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This post was written by Christine Hassler at mindbodygreen.com
Remember being in second grade, or even seventh grade, and feeling confident you'd know what it meant to be an eighth grader or a tenth grader when the time came? Not worrying that you weren't in eighth grade at the age of 7?
We gave ourselves permission to be wherever we were in our developmental process. Now that we’re grown up, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to know everything right now.
After seeing so many people walk the path of transformation, I’ve realized there are many phases, and they don’t look the same in any two people’s lives. Think of life as your school. You’re constantly learning lessons and growing. While we need to give ourselves permission not to know everything now, it’s important to know where we are in the process. No matter our current phase, though, these three rules stay the same:
1. Don’t expect yourself to be anywhere other than where you are. Accept your current place on the path.
2. Anticipate the very next phase beyond the one you’re in, so you can be prepared for it when it arrives.
3. Be compassionate and understanding to others, regardless of their progress on their own personal journey.
I've described the five overarching phases below:
If you’re reading this, you’re either past or nearly past this phase. If you were asleep, my work wouldn’t resonate with you. But I bet you remember when your conditioning and fears ruled you. That's when you were asleep — playing the victim, assuming we don’t have the power or ability to change our own lives. Placing blame, neuroticism, fear, and lack of fulfillment are common side effects of being "asleep." At some point, we realize we’ve been living our lives on cruise control and decide to stop.
Usually, after a good old-fashioned expectation hangover (when we’ve expected certain things from ourselves or others and found ourselves disappointed — again), we finally wake up and start asking ourselves why that keeps happening.
We begin to learn that our experiences aren’t random, and we start looking for answers. We connect the dots and recognize that life is about learning and finding our true selves. We have a lot of realizations — both exciting and perhaps difficult to deal with.
In this phase, we shift from knowing to doing. If you feel like you have a lot of information but things in your life aren't reflecting that knowledge, you’re probably in the integration phase. It’s time to roll up your sleeves and make things happen.
Awareness is not enough for transformation. We must change our belief systems and behaviors. We can let go of our old stories and upgrade our programming. Here, now, we do the courageous emotional work of healing old issues so they no longer define us or hold us back. We take the tools we have and the skills we’ve learned and put them into action.
By asking yourself these generative questions you'll have support gaining greater awareness and clarity when making choices and taking new action.
Emotional freedom techniques are a self-healing energy therapy for releasing your limiting beliefs. Simple, safe and painless and often with instant results.
Coming up this week in the U.S. is the holiday of Memorial Day, a special day of remembrance honoring those men and women who have died while serving and defending our nation over the many decades. If you are remembering someone special on this day, I wish you peace and comfort. I don't personally have a family connection to any veterans, but I do have enormous compassion for the families of those who were lost and especially for those veterans still with us who continue to suffer from the trauma of war.
We all know that everything is energy and each of our life experiences contributes to forming specific neural energy patterns within our brains that often can keep us stuck in a pattern of darkness and emotional trauma. Today I want to highlight a proven technique that is currently helping veterans to get peace and relief when nothing else has worked.
I've been fortunate enough to have entered the EFT Tapping world over 7 years ago working along side some of the best known EFT masters in the field. One of my former employers and leading experts in using EFT for PTSD, Dawson Church, wrote an article for the Omega Institute that I want to share with you below.
Tap Your Way to Healing PTSD With EFT by Dawson Church
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) represent a genuine breakthrough in healing. Just a decade ago, most research showed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to be an incurable condition. A long-term study of veterans with PTSD found that even after a vigorous intervention, “the treatment program’s impact on the course of illness had been negligible” . Veterans who go into Veterans Administration hospitals for treatment often report lack of success, and some are even retraumatized by having to talk about and re-live their combat experiences.
Research shows that PTSD isn’t just a psychological problem with a start, middle, and end, like many kinds of depression. Depression usually lasts around eight months. But PTSD symptoms often worsen over time and are associated with adverse changes in the structure and function of the brain. One study found that of every 10 veterans that start a prescribed one-year course of mental health treatment at a VA hospital, only one completes it.
The children and spouses of veterans with PTSD bear a terrible burden. Studies find that domestic violence is more likely in the homes of veterans. The spouses of veterans have a higher-than-average likelihood of developing PTSD themselves, a phenomenon called “transferred PTSD” . There are more veterans in prison than other demographic groups. In all these ways, the effects of PTSD radiate out to affect the whole community.
Against this bleak backdrop of prolonged and hopeless human suffering, EFT stands as a beacon. With an investment of just six sessions, and without drugs or harsh treatments, 86% of veterans in one study experienced a dramatic reduction of their PTSD symptoms. Follow-up assessment shows that the improvements are permanent.
EFT for war veterans & first responders with PTSD is helping to give relief from service related trauma using EFT an acupressure-based self help tool that is available at no cost.