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Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated.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

Hiccups (hiccoughs) can be annoying, especially when they last for 3 days. Note how this joint effort between Sharolyn Smidt and her son, Alec, produced first class benefits.

Hugs, Gary

By Sharolyn Smidt

Hi Friends,

I have used EFT somewhat successfully for myself in the last year, but after using it two different times for people with hiccoughs, I decided I should buy the EFT Videos and get serious!  I am now learning even better how to apply EFT!

The first time I used it for this condition was with my thirty year old son, Alec.  He called me the night before he was to leave for a houseboat trip which he organized and was feeling some stress at the last minute.  His call was because he’d had the hiccoughs then for three days and had tried everything to get rid of them.  I immediately asked him if he had tried tapping!  He said he had forgotten about that! 

We talked about his current condition: hiccoughs every 5-10 seconds, stress getting ready, and tired.  Since he lives in California and I live in Iowa, we agreed that after we hung up the phone, we would both tap for five minutes for as many things as we could think of relating to how he felt and his circumstances and then we would connect again.  I don't know what he tapped for, but I tapped (surrogately) for things like this:

Even though Alec has the hiccoughs, he loves and accepts himself.

Even though Alec hiccoughs every 5-10 seconds, he loves and accepts himself.

Even though Alec is feeling pressure from this houseboat trip, he loves and accepts himself.

Even though Alec has tried everything to get rid of the hiccoughs, he loves and accepts himself.

Even though Alec is afraid he will bother everyone on the houseboat with the hiccoughs, he loves and accepts himself.

Even though Alec is worried he will hiccough at night and bother everyone, he loves and accepts himself.

Even though Alec is getting so tired from constantly hiccoughing, he loves and accepts himself.

Even though Alec is not sure if this will really work, he loves and accepts himself.

Keep in mind that we learned a revised version of tapping from what is seen on the videos.  It includes many of the same points, but also different ones, especially on the hand.  It just goes to show that each point in itself is not critical.  It worked anyway!  Also, I did not know you could say any other affirmation at the end of the statement!  

So what was the outcome?  Well Alec said it was a half hour before another hiccough occurred.  He continued to tap when another one happened and by the next morning when he was to leave, he was free from them.

Did he just wear them out after that long or did the EFT procedure work?  We know!

GC COMMENT:  Good, practical approach.  Note how Sharolyn aimed at the possible emotions involved.  If this didn't work, a more in-depth approach would involve the use of Specific Events.  See Uncovering Specific Events - An Essential Concept Within the EFT Tapping Process.  Also, for more recent info on doing EFT surrogately see Surrogate EFT.


Sharolyn Smidt


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