"I'd forgotten how to smile."
how this 37-year old woman, a Navy veteran, described her life before she attended an Introduction to EFT group class, just four
months ago. She attended a second class with me last week, and that's when I heard her story.
Through the Empower
The Warrior Within program here in Houston, I've been offering Introduction to EFT presentations to groups of veterans.
The presentation teaches basic EFT for pain, emotional distress, and sleep. In an hour or 90 minute session, we
probably spend a third of the time actually tapping. And the tapping is quite general; we don't spend any time
working on an individual issue with anyone. In a group Intro session, I never work on serious trauma, either.
It doesn't seem like much tapping, and I rarely get to hear followup from the groups (even though almost everyone reports
an increase in relaxation at the time.)
But one group invited us back last week, after an initial presentation
made in March. The group sponsor told us how much the women had enjoyed our first presentation.
Tapping with the
group, I saw several familiar faces. As one woman yawned during a round, I called it out as a sign of relaxation.
I had no idea just how significant and amazing that yawn was.
The woman told us a bit of
her story during the group, and even more afterward.
She is a Navy veteran who saw
14 years of active combat, with two years in the Reserves. She was wounded in combat. She told us how the initial
tapping session she came to, just four months ago, affected her:
"It was the first time I was able to relax. I had severe anxiety and severe insomnia. I
had to sleep with the light on. I could go 4 days with no sleep. I slept maybe two hours a night.
I’d forgotten how to smile.
I sleep 6 hours a night. With no meds. Now
I have a job after not working for over a year.
"It’s my go to," she told us as she tapped her karate chop point.
overwhelmed with admiration for this tough woman who took one hour of tapping instruction and began to rebuild her life.
that it was hard at first. She had to get into a daily practice to gradually increase the number of hours of sleep each
night. She also works with a therapist, who is supporting her in her use of EFT. And she modified it a little
bit so that it worked best for her.
Everything she told me reminded me why I got into EFT in the first place, and
why I became a certified practitioner of it. It's a highly effective life skill. It doesn't require any special
equipment. It's easily customizable for anyone's use. And it can change your life if you make it a regular habit.
admire this beautiful woman for her determination and toughness of spirit. However brave she might have been in the
service of her country, her real bravery comes in rebuilding her life now as a civilian. If tapping can do this
for her--what might it do for you?