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Pain Management

An acupuncturist overcomes limiting beliefs about EFT and pain

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated.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

Note: This article assumes you have a working knowledge of EFT. Newcomers can still learn from it but are advised to peruse our Free Gold Standard (Official) EFT Tutorial™ for a more complete understanding.

Hi Everyone,

A big thank you to Janet Hague for detailing how she transformed her belief that EFT wasn't useful for her pain. Why? Because her pain was "structural" and thus EFT couldn't help. She says, "It is important to understand that I have used EFT persistently and daily for years on my own emotional wounds and have a profound respect for the depth one can heal with it. So I thought "maybe I ought to give this EFT another try for pain."" Please consult physicians on all medical issues.

Hugs, Gary

By Janet Hague, LAc,

Like many others, I have been an EFT practitioner for years and yet found reviewing the EFT training DVDs, in preparation for the certificate exam, completely enlightening. Just as Gary talks about in his Palace of Possibilities series, my reticular activating system was picking up things on this fourth trip through the videos that I simply wasn't ready for the first few times. I will only mention the most profound here.  GC COMMENT: Our previous DVDs have been upgraded and replaced by the advanced courses and materials in our store.

As an Acupuncturist, I came into the practice of EFT with some major "writing on my walls". This ingrained belief was: "EFT can't possibly work on pain that is due to structural damage other than to give brief relief." This belief applied to using EFT on myself as well. I tried EFT a few times on myself for pain and "it didn't work" so this confirmed my belief. Funny how that works. The way this belief manifested in my practice was that I used EFT for emotional pain, and Acupuncture and Massage for physical pain.

Logically, this belief made a whole lot of sense to me. I've spent the last 2 decades in college and grad school studying physical medicine. My walls were filled with anatomy, physiology, pathology etc, all very good reasons for this left brain belief.

Something Gary discusses in Palace of Possibilities is that the first step in changing the writing on our walls is noticing the writing. Up until this fourth viewing of his work, I had never noticed this belief. It was simply one of my truths. In addition I had almost entirely stopped using the sore spot in favor of the KC point. As I viewed the DVDs, I was suddenly aware of how many of the people were completely getting rid of pain that had a very sound structural reason for being there. In addition, my own chronic back pain was acting up from the hours sitting there viewing the DVDs. I was laughing to myself as I suddenly became aware that I was sitting there in terrible pain as I was watching and note taking as all these people were getting over their physical pain.

It is important to understand that I have used EFT persistently and daily for years on my own emotional wounds and have a profound respect for the depth one can heal with it. So I thought "maybe I ought to give this EFT another try for pain". So I rubbed my sore spot emphatically and said:

Even though I have this belief that EFT won't work on pain, it's a structural problem, there are medical reasons for this back pain in my lower left lumbars...

Even though I'm watching Gary help people eliminate all sorts of structural pain in a few minutes, I'm the only one on planet Earth that this won't work for. It can't work for me because my back pain is different.

Even though logically, this doesn't make sense to me. My back pain is no different from anyone else's, I forgive myself for hanging onto this belief that EFT won't work for me. I open my mind to the possibility that EFT can work for my back pain. And I forgive myself for hanging onto this pain.

By the time, I was done with the set up my pain was gone. I did a couple of rounds of the short sequence just for good measure.

GC COMMENT: The approaches Janet used are aimed at the symptoms and her beliefs.  This will often bring impressive relief but it tends to be partial or temporary.  We now know that getting to the specific emotional events that may contribute to the pain can be much more permanent.  Why?  Because this approach takes aim at an underlying cause of the pain.  See Uncovering Specific Events - An Essential Concept Within the EFT Tapping Process.

So in 2 minutes of EFT my HUGE limiting belief system about EFT and pain melted away, in addition to the pain itself. Since that time I have incorporated the use of EFT for pain into my Acupuncture treatments, and of course into my EFT treatments with amazing success.

What I have found when doing Acupuncture, is that once the needles are in, I ask the client if they are aware of any emotions connected to their condition (this applies to any type of "physical" condition), and I do the tapping on them as they relax into the treatment. I have noticed without exception, that as I do just a couple of rounds of EFT, the patients quickly go to an extremely deep place that normally, if I'm lucky, they get to after 45 minutes of Acupuncture. In addition, their subjective reports of those treatments have been that they were much deeper treatments than they normally experienced.

Many of them reported feeling "Qi" for the first time as well. My belief is that a good Acupuncture treatment brings someone into a hypnotic state, and just like the hypnotherapists report when they incorporate EFT, I find the set up affirmations really "take" in this state.

Thanks again Gary, for your amazing contributions to the planet. I'm forever grateful.

Janet Hague


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