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Who do YOU think you are?

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated.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

Ann Ross, a long time EFT'er from the UK, gives us many insights into developing a stronger self identity. Note her use of the "Writings on the Walls" concept. For those unfamiliar with it, please read my Palace of Possibilities article on the EFT website where it is first introduced.

Hugs, Gary

By Ann Ross

 Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.  Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be.     -Patanjali, Indian Philosopher

 Who do YOU think you are?

We are so identified in our stories, that we get “stuck” in judgment and criticism of ourselves.  Then we get stuck in “acting out” from the identity which has been created for us from the “writing on our walls”.

A powerful Tool

I use Gary’s analogy over and over again to help students and clients. EFT is a powerful tool for transformation and can shift us from “who we are not” to an identity where just about anything can become possible for us.

Using EFT we can move gracefully and with ease in to Gary’s “Palace of Possibilities”.  This does not mean to say that there will be no discomfort.  As change happens we are stepping right out of our comfort zones into a new way of Being in the World.  The good thing about that is we know we are changing when we feel uncomfortable.  Very often there comes chaos before peace. 

Learning within your discomfort

If we can see the whole experience of change within us as a learning experience, rather than a trauma, the process can be more easily understood and released.  EFT is far gentler than any other technique I have come across.  If we can ask questions in a spirit of inquiry rather than judgment, it can be a golden opportunity for deep clearing.

How we gain our identity

Our identity is mostly learned from childhood, parents, teachers, siblings.  In our adult lives, our identity is coloured by TV, magazines and the media telling us in glorious Technicolor and surround sound that in order to be loved and acceptable we have to be a particular size, smoke a particular brand of cigar or wear designer labels.  Our identity becomes invested in how much we earn, whether we are successful, (or not) how many holidays we have or how many cars there are in the garage. 

If all of this were to fall away who would you BE?

For example:

  • I am a person who has to be perfect.
  • I am a person who is a therapist
  • I am a person who is afraid of failing

It is from identifying ourselves in this way that we get trapped and we “act out” life from the perspective of who we are NOT.  We are lost in the identity of who we are not.

We can change our identity through tapping away what we do not like and cannot accept about ourselves (and others).  When this happens we give ourselves permission to act out our new identity, which is more authentic and real.  It is natural to be who we really are when we are being true to ourselves.  It is coming home to love.  Life becomes easier and starts to flow…

Make a list

Think of the things you dislike/hate the most about other people.  For example:

  • I hate it when people tell lies
  • I hate it when people let me down
  • I hate it when people judge or criticise me
  • I hate it when people hurt me.

These internal thoughts can create the very thing you hate the most!  These thoughts can become self fulfilling prophecies, and we give our selves evidence, vehemently and eloquently. “You see?  This shows you how I try but nothing works”.

Different writing on our walls

When we look at others and find them lacking in some way, we are simply looking at the differences in the “writing on our walls”.  We are all so different. Each individual has unique writing on their walls, which is peculiar to them and nobody else.  There will be similarities but there will always be differences which is why Borrowing Benefits from Gary’s DVD’s works so well!

We tend to complain when life does not go our way and may even insist that the blame is definitely “outside” of us.  We make the problem “outside” of us.  We blame the husband, the wife, the boss and the politicians and in the UK we even blame the weather!

But the problem is inside. When we judge and criticise others we are doing it from a place inside of ourselves.  A place that we do not like about ourselves.  It is called projection.  We think we know what other people are thinking and when we judge and criticise them, it makes us feel better, for in those moments someone else is WORSE or LESS than we are.

Different Perspectives

In my courses I often give the example of the boardroom table and the Directors sitting around a beautiful bowl of flowers.  There may be 10 or 20 people sitting around the table all looking at the same flowers.  One person will see a rose, the other a daffodil, the next a piece of fern or ribbon.  They may argue and get upset and hotly defend their point of view.  However, they are all arguing about the same bunch of flowers!  Each will be experiencing and seeing something totally different - it will be a different angle, a different perspective.

And, they are all getting it right!  What if, we are all getting it right and we just have a different perspective of life?  What if we could respect our differences?  What if we could find common ground without being stuck in judgment?

First discover who you are NOW.

Instead of being tied up in the identity of who somebody else thinks we should be, or we ought to be, or we learned to be, how much more healthy to choose who we want to be in the world and begin to act that out! Fill a sheet of paper with statements starting:

  • I am a person who…
  • I am a person who…
  • I am a person who…

For example:

  • I am a person who feels guilty when I don’t call my Mother
  • I am a person who cannot be true to myself because..
  • I am a person who cannot say “no” because….

Next Step:

  • Where did you learn this belief?
  • Who taught you that?
  • How do you know that about yourself?
  • What specific events occurred in your life to have you believe it?  For instance, the time my father slapped me when I told him no.  My mother screaming at me to “do as you’re told.”  The time my neighbour threatened me.  The bully in my classroom taking my lunch money.)  

You may be surprised that you may end up with a list of information about yourself that displeases you.

Who you think you are verses who you really are

  • On another piece of paper draw a line down the centre of the page. 
  • On the left hand side write down the statements that most upset you or give you the most emotional discomfort out of the ones that you have written.
  • Notice your feelings about the statement and write your feelings underneath your statement.
  • In the right hand column write down the complete opposite. You are clear now about your beliefs about yourself.  You have a starting point.  The right hand column is how you want to BE in the world.


Who I think I Am                                                 Who I Really Am

I am a person who cannot say “no”.                 I can say “yes” to ME.

Feelings:                                                              Feelings:

Trapped, frightened, sad, pressurised              Strong, self empowered.

The idea is to clarify how you feel when you identify yourself in this way.  It is going on in your mind anyway and it might be helpful to bring it to the surface so it no longer remains hidden from you (for whatever reason). 

Using EFT to gain emotional freedom

I have devised some EFT statements for you to try on, just like a new shirt or a new dress.  These should give you ideas to create your own setup phrases. 

Suggested setups

  • Even though I am a person who cannot say “no” I love and accept that part of me anyway.
  • Even though I am a person who cannot say “no” because I might not be loved or liked if I say “no”, I love and accept all those parts of me no matter what!
  • Even though it is hard for me to say “no” I choose to say “yes” to ME and honour myself.

Reminder phrase:

It is really hard to say “no”.  Not acceptable to say “no”.  They will reject me.  I can’t do it. It is too scary.

Suggested setups

  • Even though I can’t say no because they will not love/like me anymore I choose to say YES to me, maybe I could love myself enough to say “no”.
  • Even though I’m not important enough to say “yes” to, I choose to say “yes” to me, anyway because I am worth it!
  • Even though they won’t love me any more I choose to know that maybe I can love ME even more!

Reminder Phrase:

They won’t love me any more.  Definitely not.  I can’t do it.  I’ll be letting them down.  This is too scary.  Maybe, maybe not.  What if I could?

Suggested setups

  • Even though saying “yes” to me is selfish, I choose to know that unselfishness breeds resentment and I don’t want to be resentful.
  • Even though I can’t say “no”- what will people think?  I choose to know that they might respect me a lot more.
  • Even though it’s really hard to say “no” I choose to know I can say it from a loving strength inside of me.

 Reminder Phrase:

I love the feeling of being strong enough to say “no”.  I feel good.  Strong.  Free. Loved. I love ME. Saying no feels good.

Become creative and tap as much as you need to until you are in alignment with your right hand column!  Tap away any “tail enders” to being who YOU really are despite what others think!

And, remember those SPECIFIC events in your life that gave rise to these feelings and beliefs.  It is important to clear them as they come up for you.  Tap for each one.

When we change ourselves at identity level, the whole world begins to change around us, and people, events, and circumstances are perceived differently.  We can live a life of fulfilment and happiness, loving and accepting ourselves and others, no matter what! 

Ann Ross


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