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Neck pain relief after finding the emotional 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Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated.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,

In recent correspondence with Catherine O'Driscoll, my friend from Scotland, she sent me this important EFT experience. It is one of those cases where conventional healing practitioners had difficulty even labeling the problem. Relieving it, of course, was considered impossible. This is not just an "EFT does it again" story. It goes beyond that by illustrating the following fine points in the "art of delivery."

1. How clients can fool themselves about what the problem really is.

2. How following your instincts (intuition) can often get to the heart of the matter.

3. How hitting the emotional bulls eye (core issues) can provide substantial relief for a severe physical issue--after all else has failed.

Catherine also provides excellent languaging in her eventual SetUp phrasing wherein she let the process roll out of her intuitively. This is a fascinating process that is illustrated in detail in our videotape set known as "Steps toward becoming The Ultimate Therapist."

Gratitude to Catherine and....

Hugs to all, Gary

P.S. Here is a definition of Psychotherapy from over 50 years ago that you might find interesting.

"Psychotherapy is an undefined technique applied to unspecified cases with unpredictable results. For this technique, rigorous training is required." Raimy (1950)

by Catherine O'Driscoll

Hi Gary,

Glen is a true gentleman who came to me with his head hanging forward, in absolute pain. He has been wearing a neck collar for three months now. His doctor referred him to a specialist and the specialist referred him to another specialist. A physiotherapist was involved. Eventually, Glen took himself to a chiropractor.

No-one was sure what was wrong with Glen. CAT scans were next. They hadn't seen anything like this before. The chiropractor said the closest description of his condition was a thing called 'drop neck' which horses suffer. The physiotherapist had been looking in all her medical books. She thought it might be a condition called Dystonia.

Dystonia is an incurable neurological condition. The specialist was talking about an operation - an operation that is chancy at best. It could go horribly wrong.

Glen was terrified that he might have to stop working. He had no idea how he would pay his bills if this condition couldn't be cured. He was terrified that he would never get better.

We tapped on this: "Even though I might never get better . . ." "Even though I might not be able to work..."

Throughout the hour-long consultation, we measured Glen's neck pain on a 0-10 scale. It stayed up there at 10 throughout.

Now, I knew darned well that Glen didn't have an incurable condition. To me, he was suffering from stress. I knew this because Glen is my brother-in-law, and I've watched him cope with tremendous obstacles over the last few years. At last I had him in my treatment room - he lives in England and I live in Scotland, so I was determined to help Glen recover while he was here.

Here are just some of the obvious stress issues involved.

1. Glen and his wife (my sister) Leslie are great animal lovers. To them, their dogs are their children. Three of their dogs died last year, and their grief was huge.

2. Our father has been suffering from dementia for the last three years, too. He's been living in a home and my sisters and their husbands have been visiting him every day, staying for hours and coping with a man who they remember as someone very special, but who was now throwing furniture at them, and raving, or crying, or singing, or pacing up and down. They've been going through terrible emotional turmoil, watching my father suffer.

3. Leslie and Glen have also been coping with Glen's mother who also has dementia, and her sister who has had several strokes. Glen and Les had to fly to Ireland and attend to their affairs, selling the family home and auctioning off their possessions to pay for nursing care. Glen has been travelling to and from Ireland every two months to attend to his mother and aunt's needs. This means that Glen has no holiday allocation left.

4. And then Leslie came down with clinical depression, leaving Glen to take the burden of it all. She's getting better now - but that's another EFT story.

So Glen and I sat in my treatment room and discussed all that has been happening. I asked Glen if he felt that life was a bit of a burden and if he sometimes resented what was happening. I asked if he felt unsupported. "No," he said. "I'm just glad that I'm there to help my mother. I'm glad that I can help Les through her depression. It's great to be there for your dad."

Now, it comes in handy sometimes to be a selfish sort of a person - someone (like me) who would moan like mad if I had all the responsibilities Glen had. It didn't make sense to me that Glen didn't mind just a little bit. He told me that he had had a fabulous childhood. He said he really felt a lot of guilt about joining the RAF and gadding about and leaving his mum alone when he was a young man. He was glad to make it up to her now.

We tapped on all sorts of things relating to Glen's neck pain. The pain itself, the fear surrounding the pain, the incurable diagnosis. The pain level stayed at 10.

And then, almost despairing, I decided to go for broke. Tapping his karate chop point, Glen repeated after me (whether he agreed or resonated with what I was asking him to say or not):

"Even though I have this incurable neck pain.... And even though I let my mum down when I was younger.... I love myself..... I'm OK.... And even though life is a tremendous burden. And life is a pain in the neck. And I can't fix everything for everyone. And I can't stop people suffering. I'm OK. I accept myself. And even though I can't cope with everything and I feel unsupported.... I matter.... And I thank my body for giving me this gift.... For telling me I have to stop and think of me too.... And even though I can't fix everything.... I'm a good boy...."

At which point, Glen burst out laughing and his neck pain lifted. We walked into the garden giggling like little children, with sparks of light flying around us.

The next day, Glen had no need of his neck collar.

He and Leslie tapped on it again last night, and Glen felt further relief. He knows now that he will be able to continue working. He knows that there's no need for a dangerous operation. He knows that his body was giving him a precious gift: the knowledge that he also has to be on his list of people who matter. Like Leslie's depression, Glen's body was saying, 'enough' - and it made him listen.

I shudder to think what would have happened to Glen had EFT not been there for him. He won't stop helping his loved-ones, but he's going to start helping himself as well.

Love Catherine

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