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A clever "Chasing the Pain" case

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated.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

Rehana Webster from New Zealand takes us on an insightful journey wherein she "chases the pain" for her client (uses EFT on pain as it moves around the body).  Eventually, an emotional issue is found and she injects a clever "matching and pacing" idea along with EFT to resolve both the physical and emotional problem.

Hugs, Gary

By Rehana Webster

I was presenting a Level 2 EFT workshop recently and asked if any of the participants had a pain we could work on to demonstrate the 'chase the pain' technique.

One of the participants said that he had recently developed a pain in his shoulders and neck. He came up to the front so we could work on the pain.

We located the pain precisely and noticed that it was more on the left shoulder and neck. We then rated it at 10 and tapped on the pain in the neck and shoulder.

Even though I have this sharp pain in my neck which radiates to my shoulder....I accept and love myself.

After a couple of tapping rounds using the shortcut we rated the pain and it had come down from 9 and 7 to 6 and moved location.

We followed the pain around the shoulder area from left to right shoulder and back again. It had completely disappeared from the neck. The intensity still remained at 4 in the left shoulder so I then asked the participant whether there was an emotional component to the pain in the shoulder.

'Yes, it's my sister!' he replied. He was going to be meeting up with his family and was dreading it because the youngest sister (now 50) was a real pain in the neck. Andrew said that this sister was manipulative and made all the other siblings feel guilty because she was 'poor' and all the others had money because they had jobs and worked..

We then tapped on the future meeting and how Andrew felt about another dreaded annual event which would be the same as past ones with Pam trying to put the rest on a guilt trip.

So I asked Andrew if he would like to role-play the up-coming event while we tapped on it. He was agreeable and told me what really upset him most was the statement that Pam frequently made to negate what others had to say:

'Yes! Yes! It's OK for you because you're working and have plenty of money'.

This would get the desired response of making the rest feel guilty and give Pam money or gifts.

In this role-play I introduced the matching and pacing NLP technique which could be very effective in the situation. To match and pace one is required to mirror back to the communicator, whatever their communication is. We agreed that I would pretend to be Pam and Andrew could practice matching and pacing..

At first Andrew had a real resistance to using the matching and pacing technique. We rated the resistance at 9 and tapped on it stating:

Even though I have feel silly repeating this phrase, I can choose to try out a new way of responding to my sister.

After a few rounds of tapping Andrew was laughing and said he could hardly wait to try out the matching and pacing,

I sat opposite Andrew as asked him to tap away while we role-played.

PAM: YES, YES, It's OK for you because you work and have plenty of money.

ANDREW: YES, YES, It's OK for me because I work and have plenty of money

We repeated this several times and tried variations of it. I could see that Andrew was really getting the hang of this matching and pacing. After all he was agreeing 100% with Pam so where was the guilt? It was down to a 0. The pain in the shoulder was also at a 0.

After our workshop, Andrew could hardly wait to use his new skills. He was looking forward to the family gathering. His last comment before leaving was that he now had experienced first hand how EFT could be used to change feelings about the future. We had taken a future fear and changed it into a positive feeling.

As we said our good byes, we YES, YESed each other and laughed a lot. The negative trigger had been changed into a positive one.



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