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Using EFT

Using EFT for a clogged ear

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated.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

Note how Loren Fogelman uses creative language and zeroes in on a specific event to help her client get beyond this seemingly physical problem.

Hugs, Gary

By Loren Fogelman, EFT-ADV

I recently began working with “Sandy.”  She came into counseling for eating disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  The first time that we met I discussed EFT with her.  At that time, she was resistant to using EFT and stated that she had tried tapping before and did not like it.  Since my place is to be a support for her, I let it go at the time because my intent was to develop rapport during our first session.  She said that she just wanted to talk.

At our second session, Sandy stated that she has had a clogged ear for the past two weeks.  In my mind I thought this might be an opportunity to introduce EFT with her.  She stated that she was disassociating in our session and I offered to show her some grounding exercises to help her be present.  We did the first exercise and she was feeling better.  I then asked her if she would like to be able to relax even more.  I acknowledged that she did not want to try EFT the first time we met, but that it might help to relax her.  I suggested we do the tapping without saying anything.  Sandy agreed to give the tapping a try.  We tapped on all the points including the liver point, inside of the wrists and top of the head.  She agreed that it helped to relax her.

Sandy began to tell me about her clogged ear.  I asked if any event might have occurred prior to her ear becoming clogged.  She mentioned that a woman was being rude and yelling at her at the pharmacy.  I told Sandy that the tapping might help to clear her ear.  She rated the level of intensity of her right ear at a 10 on a 0 to 10 scale.

Even though I have a clogged right ear…

Even though this woman was yelling at me and I wanted to tune her out… and appreciate my body for taking care of me.

Even though I clogged my right ear to shut out being yelled at… and realize that I am now in a safe place.

Eyebrow: This clogged ear.

Side of eye: I didn’t want to listen to this woman yelling at me.

Under eye: I drowned out this woman’s yelling by clogging my ear.

Under nose: I tuned out this woman by clogging my ear Under lips: I have let this woman have free rent in my ear.

Collarbone: I am choosing to evict this woman from my ear Under arms: I can open my ears because I am now in a safe place.

Liver Point: I appreciate my body taking care of me and choose to drain my ear.

Inside of left wrist: I held onto the fear from this woman for too long.

Inside of right wrist: I will release this woman from my ear when I am ready to because I am in a safe place now.

Top of head: I appreciate my body taking care of me and know that I am a good person.

After that round, her clogged ear dropped from a 10 to a 7.  She was really surprised that she was feeling better and felt something pop in her ear during the tapping.  Sandy then stated that this person, “Diane,” works at the pharmacy and felt afraid to see her again.  We then tapped on seeing this woman again.  This time we focused on appreciating her body for taking care of her and statements that would be empowering for her.

Even though Diane was angry and rude to me and I tuned her out, I choose to remain safe and confident when I go to the drugstore.

Even though I am angry that Diane embarrassed me, I know that I stood up for myself.

Even though Diane is an angry woman, I can choose to deal with other people at the pharmacy.

We continued to tap reminder statements along the points.  After that, Sandy states that her ear was not clogged anymore.  All that remained was an itch.  Sandy felt that when she was ready to go to the pharmacy again, she could go with respect and knowledge that she knows how to take care of herself.

People are very resilient and develop skills to help deal with stress.  Often our bodies protect us from stress and other difficult emotions.  Being able to teach people about this connection with EFT helps them to become more aware of their process.  EFT is an easy technique that they can use anytime necessary.


Loren Fogelman, M.Ed, CADC I, EFT-Adv


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