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Gwyneth Moss on The Importance of Rehearsal in an EFT session

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Hi Everyone,

Gwyneth Moss from the UK gives us a useful way for clients to "mentally rehearse" their issues. It's a great way to verify how they are progressing through the session and for ascertaining what more needs to be done. She says, "Rehearsal is a fantastic way to end a session because it gives the person an experience of feeling, thinking and behaving differently in the safety of their imagination thus creating confidence.  When we can do something in our imagination we are more prepared for doing it in reality.  And, for the therapist, rehearsal is a further check for any un-cleared aspects and a verification of completeness."

Hugs, Gary


By Gwyneth Moss, MA 

Testing is a key skill in the mastery of EFT.  My previous article “The End at the Start Test” outlined how to build in testing right from the beginning of an EFT session.  Now I’d like to tell you about the Rehearsal stage of my three step testing process: Test, Rehearse, Reality.

Very often when the “End at the Start” test gets the result we are looking for it’s a great idea to follow with a thorough rehearsal to take the change into the future and ensure that we keep the change.  We know that our application of EFT Techniques has cleared the obvious aspects and maybe even a core issue – so now its time to kick the tires. 

Rehearsal is a fantastic way to end a session because it gives the person an experience of feeling, thinking and behaving differently in the safety of their imagination thus creating confidence.  When we can do something in our imagination we are more prepared for doing it in reality.  And, for the therapist, rehearsal is a further check for any un-cleared aspects and a verification of completeness.

With Susan (see article “The End at the Start Test”) after establishing that her stomach was now calm in response to the thoughts that had previously provoked dread, I ask her to close her eyes and then I offer her my rehearsal questions, slowly and with generous time between each.

“Now, let your mind wander into the future and give you experiences that let you know how you are different?”
“And what has changed?”
“And what can you do now that you couldn’t do before?”
“And what don’t you need to do now that you did do before?”
“And do you like yourself more?”

Some people will answer these questions aloud and others simply relax into their inner experience.  It doesn’t matter; you can just leave them to it unless the questions provoke some un-cleared aspect of the original problem, in which case back to more tapping and then test and rehearse again.

After the first round of rehearsal questions I might say “And now let your mind wander even further into the future.” and then I simply ask the same questions again. 

When the change has been about a specific situation or behaviour such as flying or riding in an elevator (a lift for those of us speaking European English) then I will take a more directive approach to rehearsal.

Tom, an otherwise well balanced and practical engineer had once been stuck in a lift.  Since that time he had developed severe claustrophobia, particularly in relation to lifts.  Our “End at the Start” test had been seeing the doors closing which had previously given rise to increased heart rate and sweaty hands.  After clearing several aspects and using the Movie Technique on the memory of being stuck he could now think about the doors closing without reacting.

So now we rehearse and I ask him to close his eyes and see a screen and to see himself on the screen walking towards the lifts in a local hotel.  I ask him to watch himself, press the button to call the lift, step in, see the doors close, watch himself as the lift ascends, see the doors open, step out.  As I guide him through first seeing himself in this rehearsal I am watching closely for any sign of his previous response – he remains calm and I ask, referring to the Tom on the screen “How is he doing?” and get “Fine, he’s doing fine”. 

Next I ask him to float into the screen and to see though his own eyes and feel his own feelings as he presses the call button for the lift and I talk him through it again and ask “And how are you doing?”   “Fine, just fine” he says and he looks more relaxed and more confident.

So to recap, set up your test at the start, apply EFT and let the session go wherever it needs to, return to the starting point to test and then take them into a rehearsal of future experience.

Gwyneth Moss

 

 

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