I always loved how fast EFT tapping works to resolve deep, painful issues. Compared to the months and sometimes years traditional therapy can take, EFT can work at lightning speed to give clients relief from suffering after-effects of dark events and traumas. I was thrilled to find this out by tapping on my own issues. And even more excited to be able to take my clients on the express train to healing.
During extensive EFT training and certification, I learned how to take clients through their painful event, one step at a time, clearing out old emotional connections to give them lasting relief. It was remarkable to see the results and so rewarding to experience their freedom with them.
Sometimes it’s just too much
But sometimes revisiting an old trauma is just too painful. That’s what stops so many people from seeking healing. They don’t want to rehash old hurts over and over again as required in traditional therapy. And even the few hours it can take with EFT can be agonizing, too. So I comforted clients as we journeyed back into the dark, and tapped our way out into the light again. I knew what was possible at the end of the tunnel, so I held their hands as we painfully made our way out to freedom again.
Then one day it all changed – not because I was seeking a solution, but because I took a chance. A friend had asked if I would help her release the trauma of a childhood event, and I gladly agreed. As she started to “tell the story” as I had been trained to have her do, she was so overwhelmed with her old 7-year-old feelings. She started sobbing, and I thought, “Enough! There HAS to be a better way to do this.”
I knew there had to be a way to give her the emotional freedom she wanted without opening up that can of worms that had tortured her all those years. And the inspiration came to me – the spiritual download that told me what to do instead.
I told my friend to stop. To tap gently on her heart chakra and take some deep breaths.
“We’re going to try something new with this, because I believe you have suffered enough. I haven’t done this before, but are you willing to try it with me?” Because she wasn’t an official client, and because she held a special place in my heart as my friend, I decided it was okay to try my new idea.
Imagine a Container
Instead of opening and exploring the details of what happened to her, I asked her to imagine a container with a lid on it – whatever type of container she wanted. It could be a wooden box, a metal trashcan, a soup kettle, a tin can, a 50-gallon drum. It didn’t matter. Just choose your container so we can put all the details of what happened inside and close the lid.
She described all its details to me. It was a big, rusty, dirty old trash can sitting out in her back yard near a wooden fence. And we tapped about the trash can. It was wild! As we tapped, the trash can got cleaner, then the rust disappeared and it was shiny. With more tapping, it began to shrink in size, until finally it disappeared from the yard.
Next, we talked again about the event, and she was much calmer, with just a little bit of emotional charge connected to it. Now we could focus on the event itself, and quickly release those last remnants of leftover trauma.
Dump trucks and jewelry boxes
She was thrilled. And I was ecstatic – not only for her relief from old pain, but for finding a new way to work with trauma.
Through the years my clients have chosen all kinds of containers: a gigantic cookie jar, a trash dumpster, a lace-covered jewelry box, a dump truck, and a septic tank among them. We tap the old trash away without having to dive into the middle of it.
Now I can honestly say yes – we can release old trauma without opening the can of worms.