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Emotional nose, burning house & golf questions

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Hi Everyone

Here are some recent case histories and discussions you might find of interest.

Hugs, Gary

by Deborah Mitnick

Hi, Gary.

I recently had a session with a guy who gets lots of sore throats. We've established over time that his sore throats are an indication of anxiety because as soon as we tap for the pain, the anxiety diminishes. Sometimes, of course, we just tap for anxiety, but it's often more palatable to this person to tap for the physical rather than the emotional issue.

But every time we tap for any issue, this man gets an immediate stuffy nose. He gets totally clogged up and needs to breathe through his mouth.

So, today, after the sore throat disappeared in two rounds of tapping and he identified the source of the anxiety right after that (job worry), his nose suddenly got stuffy. He rated it a SUDS of 10.

I decided to do a round on: "Even though I have this emotional nose..." and with that, the stuffiness vanished.

And the client then "noticed" that "..My nose knows when I have something to work on, doesn't it?"

Five minutes. End of stuffiness and end of session.


by Merlyn Hurd

Dear Gary,

On Sunday morning March 28th, 1999 I was awakened at 5:30 A.M. and saw thin gray smoke in my bedroom, which is on the second level of a duplex apartment. I jumped out of bed to run out the door thinking there was smoke coming from the hallway. Got about seven or eight feet from the outside door when the intensity of the heat forced me back to my bedroom. The outside door is only 10 feet from my bedroom door. I ran to the window and started shouting for help. Luckily great neighbors abound in my complex and the fire department was flooded with calls according to the firemen.

Some 15 to 20 minutes later I was rescued by the firemen. During this whole incident in which both doctors and firemen said that I had only minutes to live when they got me out and into 100% oxygen immersion, I was very calm. I kept thinking it's all the tapping I do with my patients and for myself. At one point when I heard the (what I thought were the firemen trying to break down the door) rescuers stop battering the door, I began to feel panic start. I tapped using Be Set Free Fast and immediately calmed down again. It turns out that the first people trying to get in the door were neighbors and since the doors are firedoors they could not even dent them, so they stopped battering it and a few minutes later the firemen arrived and apparently have some powerful mechanism that takes the door off in seconds and came swooshing in and took me out in seconds.

Please understand I was at the window trying to time my breaths between the rolls of black smoke and shouting for help. The firemen informed me a few days later that the heat at the ceiling level in the downstairs had to be at 1500 degrees since the steel beams in the ceiling were beginning to melt. They also said that the heat and smoke from the downstairs coming up the stairway, which happens to be on the same side of the apartment as the door I was trying to reach, made it impossible for me to reach the door.

The cause of the fire was a turned off lamp only 12 years old or the cord attached to the lamp. The firemen said that the fire had to have smoldered for hours and that I would not have found it even if I had been awakened earlier in the morning and looked for the source of smoke. I was awakened at 5:30A.M. and had awakened earlier at 3:20 A.M. with a vague feeling that I should look to see if everything was OK in the apartment. I said to myself , "don't be silly, there is no one else in the apartment, go back to sleep" I did. However, the fire was smoldering at that time according to the firemen.

I can only say thank you, Gary, thank you for teaching me EFT , giving the tapes and encouraging us participants to use the techniques. I started using EFT with patients in late December , after the seminars in October and practicing, practicing, practicing on myself, friends and relatives for 2 1/2 months . Then I took Norma Feldman's Seminar on muscle testing and other techniques such as BSFF and have been using those also.

I truly believe and KNOW that Emotional Freedom enabled me to be calm and make right choices in the fire.

Best with love

Merlyn Hurd Ph.D.

FROM "SARAH" (below is the second of a two part discussion Sarah and I had regarding a golfing client)

GC: My first suggestion is to not mess with the golfer's/athlete's strategies.

SARAH: He doesn't have any! At least not for practise. He doesn't practise at all. He just plays. Is that normal in golf? I really cannot believe that, but then I don't know much about golf yet.

GC: No, it's not "normal." Most athletes practice, practice, practice--including golfers. I'm guessing here, but he may have writing on his walls that says, "If you practice, then you'll really be good. And if you're really good you will......(tail ender)." Another possibility is, "Great athletes don't have to practice." Again, I'm guessing, but I'll bet big money there is some writing on his walls about this.

EFT's main use here is to relieve the emotional static (self doubt, tightness, etc.) that influences performance. For some golfer's, a few rounds of EFT before they play is all that is necessary. For others, they will need to use a shortcut version as they play their rounds. Still others may require customization of the process as they play out all their emotional issues on the golf course.

SARAH: Perhaps I'm looking at this process all wrong then. This guy has amazing talent. He did three long shots from the same spot, all wrong, and all the balls ended up within about five inches of each other. This tells me that he can place the ball right in the hole each time once he's adjusted whichever way he's doing that.

He's also so full of limiting beliefs - science says that you have a 1000 to 1 chance to get the ball on the green from this position. Tap tap and he got it on, not once, but three times on the trot, from the same place in the sand bunker, using two different clubs, even!

GC: To me, the "emotional static" I mentioned above and the "limiting beliefs" you bring up fall into the same category. From what limited exposure I have here, it seems like there is a comfort zone problem. He is somehow uncomfortable making it big. There's something about it that is intimidating to him. Be a detective. Find out what it is. Ask him to finish this sentence, "If I really made it big as a famous athlete and was on TV and people followed me around then I would have to.......". That should give you a clue.

SARAH: Well perhaps I'm just getting far too excited about this guy's potential. Or he's getting too excited and we were going off just releasing anxieties etc. and into the clear blue sky during this session yesterday. I suppose I just love someone who really wants to do stuff and applies what I suggest or tries it out instantly.

GC: Another issue is their comfort zone. Many golfers shoot in, let's say, the mid-eighties because that's where they belong in their own thinking. This can be very important and is covered within the Palace of Possibilities.

SARAH: Yes we had a session before in the office and he had a big issue about not wanting to get all the invites to the pro competitions because it involved a lot of driving and lonely nights in hotel rooms, which spiraled down into all kinds of self doubts and things. The following weekend after that, he got placed second in a regional tournament and was jumping with joy.

GC: Deal with these. Tap on them. Reframe them. Lonely nights are "inside jobs." I spend lonely nights almost every night. But I do it with my readings, this computer, phone calls, etc. They are NOT lonely. They are filled with innovative thoughts. Same goes for driving. My drive to "civilization" from my country home is typically over 3 hours. I do some of my most innovative daydreaming then. It's a great state within which to daydream. I call it highway hypnosis. His roadblocks are "inside jobs."

SARAH: Well I suppose I'm just a little overexcited. I've been called a "loose cannon" on more than one occasion (must tap for that!) plus I can't help applying all the other stuff I know about performance enhancement and tying it in with the EFT, I suppose. Thanks for your words of advice, I'll calm myself down and not try and be good

GC: I love "loose cannons" with dreams. They make things happen.

Love, Gary


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