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Tip-Toeing into two car accident traumas

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Hi everyone,

Car accidents can leave both physical and emotional scars on us. For some, an accident is repeatedly re-lived (mentally) for decades and results in nightmares and lifelong limits. In this article, Alan Morison from the United Kingdom gives us some skillful approaches for lifting this burden from two different women. Notice how, in both cases, he gently tip-toes into the issue. Very useful.

Hugs, Gary

By Alan Morison

Hi Gary

Here are two cases regarding substantial accident trauma, the first a 'one minute wonder'.

Case one

In August at a health fair where I offer EFT to the passing public, I was talking to Sue, another stallholder, just before the end of the day. She suddenly announced that she was not looking forward to returning home and explained that two years ago she had been involved in a bad motorway accident (unhurt) and disliked busy roads ever since. She had recurring nightmares, sweats and flashbacks and medication had not helped at all.

As she continued I could see her becoming emotional so, with permission, gave her a simple round of silent tapping which helped calm her immediately. I then took her back to a calm state of mind just before the accident. I asked her to edge forward into the very first second of the event to prevent any further heavy emotions and to report what she could see and feel. Doing that she said she saw the car that caused the accident just begin to appear in the periphery of her vision and she felt terror and helplessness arising. I felt no need to check the intensity of her feelings - it was pretty obvious it was a 10+ - so I tapped for these emotions.

After tapping for any remaining emotions I tested her by taking her gradually more and more into the accident memory. She felt no response whatsoever and when she played the whole movie she said it was like looking into a very distant scene (experience tells me that clients report this when traumas have been released). She left to do her packing with a spring in her step. The whole process had taken no more than 5 minutes.

Almost 3 months later I met her again and asked about the accident. She looked puzzled for a moment and then said, 'Oh that! It hasn't bothered me since the tapping.' The trauma had so completely left her system that she had almost forgotten it even took place. Success!

Case 2

At another fair I was telling someone about Sue's story when I noticed another lady in the vicinity becoming rather emotional as she listened. I stopped talking and with permission tapped this lady to calm her down thinking to myself that this was another traffic accident PTSD case. Right, but not quite, I imagined.

She decided to have some treatment there and then, but because she felt some anxiety about treatment in a public place I tapped her first for that and eased her into telling her story. Her life, it seems, was a chapter of one motor accident after another, beginning at the age of 4 when she had witnessed a pile-up just by her house.

Taking her into the scene gradually I tapped her for the sounds she heard first from in the house, opening the door to go out, absence of mother (who was in a different room and didn't know she had gone out), walking down her path and seeing the crumpled cars. The colour of the cars was also significant for her as future accidents involved cars of similar colours. As we proceeded I tapped her for two more accidents by the time she was 13, dealing with the shock of the slow motion inevitability of impact and the feeling that her father could have done something to avoid the collisions.

Each incident was fairly quickly resolved but she just kept revealing more as the veils and blocks slipped. We dealt with the tragedy in her mid teens of the death of her best friend in a traffic accident and her ensuing loneliness, then with the shock of the suicide of a neighbour in her car. A long drive to Spain with friends ended in the horror of driving through terrible weather conditions and witnessing several fatal accidents. But the dominoes had started falling and she released these horrific sights very quickly, only to move on to a friend who had recently had an accident and bragged about his minor injuries to her, little knowing just how deeply he would affect her.

Most of the time I did not need to check for intensity levels but I tested for each event by getting her to play her movie of the scenes and only moved on when doing so provoked no reaction. I was using my intuition rather than the numbers but it all adds up to the same.

When finally she could play through everything with no negative reactions she said 'This feels really bizarre.' No small wonder as she had lived almost all her life under the cloud of these events. She could now experience what it was like to be finally emotionally free. She could now know what it was like to feel joyful and it was wonderful to see the transformation in her.

The whole process took 1.5 hours (a time I usually allow for private clients) and she hardly noticed the passage of time. There are still times when I can hardly believe how successful EFT is. These two trauma cases are witness to that.

Very best wishes



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