In 2008 EFT tapping and energy work changed my life. It helped me calm my emotions, change my thought patterns, bring my inner chaos to a halt and literally get me back into the game of life.
I hold a B.A. in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine. I have been studying health and wellness for over three decades. My specialities are Emotional Freedom Technique, Reiki, Advanced Eden Energy Medicine, and Meditation.
Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT tapping is what I personally used to help myself heal an emotional trauma. I witnessed something which left me frozen in my own skin. I literally couldn't move from the location I was standing in. I must have stood watching the scene for at least ten minutes before I was able to pry my legs out of what felt like quick sand. My body went numb while my mind was racing on what I needed to do or "should" do. My stomach was churning and I was weak all over, but I managed to confront the situation in a very non-emotional, non-reactive way. I was stuffing it all down so I didn't completely lose it and lose myself in the situation.
The trauma disrupted my thoughts and energy's so much I lay on the couch, curled up in a fetal position everyday for a week. My two young children, I was homeschooling at the time, stood by watching me. I didn't have the energy, the desire or the will to do anything. I couldn't even think straight because my mind was visualizing over and over the event I had witnessed. I couldn't get off my hamster wheel of negative thinking and it seemed as though one negative thought lead to another negative thought I just couldn't snap out of. I felt defeated, weak, out of sorts, enraged, numb and in complete overwhelm all at the same time.
Then one day after being on the couch for a week, while my mind churned with negative thoughts it dawned on me to use energy techniques. It's crazy now when I look back on the situation that I didn't think to use the techniques to help myself from the beginning, but I wasn't in my right mind. I was so caught up in my own grief, anger and mind-chaos I wasn't thinking clear enough to realize I could help myself. I was in 'survival' mode only but clearly I wasn't doing a very good job at it.
I had virtually no energy but because my hands were curled up by my face I decided that with very little effort I could tap on an acupuncture point on my cheekbone which relates to the emotion of worry. I began tapping on this point and within a short time I was feeling a little different. I now had a little more energy so I began tapping on a few other acupuncture points that are used in EFT tapping. Within an hour or so I was off the couch and had enough energy to at least move around the house. I still felt like a walking zombie, but at least I wasn't curled up in a ball anymore. I continued to do EFT tapping as well as incorporate some Energy Medicine exercises and within a few days I had vastly shifted my energy and my emotions. I was thinking more clearly and I was on the road to feeling like 'myself' again.
It took time to feel completely like myself again but with continued EFT tapping and energy techniques I was finally able to get back to feeling like the person I knew myself to be.