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Compelling Reframing With EFT

Apr 27, 2008
Reframing has long been the technique of choice in traditional therapy circles, with clients often waiting years or more for material insights and emotional freedom from the traumas they have endured.

Reframing involves changing the perspective of something in order to change the meaning we derive from it. For example, in talk therapy, a therapist might help a victim of bullying relieve unnecessary anger by helping the client understand that the bullying behaviour might be the only perceived way the perpetrator has to get love or attention...they may sadly have run out of other options.

EFT - Emotional Freedom Techniques - works a little differently, and uses tapping on specific points on the body to relieve emotional issues, by stimulating the energy system used in acupuncture, ayurvedic healing, etc

In the evolution of EFT over the years, its creator Gary Craig has progressed from a standardised 'basic recipe' procedure, to a much more intuitive and flowing style of therapy.

With a respectful nod to NLP(Neuro Linguistic Programming), from around 1995 onwards, you will see him using reframing within long rambling setup statements, to help assist clients to release their emotional issues and foster cognitive shifts into reality that much faster.

With EFT and reframing, a two-way street seems to occur, such that the EFT tapping itself is more easily accepted when accompanied with the reframing approach; and the EFT tapping, particularly on the Karate Chop point (small intestine meridian) seems to foster acceptance of the reframe as a new perspective worthy of real consideration for the client. Hence it carries a greater likelihood of helping the client rationalise the issue and gain emotional freedom.

Naturally there is an art to finding just the right reframe that fits the situation and will help the client find most relief. The deliberate use of both specific and general language at the right moment can be the difference between substantial relief and none whatsoever. Experienced Practitioners can assist clients to consider, or add back in to the situation, elements they may not have considered. Many times in life, with the bigger traumas we go through, and that single moment captured in our mind, we just haven't considered all the possibilities that lie outside that moment. And within those possibilities lies forgiveness, and healing. As you think about the situations of your life, what assumptions have you made, that just might not be true? What lies outside that picture, that you may not have considered?

As a basic premise of human existence, we strive for meaning; - in our lives, and in the situations of our lives. Our unconscious mind demands it in the strive for protection and our continued survival. And the un-useful meanings we take from situations, the erroneous generalizations and decisions and vows we make at an unconscious level can stay with us. Reframing with EFT can rapidly remove such falsities from the walls of our mind, and free us to become our true potential once more.

Reframing can be added to almost any therapeutic procedure to enhance results. EFT is, and always will be, an energy therapy approach. And, EFT tapping, and reframing, each have their own substantial merits when used individually. But when used together, the end product is a blueprint for therapy success.
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Copyright 2008 Stewart Robertson. Instantly expand your reframing vocabulary with The Book Of Reframes containing a list of reframes readymade or download the free EFT session MP3.
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