Apr 09, 2011
You can NEUTRALIZE the daily trauma of watching the news by tapping away its effects on you with EFT. By mixing negative and positive reminder phrases you can deal with the apocalyptic sense of impending doom while embracing the mysteries. The intention for this blog is to outline the steps for you to Let Magic Happen in your life this year. The blog is coordinated with the monthly newsletter which features a different clinical topic each month.
A 4 minute video is included this month.
Monthly blogs entries include a short video detailing the process involved in each sequential step of the EDANVIR tapping protocol which can be found on the EFT tapping handout. This protocol is the same one I use with clients in my private practice. After the EFT steps there will be additional breathwork, shaking, imagery and color reframing components.
The fourth step in the EDANVIR protocol is “N” for NEUTRALIZE your tapping issue as demonstrated on the video and detailed here. We moved last month from the DESENSITIZE second step to the AWFULIZE third step by expanding on and even exaggerating the original reminder phrase, using “a terrible emotional trauma from the past” as a generic example. This month we will alternate the polarity of the emotions while tapping on the same points.
After repeating the original reminder phrase, you immediately switch to your highest goal then back to your deepest doubt. These two extreme polarities tend to balance each other out leading to uncertainty about how you actually feel. As you continue alternating back and forth the goal is to get confused about what is really true for you. The intention is to embrace the mystery of this particular life experience.
All of us enjoy a good mystery, just not in our lives where we prize certainty over ambiguity. If we can just get to the place where we embrace the concept that our circumstances are mysterious, there is an opening for change and healing to take place. It is like the director’s response in Shakespeare in Love to the question “What happens next?” which gets repeated multiple times for emphasis, “I don’t know, it is a mystery!”
Switch hands and sides of the face from step three and start with the left Eyebrow point tapping on the original reminder phrase. Move to the Side of Eye point and be ridiculously positive, “It’s all gone!” Move to the Under Eye point and express your skepticism, “That’s bullshit!” Move to the Under Nose point and consider the possibility of change, “Maybe it is a little bit better.”
Move to the Chin point and voice doubts about EFT, “I’m skeptical that tapping can help.” Move to the Collarbone point and admit to confusion, “I’m not sure how I feel now.” Move to the Under Arm point and ask for proof, “I’ll have to test it to know.” Move to the Under Breast point and contemplate a breakthrough, “What if it actually works?” Move to the Top of Head point and accept the uncertainty of the situation, “Life is a mysterious process.”
Take a deep breath in and imagine inhaling your favorite color throughout your body. Exhale and blow out a different color that represents the issue you are tapping on. Repeat the color breathing as many times as needed to clear out the neutralized trauma from your body. Allow the negative energy to drain into the ground through your feet to be recycled by the earth.
Now you are done with the NEUTRALIZE step, and you are ready to go on to the next step which will be “V” for VISUALIZE in May. In the meantime, you can start using the whole protocol ahead of time by downloading the handout from the link under Integrative Medicine. The April 2011 newsletter covers Healing Techniques for Overcoming Performance Anxiety.
All of the steps in the EDANVIR protocol and the clinical topics will be included in the new book I am writing, Let Magic Happen: Synchronicities, Healing Stories and Techniques of a Holistic Radiologist, to be published later in 2011. There will also be many other topics and techniques in the book that will not be covered in the blog or newsletter. I am planning a sequel based on readers’ experiences with the techniques, so please let me know how they work for you.
Please feel free to post your comments or stories below about this fourth step in the EFT protocol or about performance anxiety from the newsletter. I will screen the comments for appropriateness as moderator of the blog and add my own responses if needed for clarification. You can also follow me on Twitter if you like @LetMagicHappen. I look forward to reading your comments.
Happy tapping and Let Magic Happen, Larry Burk, MD, CEHP