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I am impressed by a new EFT book, Introducing Emotional Freedom Techniques by Christine Moran. The book is more modestly titled than it needs to be. It does, as it says on the tin, introduce EFT. But it goes on to do much, much more. It has loads of case histories. It describes how to use it in many problem contexts. It not only explains what EFT is but sets it in a context of psychology, neurology, physiology, and quantum physics as well as therapy.
Christine has a background as a psychology teacher and an educational coach for children of primary school age. She has had years of experience creating resources and developing programmes. Her expertise shows in this book.
I found particularly interesting reading about Christine’s experience of using EFT with children with exceptional learning needs. Few people have had the broad first-hand experience Christine does in this working with children.
I also loved the case history actually written by a mother whose baby daughter was born with a duct in the heart. I won’t spoil the story but It ended: “.. and when I tell the doctors who have been looking after us, they all say that what has happened is like a miracle.”
Working with children is just one section of what is an extremely comprehensive manual. It is also very clear. It will be valuable not only to beginners but also to experienced EFTers. It is 279 pages of A4, so more like double that of “ordinary” book size pages, and content-rich enough to justify its size.
It is too large to read in bed or carry around in a handbag to dip into on journeys but it certainly deserves its space on any EFT therapists’ bookshelf both to use for additional study and for reference.
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We can all feel the exposed or affected by other people’s negative energy from time to time. Energetically we can be unprotected leaving us too open to other people’s thoughts and feelings, as well as your own. A meridian energy exercise which stimulates our Central Meridian enhances our body’s natural way to protect ourselves. The ‘Zipping Up” from the pubic bone to the lower lip strengthens this Meridian. By tracing the energy flowing through the meridian allows you to feel more confident, more positive, more centred, to think more clearly, and protects your system from negative energies.
You can do the zip up as part of your daily routine (eg morning) and as often as you wish throughout the day. It’s a great technique to use when feeling sensitive to threat or in any social situation or other people’s energies.
To begin, briskly tap (7 –10 times) on the end points of your collarbones (this is the K27 points on the kidney meridians) to ensure that energy in your meridians is moving in a forward direction.
Rub the palms of your hands together in a circular direction.
Place both hands, palms facing the body, at the start of the central meridian, which is at your pubic bone. Inhale deeply as you pull your hands slowly and firmly straight up the centre of your body to meet your lower lip, where the meridian ends. Imagine pulling up a zip to close it.
As you exhale firstly bring your hands past your lips and extend your arms up to the sky, connecting your central meridian with your aura and energy beyond you and then arc your arms and hands sideways and down returning your hands to the starting position.
Repeat steps 1-4 twice more.
Saying affirmations while doing this exercise is extremely powerful. While you zip up, it may be helpful to say “I am clear, centred, and confident” or something else that will help become more confident in your specific situation. Also imagine that you are locking the zipper in place after you are done and hiding the key to prolong the technique’s effect.
EFT becomes an efficacious tool in the hands of nurses who are seeking whole person approaches for the healing of a wide variety of psychological and physical conditions.
The Emotional Freedom Technique Finally, a Unifying Theory for the Practice of Holistic Nursing, or Too Good to Be True?
Patrice Rancour, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Integrative Medicine, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is defined and described as a clinical procedure for the relief of psychological and physical distress that patients often bring to the attention of nurses. Frequently referred to as “tapping,” this technique combines the cognitive reprocessing benefits of exposure and acceptance therapy with the energetic disturbance releases associated with acupuncture and other energy therapies. More than 60 research articles in peer-reviewed journals report a staggering 98% efficacy rate with the use of this procedure from psychological distress (posttraumatic stress disorder, phobias, anxiety, depression, etc.) to physical conditions (asthma, fibromyalgia, pain, seizure disorders, etc.) to performance issues (athletic, academic). Perhaps because of this, this technique has encountered a fair degree of skepticism within the health care community. Easily taught as a self-help aid that patients can administer to themselves, EFT becomes an efficacious tool in the hands of nurses who are seeking whole person approaches for the healing of a wide variety of psychological and physical conditions. A conceptual framework, mechanisms of action, evidence of safety, literature review, and case studies are also included.