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Fears And Phobias

Water / Swimming

Overcoming the fear of swimming in a lake--many aspects treated

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Hi Everyone,

Steve Munn's girlfriend was terrified of swimming in deep water lakes. Note how he used EFT with her--step by step--through many aspects. At the end he says, "A week later a friend of ours even tried to scare her by swimming under the water and grabbing her leg. She said that there was no fear reaction at all, just a lot of laughter. As I write this I'm getting a little emotional as it's so beautiful to see her swim so gracefully and really enjoy one of the greatest summer experiences we have up here in Connecticut."

Hugs, Gary


By Steve Munn

My girlfriend had a big fear of swimming in lakes. She grew up in Florida where there are alligators and snapping turtles in the water. Her whole life she had been very fearful of getting into lakes and being eaten by something. She most definitely was terrified to swim in deep water.

At a lake in Connecticut, we wanted to go for a swim. She just couldn't get herself to dive into the dark water- she was terrified! Her intensity was at a level 10. I couldn't get her to go in.

We went home and watched the EFT DVD on Dave's fear of swimming (from The EFT Course). With renewed hope we went back the very next day. With a set up and tapping on "This fear of swimming in a lake" note: she's fine in a pool.

She was still nervous but was able to swim out to the nearest dock. Once she was ready to jump back in she became terrified at the dark water. We decided to tap and affirm "Even though this water is black and scary I know that I'm safe, I love and except myself. Her fear would go down.

She then would get ready to jump in and another memory would come up and so would her intensity. This time it was a triathlon she ran and when she hit the water she was trampled by the other competitors and had a panic attack. We went on to affirm and tap "Even though I was trampled, kicked in the face, knocked all over the place and was scared, I'm safe, I completely love and except myself.

We cleared this issue and tried to jump in again. She was still too scared. Then she remembered hearing about a young girl being eaten by an alligator while swimming in Florida. So we worked on this issue by affirming and tapping "Even though I heard about this horrific story about this child being eaten by an alligator, I am totally safe, I love and except myself.

After this round she was really starting to feel much better and ready to jump, then at the last minute another aspect popped up. Remember the movie "JAWS". I wonder how many still don't go into the water after that movie? So we again tapped and affirmed "Even though I saw this movie Jaws and I know there is no possible way there are sharks in this water, my body doesn't quite realize this, I'm safe, I choose to let go of this old story, I love and accept myself.

This last round did the trick her intensity went down to a 2. She dove in and we swam a 100 yards to the other dock. She was ecstatic. I think we did a total of 60 minutes of tapping. In short order she was swimming from dock to dock and feeling perfectly calm and totally in love with swimming in the lake.

A week later a friend of ours even tried to scare her by swimming under the water and grabbing her leg. She said that there was no fear reaction at all, just a lot of laughter. As I write this I'm getting a little emotional as it's so beautiful to see her swim so gracefully and really enjoy one of the greatest summer experiences we have up here in Connecticut. She tells everyone: "Now I swim in the same lake from one dock to the next- no freaking out included."

Steve Munn

 

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