By removing emotional trauma, EFT helps heal physical symptoms too.
Norm Shealy, MD
Author of Soul Medicine.
The EFT Movie Technique - A Useful Tapping Tool
Another Important Tool For Specific Events
(Also Useful For Private Issues)
The Movie Technique is similar to the Tell the Story Technique in that it allows you to address a Specific Event in a thorough and methodical manner. But, in this case, the clients keep the details to themselves. This is especially useful when the subject matter is private and the client would rather not reveal the details.
However, working without the details poses two new challenges. First, your Setup and Reminder language have to target the disruption without revealing the details, so that will take some creativity. Second, without the details, you are less likely to notice when your client has switched aspects or shifted to a different event, which makes this an exercise in focus, organization, and communication with your client.
Here are the instructions
Run the movie in your mind
1. First, you need to choose an appropriate event, just as you did for Tell the Story. The criteria are exactly the same:
- It is a short "movie" from the client's past.
- The client gives it a brief title that describes one specific occurrence.
- It has a beginning, an end, a plot and characters.
- It usually lasts a few minutes or less.
- It has one or more emotional crescendos.
2. Ask your client to run the movie in his or her mind and evaluate the intensity as it exists NOW on a scale of 0-10. You are looking for the CURRENT intensity, not the original intensity when the event first occurred.
3. If the initial intensity is high, let’s say above 5, you can take the edge off by using global rounds of The Basic Recipe. You might start with a round of EFT on "this ____________ movie.", and use the title of the movie in the blank.
At the end of this first round, check out the 0-10 intensity. If the intensity is still above a 5, repeat the previous step until you get down below 5. If these global rounds bring the intensity down to low numbers or even to zero, you may be done with this specific movie. However, continue with the procedures below to thoroughly test the completeness of your work.
4. Ask your client to run the movie again in their mind, starting with a low-intensity segment, BUT STOP WHENEVER THEY FEEL ANY INTENSITY. As in Tell the Story, you will usually need to emphasize the importance of stopping because most clients are conditioned to believe that, in order to be rid of their problem, they must be brave and feel the pain while going through it. This is now ancient thinking. With EFT, these stopping points provide opportunities for tapping.
Use the Basic Recipe on each stopping point until there is no more intensity on that segment (aspect) of the movie.
Remember that we are keeping the details of the event private with this tool, so your Setup and Reminder language will have to reflect that. Ask your client for either an emotion, a physical sensation, or a brief, 2-3 word description of the part of the event that is causing the intensity at the moment and use that for the language portion of your tapping round.
You may also need to be extra sensitive to noticing how your client is “switching aspects” with this tool because you won’t have the details. If the intensity is stubborn on any aspect of the movie, suspect that your client has shifted to a new aspect in some way. Again your questions will need to respect their privacy on the event.
5. Once all the stopping points seem to be clear of intensity, have them run through the movie in their mind again, beginning to end, tapping on intense aspects as they come up. Keep doing this until the movie no longer has a charge on it.
6. Finally, when the intensity seems to be completely resolved, Vivid Visualization is a great testing method to use with this tool. Ask the client to go through the movie one last time, but exaggerate the sights, sounds, feelings, colors, etc and really TRY to get upset about it. If they find some more intensity, then keep repeating the steps above until it is gone. When they can no longer get upset, your work is done.
The Movie Technique is used in many of the Art of Delivery videos and other advanced videos because those sessions were conducted on stage, often in front of hundreds of people, where privacy is more important. The language on these videos is often more advanced than what you have learned to this point, but you can clearly see the technique in action. Two variations that you may notice in the videos are as follows:
1. Global approach: Rather than going through the event beginning to end and stopping for intensity crescendos, you can tap on “Even though I have this _______ movie …” for several rounds and release much of the intensity from the event. However, this approach is often combined with more advanced language techniques which tend to enhance its performance. Once you learn more EFT language skills (see later articles) come back to this idea and give it a try. Meanwhile, the original is likely to be more complete for you.
2. One Crescendo: Again, rather than going through the event beginning to end, you can ask the client to narrow the event down to the most intense crescendo, and simply address that. This can be useful when you are trying to make the most of a limited time frame, but presents the drawback of not being as thorough as the original. With experience you will discover that no matter how many crescendos your client expects to encounter in the event, there are often more to uncover before the event is resolved. If you have the time, stick with the original and get all the aspects, but if you need to work quickly this alternative is available.
In general, the Movie Technique offers the benefits of the Tell the Story Technique, plus it protects privacy. It will expand your horizons with EFT into a whole new set of issues and, by providing your client with the option of being private, they will often feel more comfortable addressing more events with you.
However, when you use the Movie Technique, you are likely to give up some of the thoroughness of Tell the Story. You don’t have the details so it’s harder to see the more subtle aspects, and you run the risk of leaving those aspects on the table. Inform your client of this possibility because if another aspect comes up after your session and the intensity comes back, you want to the client to understand that you may have another aspect or two to address. Otherwise, they may conclude that “EFT doesn’t work” as we have previously mentioned.
For perspective, I often follow the Movie Technique with Tell the Story (if OK with the client's privacy wishes at that point) because the intensity is almost always greater when the story is told aloud and new aspects come up more easily. In many cases, I find that the Movie Technique has not cleared all the aspects and Tell the Story becomes an important clean up tool. Again, be aware of that possibility because, by providing that privacy with the Movie Technique, you may also be sacrificing a level of completeness in the session.
The following video contains a basic demonstration of the Movie Technique.
In this article you learned The Movie Technique, which will allow you to address a Specific Event while maintaining privacy for the client.
- The client runs through the story in their mind rather than aloud, but still stopping for intensity.
- The practitioner must design Setup and Reminder language to target the moment of the story that causes intensity, but without exposing details of the story.
- While protecting privacy is often useful in a professional scenario, it will usually leave some Aspects unaddressed and be less complete than Tell the Story Technique.
- Clients are more likely to Switch Aspects behind the scenes when keeping the details to themselves. Ask plenty of questions, but don’t reveal details of the story.
- Testing is very important to uncover as many Aspects of the private story as possible.
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