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Core Issues

Using Tail Enders to find core issues

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated.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

Note: This article assumes you have a working knowledge of EFT. Newcomers can still learn from it but are advised to peruse our Free Gold Standard (Official) EFT Tutorial™ for a more complete understanding.

Hi Everyone,

Those familiar with my Palace of Possibilities article or DVD set will readily recognize the use of tail-enders (the yes-buts that follow an affirmation) as a means to discover core issues. Paul Zelizer emphasizes this in his article.

Hugs, Gary

By Paul Zelizer

In the past few months, I've been contacted by an increasing number of people who have heard of EFT and tried it on themselves without success. These clients have read about the importance of finding the core issue and have tapped on many things that they think might be underneath their symptoms.  However, for some of these folks, it just hasn't worked.

In my experience, finding the core issue is more of an intuitive process (right brain) than a "figure it out" (left brain) process.  One way I often do this is with a process I call the Using the Tail Ender Technique.  In EFT, a Tail Ender is considered to be the usually hidden and unconscious part of an affirmation - the hidden "Yeah but .." part of something we want to be true.

To show you how this works, I'll share the case of Jenny, a client who came to me for help with her money issues.  At the same time, please keep in mind that you can use this approach for just about anything.  For instance, I used this tool in a session with a client struggling with MCS (multiple chemical sensitivities) just the other day.

Jenny moved to a new city and was excited about starting a holistic health practice. However, she underestimated the cost of living in this new city as well as the time it would take to build a successful practice in a new place.

When we first met, Jenny was very stressed out about money.  She had gone through most of her savings, she had only a few clients, her health was declining and she was starting to lose sleep.

While EFT made sense in theory to Jenny, she had no idea of how she could use it to help with her money issues.  Over the course of several sessions, I taught Jenny the Using the Tail Ender Technique.

First, I had Jenny decide on a statement that she would like to be true.  In one session, she decided on "I easily earn $50,000 per year."  Next, I had Jenny get in a comfortable position and prepared her to listen to messages that were about to come.  In the counseling world, the messages that we tell ourselves are often called "self-talk".

Next, Jenny said aloud, "I easily earn $50,000 per year."  Then, both Jenny and I remained quiet for about a minute while she listened to her own self-talk (tail enders).

What Jenny reported is that two messages were very clear.  The first was "YEAH, RIGHT!!" and the second was "That's not a reality for me."  In EFT language, Jenny now had a very clear idea of what to tap on - her "YEAH, RIGHT!!" and "That's not a reality for me" tail enders.  We tapped with set up phrases like:

Even though there's a part of me that thinks "YEAH, RIGHT!!"...

Even though I know that $50,000 is not a reality for me...

Even though part of knows that $50,000 is not a reality for me, another part is curious what it would be like to easily earn $50,000 a year.

Even though one part of me highly doubts I can easily earn $50,000 (YEAH, RIGHT!!), another part of chooses to explore what it would be like to earn $50,000 a year easily.

Over the course of several months, Jenny has seen some big improvements. She found a part-time job in her field that pays well, has flexible hours, values her holistic skills, and allows her to continue to market her own practice.  She is sleeping better and is less stressed overall.  While Jenny says she has a long way to go, she now feels more clear how to use EFT for money issues and has a better idea of what to tap on.

One session wonders are rare when using EFT for money issues.  It takes time, persistence and good detective work.  The Using the Tail Ender Technique can be a big help in the good detective work department, so I wanted to share it with you.

GC COMMENT: Another highly useful approach is to get behind the tail enders to the SPECIFIC EVENTS in one's life underlying them. This can often zero right in on real core issues.

Thanks to everyone who is part of the ongoing development of this wonderful tool.  I again give many thanks for EFT.




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