I have been an EFT practitioner since 2008. I discovered EFT when I developed an ear infection that I could not get rid of until I addressed it with EFT. The ear infection proved to be my own personal rabbit hole down into the world of my suppressed childhood trauma. Well, I was trying to suppress it, but not doing a very good job of it, actually. If you want to read the whole story, here it is. Out of my ear infection ordeal, I learned several things. For one thing, I realized that a physical problem can be the doorway to emotional healing, and emotional wounding will sometimes manifest as various physical ailments. With EFT, I could jump into the energy disruption cycle and interrupt it at any point. This understanding helped me understand trauma and the many different ways it manifests.
I also became interested in the energy system of the body. Just as thought is portrayed in the Harry Potter series as something between liquid and solid (when used in the Pensieve) energy blockages are often fluid and changeable, and they can be reached by addressing the physical body, the thought system and/or the emotions. Sometimes in one session, a client’s discomfort will morph from physical discomfort to emotional discomfort and then back again to physical discomfort. In these cases we will “chase the pain” through different systems. It is possible to do this because EFT is uniquely suited to work in three different areas – the body, the rational mind and the emotions.
I also noticed, in the early days of seeing clients, that when my clients talked about their traumas, my energy system could help strengthen theirs while they addressed their issues. Visions of my nervous system as scaffolding around theirs would come to me when a client was struggling through something. I realized that energetically, I could literally hold the space for my clients so that they could heal. Part of what allowed me to do this was that I tapped along with my clients, so that their trauma would not stick with me. Tapping on myself allowed me to hear the stories of my clients without getting lost in the pain.
My proudest achievements as a professional might seem rather pedestrian to the person who has never experienced trauma – I just help people to get back to where they were before the trauma. They can once again drive, fly in an airplane, enter a dark room without fearful thoughts. Of course, we can never really go back to the same place, and when all is said and done, we probably wouldn’t want to. Rather than going back to exactly how they were before, I find that, after our work together, my clients bring a new depth, compassion and understanding to their relationships and creative projects. The statement of Heraclitus that you cannot step in the same river twice certainly applies to people who have experienced trauma and healed from it; the river of their lives can’t ever be the way it was before, but it can be better – deeper, stronger and wiser.
The only other thing I think you might want to know about me is my educational background. In terms of formal education, I have a Bachelor’s Degree from CSU Northridge in Religious Studies. I draw heavily on my education in my work, as I find that each of the world’s major religious traditions has gifted us with profound and useful knowledge. I also have 25 years of meditation experience, which is equally useful. During those 25 years, I have both studied and taught meditation practice.