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Fears And Phobias


Success using EFT while imagining a phobia

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated.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

An interesting feature of EFT involves tapping while simply imagining an event. This will often (but not always) prove highly successful when the real event occurs. If not successful, a few more rounds of EFT in the real situation will usually complete the job. Denis Jevon gives us an excellent example of an immediate result while helping a client with a bird phobia.

Hugs, Gary

By Denis Jevon

I have known Dave for several years now, initially as a bodywork client.  He is a local farmer and came to me originally with a back problem.  Over the period I have been treating him, he has taken a big interest in my work and has often asked about EFT.  I have told him many stories of my successes in the past. 

Last time I saw Dave he told me about an ongoing problem - a phobia that he has had all his life (he is in his 50s).  Initially he described it as a “bird fear” or a “feather fear” and he said he wanted to deal with it because he was going into free-range egg production and would need to deal with a lot of birds.  I said, “O.K. Dave, we will give it a try” and we made the appointment.

I have just finished the session with Dave and had to sit down and write this to you Gary, because it was so exciting and funny.  Just before Dave arrived this morning I saw a neighbour’s hen in our garden and I thought that this was unusual.  Anyway Dave arrived and I sat him down and got him comfortable.

I said, “So Dave, tell me about this fear of birds or feathers, how does it work?”  He told me that he had a specific fear of feathers on birds (feathers not on birds are ok) and that he could handle birds by their feet but not by a feathered part of the body.  Even a dead bird would be a problem for him to handle.  So we decided it was something to do with the texture or feel of the feathers on the bird. 

Next I got Dave to imagine vividly that he was standing in front of a live chicken and that he had to pick it up and carry it.  He then described to me how this affected him.  He said, “It’s like a cold shiver that goes through me from the back of my neck to the top of my breastbone.” 

So we started the EFT.  I started with rubbing the sore spot and said: Even though I have this bird feather fear, in fact this feathers on birds fear…  Then continuing to rub the sore spot I got Dave to repeat: Even though in the past I have had this fear of handling birds by their feathery bodies ... and in the future I know that I will be able to handle feathery birds, because there is no difference between handling feathers on the bird or off the bird.

Then I tapped on the points in succession as normal whilst saying: this bird feather fear, this feathers on birds fear … I don’t need it … I never did …I’m letting it go … letting it go …etc.

Then I got Dave to visualise picking up the hen again and he had no sensation or fear so I said, “Great that’s it!”  The best bit though was that as I opened the door for Dave to go, the hen was standing outside the door, so I picked it up, gave it to Dave and he took it and stood there stroking it!  He said,”I don’t believe it; I couldn’t ever have done this before!”  Another victory for EFT!

Denis Jevon


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