Energy Therapies: Energy psychology therapies use techniques to involve both brain hemispheres and tapping on acupressure meridian points to clear old trauma that was too potent at the time to be processed and released. These therapies include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Thought Field Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Energy Diagnostic and Treatment Methods, and Tapas Acupressure Technique. All are referred to by their initials. They work on phobias, fears, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), and irrational beliefs.
Energy Tools: Visualizations to harness the power of the mind through intention are explained in my book Essential Energy Tools and illustrated in three videotapes listed in the Resource List. The book describes how to ground, center, energize, achieve goals, and develop intuitive and healing abilities. A CD is available for children and one for adults. Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD, commented that the greatest medical advances of the next decade will involved manipulating the body’s energy flow, as acupuncturists seem to do. “I’ve always been frustrated that we’ve not been able to measure energy, but I’m not willing to write off what a billion people think is possible, just because we can’t measure it in the West.”
Visualizations: Our thoughts and emotions shape our physical and emotional health, the underpinning of happiness. The physiological basis of this statement is explained in Candace Pert’s Molecules of Emotion. The key to harnessing the power of your mind is intention, your focused awareness on a decision. Using only their will power, researchers have wound and unwound DNA strands, slowed down or sped up cell growth, increased the oxygen content of yeast, and changed the physiological response of someone in a distant lab by staring at a live video of the person. It’s not just humans who have this power. Thirsty rats can activate a robotic arm without touching it, which gives them water just with their electrical brain activity, indicating the literal power of thought. Research studies are cited in my book Essential Energy Tools.
Emotional Freedom Technique: In some of the responses there is a reference to EFT. Psychologist Roger Callahan realized that self-sabotage must be removed in a way that includes the unconscious mind and energetic blocks. Gary Craig simplified Callahan’s acupressure tapping and called it Emotional Freedom Technique, as explained in his free manual (available at www.EFTUniverse.com) or in my Essential Energy Tools book. With a coach or by yourself, you tap on a set of meridian points while addressing the problem and the solution.
Tapping on acupressure points sends signals to the brain, as does thinking about a problem (for example to the amygdala and other parts of the emotional limbic center of the brain). Brain scans show these signals interact to clear the problem, similar to systematic desensitization used to treat anxiety since the 1950s.
For research on the effectiveness of tapping, see “Research” at the Energy Psychology Association and the EFTUniverse website which reports on studies. Brain mapping showed that stimulation of acupuncture points caused brain wave normalization that became more pronounced in the year following treatment. For example, patients with anxiety disorder experienced an increase in the neurotransmitter serotonin, unlike the traditional treatment group. Tapping on the gallbladder acupressure point 37 on the leg put subjects in deep alpha, which ended immediately after tapping ceased, according to research by authors and psychologists Lambrou and Pratt. When they tested non-acupressure points, they found no such move to a deep alpha brain state, as measured in a Functional Magnetic Resonance Imagery machine at the University of California
at Irvine. For more research see the website in the endnote.
Another clearing technique holds acupressure points while thinking about an issue and a solution, called TAT–Tapas Acupressure Technique. A free TAT instruction bulletin is available, developed by acupuncturist Tapas Fleming. A third technique, EMDR, balances and clears by moving the eyes right and left to balance brain hemispheres. Developed by psychologist Francine Shapiro, it’s often used for Post Traumatic Stress
Gary Craig developed Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), tapping on a set of meridian points to clear out blocks, adapted from psychologist Roger Callahan’s Thought Field Therapy. EFT works with the power of thought and with the life force energy in the body. If we get stressed and tired, we don’t have energy to give out, the same as if you tried to get juice from an orange you’d already squeezed. EFT can help get the juices going again. It works with energy channels in the body, 12 regular meridians identified in the second century C.E. in China. There’s a lot of research showing the existence of meridians. EFT balances the energy field partly by tapping on points along the highways of energy—acupuncturists using tiny needles use these acupressure points. His manual and DVDS are available at no cost on the web.[i] It will give you new tools to work with on yourself and with others.
Here’s a seven-year old boy’s report on using EFT: “It makes the bad stuff not hurt as much. They look at me funny [at school when he’s tapping]. But now they know why I do it. My friend got over his dog dying by tapping. I showed him how to help his heart.“ He uses EFT to deal with his anger issues and stopped having tantrums at school.
Another technique, Dr. Wayne Topping suggests programming the subconscious with a “temporal tap” on the skull, about one-half inch from the ear, starting at the front orifice, up behind the ear on the skull, to the bottom of the ear lobe. On the left side, include a “no,” as in “I no longer need to smoke.” Repeat about five times. Tap in a positive statement on the right side, such as “I put only healthy substances in my body.” Do this simple but effect tapping daily as it may take a while to change unconscious patterns. When Robin recently got involved with a new boyfriend, she experienced flashbacks of an ex-husband who battered her for years. PTSD kicked in with nightmares and insomnia. After a session of acupressure tapping, Robin reported: “Last night I slept for six hours straight without one nightmare. This is the first time I’ve slept that long in years. Also the flashbacks when I’m with my new boyfriend are virtually gone already and I feel good. I’ll continue to tap and I’ve added more affirmations to my morning and evening meditation.”
A useful book that combines some of these techniques is by psychologists Lambrou and Pratt, Instant Emotional Healing: Acupressure for the Emotions. Gary Craig developed Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), tapping on a set of meridian points, to clear out blocks. His manual is available at no cost on the web. These resources provide many new tools to work with on you and with others.
Silvia Hartmann developed another energy psychology technique, called EmoTrance. Like many healers, she believes all energy needs to flow in and out and not be held. To clear a problem, a block, the client is asked “Where do you feel it in your body? Describe the sensations.” The client should move from thought, to emotion, to sensation of the energy flow and stay with it rather than analyzing. Remind him, “Think of energy as a fluid substance and place your hands on the sensation. We’re going to move out the energy behind the feeling.” The client moves her hands releasing the stuck energy through paths or channels out of the body; for example, through the arms, through yawning, crying, shaking, or speaking. Tell her to breathe into the area, repeat directions to allow it to soften, relax, and move it out. The helper does not touch or do the work, just creates a safe environment and keeps the emphasis on sensing.
Some people who are armored or heavily shielded may not feel much. Hartmann suggests they try making a small hole in the shielding to see how it feels to allow energy in and out. Keep asking for feedback and repeat until the client feels happy; laughter often accompanies the final release (see http://www.emotrance.com). This simple technique can light up some intense issues and help release them.
A kinesiology technique to release an emotional trauma is to put your fingers lightly on the two slight bumps on your forehead beneath the hair line, feeling for pulses in your forehead in your finger pads. These pulses are subtler than the blood pulsing, so touch very lightly. Think about the trauma, and also think about a smell, sound, taste, color, and physical sensation to engage different parts of the brain in the clearing process. Wait for an energy shift such as a sigh. Then re-think the experience, as you would have liked it to happen, with eyes moving right to left and the fingers still on the neurolymphatic bumps.
Chakras: energy centers, based on ancient Hindu analysis of the human energy field. They contain unconscious memories and beliefs. The seven major chakras are found along the spine, the first at the base of the spine, the seventh at the top of the head (www.balanced-energy.com/a_bit_about_chakras.htm).
http://www.emofree.com/eft/strategy.html Gary Craig’s website