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EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)

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Nadia

Hi,

 

Someone told me about this yesterday, and it seems to help some people. I'm putting it out here for what it's worth. If you have success with this, maybe you can add some info on what helps?

 

http://www.eftuniverse.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11&Itemid=14

 

At the bottom of the page it says something about downloading a link to a PDF. The PDF is pretty complete. If you want more visuals, you can look on YouTube and find demonstrations. What is interesting is that it doesn't seem to really matter how exactly you follow through the procedure, it can be pretty loose and can be adapted. I think the biggest challenge is trying to find the right "setup" phrase (you'll see what I mean when you read the PDF) and how to disentangle your symptoms to work on them.

 

I tried this yesterday successfully for anxiety and for sleep issues. Today I tried again with more complex phrases and didn't have as good a result (thought it still did something). My hunch is it works best when the cause of your symptom is trauma-related or emotional, but I'm not sure. If anyone has more experience with this I'd love to hear it!

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squirrel

I have tried it did not think it worked at all.

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stan

i tried,

 

maybe it works for mild mild anxiety, but in withdrawal, chemical changes in brain, psy meds are so strong poison, it gives any result

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Phil

I've tried it and felt some benefit from it. But I'm the sort of person who keeps my feelings in, and have trouble expressing them (due to family background), so maybe thats why it helped me. Even when it didnt help a lot, I always felt some kind of effect, or a "shift" of feelings.

I think it helps to keep you grounded in your body and take you out of your head. I've also read that it works on the right side of the brain...though I know very little about that.

 

If you look on the Beyond Meds blog (its listed somewhere on this site), Gianna mentions some different techniques for trauma release that helped her. They may or may not be helpful during withdrawal - everyone is different.

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Claudius

I tried many things in WD, EFT-like techniques, the Claire Weekes techniques (facing, accepting, floating, let more times pass), EMDR-like techniques. En early WD nothing gave even the slightest relief. But my belief in the techniques at least kept me from going back to Paxil. Of course this is not a sign that the techniques work... I think that those techniques have their value but are pretty useless in WD. It van only add to your feeling of guilt and powerlessness.

I shelved those techniques and sometimes use them when I feel I am open to it. For me, staying in the Now when the ruminating starts to raise its ugly head is the best one.

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Altostrata

....I shelved those techniques and sometimes use them when I feel I am open to it. For me, staying in the Now when the ruminating starts to raise its ugly head is the best one.

 

Excellent, Claudius! Can you describe a little more how you do this?

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Nadia

Hasn't been working for me now either. Argh... for a bit there I thought it was going to be what got me through. I still think it can have value, as it helped me once... maybe it was the distraction? Maybe it was coincidence? Maybe it was a way of changing the channel, to use Alto's term? I keep on finding testimonials about it working for some people. It makes sense that it would work more for bringing unconscious fears and emotions to the surface and dispelling them. I still am struggling to figure out how much of what I am going through is situational life stuff and how much is withdrawal.

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Nikki

I had a therapist do this with me in 2008 when I was getting off Lexapro....it was very good.  It did not stop WD, but it helped me let go of things from the past.

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HollyH

I did EFT with a therapist for two years and in the end it was really not helpful. This may have had a lot to do with the practioner, and not EFT. I went to her specifically because I'd heard it was helpful in clearing trauma. She was not able to help me with this and then decided the problem was that I didn't want to change!

 

I do use it myself sometimes, and it's helpful for my ocassional insomnia when I'm angry about something but haven't been able to let it out. I use it at work also when I need to let off steam (I tap on how my boss is such a (fill in the blank) and then I calm down.

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GuillotineDream

In early WD almost next to nothing helped or worked. Though I did get some brief relief after my first acupuncture session at NCNM in Portland OR, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it in early WD as I realize everybody is different and for our poor over sensitized nervous systems it might be too much. If you're further along though, I think it might be something worth looking into. Anyway, with that said, after my first acupuncture session I gained more respect for the "meridian points" theory and it also gave me a little window of hope that I was able to peer through however briefly. 

 

I had tried EFT before to help deal with relationship issues and it had helped some, but in early WD all bets were off and I was scared I may have been doing more damage. About 6 months out or so I came back to it and it seemed to be helping albeit very slightly but any sense of relief I could get was most welcome. EFT is definitely a tool I keep in my tool belt. It hasn't provided any miracles, but it's kept me coping for the past few years and I'd hate to think of where I'd be without it. Practitioners weren't really all that helpful for me, which in hidsight can actually be viewed as a good thing as it means you don't hafta shell out big bucks to learn the technique and become proficient in it which I learned from Youtube videos alone.

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Celeste

I love EFT. I've been one to suppress feelings my whole life and EFT was great for letting go. I did a video on releasing shame and I was able to let go of sooo much. I'm not sure how it'll go with withdrawal though. I'm more sensitive when dealing with withdrawal symptoms and I think releasing some of the older stuff might be tough to deal with at the same time..for myself anyway.

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manymoretodays

I'm just starting with some "tapping" or EFT(emotional freedom technique).

 

So far........so good.  Like everything it takes practice and persistence, as well as an open mind.

 

Seems to clear the "stress headaches" and upper back pain almost immediately when I use it........my own "stress" responses to very real recent emotional upheavals....... post my many medications.

 

"The scientific basis for Tapping therapy revolves around the functions of a specific almond-shaped part of your brain called the amygdala. It is part of the body’s limbic system, the source of emotions and long-term memory. The amygdala is known as the brain’s fear center, from which the “flight or fight” response originates, alerting other parts of the brain that it senses danger. This, in turn, initiates the firing of other brain receptors and the release of specific hormones that allow the body to respond to the perceived danger. "

 

Taken from:  https://www.thetappingsolution.com/tapping-101/

This is a pretty good link to self teach or refer to the tapping points from......... it also shows the tapping points and how to form a statement.........."even though............I deeply and completely accept myself".  You don't have to buy anything either.  B)

 

On 4/9/2016 at 7:02 PM, Celeste said:

I'm more sensitive when dealing with withdrawal symptoms and I think releasing some of the older stuff might be tough to deal with at the same time..for myself anyway.

 

I'm not real certain if it's about releasing "older stuff" as far as content goes, life happenings and such........I'm more of the mind that with time......... it changes the body's learned reaction to any stuff that our once compromised(now healing) nervous system reads as stress or difficult.

 

I went through a practice of it with my therapist this week.  Mostly I will be doing it on my own from here on out........some check backs with her/therapist when needed.  It can be a self guided tool.

 

I hope that makes sense.  Anyway.......feeling hopeful about this!

 

Love, peace, healing/inrecovery, and growth,

manymoretodays

 

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Walking

I have been doing EFT and other energy psychology modalities with my therapist for the past 8 months. The one I have been using most often is Logosynthesis, and I also recommend Zensight - both very gentle. We used Logosynthesis today, and I spontaneously tapped during some of it, to release certain aspects of the distress I have been experiencing in WD. I actually felt lighter and freer since the session. Not untroubled, but less falling down a well with no handholds.

 

I only took a cursory look at the site you listed, and I personally prefer the one from Gary Craig, the founder of EFT, who does not require an e-mail address. I love his Gold Standard EFT Tutorial, and there are also 300 EFT Tapping articles - all freely accessed from his site: https://www.emofree.com/

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manymoretodays

Hi Walking,

If referring to the site I mentioned.......I liked the simplicity, as well as the amygdala explanation.  I don't usually do the guided "taps".......I just run through it, with 9 points on my own.

For me......anyway.......keeping it simple does help a lot. 

Thank you for the share of another site and the founder.  That's interesting.  I did not know there was one founder.  I will certainly try to take a look see at some of the articles, as well as the tutorial offered.

So glad you got some relief.

 

Love, peace, healing, and growth,

mmt

p.s. oh, I'm not email connected to the tapping solution site, in other words, did not register or anything to take a look/see.

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Walking
On 11/20/2018 at 10:01 AM, manymoretodays said:

 

For me......anyway.......keeping it simple does help a lot. 

 

p.s. oh, I'm not email connected to the tapping solution site, in other words, did not register or anything to take a look/see.

Thanks, manymoretodays, for your response. 

 

I'm glad you found a practice that works for you, that's the most important thing~

 

Thanks, also, for letting me know you didn't have to register or give your e-mail addy to view the tapping solution site; I gave it only a cursory look so I prob'ly misinterpreted.

 

love, peace, healing & growth right back atcha!

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