Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Improve Your Eyesight With EFT Week 4 - Anger

Hi everyone,

Catching up still, this time with the Week 4 update on the EFT eyesight experiment I'm following with Carol Look's EFT protocol for improving vision. See the Week 1 posting for details of how the tapping sessions were set up, plus Week 2 and Week 3.

Week 4 commenced 11th June and the emphasis this time was on the emotion of Anger. Carol asks us to choose 2 incidents or people you feel extremely angry about, rating your anger on a scale of 0 - 10. Tapping on these separately you note if the anger subsides and if you see any improvement in your vision. They also act as jump off points for the rounds of EFT Setup statements she provides, along with the negative and positive tapping sequences to follow.

Unusually
, this section is expanded with an additional 3 rounds of EFT. This is due to the fact that in the final results, "42% of respondents found that stored anger had negatively affected their eyesight." The release of some of this stored anger with the use of the EFT exercises meant that "they noticed more pronounced changes in their eyesight.".

Once again, it wasn't all that difficult to find 2 incidents. One was a 10/10, even thinking about it quite a few years down the line! The other was another quite intense 9/10.

Day 1 - I had my usual signs of energy shifts, i.e. yawning and watery eyes, especially going through the additional rounds. I also suddenly felt very tired. When checking the SUDS for my anger issues the 10 had reduced to a 3, and the 9 had reduced to a 4.

Day 2 - I was feeling a bit achey around the neck, shoulders and upper back. Some tension surfacing perhaps? Quite a bit of yawning. There was also an awareness of trying to use my right eye more, rather than depending so much upon the left eye.

Day 3 - There was, in fact, a day free of the eye experiment tapping between these 2 days as I had gone on my AAMET Level 3 EFT course over the weekend. As it happened, anger came up as a partial issue when I offered myself as a guinea pig - feeling like a volcano. By the end of that session it had subsided to a little bubble in the Hara area, and by the next day, I noticed it had disappeared. Carrying out the eye tapping on the Sunday evening I got back I felt shattered with so much energy work plus the travel. Along with the usual shift signs, I felt immensely tired, but by the end of the tapping I felt more awake and alert.

Day 4 - Tapping away this evening was accompanied by sharp stabbing pains occasionally lancing into the occipital area and left side of the head. Not only lots of yawning but also very watery eyes, and nose!

Day 5 - Strong shift signs again. Issues at start of the week were all at zero. I've noticed that I'm definitely seeing more clearly through my glasses again after recently thinking that I needed a change in prescription.

Day 6 - Eyesight felt brighter somehow, despite the grey day!

Day 7 - The tapping was carried out a day later as I had just felt so tired and negative the night I was supposed to be doing it. I just couldn't summon up the enthusiasm. Earlier today I suffered a headache (seem to have had quite a few of those as I've been working on this programme - wonder if there is a connection - a clearing perhaps?) and also lots of emotional tears. Fathers' Day is at the weekend and it was really bringing back the emotions as my father died in 2003. So I tapped on a lot of negative feelings - guilt, anger, resentment. This was as I was sitting at my craft table and lasted perhaps about 15 minutes - certainly as long as it takes for 5 tracks of Il Divo to play. It felt much better afterwards. Carrying out the eye tapping, I was aware of a slight headache/sinus ache(?) over the right side.
Checking the SUDS rating for my two anger issues showed both remained at zero - no emotional charge left at all.

Filling in the follow-up form it felt as if this week there had been some more progress again after last week's hiatus. The dryness of the eyes, eye burning/itching and eye strain had all improved significantly (75% plus) once more. The floaters were at about a cumulative improvement of 50 - 75%. "Clarity - far" was still the same but "clarity - near" appeared to again show cumulative improvement of slight improvement from previously (15 - 25%).

Looking back over the week it seems that there is a continuation of some slight improvement in my eyesight. The extreme sensitivity to light from the previous week appears to have vanished, despite the days actually having been brighter. Not only do my glasses still feel better but I've noticed that when I see my husband off from the bedroom window in the morning, without my glasses, it seems a little clearer as he disappears off up the road - perhaps between 5 and 10%? Not a lot, it's true, but does seem to show that something is happening with my eyes.

It's also encouraging to note that I'm having a lot less trouble working on the PC - much less blurry vision and eye strain than previously. I'm also holding books further away to read, both with and without my specs. In fact, I'm having to make a conscious effort to break the habit of holding them too near. Plus the right eye seems to be making an effort to focus more, working better in conjunction with the left eye.

So, just one more entry and we are up to date. Yay! :-D

Bright Blessings,

Karen


Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries or requests.

To start learning about EFT you can download my "Balance Your Life With EFT" free manual, and I would also strongly recommend you look at Gary Craig's tutorials here.


Please Note: Anything on the EFT side of this blog is provided as a public courtesy to help expand the use of EFT in the world. While Gary Craig and EFT encourage such efforts, they cannot evaluate or endorse the multitudes of them that exist. Thus any EFT content of this blog represents the unique ideas and usage of EFT by me, as its author, but not necessarily those of Gary Craig or EFT.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

First UK Armed Forces Day - the mental battle

Hi everyone.

Tomorrow, Saturday 27th June, is to be the first UK Armed Forces Day. This is a day dedicated to recognising and celebrating the members of our armed forces, and acknowledging the often-times very difficult and dangerous role they play.

We should also remember the families behind these people, who have to bear the stress and strains of knowing their loved ones are away, and may possibly never come back, and cope with the bereavement when that is what happens.

As it is stated in a Daily Telegraph article,

"Yet every day our servicemen and servicewomen put their lives on the line for us with the same fortitude and bravery that we celebrate in an earlier generation.

They work to protect us in many different ways: from fighting wars to humanitarian relief; from peacekeeping to search and rescue; and much else besides. They carry out these tasks in difficult and often dangerous conditions, and they perform them superbly. They and their families give up much on our behalf and, alas, they sometimes pay a tragic price for our security."

As it happens, I considered joining the RAF when I was younger. In fact, I did make an application to do so, but at the age of 20 I was told I was a bit too old! Perhaps it was just as well - looking back at my life I doubt I would have been much suited to a regimented life.

Nevertheless, I retained my interest in things military. I did become a Civilian Instructor with a local Air Training Corps (ATC) and went to Summer Camp at RAF Rudloe Manor - fascinating experience. Just as I was considering going on to become an ATC Commissioned Officer, I met my future husband, and so decided I would not have the time to commit myself as needed.

At about the age of 10, having been allowed access to the Adults section of our local library and discovering not only the Historical Fiction section, but also the Historical Non-Fiction area, I became interested in reading about the Second World War, most especially the memoirs and biographies of RAF personnel. Quite a few people who see my personal library section of military books automatically assume they belong to my husband.

Two of my favourite books are "Don't Cry For Me, Sergeant-Major" and "Try Not to Laugh, Sergent-Major" by Jeremy Hands and Rob McGowan. They were two news reporters who accompanied the Task Force that went to the Falklands in 1982. These books give great insight into what it was like to be there. The bravery and black humour utilised by the service men never ceases to amaze me. I assume that this brand of humour is a way of defusing some of the terrible things that might otherwise be too much.

Unfortunately, many of our service personnel do suffer from the effects of their experiences. Some, alas, pay the ultimate price, but in some way it might be argued that may be the better thing. Others find their lives blighted by the psychological scars, the legacy of the stress and trauma of warfare, leading to mental health disorders and physical breakdown, for them and for their families.

Mental trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are now being acknowledged as real issues. Yes, it can be argued that unlike the conscripts of the World Wars who also suffered from many traumatic experiences, these people choose to join the military and know about the risks.

Some say that the older generation managed and coped well, but that doesn't mean to say that the service men and women now should have to suffer when much more is known about how these conditions can so badly affect lives. During the world wars a whole generation from all over the world had a shared experience that others could empathise with, having undergone similar things themselves. Nowadays, our service personnel are in an isolated minority and few who have not been out there with them can know of, or imagine the horrors they may have been involved in.

Thankfully now, there does seem to be more actually being done to help those who feel they need it. The BBC news article
"Veterans now fight mental battle" shows some of the ways that are being used, including NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and Gardening therapy.

It might interest you to know that EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is another extremely valuable tool that could be used to help those suffering from PTSD. One of the DVDs in The EFT Course (part of the Foundation Library set) is "6 Days at the VA" and is a record of Gary Craig using EFT on a number of veterans with long-outstanding mental health problems. A snippet from this can be seen at Gary Craig's EFT site. It is the 8 minute PTSD video on the page - bottom row, second from the right.

Another great EFT video is the 19 minute "EFT for War Veterans" a more recent piece which again shows that the use of EFT can be highly effective. This is borne out by research being carried out by Dawson Church - "Psychological Symptom Change in Veterans After Six Sessions of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT): An Observational Study".

No-one wants the stigma of being branded a mental health case and it is good to know that there are ways out there for EVERYBODY to find something that suits them. Our lads and lasses have little control over the circumstances, and the politicians and governments, that send them out to theatres of war such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

But they, and their families, can find a measure of control to help them cope with the aftermath. If you can't find help through the usual channels (in the article above CBT [Cognitive Behavioural Therapy] a NHS treament, did little to help one of the interviewees), a site that I have come across that offers access to a list of affordable alternative practices that can be approached is
PTSDHelp.co.ok.

So good luck and best wishes to all serving and past armed forces personnel, and all their families. You do a grand job!


Bright Blessings,


Karen


Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries or requests.

To start learning about EFT you can download my "Balance Your Life With EFT" free manual, and I would also strongly recommend you get Gary Craig's here. You can obtain Gary's comprehensive training DVD sets here.

Please Note: Anything on the EFT side of this blog is provided as a public courtesy to help expand the use of EFT in the world. While Gary Craig and EFT encourage such efforts, they cannot evaluate or endorse the multitudes of them that exist. Thus any EFT content of this blog represents the unique ideas and usage of EFT by me, as its author, but not necessarily those of Gary Craig or EFT.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Improve Your Eyesight With EFT Week 3 - Guilt

Hi everyone,

Back again with the Week 3 update on the EFT eyesight experiment I'm following with Carol Look's EFT protocol for improving vision. See the previous posting for details of how the tapping sessions were set up.

Week 3 commenced 4th June and the emphasis this time was on Guilt. Carol asks us to choose 2 incidents from our past about which we feel guilt for, such as something you said, or didn't say, or something you did or didn't do. These are the jump off points for the 3 rounds of EFT Setup statements she provides, along with the negative and positive tapping sequences to follow.

It wasn't very difficult to find 2 guilt incidents. One was a 10/10 with tears to boot! The other was a milder 6/10.

Day 1 - A bit of yawning, watery eyes - seems to be a very common response, which I associate with energy shifts. I felt quite tender at the SE point, especially on the left side. According to my lists this acupoint (Gall Bladder) is associated with frustration, rage, fury, resentment, fear of change and muddled thinking. Interesting that quite a few of these emotions were present at the time of the incidents, which may in fact have triggered the guilt - after all, it's not nice, is it (for many people at least, and I was one of them at that time), to feel these kinds of emotions, let alone express them? I've only just looked this up now as I type this, so it is good fodder for further tapping. Rating my incidents, the 10 went down to a 5 and the 6 went down to a 2.

Day 2 - I had a terrible headache earlier in the day - the kind that feels like there is a jack hammer working in your head, makes your teeth and jaw hurt and often brings tears of pain welling up . Thankfully these are only a very rare occurrence and normally a Panadol can knock this out in a few minutes, but not today. Added EFT and TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique) into the mix and eventually, about an hour later things felt very much better. Why not use EFT straight away? For some very obscure reason, I can never relieve headaches very easy with natural therapies. I've helped many people stop headaches with herbal remedies - they've never worked on me. I can use EFT and/or Reiki, but it always takes a long while for them to kick in; hence resorting to the Panadol. One usually does the trick. There really does appear to be a block there - another thing to tap on someday. Anyway, the Eye tapping produced the usual yawns and watering eyes, and I also felt very much lighter. Perhaps the whole thing was another clearing out process - I really don't know.

Day 3 - an OK day. My right neck and shoulder felt a bit stiff. More yawning and watering eyes (this gets boring ;-D ) and felt looser after.

Day 4 and 5 - More yawns and strongly watering eyes.

Day 6 - A bit of yawning just at the end. I had quite a feeling of lightness in myself when I finished and I noticed that I was writing up the note for the day without my nose to the page!

Day 7 - All day long my eyes felt very sensitive to the light. I don't normally suffer from hayfever but it was as if the eyes were dry and sensitive. I had to wear sunglasses driving home as I was squinting so much and my eyes were watering so badly - despite it NOT being very bright, a typical English summer day :-). The eyes looked a bit bloodshot as well - very pretty! At the end of my tapping session, after the yawns and further watering, I decided to add an additional round to those Carol was using.

Even though my eyes feel really sensitive to light today, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

Even though these sensitive eyes are inconvenient, I choose to love and accept all of me.

Even though this sensitivity to light may be resistance to seeing more clearly, I allow myeslef to let it all go with love and forgiveness.

EB these sensitive eyes
SE these dry eyes
UE these squinting eyes
UN this resistance to seeing more clearly?
CH these light sensitive eyes
CB this resistance to seeing more clearly now?
UA these sensitive eyes
TH these sensitive eyes

EB I thank you for trying to keep me safe
SE I love and forgive my eyes
UE I allow myself to see fully and clearly
UN I choose to let go of any resistance now
CH I choose to have strong eyes
CB I choose to see clearly now
UA I appreciate my eyesight and my eyes
TH I am grateful for the clarity in my life.

Lots of yawning again and felt a lot better.


Filling in the follow-up form I felt there had actually been a backward step (25 - 50%) in dryness of the eyes, likewise the feeling of eye burning/itching. I decided I would have to mark eye fatigue and strain at a plateau, as well as the floaters. On the plus side it felt as if I could mark "clarity - far" and "clarity - near" to now be showing a sign of some slight improvement from no change at all previously (up to about 15%).

So at the end of these 7 days of tapping it feels as if there is some improvement in my eyesight. My glasses feel better again, as if I have gone back to how my eyes were when I had this prescription. I note that I can read a book a little further away - no longer have my nose so close! The eyes were still feeling a bit more sensitive, especially to light, which was noticeable in the previous last two day. It might be an allergy response, but I've never had this kind of problem previously. I am open to the possibility it is a sign of changes going on in my eyes.

When checking over the SUDS rating for my two guilt issues both were at zero - no emotional charge left at all.

So that is catch up on Week 3. A little ways backward and a little ways forward. There have been a couple of days when I have missed the tapping, but for me, that's quite good. I am still open minded as to where this will end up, and am noting any other issues that come up in the meantime that may have come under the previous weeks' sessions - then just tap away on them in the usual way, with the Basic Recipe.

Today I actually come to the end of Week 5, but hope to get week 4 and 5 written up in the next few days.
The weather forecast is for hot (even got a heatwave warning out for Monday and Tuesday!) over the next few days, but showery. Well, today is misty/murky cloud so there is no temptation to go out and sit in the sun, so no excuse for not getting caught up sooner rather than later. :-)



Bright Blessings,


Karen


Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries or requests.

To start learning about EFT you can download my "Balance Your Life With EFT" free manual, and I would also strongly recommend you get Gary Craig's here. You can obtain Gary's comprehensive training DVD sets here.

Please Note: Anything on the EFT side of this blog is provided as a public courtesy to help expand the use of EFT in the world. While Gary Craig and EFT encourage such efforts, they cannot evaluate or endorse the multitudes of them that exist. Thus any EFT content of this blog represents the unique ideas and usage of EFT by me, as its author, but not necessarily those of Gary Craig or EFT.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Imrove Your Eyesight With EFT Week 2 - Fear

Hi everyone,

For anyone who might be interested here comes the write-up of Week 2 of my following Carol Look's EFT protocol for improving vision. See the previous posting for details of how the tapping sessions were set up.

Week 2 commenced 27th May and the emphasis was on Fear - "fear of what I saw in the past". Carol asks us to take 1 or 2 incidents from our past involving something we saw, to use as a jump off point for the 3 rounds of EFT Setup statements she provides, along with the negative and positive tapping sequences to follow.

I had to really think about this as nothing came to mind of anything I have seen that might have had a negative effect upon me. Perhaps I'm blanking things out, who knows. Anyway, I eventually managed to come up with something that rated 9/0.

I started with the Carol's EFT Setup Statements and tapping sequences and again added an extra round of my own, based on what came up for me working through them.

Even though my short sight acts as a security blanket for me, I deeply and completely love, accept and forgive myself for needing such a childish thing.

Even though I believe there is an element of a child-like 'if I can't see you, you can't see me' to my eye issues, I deeply and completely love, accept and forgive myself anyway.

Even though I am afraid to leave the safety of my own inner vision of the world, I choose to accept all of me and what I have done to my eyes and choose to release that fear now.
EB my short sight acts as a security blanketSE my short sight keeps me safeUE 'if I can't see you, you can't see me'UN I prefer my inner vision of the worldCH I don't want to see more clearlyCB I don't feel safe seeing more clearlyUA This resistance to improving my eyesight is all about fearTH I am so afraid to see clearly again
EB I choose to release this fearSE I allow myself to feel safe and secure, no matter what I seeUE I choose to feel ready to release all the fear from my eyesUN I choose to see whatever I wantCH I feel free to release the fear right nowCB I love allowing more clarity into my lifeUA I love the strength of my eyesight and my eyesTH I appreciate the clarity in my life

On the first day of this week's tapping I found myself feeling lighter and the rating for my past incident went from 9/10 to 3/10.

Day 2 found me feeling head-achey again during the evening. There was lots of yawning (personal sign of energy shift) and the past issue was zeroed.

Day 3 - still a bit head-achey - perhaps due to the weather - a bit close? More yawning and felt better when finished.

Day 4 - Lots of yawning today and eyes watering quite a bit, especially my right eye.

Day 5 - Again, lots of yawning and watering of eyes. I noticed that I was starting to see better again through the lower part of my varifocals for close work, rather than looking over the top of them with my nose nearly glued to whatever I was reading as I have been doing in recent months. Took that as a positive sign.

Day 6 found me feeling a bit hot and achey down the right side of my head and shoulders. Lots of yawning and watering eyes yet again. The UE point of my left eye felt especially tender today. Checking that particular point out in my notes showed that the Stomach Meridian (UE point) is associated with fear, anxiety, worry. Hmmm.....

Day 7 - felt generally OK, lighter as I tapped. The past event was still definitely at zero.
Filling in the follow-up form I felt there had been a definite cumulative improvement (50 - 75%) in dryness of the eyes. The eye fatigue and strain also both felt a cumulative improvement (50 - 75%), likewise the feeling of eye burning/itching. The floaters haven't been very noticeable during the time I have started doing this so I put them at a noticeable improvement (25 - 50%).

So that was the end of my second week. There is still a feeling of enthusiasm for the process and it is also interesting to note that I am sticking with my other energy exercise programme that I started some time ago, without any lapses. Very good indeed for me :-) .


Bright Blessings,

Karen


Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries or requests.

To start learning about EFT you can download my "Balance Your Life With EFT" free manual, and I would also strongly recommend you look at Gary Craig's tutorials here.

Please Note: Anything on the EFT side of this blog is provided as a public courtesy to help expand the use of EFT in the world. While Gary Craig and EFT encourage such efforts, they cannot evaluate or endorse the multitudes of them that exist. Thus any EFT content of this blog represents the unique ideas and usage of me, as its author, but not necessarily those of Gary Craig or EFT.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Improving My Eyesight with EFT (hopefully!) Week 1

Hi everyone,

Following on from an earlier posting, "Are My Eyes Trying To Tell Me Something?", I have actually got around to starting the EFT tapping procedures as set out in Carol Look's eBook, "Improve Your Eyesight With EFT".

I bought Carol's eBook about a year ago, although haven't felt able to devote the time to following it through properly until now. My interest was piqued as a result of noticing a transient change in my eyesight after having watched one of Gary Craig's DVD sets a few months earlier.

Having managed to get a piece of bamboo through the top of my foot on an evening walk around the block (I'm very good at injuring myself in weird and wonderful ways!), I was using EFT to help deal with the aftermath. As I couldn't get around much for a week or so, I was sat with my foot up on the sofa either reading or watching TV and decided it was a good time to watch some more of the EFT DVDs, "Borrowing Benefits" I think it was, although I'm not sure - another reason to go back and re-watch them, just to check.

In the DVDs Gary commented that quite a few people had mentioned that regular and frequent use of EFT seemed to have a beneficial 'side-effect' upon their eyesight. Having tapped along in quite intense bursts I noticed that my sight seemed a little sharper. At least, it was easier to read the teletext pages from the sofa - I normally have to sit in my chair closer to the TV to read it without using the enlarge text function key on the oopher-doopher pad. So, that thought was tucked away in the back of the mind and when details of Carol's eBook came my way, it seemed a good thing to give it a go.

I have just completed Week 3 of 8 and had intended to post at the end of each week. The Internet interruption has put things back a little so these next 3 posts are about how things have gone so far each week. All being well, it should then be easy to post an update at the end of each week as I complete the exercises.

So here we go - Week 1 - 20th May 2009.

As this was actually set up as an experiment, before you start there is a little questionnaire to fill in, to collect data, and it is suggested that you have your eyes tested before and after the 8 week experiment, or devise your own "test" that you can accurately duplicate so that you can monitor any changes.

Ideally you need to tap out the EFT exercises 7 times a week, in a quiet place. They take about 5 minutes to complete. Carol uses a SETUP STATEMENT followed by a 'shortcut' NEGATIVE TAPPING SEQUENCE of 8 EFT tapping points (EB, SE, UE, UN, CH, CB, UA, TH.), followed by a POSITIVE TAPPING SEQUENCE of 8 EFT tapping points. This positive tapping sequence differs from traditional usage EFT, and according to Carol "allows you to install what you would prefer to experience emotionally in your thought patterns and in your life."

You have to recognise that you have to take complete personal responsibility, bearing in mind that you are dealing with some charged emotional issues, so may need some outside support, preferably working with a competent EFT practitioner.

If any new aspects surfaced as you carry out the weekly sessions you treat them with the basic EFT recipe (details found in Gary Craig's or my manuals - see below) to discharge the emotional energy disruption.

You are advised not to do anything different like changing diet, supplements or medication, etc, unless recommended by your doctor, as that would skew the results.

Keep a cumulative record of your impressions and any improvements - these were submitted at the end of the experiment. They cover brightness, colour contrast, colour perception, dryness,clarity (near), clarity (far), eye fatigue, eye burning/itching, eye strain, and floaters.

Although I'm not actually participating in the now-concluded experiment, it seemed a good idea to follow it through as if I was.

I'm overdue an eye test but don't want to get one done, and then get another one done 2 months down the line. I'll be getting one sorted out after I finish the 8 weeks as I'm really hoping that I'll need a change to my existing prescription. I do know that my current spectacles are no longer working as they originally did when I first got them; that my vision has changed, possibly adversely.

A self-test is being able to see the palm of my right hand - in focus, without specs - at no more than
inches. I can see the left palm just about at arm's length. OK, that's could be an interesting one to follow-up on as improvement beyond arm's length can be difficult to gauge. However, my interest is more in my right eye. If that improves to anything more than inches, preferably a LOT more, that will definitely make me think EFT works very well on eyesight.

I did try the self-administered eye test link that Carol gave but it came up as an error. I found another similar one -
the Online Eye Exam - probably nowhere near as good but at least gives one something to work from.

My left eye, without specs, came up as 20/200 ("You are considered legally blind if glasses, contacts or any other corrective measures can't correct vision") so it was with a sense of amused trepidation I waited to see what comment my right eye provoked. 20/400 (!) ("How are you enjoying this site?") Fortunately, spectacle use brings my left eye to 20/35 and my right eye to 20/30 vision.

So now we have my baseline(s).

Carol then asks us to scale 6 states - anger (6), guilt (4), hurt (2), resentment, (2), shame (2),and aches and pains (10). (SUDS: 0 = never feel this way 10 = always feel this way) now, so we can repeat the scaling at the end of 8 weeks.

The emotional state that was looked at in Week 1 was Resistance along with Limiting Beliefs. I am not aware of any resistance or limiting beliefs about the EFT process itself - it's proved itself many times already, but elsewhere in my life - well that is a different thing.

Carol asks a few questions:

What "downside" might there be to improving my vision? - my answers included "might have to see things far more clearly, as they really are. No spectacles (perhaps rose-tinted?) to 'hide' behind.

What might change in my life that will be uncomfortable? - recognizing I have no excuse for not seeing things as they really are; having to come 'out into the open', out of the shadows?

How might eyesight improvement "rock the boat" in family or at work? - proving the 'weird stuff' I do really works.

Who might feel more uncomfortable with my seeing more clearly? - nobody I can think of.

Carol then gives us 3 rounds of EFT Setup Statements and associated negative and positive tapping sequences to follow. I added an extra round of my own, based on what came up for me working through them.

Even though something, and I don't know what yet, stops me from letting my eyes work well, I deeply and completely love, accept and forgive myself.
EB Resistance to letting go and trustingSE Hanging on to resistance to improving my visionUE Don't know what holds me backUN Don't want to see more clearlyCH Hanging on to limiting beliefsCB So much resistance to clear visionUA Fear of having to see and be seenTH All this resistance and limiting beliefs
EB I can consider being open and trustingSE I can allow myself to release this resistanceUE I can allow myself to trust this processUN I choose to see with more clarity now.
CH I choose to release ALL this resistanceCB It feels so good to let clarity into my lifeUA I appreciate my eyesight and my eyesTH I am grateful for the clarity in my life
As I went through the tapping processes the first day, I found myself yawning quite a lot. This is a personal sign that energy is shifting so was taken as a positive sign.

On Day 2 the yawning was augmented with another positive sign - watering eyes.

Day 3 found me with a headache most of the afternoon and evening. I also felt a bit 'yeugh', coughing a little with tender lymph nodes in the neck and under the jaw; and I kept going very warm. Wondered if I was going down with something - or perhaps a so-called "healing crisis" or response to the ongoing energy work? By the time I finished my tapping I was yawning again, and felt very warm.

Day 4 made me wonder if the headache had been hormonally related as the monthly bleed started, but didn't explain away the throatiness/lymph node tenderness. My neck and shoulders were also aching today. The tapping exercises produced deep yawning with every round and my eyes were watering quite strongly.

Day 5 saw an improvement, being less achey, even having done some work in the garden! As it was a lovely warm day some sunbathing was a must, although the throat was still a bit in evidence. More yawning.

Day 6 Feeling OK. Yawning deeply at the end of each round. I also realized that I had been keeping up with my Donna Eden Energy Meridian Flushing exercises - often forget to do them, or feel I can't be bothered, which can be indicative of resistance. Also been more motivated to catch up on some work. Is this a possible 'side-effect', knocking out resistance elsewhere in my life? Getting rid of a few 'trees in the forest'?

Day 7 just saw lots of yawning going on again.

It was impressive for me that I had stuck with it each day and that in itself was a sign that something positive was happening. I'm the world's best at starting things but then flagging soon thereafter so it is a good start.

Filling in the follow-up form I felt there had been a slight improvement (15 - 25%) in dryness of the eyes which had recently been a bit of a bother. I have had lots of eye fatigue and strain recently - perhaps too much time at the PC? - and both felt noticeably improved (25 - 50%), likewise the feeling of eye burning/itching. I only get floaters occasionally so couldn't really say if there was much improvment there.

So a promising start. More to follow ....



Bright Blessings,


Karen


Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries or requests.

To start learning about EFT you can download my "Balance Your Life With EFT" free manual, and I would also strongly recommend you look at Gary Craig's tutorials here

Please Note: Anything on the EFT side of this blog is provided as a public courtesy to help expand the use of EFT in the world. While Gary Craig and EFT encourage such efforts, they cannot evaluate or endorse the multitudes of them that exist. Thus any EFT content of this blog represents the good faith ideas of me, as its author, but not necessarily those of Gary Craig or EFT.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Just For Today, Do Not Worry

Hi everybody,

Following on from my recent posting on the Reiki Precept "Just For Today, Do Not Anger", I'm moving on to the next precept about Worry.

It's been a while since my last posting. Unfortunately my Internet connection went kaput on the same morning that my computer buff husband, aka Tech Support, went off for 4 days to do some instructing at the Midlands Gliding Club. I was able to access the WWW and limited email on his PC - for one morning only before that seized up as well! When phoning Alasdair he said I could always try using another router from his room (router?????? and finding the right cable???? Even if I knew what a router was he has miles of cable!!)

As it was a holiday week and I was on my own with no distractions (doesn't sound the best way to describe one's husband, that, does it ;-D) and I was only in work on Wednesday, I had been planning to get all my computer tasks up to date. The theory was that thereafter, all I needed to do was to check emails and some favourite forums, update my blog, and start working on some articles. Plus finally get some Stampscapes rubber stamps on to eBay. But the best laid schemes of mice and men....

So I decided that the Universe was indicating I needed a rest from "computer stuff" and I spent the week sitting in the long awaited sun, carrying out Reiki meditations and reading books for pleasure. It felt quite odd at first but didn't take long to feel really good.

In times previous to this I would have started worrying about possibly missing something important, or that I should have been trying to get work done some other way. But nowadays I find it very easy to take the Reiki precept about Worry and put it into action.

In fact, I must be very good at it now, having recently heard that someone who knows me feels that it is actually a fault with me that I won't let myself worry about things (well, at least not much). This person is a born worrier so possibly finds it difficult to consider that not everyone is the same. But I do try to live by the Precepts as well as I can. To repeat them here:

The secret of inviting happiness through many blessings

The spiritual medicine for all illness

For today only:

Do not Anger

Do not Worry

Be Humble

Be Honest (in your dealings with other people)

Be Compassionate towards yourself and others


Do gassho every morning and evening

Keep in your minds and recite

It is important to note the "For today only" part of the precepts. It reminds us that we should live our lives in the present moment, in a state of 'be-ing'.

I like to use this quote when talking about the Precepts in my Reiki Workshops:

The Past is history,
The Future a mystery,
Today is a gift,
That's why it is called the Present.

The PRESENT is our moment of power, and the only time over which we have any control.
If you think about it, what's in the past is done, and cannot be changed. The future is yet to come and may wear any guise.

WORRY is yet another negative emotion that drains and consumes many people. All negative emotions are energy stealers, and thus can cause physical, emotional and mental damage.

Worry can perhaps be best described as 'unwanted thoughts'. These are emotions of fear, fed by the imagination, the 'what ifs?'. (Been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.-- Mark Twain)

I used to be a terrible worrier. If I couldn't find my purse in my bag, I'd immediately worry it had been lost or stolen - now I just dig deeper and there it usually is. Or I'd worry that something terrible could happen to loved ones as they set out on a journey, that kind of thing. As a result, there would be that roiling feeling you get in the gut when you have a sudden adrenaline rush as the stress hormones kick in. Now, it is far more pleasant to forgo that horrible flutter in the stomach.

And when it comes to worrying about others - well, much as the present is the only time we have any power over, likewise the only person we can have power or control over is ourselves. Worry never helps another - each individual has to take personal responsibility for themselves.

My attitude is now that of looking at an issue head-on. Is there any action or steps that I can take to make things different or better? Yes or no? If yes, then endeavour to carry out the relevant action. - a positive response. If no, then worrying over it is going to do no good whatsoever other than to deplete one's energy levels. So find a way that suits you to release the worry (see below).

Plus, if you believe in the Law of Attraction, then the focus that worrying over an issue provides may actually work to invite that which you worry about to manifest. I'd rather use the Law of Attraction more positively, wouldn't you?

I found these two quotes at The Quote Lady which are quite pertinent, I feel.

There are two kinds of worries -- those you can do something about and those you can't. Don't spend any time on the latter.-- Duke Ellington

Worry a little every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.--Mary Hemingway
.

So how do you train yourself not to worry? This can sometimes mean taking a leap of faith. Abandon worry by trusting in the Divine Purpose or Will; trust that we are all children of the Universe and taken care of. Remember that all things resolve and change into something else. We can help shape that change to be more positive.

Perhaps you worry about things that have happened in the past. Bear in mind, we each do the very best we can in any of the life situations we come across, in accordance with the knowledge or wisdom we possess at that given time. Being kind to ourselves and forgiving ourselves can do much to lessen the ripples from the past. Also remember, hindsight is a wonderful thing. Besides, do you really think that something you may have said or done many moons ago is still remembered by others. In most cases, it's long forgotten.

If you are already a Reiki channel then your daily meditations can often help you to bring back harmony and balance to your life, and worry slips away. Just set the intention before you start.

You can take other positive actions.
Do things that make you smile and laugh. Or consider using affirmations to re-programme your mindset. How about:

Just for Today I am Joyful

Just for Today my mind is at rest.

Just for Today, I have complete faith and trust in the Universe.

Just for Today, I am letting go of the past, and reaching for a positive future.

Just for Today, I release myself from my old patterns.

Of course one can use the EFT tapping process as well.

Even though I am worried about _________, I deeply and completely love and accept myself anyway.

Even though I am worried about what happened in the past,
I deeply and completely love, accept and forgive myself and choose to let go of the past.

Even though I am a born worrier,
I deeply and completely love and accept myself and choose to believe that I can release my old patterns.

Hopefully you can get the drift.

Worry can be associated with certain energy meridians. These associations include the Stomach (ST) meridian, Small Intestine (SI) meridian, the Kidney (KI) meridian and the Spleen (SP) meridian. The corresponding EFT tapping points are Under the Eye (ST), Karate Chop Point (SI), the Collar Bone (KI) and the Under Arm (SP).

As an experiment why not try the usual "Basic Recipe" EFT and then another time try using just the four points - KC, UE, CB, UA, tapping around in a loop until you feel the SUDS is improved?

If anyone tries this, it would be interesting to get some feedback re how the two compare.

So here is to adding years to your lifetime, rather than losing them!



Bright Blessings,

Karen


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