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Hi Everyone,

Here is a delightful, and useful, case by Malcolm Ruddock of the UK. He helps a young girl ride a bike without her stabilizers and says near the end of his article, "We did one more round of short EFT and she laughed and rode, wobbling at first.  Then she went straight, like a little rocket, along the muddy path in the grass, for about 30 yards to the end."

Hugs, Gary


By Malcolm Ruddock

Hi Gary,

I was on holiday, camping with my kids.  My kids met a six year old girl named Abby when they were riding their bikes around the campsite. 

Abby told me, "Don't laugh at me because I am still using stabilisers on my bike."  I said, "I guess they feel safe.  How old are you?"  Abby said, "Six."  I said,, "Well, Abby I did not even start to ride a bike until I was six. What do stabilsers do for you?"  Abby said, "They keep me safe."  I said, "What would happen if you did not use stabilisers?"  Abby said, "I would fall off."  

I said, "Just imagine what it would be like if you did not have stabilisers and you did not mind if you fell off, would that be OK?"  Abby laughed and said, "Yes".   I said, "Just imagine you are riding your bike without stabilisers, how does that feel?"  Abby closed her eyes tight for a minute and then said, "Scary". 

I asked how scary on a scale of 0 to 10 where 0 was cool and 10 was the most scary.  Abby said nine."  I had her tap on the shortcuts, EB, UE, CB, UA, KC, BN, Top of head with "I am a wonderful kid even if riding a bike without stabilisers is scary."   At the end it was still scary but her fear was six.  We repeated until she was not scared. 

Then I had her imagine riding a bike fast and that was scary.  We tapped until that was OK.  Then asked her about falling off in the mud (The camp site was quite muddy).  At that point her Dad came over and Abby said her Mum and Dad would be mad if she got muddy.  I explained what I was doing and told her dad,  "We have been trying to convince Abby to give up the stabilisers."  

We did one round on falling in the mud and Abby said she did not mind but did not want to do any more and did want to keep her stabilisers.   The next day Abby turned up at our tent on her bike, minus stabilsers.   I think she had walked it whilst sitting astride.     I told her how impressed I was and asked her she felt about riding it.  Abby said she felt  scared.

We did one more round of short EFT and she laughed and rode, wobbling at first.  Then she went straight, like a little rocket, along the muddy path in the grass, for about 30 yards to the end.   Her parents, my partner and I clapped as she did so.  At the other end she turned and, after a pause, (we were all looking at her) cycled back with even greater confidence.  This was followed by even more rapturous applause. After that there was no stopping her.

I have found that little children willingly do EFT and accept the results with neither questions nor surprise.  

With Love,

Malcolm Ruddock

 

 

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