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Borrowing Benefits and an Acute Respiratory Disorder

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated.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

Lindsay Kenny was doing an EFT workshop utilizing Borrowing Benefits (where the participants tap along with the person on stage). One Asian lady ("Kiko") showed up with an oxygen tank and pronounced wheezing. During the workshop Kiko's lung capacity dramatically improved from 30% to 80%. The next day her improvement was still holding.

Lindsay takes us through the details of this case in a quality way, including the Setup phrases and language used.

By Lindsay Kenny, EFT-CC, EFT-ADV

Hi Gary,

Yesterday I facilitated an EFT workshop for a group of 14 retired folks ranging in age from 50 to 84. One particular Asian lady, "Kiko", was very noticeable since she came in with an oxygen tank and had a hard time talking during introductions. She couldn't utter more than 2 or 3 syllables without wheezing and taking a raspy intake of breath. Her sentences went something like this...

"I (wheeze) have a hard (wheeze) timegoing (wheeze) outside be (wheeze) cause I'm afraid(wheeze) of dropping my (wheeze) oxygen tank (wheeze) and not being (wheeze) able to (wheeze) breathe without it."

It was painful and exhausting for the rest of us to even hear her struggling to talk. She said she had COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and had an intense fear of leaving her house. She was afraid she would and drop or damage her oxygen tank and wouldn't be able to breathe. (It took a long time for her to say all that)

After my introduction to EFT segment I went on to the demonstration with my volunteer, "Linda". She was still suffering at the age of 50 with the PMS problems of being cranky and having cramps. As I often do in workshops, I used the Borrowing Benefits Technique. It's not only amazing to experience, but an efficient and highly effective way to demonstrate EFT in a group of any size.

So while everyone had different issues to deal with from a severe headache, to the recent death of a brother, we all did the setup together saying "Even though I'm cranky and am I'm having cramps". (Everyone starting giggling at that, especially the only male in the group). After the first round of tapping five people said their 0-10 intensity level had dropped by half, one person's issue went completely away, and the rest had dropped by 2-4 points.

Most astounding was Kiko, the lady with the COPD. She said her breathing was much better and her fear of leaving home was only at a five. She seemed very emotional about her progress so we all agreed to work with Kiko and come back to the PMS problem. Kiko was able to explain without nearly as much wheezing that her lungs had been damaged during World War II, in Japan, when she was just a little girl. She later got TB, then pneumonia, and finally had to resort to an oxygen tank 10 years ago.

I did 2 more rounds with her, combining the fear of leaving the house with her difficulty breathing (I felt they were very connected and wanted to try doing them together). The first setup was:

"Even though I'm afraid to leave the house because something might happen to my oxygen tank and I won't be able to breath, I deeply accept and trust myself." (I used the word trust because I felt that her issues and fears about her oxygen tank revolved around her making a mistake like losing it, dropping it, bumping into something, twisting the tubes, etc.)

After one round her intensity dropped to a 2 and it was clear that she was breathing almost normally. For the final round I went to a choice statement of:

"Even though I still have some fear about losing my oxygen, I chose to completely overcome it and trust myself to handle the oxygen." (She had trouble saying competently or confidently, so I just dropped them)

We then did 3 reminder rounds, the first with the reminder of "Remaining fear", the next round with alternating phrases of "Remaining fear" and "Choosing to overcome the fear". On the final round I did a "free association" with her using different, but related reminders at each tapping point; "breathing deeply and safely" (at the eyebrows) "Overcoming this fear", (outside the eyes, etc.) "Trusting myself", "Feeling comfortable without the tank", "Letting this fear go", "Taking deep, long breaths" and "Overcoming this dependency on oxygen". We actually did 2 rounds on this free association method and she added the statement of "Believing in myself".

When we finished I asked her how her fear was. In her broken English she said "Gone. All gone". I asked her to try to think of something that would make her afraid regarding her oxygen and she said "Can't do it! All gone!"

I then asked her to take a deep breath if she could. She astounded us by taking a long deep breath and broke out into a bright wide smile. We all cheered and most of us had tears in our eyes. I admonished her not to throw her oxygen away and to be sure to consult her doctor before making any other changes. She said she would, but felt she didn't need it any more.

I called her today to follow up and was amazed at how good she sounded. She said the doctors had told her before that she would always need the oxygen and that she would never have more than 30% usage of her lungs. I asked her what percentage she thought she was breathing at now and she said "Much, much better, at least 80%, maybe more." She was very happy.

As a side note, everyone else in the class who continued to tap with the borrowed benefit of using Kiko's phrases got down to a 0 intensity level, including the lady with the PMS issues! Plus our only guy said his cramps were completely gone too (smile).


Lindsay Kenny, EFT-CC, EFT-ADV


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