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Using EFT for a headache provides aid to alcohol recovery

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated.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

Sometimes the simplest applications of EFT can lead to profound results.

Mair Llewellyn-Edwards (from the UK) found this out by introducing her client to EFT for a mild headache. The headache vanished in short order and this motivated the client to use EFT for every form of stress in her life. The result was a material aid to her alcohol addiction recovery. Mair gives us more details in her message below.

Hugs, Gary

By Mair Llewellyn-Edwards

In this submission we notice how EFT can be an instrument in overcoming an addiction to alcohol as well as a blessing to many others.

Almost one year ago "Cath" came to visit our clinic in South Yorkshire as a last resort in her fight against her alcohol addiction. At that time she was only just managing to hang onto the threads of her life as a professional and a mother of two young children. Two months before visiting me she had been on the medication antabuse to help her to abstain. However, despite this help all her problems and cravings remained as before and these were driving her to fever pitch. This fact left her in an emotionally volatile state. Now, she had no way of tranquillising her anxiety.

On our first session I introduced her to EFT as a sort of emotional acupuncture without the needles. Cath had found acupuncture helpful before, so this explanation sounded OK to her. However, when we begun to introduce the use of EFT we faced a blank. Cath was unable to connect with any emotional intensity regarding her stress, her craving or even her low self esteem. We tried many avenues but failed, I did consider tapping on "Even though I cannot connect with the emotional feelings which frequently swamp me" but something stopped me.

At the end of the session, I decided to teach her the basic recipe using a slight headache that she said she had. When we scaled the level of intensity (0 being no headache and 10 intense headache) she said she was only around a 2 or a 3 so it was not an ideal problem to work with (higher level intensity can provide more noticeable changes when using EFT).

After two rounds of tapping through the procedure, Cath said her mind felt clearer and her headache felt different. On the third round we incorporated "Even though I still have some slight headache feeling, my mind is clearing and I completely respect myself." The reminder phrase we used, was "slight head feeling". This reminder phase began with a puzzled intonation and as we moved down the face this was changed into "I don't know how my head is clearing". Cath smiled and we stopped at the ch (chin) point to see how she was doing. When we both began to laugh we knew it was gone.

Cath went home to use EFT on everything and another appointment was made for the same time the following week.

On Cath's second session she was exuberant. She had literally used EFT on everything and everyone! She said she had not realised just how much stress she was experiencing and had found that tapping reduced her anxiety to the point of calm confidence each time she used it. This realisation gave her insight into why in the past she would mask her anxiety with alcohol. Among other things, it explained why she would drink alcohol on her way home before facing her family at the end of a hectic day.

Doing EFT throughout her busy day as well as on her way home was enabling her to reduce the build up of stress at its source. Having EFT gave her confidence to face situations she had previously feared. In her position as a Head of a local school she was also finding several ways to introduce EFT as a stress management tool to her staff. As a group, they had already visited Gary's site and read many of the case histories there.

As a therapist, what I learned from this experience was profound. I have worked for many years with various addictions using traditional methods--but those methods can frequently take much time and effort. By contrast, EFT has an energy/spiritual essence of its own and this energy, with a desire to share, provides much more efficient healing.

With my logical rational brain as a therapist I may have thought working on something as simple as a headache would not help with all these deeper problems. Gary frequently talks about "getting out of the way". I truly believe when we get out of the way we make room for healing to happen. That way, we can know that the healing happens through us, and not by us.

Mair Llewellyn-Edwards

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