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Elementary, My Dear EFT'er!

Mar 15, 2008
Playing detective to quickly get to the bottom of our own and others emotional issues is perhaps the most challenging and artful piece to the therapy process. However, with the use of EFT(Emotional Freedom Techniques), there are certain specific ways to uncover root issues at source, ready for tapping with EFT and emotional relief.

Such skills set apart masterful practitioners from the merely competent, and are fundamental to lasting healing with EFT. Because even with the best Practitioner and a highly refined skill set, you can never be certain that the door you go in is the right one, and pivotal for your issue.

Naturally, what works for some will not work for others, so having a variety of ways to get back to relevant core memories makes a sensible addition to your therapy toolkit.

That being said I present 4 delicious ways to laser-target precise and relevant memories to you or your client's presenting problem.

1) Float Back Using Current Day Complaint

Using the current day emotional complaint, ask the client "where do you feel that in your body now?" and have them, in a relaxed state, float back to earlier times in life they felt that same feeling. When an earlier time is found, ask if the feeling feels familiar, or new. If familiar, instruct the client to continue moving backwards in time taking that same feeling with them to identify similar memories of the same nature. Continue until the first memory is reached, and apply EFT tapping as normal. Usually changes made to the first memory in a series will have the greatest healing impact.

2) Use Partial Memories

Often clients will not have a full conscious recollection episodes from early life. Look for just one specific element of the memory that sticks out most for them. This might be something they see, something heard, or felt, or even something they said to themselves at the time. Role-play the parts of the people present with your client to help bring up some emotional intensity to resolve with EFT, or encourage them to exaggerate the sounds, sights and feelings of that one aspect to bring the issue up for tapping.

3) Use Killer Questions

How far back can you take that feeling? How old do you feel with that feeling now? As you think about that moment now, what decision(s) did you make about how you'll be in future? What is the earliest picture you have that resonates with that same feeling? How do you know that? What events have taught you that is the case?

These questions will usually unearth critical decisions, incidents and memories that have led in some way to the current presenting problem. Applying EFT to the specific events in the responses will usually provide lasting relief.

4) Use Decisions As Benchmarks Long The Timeline

In discussion with your client, establish the underlying belief behind the presenting complaint. Measure in some way, (e.g. scale of 0-10) how "true" this belief feels for them. Whilst in a relaxed state, ask the client "when did you first decide that?" and invite them to backtrack in their mind to appropriate times when this generalisation was made. Ask again, what other times might have led to this generalisation, and inquire as to whether it might be possible that any one of these events might have been misinterpreted at the time. Apply EFT to the memory as normal, then check back in with how "true" the belief feels. Typically it will have shifted dramatically. Very useful.
About the Author
Copyright 2008 Stewart Robertson. Stewart is the showcase EFT therapist in Scotland and author of the scorching EFT Video Training. Uncork instant EFT results from his EFT Immersion Tapping Training.
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