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The Bundling Movie Technique for gently addressing long term abuse cases

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated.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

Here's a useful idea by Sejual Shah of the UK. Note how she has the client create (make up) an event.

Hugs, Gary

By Sejual Shah

Hi Gary,

What I’m about to describe is a variation on the movie technique that I have used to great effect.  The original movie technique is an invaluable tool in itself.  In the original form we take one clear incident that troubles the client, create a movie that’s at most a few minutes long, tap on the title and each scene of the movie to neutralise each specific element of it.  I regularly use it to help work through deeply distressing incidents. 

The twist I’ve used with success is when there are too many memories of the same type of event happening over time.  With this type of history the similar memories tend to blend into one another.  As a result, it’s often hard for a client to pick out one memory to deal with at a time.  I call this variation the “Bundling Movie” technique.

To use the Bundling Movie technique I ask the client to create a two minute movie drawing on elements of what they’ve experienced.  This seems to have the effect of neatly gathering together many similar memories, whilst still giving the focus and specificity we need to neutralise their emotional distress using EFT. 

I found this variation a Godsend when working with long term physical and sexual abuse cases as it achieves such rapid gentle results.  Here’s an example of how I helped one client recently. 

“Louise” came to me distressed at not being able to sleep much.  She was suffering from nightmares, and felt close to a nervous breakdown.  She’d suffered intense nightmares since leaving home at age of 18 and would wake every night screaming with terror.  She’s now in her mid 30’s.  She’d been introduced to EFT by friends but together they were not making sufficient headway and so she decided to get help from a practitioner (me).

In the first two sessions we relieved heavy guilt over a failed pregnancy, intense grief at losing her beloved grandfather when she was a child, and guilt at not being able to help her dying grandmother more than she did.  We used plenty of reframing.  For example, even the skilled and experienced medical doctors were unable to diagnose what was wrong with her grandmother, so how could she have done more when she is not a qualified medic.  The negative feelings for each issue were swiftly resolved.  These were issues that naturally came up in conversation and helped her gain strength of mind before turning to an issue that has tormented her since childhood. 

We came to her relationship with her abusive mother.  Since early childhood Louise had been subject to repeated physical violence and daily mental torment.  She could not easily pick out a few incidents because they merged into each other.  The abuse had started more than 30 years before, but she still felt it on a daily basis.

I asked her to create her own two minute movie based on the types of events she experienced.  First I asked her to create her own title.  She called the movie ‘Rejection’ and we took a rating of her level of intensity which she said was 10+ on a scale of 0 to 10.  She was visibly terror stricken.  I tend to use a stream of consciousness style of wordplay, like Gary uses in recent DVD sets like the ones for Serious Diseases.  I prefer this style of work as I can follow the flow of my intuition whilst staying alert to the client's responses.  What follows are elements of the wordplay that I used at the time.

Even though I feel this dread in my chest at this movie title ... my body feels the turmoil of that movie ... this dreaded fear for my life ... my being is in panic mode ... this movie brings heavy panic

Even though I can feel the panic in my whole being at what I experienced in this movie ... there’s a sick feeling in my stomach ... this heavy panic that smothers me

Even though I’m furious that she did this to me ...  how dare she ... she was my mother ... she had no right to reject me ... she should have been there for me ... and yet she rejected me

Even though I’m saddened at the treatment I received at her hands ... I thought she would love me ... but she didn’t ... I’m sad I had to go through that hell ... sad that I remember the torment every night

Even though this rejection hurts ... it pains me ... I was so alone ... no one to care for this little girl ... just rejection.

We gently tapped all those negative emotions down to zero.  She looked and felt calmer.  I then asked her to talk through the movie scene by scene, watching her face for emotional intensity, sensing her energy system intuitively for distress and asking her to stop if she felt a negative emotion before we proceeded.  We tapped through many scenes of being physically assaulted by her mother. 

Even though my mother and brothers encircled me to hurl abuse ... she encouraged them ... egged them on ... they said appalling things ... there was no escape ... they had me circled ... penned in ... those foul words ... .that venom.

Even though it hurt that my own flesh and blood could do that ... didn’t my brothers know better? ... I guess if it wasn’t me it would be them ... they were grateful it was me and not them ... . poor them ...  still living with her nastiness ... . they’re adults but not yet free.

Even though part of me hears her tread on the stairs ... . there’s a heavy uncomfortable feeling in my chest ...

Even though my mother is coming into my bedroom whilst I’m half asleep ... . I can feel the fear in my throat ... I can’t breathe ... I daren’t breathe ... please ignore me ... . don’t come in

Even though I feel sick at the change of light in my darkened room as she opened the door ... the desperate whisper of her breath on me . . .her eyes boring in to me ... I’ll pretend I’m asleep ...  she doesn’t care

Even though she took such pleasure in hissing abuse at me ... she’s telling me I’m not good enough ... I can’t escape her ... there’s poison pouring out of her mouth ... she’s full of evil ... thank God I’m far away from her

Even though she was a nasty piece of work and still is ... at least I’ve left that behind ... I’m free ... I don’t have to accept that anymore ...

Once we had calmed down all the elements that were causing her terror, I asked Louise to go through the movie again in her mind to test for any remaining fears.  We tapped through a few more that were at much lower levels until she could feel completely calm about what used to happen to her.  Upon further testing it became clear that the other times she experienced abuse were no longer troubling her.

We switched to tapping on the present, and replaced the nightmares with choosing to experience peaceful rest at night from now on.  We also brought in divine peace and love to support her in her life going forward. 

She felt much lighter at the end as if a weight has been lifted.  In the weeks after the appointment she noticed an improvement in her sleep.  She woke up much less and no longer was she screaming in her sleep.  When she does wake up at night she finds it easy to get back to sleep within a few minutes.  We’re working on the remaining factors behind this – none of these are connected to the abuse she suffered at her mother’s hands.  However, it’s clear from what Louise says that the one created movie we tapped through a month ago has brought about a significant improvement in her quality of life. 

I’ve used the Bundling Movie technique with several other clients who have experienced long term physical or emotional abuse and have had success every time.  I’ve even found it to work with one client who doesn’t consider herself visually creative.  I think this is because she is accessing images she has experienced rather than creating them afresh. 

Best wishes,

Sejual Shah


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