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Core Issues

A self questioning method for getting to your core issues

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated.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

Irene Pizzie from the UK opens an interesting door for those who say, "I just can't find my core issues."

Hugs, Gary

By Irene Pizzie, B.Sc., EFT-ADV

Hi Gary

I would like to share with you something that happened during a session with myself!

I found myself triggered by a particular event, and decided that I should work on it.  The event centered on the fact that a family member had been told something untrue about me, and he was now telling others that I had done something that I had not.

This triggered all sorts of emotions, and really Gary I didn't know where to start.  I rated my level of intensity as a 9 on a scale of 0 to 10 at this point.  I do a lot of my personal work whilst out walking, so that morning as I was trudging through the mud I started tapping.

Even though I feel angry…

Even though he should not have said those things…

Even though I am sad that he thought I would do that…

Even though hearing those things makes me feel so cross…

Even though it just isn't fair…

After a few rounds, I was down to 6 out of 10, and not shifting.

I knew that these emotions were being triggered, possibly by a childhood event, and I began to ask myself internal questions as I would do with a client.

Who said untrue things about you when you were young?

Who thought you were capable of doing those things?

When was it 'just not fair'?  Nothing came.

So I began tapping again.  I really didn't know what I was going to say.  I had no idea where these emotions were coming from, but they were strong so I set my trust in EFT and started talking. The words in square brackets describe what I was thinking as I was saying the setup phrase out loud.

Even though I am sad [pause, not sure where to go] and it reminds me of [what?] the time when my father judged me, I deeply and completely love and approve of myself.

Even though I was being criticized [OK, go with it!] and it reminds me of the time when a friend jumped to conclusions about me.

Even though I felt alone [This is freeing up some stuff.  Keep going!] and it reminds me of the time my school friends made up untrue stories about me, and laughed at me, and didn't want to play with me any more [Bingo!].

Wow!  The energy began to shift around.  I could feel all this sadness, criticism, and loneliness focus on those earlier events.  The biggie was the one at school - and I could have been that little girl again.  I could see my so-called friends' faces, and hear their laughter, as they told an untrue story about me.  I could feel exactly what I experienced when I denied this story but no one would listen.

I continued to tap whilst holding that 'school friend' event in my mind, and it was only one more round before my level of intensity was down to a zero out of 10.

After I returned home, feeling so much happier and stronger, having tapped away this awful memory (which had lain hidden for nearly 40 years!), I started to analyse what I had said to provoke the shift.

I realised the middle phrase 'and it reminds me of the time when' was the clue.  It was clear to me that my unconscious knew exactly where the problem was, but I could not access it.  The phrase and it reminds me of the time when appeared to free up my unconscious mind, and the associated memories were released.

Interestingly, the 'biggie' was the earliest memory that was thrown up, though the others were valid occasions when I had experienced similar feelings.  I suspect it was the trigger event.

I hope this variation on the 'If you did know, what would it be?' phrase helps others to locate a memory, either for themselves or for their clients.

Walk with light.

Irene Pizzie, B.Sc., Adv EFT practitioner, Theta Healing practitioner


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