Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Improving Eyesight EFT Experiment Week 6 - Beliefs about Aging/Specific Problems

Hi everyone,

Time for the Week 6 update of my working on improving my eyesight using Carol Look's EFT protocol. Week 1 posting has the details of how the tapping sessions were set up, and my progress to date is covered in these postings - Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 and Week 5.

Week 6 commenced on the 29th June. The topic for this week covered two possible aspects - beliefs about aging and specific problems.

Now I don't really have any preconceived ideas that just because we are getting older we are going to either start falling apart or existing problems are going to escalate. Having an interest in the Law of Attraction, I work on the basis that if I focus my attention on this being the ways things are, well then, yes, thus it will be. So, that aspect felt less relevant to me. However, I was more than happy to work on the specific problems of astigmatism in my right eye, and near-sightedness in both eyes, which seem to have been around for ever.

Day 1 - My eyes were watering quite strongly as I tapped, especially the right one, accompanied by huge yawns, which made it difficult to speak around them. When I started Round 1 tapping on the KC point, it felt very tender. KC point (Small Intestine meridian) is associated with feeling stuck or frozen, inability to let go, resistance to change, feeling vulnerable, indecision, sadness or sorrow.

Some of this felt applicable so I added an additional round to Carol's suggested three.

Even though I'm feeling stuck, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
Even though I feel vulnerable, and that it is safer to stay 'stuck', I choose to relax and let go, especially all those little eye muscles.
Even though I've felt this way for a long time, and want to use my age as an excuse for not changing, I deeply and completely love and accept all of me.
EB feeling stuck
SE feeling vulnerable
UE safer to stay 'stuck'UN been like this for years
CH why should it change after all this time?
CB this 'stuck' feeling in my eyes
UA these 'stuck' eye muscles
TH too old to change
EB I choose to release and let go
SE I choose to trust that I am safe
UE I am willing to let my eyes relax
UN I open myself to the possibility of change
CH I feel free to trust that my eyes can change
CB I am ready to release any and all 'stuck' feelings
UA I allow my eye muscles to relax and let go
TH
I can never be too old to change!

Day 2 - HUGE amount of yawns and watering eyes - suggesting quite a pronounced energy shift. I could hardly speak through the yawns.

Day 3 - Usual shifting energy signs - right eye was watering so strongly it was overflowing down my cheek, especially when doing the round on astigmatism. The KC point was still very tender for the first of the 4 rounds.

Day 4 - Very similar to the previous day, the watering eyes strongest during round 4 (the additional round). Reading the Cygnus Book Club magazine today in the garden I found myself holding it about 12-18" away, without using my spectacles.

Day 5 - Usual yawns, etc. Found myself feeling very relaxed and felt enabled to tap on what I call the 'knots' issue - crystallized emotions in parts of my body.

Day 6 - I confess to once more missing a day as I had felt too exhausted the night before to settle down to tapping. This session was very interesting, although not in an eye-related way. My husband had been suffering from a sore throat and a cough for the previous couple of days and it appeared that I had picked up on his 'lurgy'. My throat felt a bit sore and dry and most of the afternoon / early evening my voice had sounded hoarse and raspy. It was the same as I started my tapping rounds. When I got to round 3 my voice returned to normal - just like that! I was still feeling very tired and down though and decided I might tap on that later, after dinner.

Day 7 - Still a bit dry throated but otherwise fine. The right eye was noticably watering during the last 2 rounds. I noticed I was holding my pad slightly further away to write my notes. Most interesting was that with my right (the worst affected one) eye, I found I could hold my hand about an inch further away than before and still stay in focus! This may not sound much perhaps but for me it is a definite positive change after years of having the focus in that eye becoming ever closer to my nose.

When it came to fill in Week 6 of the follow-up form I could mark dryness of the eyes, eye burning/itching and eye strain at 5 (significant improvement 75% or more), retaining the cumulative improvement of the last 3 weeks. Floaters remained at the cumulative improvement of 50 - 75%. "Clarity - far" moved up again to a definite improvement (50 - 75%) from the previous noticeable improvement of 25 - 50% as did "Clarity - near".

So there seems to be a sustained improvement. It feels odd reading my books now because I'm having to make a determined effort not to hold the book so close - breaking the habit of many years.

However, the most interesting bit about this week for me was the voice thing at Day 6. I wasn't even thinking about my voice and throat as such, so no focus there, yet I received a benefit from the tapping. One of the advantages of EFT is that you can 'borrow benefits', although I've usually associated that with group work rather than working on myself.

The focus of Week 7 is resentment and hurt and I'm just halfway through. More of that in a future posting.


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.

Friday, 3 July 2009

Improve Your Eyesight With EFT Week 5 - Anxiety

Hi everyone,

Almost caught up with myself (;-D); here is the Week 5 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, Week 3, and Week 4.

Week 5 commenced on the 20th June. The emotional topic for this week was Anxiety. Carol asks us to choose 2 incidents from the past and 2 forthcoming events; to think about them and rate the anxiety level on a scale of 0 - 10. As you tap along with Carol's suggested rounds, you keep a check on the anxiety levels and your eyesight.

I could remember one incident, just prior to taking my herbal medicine examinations way back in 1994 - that was a full-blown panic attack! It was quite interesting really, because it felt as if I was a split personality. Part of me was having this all out anxiety storm, but a tiny little bit of me seemed to be standing to one side, cool as a cucumber, head cocked and carrying out a running commentary on what was happening! Ah yes, the racing pulse and palpitations, the hyperventilation making things even worse, the sweating, the shaking, the feeling of suffocation, etc. Most odd. Thinking about it even now rated 8/10 - I could still feels the ripples of that emotional charge.

The second past incident was taking my driving test for the third time - that rated 6/10. The future anxieties rated a 6/10 (work-related) and 8/10.

Every tapping session elicited my usual energy shift indicators - the yawning and the watery eyes, often very pronounced!


Day 1 - It felt quite tender tapping at SE and UE spots, although much less so as the session progressed. SE acupoint (Gall Bladder Meridian) is associated with rage, anger, resentment, fear of change and muddled thinking, frustration. Fear of change and muddled thinking could certainly fit the bill for me. UE acupoint (Stomach Meridian) is associated with fear, anxiety, emptiness, worry, and nervousness. SUDS ratings went down in all cases 8 to 2/10; 6 to 0/10; 6 to 2/10 and 8 to 6/10.

Day 2 - Today was different in that I remembered that I had the tapping Setups on an MP3 recording that came with the eBook. So I set that off and tapped along. Huge, jaw-cracking yawns and intensely watering eyes! When I'd finished I noticed that the Windows Media Player details looked a little clearer and sharper than usual on the monitor; this without my glasses on and being about 2.5 to 3 feet away. The pretty pictures that fill the screen looked quite sharp too!

Day 3 - noticed a tendency to tenderness at SE, UE and UA points. UA acupoint (Spleen Meridian) is associated with guilt, worry, obsessing (hmmm - I can do that quite well), hopelessness, insecurity and poor self-esteem. Once again, aware that I'm holding my books further away when reading, both with and without specs.

Day 4 - used MP3 recording again - noticed that my future anxiety rating that had gone from 8 to 6/10 had now zeroed.

Day 5 - Tenderness at UE spot, dissolving as the tapping progressed.

Day 6 - listening in to the recording I could hardly speak through yawns galore, and the eyes were watering intensely. Writing up the note after I realized I was having to sit further back to write with my specs on.

Day 7 - Ended the week's sessions feeling very relaxed and chilled out. Anxieties were at a very low ebb. Even thinking about work wasn't raising any emotional charge.
Checking the SUDS rating for my anxiety issues shad them all at zero.

Filling in the follow-up form suggested there had been a continuation of the progress of the previous week. The dryness of the eyes, eye burning/itching and eye strain were all as good as the week before and the floaters were still at the cumulative improvement of 50 - 75%. "Clarity - far" moved from up to 15% improvement to a noticeable improvement of 25 - 50%, with "clarity - near" moving up from slight improvement from previously (15 - 25%) to a noticeable improvement (25 - 50%). The extreme sensitivity to light felt previously has remained absent, despite the bright weather.
The day after I finished the tapping for this week, we were away at the gliding club. I spent quite a bit of time reading - mostly with my glasses off. When we got home I turned on the Teletext to see what had been going on in the world.

Normally I sit in my chair near to the TV to be able to read the writing more easily but Pyewacket was peacefully ensconced there, snoozing away and it felt unfair to turf him out. So I sat in my usual spot on the sofa, prepared to lean forward and squint slightly (or use the enlarge facility if it was really bad). To my delight, I realised that I was reading the screen as easily as I do sat in my chair. This was the same phenomenon that I had noted (see Week 1 posting) all that time ago that made me think that this might be worth a go.


So, on the whole, quite encouraging. It's possible that I may still have to work more on my eyes when this programme comes to an end but I still have two full weeks to go so I'll wait and see what happens during that time, and take it from there.

The current Week 6 (have day 5 tapping to carry out after posting this entry) is all about beliefs on aging. I'll post about that in a few days from now.
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.