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Borrowing Benefits for a seemingly unrelated issue

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated.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

A thank you to Dr. Carol Look for this insightful Borrowing Benefits case. Carol recently conducted a weight loss class wherein the tappable themes centered around such issues as cravings, body image, deprivation and the like. However, one client had issues (pain and a limp) that were seemingly unrelated to any of those being addressed during the group sessions.

As it turns out the pain and limp were associated with 9/11 traumas and completely disappeared as she unknowingly "Borrowed Benefits" for her 9/11 traumas during the session. This, of course, made the process relatively pain free and, apparently, complete.

The details are given in Carol's article.

Hugs, Gary

By Dr. Carol Look

A week ago I taught a one day EFT class for weight loss. "Tappable" themes included cravings, body image issues, feelings of deprivation, self-sabotage and fear of success. I used three separate groups of volunteers throughout the morning. After our lunch break, Louann (her real name), who had not been involved in any specific demonstration, raised her hand and told the class about her remarkable experience.

On 9/11, Louann had been traumatized by hearing that her husband was reported "missing" for several hours. Even though he was found alive and well several hours after the attack, she has suffered from chronic pain in her back and hips and has been bothered by a limp since that week. The range of pain over the past 18 months had been between a 2 and an 8.

Louann informed the class she had consulted top specialists including neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons, visited an acupuncturist, underwent two unsuccessful surgical procedures, and scheduled and committed to approximately 400 hours of physical therapy. All of these treatments were aimed at healing her official diagnosis of a slipped/ruptured disc near "L3"in her back. She estimated the cost at about $15,000-$20,000 and told the class that nothing had made a dent in her pain other than occasional relief from pain management.

After our group Borrowing Benefits session, Louann announced to the class that her pain and limp were completely gone, even though I had not focused on pain or trauma during the in-class demonstrations. Please note, the following words were NOT mentioned during Borrowing Benefits: pain, trauma, disc, back, limp, September 11th, etc...We were all pleasantly astounded.

I caught up with Louann 48 hours later and asked her about her symptoms and her theories about what had happened. She had remained pain free. Obviously the principles of "Borrowing Benefits" were operating, but we tried to reconstruct the morning's setup phrases and themes to connect some emotional dots and find specific answers as to why she had experienced such a response. What stood out to Louann was my brief focus on guilt issues, and the themes of suffering and punishing the self. I had used such phrases as "Even though I've been suffering long enough, I deeply and completely accept myself" and "Even though I keep punishing myself for what I did, I choose to release it now" and "Even though I keep sabotaging my progress, I deeply and completely accept myself and I'm worthy of success." (We were supposedly talking about weight loss, of course.)

Louann told me "this whole thing was about self-love and love in general." Since we had easily recited the affirmation of the setup phrase "I deeply and completely love and accept myself" dozens of times, it was no doubt that the benefits had been accumulating. In addition, Louann made it very clear that she had been praying to be open and had believed she could get healed. She thought the tapping had created an opening for the total integration of her healing. She pointed out that some of my language had taken her off the hook so that she realized "I don't have to be God and do it all alone...I don't have to find the answer by myself."

I had also added CHOICES statements such as "I choose to feel happy, successful etc." Louann realized that she had made herself suffer with her somatized responses of pain for two psychological reasons (1) because she felt guilty over her husband's trauma and suffering, and (2) because she wanted to feel closer and to connect to him. She said she finally felt freed to "Let God do it...cause I don't have to."

Stay tuned...

Carol Look


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