In our Thinking and Attitude Category we created a sub-category for Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), a technique for rapid mental change that is easy to apply and very successful with just about everything someone might like to change about themselves. I was attracted by an article I read, went to the EFT website, read a number of very interesting articles and checked out some of the videos. I was interested enough to sign up for the weekly e-newsletter, and kept going back to the site to learn more. Eventually I downloaded the free EFT manual and started wading through it.
I’m pretty busy, so this effort got way too fragmented, and I wasn’t getting much in the way of usable techniques out of it, but I was convinced that this rather silly sounding, somewhat mechanical technique was in fact a powerful method for rapid mental and emotional change, and would be a good addition to our site. The benefit I thought related to Senior Fitness is that of being able to create new lifestyle patterns like eating better, liking exercise, dumping destructive habits and learning to enjoy life in the moment, and making these kinds of changes without will-power or stress. At some point I signed up as an affiliate, but couldn’t see fit to put the links and ads on the site, because I hadn’t personally tried the techniques.
I finally ordered the beginning and mastery video sets, because I wasn’t getting anywhere reading, and had a free weekend while wife Jo was in New York, to park in front of the TV and watch most of both sets. I gained a terrific understanding of how to “do it”. Most of this was done last Friday and Saturday. So here is the story of the invasive thought.
Several years back I had a dream where I had been in some way working with elderly patients and had put this old woman to bed. Weirdly though, the resting place was like a padded morgue drawer, and I had put her to bed head-in-first and shut the chamber. About the time I woke up, the dream had moved on to other things, but this guy and I were in a car days away from that rest home, when it hit me that I had not let her out in the morning, and by now she might have died of fright. As this was my waking thought, it rattled the hell out of me and kept bugging me for days. I finally used some NLP patterns on it, and it faded from my life.
Well, last Saturday morning I woke up to a flashback to that dream, except this time I was looking at evidence that this woman had been found dead, and that she had desperately tried to claw her way out before she died. I normally just don’t have bad dreams – I had lots as a kid, but grew out of it over time, and handled the occasional adult nightmare with NLP. This was really unusual, and the images I imagined this woman went through kept invading my day, and I was having severe emotional reactions to the images. Mid-day Saturday I worked up the courage to try EFT on these images and negative feelings.
I ran the EFT pattern once, and when finished, tested to see if I could access the images purposefully. I could only pull up one of the images, and it was fuzzy, grayed out and distant. I new the EFT pattern had changed the sub-modalities of the images (an NLP term), and changed the pathway to the images so I couldn’t even find them. I ran the pattern again, and then I couldn’t find any at all. I hadn’t thought of them again until I decided to write this up. Since then I have been using it on nearly anything that I wanted to change, including pain, a sprain in my right thigh I got doing squats on Friday (which rapidly healed over the weekend) and an infected finger (which also seems to be getting better quickly).
I’m pretty impressed, and recommend you check it out for yourself if you want to make personal change without stress or even half trying. And, if you want to let Frank benefit for turning you on to it, we would always appreciate it if you bought the materials through our site so we get a small commission.
Good Living – Frank