by Patricia Carrington, Ph.D., Editor
As the New Year moves in, I would like to share with you a new use of EFT that I have been using with my clients and myself and about which I am excited. I'm certain that the uses we have found for EFT so far are but the tip of the iceberg and that the future will bring us many more gifts along these lines, but this one is really worth trying.
I have recently discovered that EFT can be used to consolidate memories of fleeting positive experiences that can occur during the day but are usually ignored, and then reproduce these same experiences later on so that we can resonate with a feeling of well being, goodness, optimism and appreciation any time that we want to.
This is obviously a desirable outcome. Those of you who are familiar with the work of Abraham-Hicks, or the popular version of their views as presented in the movie The Secret (see references at end this article) will understand why changing our vibrational level (the emotional tone of our lives which includes the tone of our entire physical being) is fundamental to creating the life we want. What is intriguing about this is that I find that we can use EFT to help achieve this goal. Even if you dont accept the concept of vibrational levels (some people dont), you will probably agree that being able to change your responses to life events so that you experience them differently, with relish and delight and a new sense of meaning, would be something to be desired.
The way I have recently been using EFT is to create a virtual storehouse of positive memories which we can draw upon at any given moment to change our emotional state whenever we want to. This storehouse of captured positive experiences can be created through the use of EFT, and can later be made available to us again by using EFT at another time. The positive memories do not consist of words, sentences or mental images alone, but are made up of deep-felt and compelling experiences that EFT can bring back to us whenever we need them.
The experiences that are captured by EFT in this way are those precious fleeting moments in our lives which we may actually come into contact with far more often than we realize, but which, in the usual hassle of life, often pass by so rapidly that we barely notice them, if in fact we notice them at all. The demands made upon us in modern life can engulf us so fully that we find ourselves responding to our days negatively as we try to fight off the distress that not being able to meet all these demands creates in us and of course we can never come close to meeting all of them! As a result, we often forget that we have within us the possibility of an amazingly deep joy in living.
The exciting news is that we can use EFT to shift our awareness so that this side of ourselves that revels in life for its own sake becomes far more available to us than it is at present. To show you how this process works, let me give you an example from my own life.
Several mornings ago I awoke to the sound of a soft pattering of rain on my window. It was a delicate sound, and I have always liked the sound of gentle rain. However, my tendency, like that of many other people, has been to listen to it for perhaps 15 seconds or so, and then get up and go about my day because there is so much to do.
On this particular morning, however, I decided to use EFT in the new way I have been experimenting with. I wanted to fix this experience in my memory using EFT, To do this I created a short phrase that summed it all up for me:
The sound of rain on my window.
Without using any elaborate EFT statement, in fact without using any negative statement at all (there was no even though phrase) and without using any affirmations or Choices statement, I repeated that one simple phrase at each tapping point, starting with the inner eyebrow and ending up on top of my head. This is, of course, the Short Form of EFT, but you can do this using the long form or any other EFT variation. The process went like this:
Inner eyebrow: The sound of rain on my window
Outer eye: The sound of rain on my window
Under eye: The sound of rain on my window
and so on for one complete round.
One round of EFT was all I did, but at the end of it I felt an unusual sense of peace. The sound of the rain pattering on my window pane had now assumed much more importance because I was tapping it in with EFT.
Tapping on this experience also seemed to have sharpened my senses because I was now aware of another sound, one I had not noticed before. It was that of a single raindrop repeatedly tapping on an iron chimney which extends from my bedroom through the roof, connecting an old stove in my room to the outdoors.
The sound was hollow and seemed to reverberate like a distant bell. The drop (it was actually a series of consecutive drops) was tapping intermittently at its own pace and had its own rhythm. I decided to capture it for my repository of positive fleeting moments, so I tapped on the phrase:
Inner Eye: Sound of the raindrop on the chimney
Outer Eye: Sound of the raindrop on the chimney
Under eye: Sound of the raindrop on the chimney
Under nose: Sound of the raindrop on the chimney, taking its own time
I was impressed by the fact that the raindrop so clearly took its own time. I could not force it into my rhythm but had to allow it its own pace. As I continued to tap, I was aware of an increasing acceptance on my part of the drops pace and its unpredictability. It was allowing it to be outside of my control.
The more I tapped on the sound of the single rain drop against the metal of the chimney, the more it seemed to have a beauty of its own. I didnt want to leave the room, but to stay and listen to it.
Then I became aware of a faint sound in the distance. It has the sound of Canadian Geese honking in the early morning, a sound I frequently hear when awakening but usually pay little attention to. I tapped on:
Sound of the geese in the morning for one whole round.
My experience on that morning was meditative, gentle, and brought me close to all around me. The EFT phrases that came to my mind reminded me of a Japanese Haiku poem. If you are familiar with Haiku, you know that the poet who constructs these poems works within a strict grammatical format most of which is lost to us in translation. However, the spirit of Haiku is translatable and consists of simple everyday experiences which have been isolated as precious moments, much like the ones I had been noticing.
When we read a Haiku poem, however, it only speaks to us if we ourselves are resonating to the experience that it describes. When it is effective it is because we respond to it much as a tuning fork responds to vibrations from another instrument. A Haiku poem comes to us from outside of ourselves, however. It has obviously been created by another person, whereas when we capture a fleeting second of our own life using EFT for this purpose we preserve our own personally meaningful experience for recall later.
During the day that followed, when things around me became hectic and tasks of the day demanded my total attention so much that I was becoming tense and hurried, I would repeatedly stop and commence a round of EFT, saying to myself one of these simple phrases I had tapped into my memory in the morning, as in:
The sound of rain on my window.
This use of EFT reminded me that there is a totally different dimension of living that has nothing to do with these pressures of the day, one which is outside of schedules and in a sense outside of time. This is a dimension of life where my own experience is so deep and so full that it eclipses everything else, and EFT can bring it back to me when I need it!
Later in the day I experimented with visual images as well as auditory ones, using EFT to embed them deeply in my memory. I was driving my car in a fog when I decided to do this because traveling on a highway in a fog is not ordinarily a desirable circumstance and I wanted to change the impact of it upon me so I could function at my best.
Accordingly, I pulled over to the side of the road to use EFT. I could see the cars ahead of me through the mist, a string of little red tail lights that wound along the highway in front of where I was parked, and I decided to tap on the mist and the lights. I wanted to use EFT on the positive aspects of driving in a fog rather than on the inconvenience or potential dangers of it, so I tapped on:
The mist on the highway the mist on the highway the mist on the highway
As I did this, I became keenly aware of the drifting nature of the mist and of the little jewel-like lights twinkling through it. I found myself becoming much less tense and I knew that now I would be able to drive much better when I resumed the trip. The lights began to look extraordinarily beautiful to me. Something had happened when I had used EFT to preserve this experience it had sharpened my total awareness.
Next, I noticed that the mist seemed to extend as though to infinity in the distance. It was an amazing effect, one well worth preserving, so I tapped on:
The mist reaches to infinity...The mist reaches to infinity... repeating this phrase at each EFT point.
When I resumed driving, even though the fog was still present, I now enjoyed the drive, and later when I was back at home, I tapped on many of the positive experiences I had stored away during the day, repeating the same or almost the same phrases as I had used originally. Doing this called forth a vivid reliving of each experience rather than a formal memory. The feeling tone, the emotion, the thoughts that had grouped themselves around that experience, all were fully available to me. Tapping was actually recreating these experiences. They had become a powerful inner resource.
I will be sharing more observations about this new way of using EFT in future newsletters. In the meantime you may well want to try this method yourself. If so, here are the steps:
First, notice what is actually happening around you. Then select a fleeting experience that you want to capture, much as you would take a snapshot of a physical object in order to preserve it. The experiences you will use for this purpose will be simple ones, small details of life that you might ordinarily ignore.
When a fleeting moment occurs that seems worthy of retaining for later use, put it into a few words that have meaning for you, such as:
The light coming through the petals of the orchid.
Or, The quietness of my breath as I let it slowly out
Or. The way my reading chair cradles me.
Then tap in this experience using EFT. As you do this, the experience will become a valued personal resource that you can draw upon at any time. If you like, you can jot down the phrases you create in a notebook or write them on cards to keep with you and take out and use any time you feel you need to get back to the original positive state.
I encourage you to experiment with this new method!
With warmest wishes for the New Year,
Patricia Carrington, Editor
Esther and Jerry Hicks ( 2006). THE LAW OF ATTRACTION. Hay House, Carlsbad, Ca.
THE SECRET. Movie on DVD (2006). Amazon.com.
Patricia Carrington (2001). THE BOOK OF MEDITATION. (the Harper-Collins edition of the book is now reprinted in e-Book form and can be ordered from Pace Educational Systems, Inc http://www.eftupdate.com (a preview of a sample chapter is online for you to view). It provides a basis for working with the new use of EFT introduced in this article. THIS MONTH ONLY the e-book is included free of charge when you purchase the EFT computer program (also discounted this month, see special offer on home page).
THE CHOICES MANUAL: HOW TO CREATE POSITIVE CHOICES IN ENERGY PSYCHOLOGY (this is the classic book that teaches Dr. Carringtons acclaimed EFT Choices Method) For information or to purchase the manual, go to: http://www.eftupate.com