s light produces the maximum voltage output for the panel. A cloud comes along and casts a shadow on the panel, filtering out a portion of the sun’s light. The energy output, which is measured in voltage, decreases. Throw a cover on the panel, and all of the sun’s radiant energy is blocked from the panel; without the sun’s light, the panel cannot produce any energy.
When we talk about “clearing” the Chakras, we are describing the condition where all filters, or obstructions are removed, allowing the Chakras to act as efficient energy conduits. These filters can involve long standing emotional issues as well as little annoyances that might crop up on a daily basis. Releasing any emotionally charged negative energies could be effectively accomplished via hypnosis, self-hypnosis, EFT or other energetic modalities. Essentially, we want to “clear” a path for the unobstructed energy flow between our Chakras and the Universal Energy Field.
Remember I stated that the Chakras both receive and send energy? Imaging that, if we follow the optimal flow between each Chakra and the UEF, the path traces a figure “8”, the infinity sign. This pattern is repeated in the optimum exchange of energy between each of the Chakras. The ancient Vedic texts describe this movement as two channels – the Ida, the yin, negative, cool, left, and feminine current, and Pingla, the yang, positive, warm, right, and masculine current. Energy constantly flows if no obstructions impede this infinite dance of energy.
When we can maintain a steady flow of this life-force energy, or chi, we achieve symmetry between the incoming and outgoing energies, the right and left side of the body, and the yin and the yang. This symmetry is what we refer to as “balance.” When our Chakras are “in balance”, the energy exchange between our systems and the UEF, is stable and constant. In this state of energetic equilibrium, all channels are effectively communicating.
We must remember that “balance”, in context of our human energy system, our Chakras, is an on-going, continual process and not a static, end result. Keeping harmony between our Chakras and UEF involves a constant awareness of this energy exchange. Balance is the principle of action and reaction. It is being attuned to the continuous changes in energy, the ebb and flow of our communications with the UEF. To stay “in balance”, we need to tune into the rhythm of life and to keep our mind moving, our body fluid, and our spirit soaring.
Consider our physical lifeblood, which provides constant nutrition for all of our organs as well as cleansing and purifying our body. From before the time of our birth until our last breath, our blood constantly circulates throughout our body. A healthy body that maintains a stable, constant level of good health is said to be in a state of homeostasis. When there is a disturbance of homeostasis, the body incurs a condition called homeostatic imbalance.
If an infection disturbs our health, throwing our body’s system into a homeostatic imbalance, our blood shows a measurable elevated white blood cell level. The efficiency of our blood is compromised as our body’s immune system shores up its defenses in order to fight off the infection and return the body to homeostasis. When we are “fighting” an infection, we feel “out of balance,” as the circulation of our blood is not performing at peak efficiency.
Illness can also arise if the “highways” of our blood’s circulatory system, the arteries and veins, become restricted through plaque build-up. Our lifeblood cannot flow evenly and without constriction. Many health problems arise, such as high blood pressure and it attendant physical challenges. In this situation, the body is “out of balance.” If a large enough piece of the plaque dislodges from the artery wall, an obstruction of the blood may occur in the form of a stroke. Depending on the location of the clot, this condition could cause anything from a localized paralysis to death.
Just as we need to keep our blood circulating at peak efficiency for optimal physical health, so we also need to keep the life force energy, chi, circulating between our Chakras and the UEF. When this energy flow is stable and constant, we attain a psychic balance of our energy systems.
Clearing a Chakra, then, is the process of removing any blocks so the Chakra can receive and send an uninterrupted energy current between the UEF. Balancing a Chakra involves keeping this exchange of energy moving in an even, steady manner. In the article posted May 11, 2011, Gerry’s Chakras show that they are “open”, i.e. unblocked, as there is a strong flow indicated for each Chakra. The look and size of each Chakra indicates that this energy requires synchronizing, which is what he did using EFT.
When first working with the Chakra system, I determine, on a Chakra-by-Chakra basis, if any major blocks need clearing. Once this is accomplished, I implement an overall balancing of the Chakras, which connects our energetic system with the optimal flow of chi.
On a daily basis, I recommend addressing any issues that may create an energy barrier if not immediately resolved. As our awareness of our life force energies, or chi, develops, we can constantly make changes and adjustments to keep the current of energy flowing between our Chakras and the UEF.
|Thank you all for the interest and comments about our article “Balancing the Chakras Using EFT.” We have received several excellent questions about this article and in the interest of expanding your inner wisdom here are the answers!|
|What specific EFT sequence did Gerry use?
When we first examined Gerry’s aura and chakras with the imaging system, we saw that there was a lot of energy flowing. The initial chakra graphs indicated strength of 80% to 100%. So, he had a good throughput of energy. The varying shape of each chakra indicated that, although there was lots of energy, the flow was not focused or congruent. His power needed to be harnessed so as to put it to good use. A balanced energy flow occurs when the energy flow through the chakras is moving with focus and rhythm.
Since we wanted Gerry’s healthy energy to flow equally through all his chakras, we concentrated on balancing the seven major chakras at the same time.
Gerry used the EFT setup phrase, while tapping on the karate point, “Even though my chakras are not in balance, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
After this initial setup, he tapped on the standard EFT meridian points on the face, collarbone area, underarm, and top of the head while stating, “my chakras are IN BALANCE.” This sequence was intended to balance all of the chakras, i.e. get the energy flowing, at the same time. As demonstrated in the video, this happened quite quickly.
If, when we started out, we saw that the root chakra was low in energy and the overall shape blurred (see Your Chakras/Energy Centers) we would have taken a different approach. The sequence would address issues specific to the root chakra that resonate with the individual (remember, with EFT it is best to let the person chose their own words!).** Understand that there may need to be specific clearing addressed for a specific chakra or all chakras.
Once the Chakras are balanced with EFT, do they stay balanced?
Please understand that the Chakras are a dynamic system, constantly exchanging information between your energy centers and the universe. We all need to train ourselves how to recognize 1) the level and quality of our energy flow; 2) if this energy flow is in “balance”; and 3) what we can do to maintain the equilibrium of our energy centers.
Do you brush and floss your teeth at least once a day to keep them pearly white? If you do, you are being proactive in maintaining the health of your teeth. Neglect your teeth for a day or two, and you may wind up with halitosis. Neglect your teeth for a month, and cavities may develop. Want to keep your Chakras shiny and clean? Maintain your Chakras on a daily basis and you keep your energy field healthy.
Balanced Chakras are healthy Chakras. Remember that the Chakras express the condition of our body’s “electrical system.” A fully energized electrical system equals vibrant health. When equilibrium is achieved, the universal energy, chi/prana, is flowing unimpeded through the meridian system. In essence, balanced Chakras represent homeostasis.
We need to continually monitor our energy system and respond, when required, by doing what is necessary to maintain this flow. Keeping this energy flowing is an ongoing life process, just as brushing your teeth regularly. A daily round of EFT tapping is a great way to keep your Chakras “balanced.”
** addendum to article
Please note that this addendum addresses a specific question regarding clearing and balancing the root chakra and is hypothetical. It does not specifically relate to the look of the aura and chakras in this video.
The root chakra holds the dynamics of several key energetic patterns, including survival, money, health and food issues, as well as grounding and physical stamina. If, from the overall look of the chakras and aura, we determined that the client is experiencing money challenges, I would talk with the client about his/her current money situation, listening to their words about this challenge.
Using his/her words and phrases (and not mine!), I would then lead the client in an EFT session as follows, using an initial setup, releasing and reframing pattern to clear and balance the chakra:
1) Initial Setup: Even though I never have enough money, I deeply and completely accept myself.
2) Releasing (round of tapping the EFT points and saying): “never enough money, always in debt, not paid enough, don’t have enough to live on”, etc.
3) Reframing (round of tapping the EFT points and saying): “I am rich and wealthy in all areas of my life, the Universe is abundant, abundance flows to me easily and effortlessly, I am grounded in my abundance,” etc.
Once we did this work, I would retest again on the Aura photography and Chakra imaging system since I use it in my work. Usually, I suggest that the client perform this specific clearing for at least a week in order to anchor it in their conscious awareness.
|While writing about chakras and breathing exercises, a poem just happened at sunset. Enjoy!
Looking out on the Window of Life,
Sun refracting through a prism –
Rays of Rainbow light,
|Touching the essence of my soul.
Rays filtering through the weaving branches
dancing in the evening’s breeze.
Touching my heart,
filling my soul
with the breezes of Eternity.
The breath I breathe –
Winds of Time
once graced the lips of Gandhi –
Buddha – Jesus.
That I share this gift of life
with the greats of history –
I am immortal.
I am alive.
© 2011 Carolyn White PhD
My hypnosis mentor, Shelley Stockwell Nicholas, tells us that hypnosis is everything! If hypnosis is everything, then it must be useful for solving major life threatening crises as well as every day inconveniences.
Last weekend, our older son was moving his family to a new home. He asked us to “ride herd” on our granddaughter, Kennedy, age 5 & our 1 ½ year old grandson, Riker, while their parents packed the moving van. Since rain was in the day’s forecast, we planned an outing to the Vancouver Aquarium.
|When we arrived at Stanley Park, it seemed that everyone else in Vancouver had the same rainy day activity planned on this first day of the Victoria Day long weekend. The closest parking spot was about a 10-minute uphill walk from the entrance; the ticket queue proved to be a half hour wait. Still, the grandkids were troopers, passing the time with greater patience and poise than many of the adults and other kids in the line-up.
Once in the aquarium, we all had a fun time. Riker squealed with delight upon his first close encounter with a tankful of “Nemos.” Both reveled and romped in the children’s special activity room.
Several hours later we were ready to leave with two happy and exhausted kids. By now, Vancouver’s liquid sunshine was a more persistent drizzle, so we discussed waiting by the front door while grandpa retrieved the car. When we emerged from the exit, we discovered that 1) there were no undercover waiting areas outside; 2) there were no loading zones (& no double parking) in front of the building; and 3) we were parked at the other end of a long, one-way loop.
So, we began the long journey back to the car. Now, Riker was in his stroller, being pushed by grandpa. I had Kennedy in hand, jumping over puddles. It soon became obvious that Kennedy’s petite gait was no match for grandpa’s legs and Riker’s wheels. So, I suggested that they go ahead to the car and get settled in.
Meanwhile, it was obvious that Kennedy’s shoe selection wasn’t optimum for this wet walk, as her slip-ons kept slipping off. With every third or fourth step, she asked, “When are we going to get there.” She was tired and getting cold. She looked up at me with eyes that said, “carry me” yet she didn’t ask, as she knew I was physically challenged to do so.
OK, so what do I do? Here Kennedy was, in a state that was not resourceful for getting back to the car. How could I put her in touch with that part of her that could make the walk to the car with ease?
Imaging that energy is radiating from the top of the head is a simple performance enhancing technique for athletes, especially runners and jumpers. If an athlete imagines that energy is pulling them up from their crown, then they have more buoyancy and “lift.” The inverse energy flow emanating from the feet works for athletes such as wrestlers who need to become attached to the ground in order to maintain their footing. Since I wanted to give Kennedy a physical “lift”, I decided to play a game.
After stopping to adjust her shoe once again, I asked,” Have you every seen the Pixar movie ‘UP’?” She nodded that she had. “Now,” I said, “close your eyes and pretend that there are hundreds of balloons attached to your head – just like the house in ‘UP’ – and you are floating up, up, floating above the ground. Good – that’s right – now, let’s float!”
I started singing a little tune – “Up in a balloon, up in a balloon – we are floating right along – Up in our balloon.” We “floated” at her pace; each time she asked when we would arrive at the car, I suggested that she imagine more balloons attached to her head and pretend that she needed to float higher in order to see the car. All the while, I interjected my little song (with smiles from longer legged passer-bys!)
Finally, I spied the car. To make the game complete, I exclaimed, “I see the car – let’s float in for a landing! Start releasing the balloons! There’s grandpa, there’s Riker – let’s float in for a landing!”
Yes, we both floated in for a smooth landing, unscathed. The journey was a pleasant one.
It depends on a number of factors.
This is a question I’m frequently asked and one that we explore in my class ~ Aura and Chakra Imaging – 7 Keys to Unlock Your Energy Blueprint. As one of our class activities, the participants play with a variety of crystals while they watch their energy field and Chakras shift.
Over time, we’ve witnessed a gamut of responses. Sometimes, crystals have little or no impact on the person’s energy field and Chakras. Sometimes, a crystal acts as a mild “tonic” for the Chakras. What may produce results for one person does nothing for another.
Occasionally, a crystal introduced into an individual’s energy field will have a dramatic impact, as this video excerpt from one class session demonstrates:
The great spiritual expansion of the Heart Chakra you just witnessed resulted when a 12 sided, double pointed Vogel crystal was held in the right hand of my student. The intense blue color indicates that a lot of heart energy is pouring forth, expressing a deep spiritual healing.
After a point in time, this energy became so intense that I removed the Vogel crystal from the student’s hand, partially to prevent an overload of the aura and chakra imaging system. Yes, the person was ready for a replenishment of their spirit. In this case, the Vogel crystal was probably the tipping point for the catharsis. It was very a profound and healing experience for my student – to know how to activate the heart energy, to become aware of this energy, and to go forth in the world, radiating love and compassion.
Now, I have introduced this same Vogel crystal into other’s energy fields and have observed very little reaction in the field to a nice, consistent balancing of all the Chakras. I have seen the same person using the same crystal on two different occasions with two different results.
Why the inconsistencies?
We are all unique individuals and our Chakras and human energy field (HEF) are dynamic and constantly changing. Crystals act as a reminder for our Chakras to stay in balance (visit the page on Chakra Wisdom Gemstones for more information on crystals). When you pay attention to your body, mind, and spirit, you will know if crystal energies would benefit your overall energy balance. You may need to have a crystal or combination of crystals in your energy field for several minutes, hours, or days.
To quote from Abraham (Hicks): “It usually takes about 30 days to change a habit. Not because you need 30 days. You could do it in 68 seconds if you could once you did it hold your vibration there, but you have to consciously make that decision.”
Crystals help us hold a desired vibration as well as act as a reminder for our conscious decisions. Becoming aware of what you need to balance your Chakras develops your inner wisdom.