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A Four-Word Phrase that Often Clears Depression

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Valerie Lis suggests a simple, sometimes provocative tapping phrase that can discover hidden aspects and lead to resolution.

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by Valerie Lis

When do I use a positive statement? This is a common question from students in my workshops. My answer, “When the positive is really the negative” usually results in a blank stare. So I continue with the explanation and- at the same time- reveal a powerful four-word tapping phrase that often clears depression.

To a person who is happy, these four words are simply a statement of fact. But, to someone who is feeling depressed, they are loaded with resistance. These words have a negative emotional charge and represent the source of their problem. They evoke anger, resentment, frustration, hurt, and sadness. These words stop a person who is depressed from feeling happiness and joy.

The four-word tapping phrase- “I am soooo happy!-” is repeated at every tapping point. It is said out loud and with great enthusiasm. After a few rounds, “I am such a happy person!” may be added. Tapping with one or both of these phrases usually resolves the underlying emotions and begins the recovery process.

I have had hundreds of clients break through depression using this technique. It has been interesting to share their experiences. Usually shocked and confused, they cannot believe that I am asking them to lie. They may throw a swear word into the phrase, but they comply. As they tap, their face changes. The eyes shift in appearance from dull to sparkling. After tapping for a few minutes, most say that the words now ring true- they see themselves capable of experiencing happiness. At least, they say, they are open to the possibility. Of course, using this four-word phrase just begins the process. To clear depression, more tapping should be done.

This is also a clear example on when positive statements should be used. A phrase may create an emotional charge in some people, but not in others. When the phrase has negative results, e.g., when the positive is really the negative, it is a good statement to use. Understanding this concept helps in the choice of tapping phrases and increases the effectiveness of EFT.

 

Valerie Lis, MA, is an EFT Universe Certified Expert and Trainer. To attend an upcoming workshop with her in Milwaukee, Jacksonville, Chicago, or Minneapolis, see http://www.simpleeft.com

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0 #2 Kelly Howe 2013-10-01 07:01
I'm going to use this with a client today! Thanks Valerie!
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0 #1 Dave Reamy 2013-02-01 17:06
;-)Don't you just love it when something that is OBVIOUSLY "too simple to work" works anyway!? I've been doing simple statements like that with my own EFT for several years.
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