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EFT and the taming of the tongue

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated.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

Did you ever have some dental work where your tongue keeps exploring the same area over and over again? Annoying, eh? JoAnn SkyWatcher's client had such a problem and, with Joann's help, relieved it.

Hugs, Gary

By JoAnn SkyWatcher

I love teaching EFT classes, and I especially love using the Borrowing Benefits tool.  Recently, in one of the classes that I taught, I asked one of the participants what she would like to work on.  "Carol" didn't think that she had anything to focus on.  After a closer examination, she admitted that there was a behavior that was absolutely driving her crazy.

About six months before, she had had some dental work, and ever since her tongue discovered the changes in her mouth, her tongue couldn't let it be.  As our conversation continued, she admitted that her tongue was constantly probing the "new" area in her mouth.  As a masseuse, Carol spends her workdays silently massaging people's bodies.  However, her tongue wasn't letting her truly be still.  It just kept on moving as though it was in overdrive.

Her level of intensity was at 8 out of 10.  Some of the setup phrases that we started out with included:

Even though my tongue is driving me crazy…

Even though my tongue just wants to keep exploring the same old place over and over and over again...

Even though my tongue almost rubs itself raw…

Even though my tongue doesn't ever let me relax...

This dropped her level of intensity down a couple of notches.  We continued on with: Even though my tongue is doing the best it can do, and I deeply and completely love and accept my tongue for trying to help me out, and I forgive myself for getting upset with my tongue.  I know that you have been doing the best you know how.

Even though I know that you have been trying to help me out by exploring that place in my mouth that got worked on, it isn't actually working for me for you to keep exploring that spot anymore.  I know that you must have felt like you still needed to explore that spot, but it is no longer necessary, and I want to thank you for exploring my mouth so well.

Her level of intensity dropped to 3 out of 10.  Then we started reprogramming how we wanted her tongue to behave.  While tapping, we alternated thanking her tongue with making clear what her tongue's new job would now be.  She said things like:

  • You thought you were just doing your job exploring my dental work
  • Now you don't have to do that any more
  • You can relax, and just let my dental work alone - we know what it's like there - really well!!! (laughing)
  • Thank you for helping me out, I really appreciate all that you have done for me
  • Now you can just relax
  • And do things like, tasting … talking … and kissing (laughing)

I asked how her tongue was doing.  Her tongue was finally relaxed for the first time in six months. I believe it felt appreciated, and realized that it could relax and do more interesting tasks than exploring her dental work.  Now, Carol is able to do her work in a relaxed manner, all the way down to her tongue.

JoAnn SkyWatcher


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