Physical pain is so life-altering — especially when it doesn’t let up. And it’s a real energy drain. But you don’t need me to tell you that. EFT is such a great tool for relieving pain. If it hasn’t been working for you, maybe you’re missing some aspect of it. Here are some ways to get the best results for yourself when you’re tapping to release pain.
When you have pain, one way you can help yourself is to simply tap on the symptom of pain itself with straightforward EFT. You know – Start with the setup: “Even though I have this pain, I want to love myself anyway.”
Then tap on the pain, being very specific as to its location – for instance, “this pain in the front of my right knee.” For many people, this is a highly effective way to reduce the level of pain – and maybe even get rid of it completely – especially if it’s a new pain, or something temporary like hitting your thumb with a hammer, or banging your knee on something.
Getting To The Core
Chronic pain can be a different story, and often a complex issue. This means it has different aspects or layers to it and it might take some different approaches to release it. Especially if your goal is to clear it so it doesn’t return.
Here are the steps to make that happen:
- One way to start is by looking back to when the pain first started. What happened? Was there an event directly connected to the pain – like an injury or illness? Good – there’s some tapping information. Use EFT on that event, clearing any emotional charge connected to it.
- Now take ANOTHER look and ask “What was going on in my life at that time, or just beforehand?” The answer to this question may hold the key to the reason the pain is still hanging around. Was there a major life event – a move, a death, an illness of a loved one, a separation, a loss, a failure, or something else that caused major unwanted feelings? Use EFT on that event to clear the trauma and lingering effects of it. This can have a profound positive effect on your pain relief. Even if you see no connection whatsoever.
We can’t always tell what’s linked to what in our body-mind-heart-energy system. But you can trust your body to tell you what it is when you ask the questions. And if you get no answer, then here’s what you can do: Tap on the willingness to know what would be helpful. And see if you’re getting some clarity about some other links to the pain you experience. This is excellent information – a great starting place for doing EFT – either on your own or with a practitioner. If you want some help with this, listen to the tap-along on Moving Forward With EFT Radio – EFT For Pain.
- Next, investigate all your feelings about the pain itself. And write those down. For example: anxiety about what’s causing it, worry about what the future could hold, sadness about what it has kept you from doing, feelings towards health care providers and medications or therapies, etc. Pay particular attention to anger and all its forms – frustration, irritation, impatience, feeling pissed off, feeling really mad. And the target of the anger – people, circumstances, your body, side effects of meds. And be sure to look at any way in which you’re blaming yourself – what you should or shouldn’t have done, how you think you contributed to it or caused it to go on, etc. List all of these feelings and then use EFT to release them.
- Now take a look at all your beliefs about the pain. These could stem from what you’ve read or been told by your doctor or other people,from reading, or from your own experience. The source doesn’t matter. Just make a list of them. For example: The pain is caused by x______; it will take x____ amount of time to go away; everyone with this condition experiences pain; I’m expecting too much to ask for it to go away; I should get used to it; etc. Then do EFT on those beliefs.
- And this last step can show you some tapping information that may really surprise you! Imagine what you would be doing if you didn’t have the pain. Really get into it. Fill in the details of your scenario. Then ask yourself what’s in the way of that happening. And really listen – once again, be willing to know. You may find some hidden blocks here. There may be some unrelated fears or beliefs tangled up in there and that’s actually what’s keeping the pain hanging around. You just never know until you look.And of course, use EFT on those obstacles – whatever limiting beliefs and unwanted feelings show up. Be sure to release any kind of self-blame or self-scolding connected here, too.
So those are some ways you can tap to help with pain to completely release it. I’ll review them quickly again, in a nutshell. You can tap on the intensity or charge associated with these things:
- Any event directly connected to the origin of the pain.
- What was going on in your life at the time the pain started (or just before it).
- All your feelings about the pain.
- Any beliefs about the pain.
- Imagine your future without the pain and tap on any obstacles that come up.
Remember that you can always tap for the willingness to know if you come up with a blank on any of these steps.
Here’s one last tip for letting go of pain. Stop claiming it! You’ll notice that in all the references to pain, I said the pain. I didn’t say YOUR pain, and you don’t want to say MY pain. Quit owning it and help it to move on out by disconnecting from it first with your words and then with EFT.
If this is a bigger issue for you, contact me for a free consult to discuss possibilities for going deeper with EFT. Let’s shift this challenge to get you where you want to be!