Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Basics of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)

EFT is a self-help tool designed to help people move through grief and negative emotions safely and in a loving environment. The technique also helps to uncover the underlying issues behind symptoms and blocks, creating shifts in thoughts and emotions that can lead to inner clarity, acceptance and healing.

Just as some medicines or healing modalities don't work for some people, EFT may or may not work for you. However, if you are interested in a better understanding of how EFT taps into the mind and body connection, please take about 8 minutes to view this video.

Monday, March 15, 2010

My View Of Money

I've decided not to set a fee for the sessions I facilitate. Instead, I trust clients to pay me based on how much they value a session and what they can afford. Each session is 60 to 90 minutes of focused time spent moving through any blocks, stuckness, discomfort, dis-ease and/or pain a client may be experiencing, using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique.) A donation button is available on the side of this blog for those who feel inspired to receive a session or a series of sessions.

Operating a business in this way feels so right because I believe we are all by nature decent, loving, cooperative and generous beings who want to support each other in every way. This belief is one of the reasons I continue to do this work and why I find it so insightful and rewarding.

I also believe all the answers to all the questions can be found within. In other words, you are the leader you've been looking for.

In my observation, though, as human beings we seem to enjoy helping each other find what we're looking for. Whether it's discovering our own inner strength to overcome obstacles or developing a skill or talent or simply living life more fully, we humans really enjoy working together on a task or goal. I know I do.

I appreciate when someone says or does something that fills me up, gives me clarity, or helps me in some way. I even have come to appreciate--not always, but more and more--when someone says or does something that triggers me. This is true because I realize everyone I interact with tells me something about myself.

So I place a great deal of value in the interplay I have with other human beings. I enjoy exploring, learning, growing and expanding as part of a community. To me, this is priceless.

In addition, doing this type of work where emotional and/or physical pain is felt and expressed safely in a loving environment has so many far reaching effects. The healing effects ripple far beyond what the eye can see, and multiplies outward to others in ways that enrich us all.

As a result, I choose not to play the "money game" with my Tapping Into Self practice as it is currently being played. I understand not every one will agree with me, or see it the same way I do. I'm okay with that. There are many paths. This is simply a path I joyfully and willingly choose to be on so I can be true to my heart.

Don't get me wrong, I love money, just as much as I love nature. And I am not adverse to "making money." I love when money flows in and out of my life, especially given how it enriches the human experience in today's world. I mean, really, who would be adverse to making money when we've all agreed the primary way to meet many of our basic human needs, such as housing, electricity, food, water, transportation, etc., is money.

So naturally I love when money is used as an exchange for my services. But the impetus for me to go into this business was fueled by something greater than money. I was inspired to do this work because of the transformations I experienced on a personal and family level using EFT and Matrix Reimprinting.

My consistent use of these energy techniques to nurture my innermost emotional states continues to transform the deeply entrenched negative beliefs I learned early on into more loving and life-serving ones that help me be the mom, partner, and friend I want to be.

To be clear, though, for years I've been monitoring my body reactions with our current money system, which as we all know isn't based on any sense of equality, or more important, acknowledgment of humanity as a whole.

Rather, our money system is based on beliefs in competition and scarcity, beliefs formed more than 100 years ago from what is now known to be an antiquated paradigm. In other words, a paradigm that simply is not true.

So I am trying to find a balance between living in the fear-based paradigm of our current money system and trusting my heart around what I believe to be true about the nature of our species.

Following my heart
Bruce Lipton's work outlined in his book Biology of Belief has been instrumental in giving me the courage to follow my heart. That book, and his most recent one he co-wrote with Steve Bhaerman, called Spontaneous Evolution, has influenced my life in so many ways.

I am also highly motivated by a strong desire to cultivate a shift in core beliefs around, not just money, but abundance of all kinds -- from one of competition and scarcity to one of cooperation and trust.

I have this desire not just for me and my generation, but for my son and his generation, and all future generations.

It is time
I often wonder how many more generations must be tied to this current fear-based paradigm when more than a century ago Albert Einstein mathematically proved that everything in the Universe is made out of energy and intertwined.

And nearly 70 years ago Max Planck named this unified, invisible energy field that shapes matter, the Matrix. In addition, many others have written about it, including Journalist and Author Lynne McTaggart, who refers to it as "The Field," and Greg Braden, who calls it "The Divine Matrix."

In other words, proof that "we're all in this together" has existed for more than a century. And as the book Spontaneous Evolution so aptly points out, just as we humans no longer supported a pre-Copernican or Earth-centered Universe, it seems it is time again for us to take another monumental leap forward and embrace what is now proven to be true about our Universe.

A model of "we're all in this together" lies within us all
In addition to the advances in quantum mechanics, there's also a new understanding of evolution that reveals it did not occur via competition, as Darwin contended, but through cooperation.

Lipton and Bhaerman explain that right under our noses, or perhaps more aptly said metaphorically, right beneath our wings, we can find a perfect example of how this is so.

The authors outline humanity's evolutionary history beginning with the single cell. They point out that over time, these cells began to share awareness and physically assemble into multicellular communities that eventually became the human body as we know it today.

But this didn't happen because the liver cells competed with the pancreas to get the job done. Rather, they show, how the organs and systems within the human body work together harmoniously in a perfect model of cooperation and trust.

In future blog posts, I will expand more on my efforts to move toward living my life based on a system of cooperation and trust, rather than fear and scarcity.

Now, I simply want to express my gratitude for all those who throughout my life have helped me get to this point where following my heart feels so right.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

How Tapping Changes My Life

I'm pleased to offer this blog for education and support using a self-help tool called EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique. I'm also pleased to offer EFT sessions to those who are interested in trying it or practicing it. EFT helps to connect thoughts and feelings to movement and the physical body so you can:

* relieve stress and anxiety
* move through emotional and/or physical discomfort
* release self-sabotaging patterns
* process childhood trauma safely and effectively
* replace non-productive beliefs with life-serving ones

EFT, also called meridian tapping or energy tapping, is considered a form of energy psychology. The process focuses on tapping on a variety of subtle meridian energy points throughout the body while we acknowledge the problem or issue and say out loud or silently, "I completely love and accept myself."

For many, including myself, EFT can fit nicely into a modern-day lifestyle where forgetting to 'check in' --to assess what we're thinking and feeling in any given moment-- is epidemic.

Recently, for example, I was feeling lots of fear over my family's finances. I had lots of bills due: food to buy; electric, water, phone, taxes, car and house payments looming. I didn't know how I was going to make ends meet. So I began tapping. Using my index, middle and ring fingers of my left hand, I tapped on the fleshy area of my right hand just below the pinky, which is the karate chop point. Then I began to say out loud to myself:

1. Even though I'm worried about our finances, I completely love and accept myself.
2. Even though I don't know how I'm going to make it all work, I deeply love and accept myself.
3. Even though I feel this intense fear in my stomach over our finances, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

After tapping on the karate chop point and saying the phrases, I began to feel a little better. I would have rated my fear when I first started a 10, on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being the most intense. Now, it was about a 9. So I continued tapping on 8 other meridian points: above the eye, side of the eye, under the eye, under the nose, on the chin, collarbone, under the arm, and on the top of the head. But this time I shortened my phrases to “this fear over our finances," and "this fear in my stomach over our finances." At each of the 8 points, I lightly tapped about 5 to 7 times while alternately saying the two reminder phrases.

Done now with one round of tapping, I took a deep breath. At this point, the fear had decreased to about a 3 on the scale. And with this tangible relief from my fear, I was able to revisit our money situation. This time, I could see a way to make the money we had coming in balance with the money going out. In the midst of my fear state, I couldn't see a way out.

EFT's ability to transform situations
This one example demonstrates what makes EFT so powerful. It helps zero in on the discomforts in life, moving through and beyond them, to a natural state of relief emotionally, physically and mentally. When we are in this relief or calm state, we are more open to new ideas, thoughts and feelings that better serve us in the moment.

How does it work?
EFT helps remove the layers that often build up when we avoid or resist dealing with negatively perceived events in our lives, for whatever reason. This avoidance or resistance is largely responsible for keeping us stuck in old, non-productive belief patterns. In the money example above, the non-productive thought and feeling pattern that stood out as my beliefs sounded something like this: “I can't do it.” “There's never enough money.” “I'm tired of this.” “I can't take it anymore.” “No matter how hard I try, it's not good enough."

EFT can help you move through negative repetitive thoughts and feelings to a point where they morph into new thoughts and feelings, which over time become the beliefs you are choosing for yourself. When I was done tapping, I no longer felt any of those statements above. Instead, I felt calm. I still didn't know the solution to our budget woes, but I was feeling much better about taking another look at the numbers.

Why would I use EFT?
Studies show it is our repetitive negative thoughts and feelings, which are our beliefs, that keep us locked in self-sabotaging patterns, patterns we are often unaware of in any given moment. Researchers have discovered we operate 95 percent of the time from the unconscious beliefs we accepted without question in the first six years of life.

Through no fault of our own, or others before us, these beliefs are often not true. For instance, if you perceived in the first six years of your life that you were not good enough no matter how hard you tried, there is a high chance you may not remember you perceived that back then, now that you are an adult.

However, advances in biology and physics show the beliefs we learned in the first six years are imprinted in our DNA, imprinted at a cellular level, stored as memories on an energetic level, and are functioning as the building blocks of who we think we are. As research shows, thoughts and feelings are energy, electrical pulses that in repetition creates the life we are leading, whether we realize it or not.

The tricky part is even if we are aware of a belief that doesn't serve us, the way to replace that old belief with a new one isn't through trying to "think" positive. That's a function of the conscious mind. And research shows the conscious mind is unable to affect what's in the unconscious or subconscious mind.

In other words, by way of our biological and energetic make up, you may believe some group of thoughts and feelings in your subconscious mind without realizing just how often you make choices, react and interact according to those beliefs. It's called our automatic pilot, a process out of the grasp of our conscious mind in any given moment, especially in the hurried and harried world we live in.

EFT blends ancient energy wisdom around acupuncture, and modern-day psychology, to slow down our thoughts and feelings long enough for us to give our attention to them. By shining this light on our thoughts and feelings while we tap on subtle meridian energy points throughout the body, we are able to see and feel through the thought and feeling patterns that keep us in discomfort. Giving our attention to these thoughts and feelings, while affirming we love and accept ourselves, as we lightly tap on the points, can do much towards clearing negative beliefs so that positive change comes naturally and feels authentic.

Using EFT in my own life continues to help me and my family move through a wide variety of issues, from beliefs rooted in deep fears, anxieties, anger and hurt to the emotions of preparing for a sports competition or moving through physical pain.

Naturally, my approach to EFT, which draws on the principles at , is influenced by my own inner work, which began after my son was born in 1996. It was then I realized the importance of giving myself permission to grieve, to cry and rage safely, for what had happened to me in childhood.

As a result, I have employed many emotional processing tools over the years, some of which I mention in the About Me section of my blog. Others I will share more of in upcoming blog posts. But what I love about EFT is its flexibility to blend well with a variety of understandings, approaches, and techniques, all of which contain the same key element: unconditional love.

With the tool of EFT and what I bring to the blend, I look forward to working together with others who are interested in discovering their own inner strength.

If you are interested in a session or a series of sessions, please email me at

For price information, please see 'My view of money' posted on March 15th.