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EFT and the Power of Changing Beliefs About Your Body

Jul 16, 2008
The Fountain of Youth World Summit with Rick Wilkes, EFT specialist and founder of thrivingnow.com.

KEVIN: Yeah, and let' talk about EFT. We've had a primer with Carol Look's information - more than a primer - and so I want to get into some other applications about EFT because I use the technique. I've used with my clients. I'm not even EFT master. I've just taught them how to do it. That's one of the fantastic things about this whole EFT thing. So, why don't you tell me a little bit about, you know, how you got into this and then we will go on and talk about EFT for pain.

RICK: My background, Kevin, is as an energy worker and body worker, massage therapist. One of the things I noticed in anyone who works with the human body can detect that it stores pain and emotional traumas in the tissue of the body. And the way that we release that, you can do that through physical activity, through dance, through body work, through meditation. There are many different ways of healing the body's energy system but I was looking for a very direct way that you could take a particular energy by the hand, a particular physical pain, a particular limitation in the body's belief about itself.

KEVIN: A-ha.

RICK: And shift that quickly. And I wanted something that would allow people to do that for themselves in addition to working with me.

KEVIN: OK.

RICK: And that's how EFT - I ended up finding it through the internet and it was a perfect fit. It fit like an old shoe because when you really look at combining the power of an affirmation with the body component, that's really what we're doing with EFT. We're accessing certain accupoints, by that I mean points on the body which are natural comfort points that have been known, yes, in Chinese medicine, but there are also places that people are naturally drawn to. Rubbing their face, rubbing the - and putting our hand over the base of their throat when they have a shock.

KEVIN: A-ha.

RICK: These are natural comfort points. And by intentionally activating them, we can relieve the body not only of emotional pain and the trauma of specific memories, but we can take us from feeling OK in our body, maybe a little bit of discomfort to a place where our body is really tuned and ready to perform at its peak.

KEVIN: A-ha.

RICK: That's what excites me. Not just the relief of pain that's keeping you sitting on the couch, but maybe some belief that "maybe my body is not in tune with being able to walk a half-a-mile or go on a vacation that I want to go on or learn to ski or snowboard."

KEVIN: A-ha.

RICK: Whatever it is, EFT can help tune our energy system to be receptive to growing and restoring youthful vitality regardless of what our age is - whether we are in our 70's or we're 17. Our body usually starts building up some limiting beliefs about itself based upon old injuries, old thoughts, things that we've seen in our mirror and things that other people have commented to us about.

KEVIN: And what are some of those limiting beliefs that you've heard of? I mean, does it have to deal with surgery? Does it have to deal with, you know, just past fears of activity or, what have you encountered?

RICK: Well, I'll give you two examples.

KEVIN: A-ha.

RICK: Let's say somebody is growing up in junior high school, and they're in physical education class, and they're challenged to do chin-ups, OK?

KEVIN: A-ha.

RICK: And they can't do one. Their body is just not mature enough and they don't have the physical strength, and they get ridiculed for being a wimp, you know.

KEVIN: A-ha.

RICK: The way that you can tell whether something is still having an impact on your future and your present is to remember that specific event and see whether you just kind of like "Oh yeah, that was then."

KEVIN: A-ha.

RICK: There's nothing there. But if you remember any event from your past and you feel a negative emotional response, guess what?

KEVIN: A-ha.

RICK: There is some impact on your energy system that that is still having. There's a part of you that's still defining itself as a wimp.

KEVIN: OK.

RICK: It still has a hook on you.

KEVIN: OK.

RICK: Does that make sense?

KEVIN: Yeah, absolutely.

RICK: So, one of the things that you can do is, what beliefs do I have about my body that I might have inherited from what... some coach, some parents, some teacher might have said about my physical strength, or my look or my appearance? And as you remember those things, if there's any intensity in your body, we measure things as with the EFT on a 0-10 scale where, let's say, "I'm a wimp." You say that, "I'm a wimp."

KEVIN: Right.

RICK: And if that feels totally untrue, it's a zero.

KEVIN: OK.

RICK: Now, if it feels true with a 4 or a 5, then what EFT can do by going through that specific event, either with a coach or by yourself riding it out, tapping the points as you repeat and go through this until it goes back down to a zero. You will notice in your body a sense of confidence that old energy was resisting.

KEVIN: A-ha.

RICK: And one of the things that I've noticed is that if somebody has an energy of "Well, I'm just not flexible."

KEVIN: A-ha.

RICK: Now, that was something that I remember hearing and saying to myself when challenged to do the splits back in sixth grade. "I'm just not flexible."

KEVIN: Right.

RICK: And so when we make an "I am" statement, we define ourselves and there's a part of our energy that will keep us true to that. "I'm just not flexible."

KEVIN: A-ha.

RICK: Now, when I tapped using EFT around that belief, all of a sudden, I noticed that instead of being able to just kind of go down halfway down my shins, I can touch my toes. Hmm.

KEVIN: Interesting.

RICK: Now, I see this with clients - I've worked with over a thousand clients, and one of the things I noticed is that as you start shifting even a little bit, those "I am" beliefs about your physical body - your physical body will start responding. It brings forth a different set of chemicals. It brings forth a set of excitement, an energy - it brings forth an energy of excitement that will take you much more in the direction of where you want to go in your life.

KEVIN: A-ha.

RICK: Literally, your body can start rolling back the clock on what your biological age is.

KEVIN: Right. Now, some people might say that this is a pretty strange type of idea that you can tap meridian points and become more flexible or that you could tap meridian points and actually stop feeling pain or the limiting beliefs that have caused that pain.

RICK: That's right.

KEVIN: What do you think is your, what's your take on, on what's happening?

RICK: I believe that the energy system is the dominant blueprint for our body.

KEVIN: OK. On top of all the others.

RICK: On top of all - on top of the physiology, what is it that causes the DNA in one cell to become a liver cell and the DNA in another cell to become nerve cell and DNA and another cell to become the bones of your spine? I believe that there is an intelligence, the energy field that is also a field of intelligence.

KEVIN: A-ha.

RICK: Now, that energy system clearly gets disrupted. There is no doubt, there's so much evidence that emotional trauma is a contributor to disease.

KEVIN: OK.

RICK: Emotional trauma being told "Oh man, you are such a loser!"

KEVIN: A-ha.

RICK: And walking away dejectedly, that has stored a trauma in your energy system. And some of us had had very few of those types of situations. Some people have had hundreds and hundreds of those. But the good news is, is that the energy system once it can be accessed and soothed, smoothed out a bit, yet, restores the natural intelligence, the natural healing abilities in a way that is profound to see.

KEVIN: A-ha.

RICK: Most of us that have been doing this work for a number of years, whether there is a full scientific theory that explains it or not, we don't have one that we can say, "Oh, this is absolutely what it is!" But there are thousands of practitioners that are seeing that not only for specific events can you have permanent relief, but the shifting of limiting belief, "I'm not good enough." If you say, "I am not good enough" and you're thinking that if you say "I'm not good enough" and it feels true when your body had an ache, that is like carrying around a thousand pound rock and you can't mountain climb when you're carrying a thousand-pound rock. It's not really safe to skydive when you're carrying around a thousand-pound rock and swimming across the Chesapeake Bay at 78 years old like one of my friends is going to be doing. You can't do that with a thousand-pound rock. If you release that energy of "I'm not good enough" and we see in Carol, Carol looks at work with attracting abundance. It's perfect for releasing these kinds of limiting beliefs. And once you release that energy, you feel so much lighter. You have so much more vitality flowing in your system.
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To read the rest of this transcript as well as access The Fountain of Youth World Summit experts just like Rick Wilkes please click here! Kevin Gianni is an internationally recognized health advocate, author & film consultant. He has helped thousands of people take control of their own health naturally. For more information visit raw food diets and holistic nutrition.
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