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Fears And Phobias


Movies and a fear of heights

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated.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

A big thank you to Chrissie Hardisty from the UK. Her example points the way to a use of movies that every energy healer should consider.

Movies are often graphic portrayals of those parts of life that give one fear and other forms of emotional intensity. You can find plenty of movies with intense scenes of brutality, rape, war, slithering snakes, crawly spiders, blood, claustrophobia, drowning and so on. When a war veteran, for example, sees a brutal war scene s/he is likely to have intense emotions. If so, THIS IS AN IDEAL TIME TO TAP. Why? Because the issue is front and center. It is "tuned into" and begging to be tapped. Remember, the essence of all the energy techniques is to balance the energy system while being tuned into the problem. Movies, it turns out, can be ideal methods for tuning in. They are also likely to bring up more aspects.

Another thing movies are good for is testing your results. If you think you have gotten all aspects of a snake phobia, for example, then ask the client to watch the snake pit scene in "Raiders of the Lost Ark." If any aspects are left, you will see them in your client's "squirm factor" as they watch that scene.

In Chrissie's case a movie triggered her lifelong fear of heights. She thought to tap as the movie triggered her intensity and then "forgot about" the height phobia from that point on. Interestingly enough, she didn't even realize she was over the fear until several months later when she had hesitancy to go to the top of a castle. As you will see, her hesitancy was simply a reaction to how things used to be. She knew what it used to feel like and she was supposing she would feel that again. Sometimes when a client says they have made no progress you need to test it. Often, the problem has been resolved but they don't know it. Fascinating stuff, eh?

Here is Chrissie's message.

Hugs, Gary

by Chrissie Hardisty

Hi Gary,

Just a recent experience of mine which may be of interest:

A Story Of Heights

For as long as I can remember I have been afraid of heights. As a child I used to climb trees but was always the one who sat on the bottom branch whilst my friends climbed to the top. When our son was young and we used to visit seaside resorts, landmarks etc., I was the one who couldn't/wouldn't walk along the clifftop path and was left sitting on the grass whilst everyone else climbed to the top of the castle. It has never been a really major problem which interfered with my life, just a shame that I could not join in some of the family activities.

A couple of weeks before last Christmas I was watching a film on TV which involved numerous shots of looking over the tops of skyscrapers, helicopter rides above canyons and various other scenes which, as usual, made my stomach turn over. Suddenly Gary's words about EFT came into my head when he says: "Try it on everything". So, I did a couple of rounds of tapping and then became so engrossed in the film that I forgot all about it.

At the end of the film it occurred to me that I had had no further problem but then, and don't we all do this - WE OF LITTLE FAITH - put it down to either co-incidence, or, perhaps there hadn't been any other scenes which would have triggered off the feeling.

I totally forgot about the whole incident for 8 months until the other week when I went to stay overnight with Mair and Tam in Yorkshire. They were entertaining Kevin Hogan, a delightful American hypnotherapist who was over in the UK presenting a Workshop and they invited me to go along to meet him. After a lovely, lovely evening, they made plans for the following morning to take him to see a castle. After all, Americans love English castles, don't they??????.

And so, the following morning we duly found ourselves outside a fine example of an English castle. There were three floors inside the keep all linked by a spiral staircase but there was no problem as everything was totally enclosed and I couldn't see outside. However, when we got to the top floor, I realised that the last flight of stairs led to the parapet and the 'outside'!!!!!! I said meekly "I'm not too good with heights" [thinking of how I used to be] and so Mair said "You stay here if you like and we'll pick you up on the way down".

I decided to go just to the top of the stairs and see how I felt. Well, that was OK. I then found myself walking around the parapet without holding on to anything, without any of the uncomfortable feelings in my stomach and panic in my chest. I even joined them leaning on the rail to look at the view. WOW!!, never in my life had I done THAT before. I very nearly did a lap of honour but just managed to stop myself, I didn't want to make too big a thing out of it because, as a therapist, we are all expected to be in control of ourselves at all times, aren't we??? I was really amazed but then realised that I had not had any of those unwanted feelings since the time I saw the film seven months ago and I MUST have seen something on TV in that time which would have normally sparked off the problem. So, the tapping must have done the trick.

I'll keep you posted when I decide to go bungee jumping - and, yes, I am joking here.

Luv and wishes,

Chrissie Hardisty


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