|Nathaniel Brandon, PhD
author of The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
"The techniques of EP have provided me with invaluable tools for working with trauma. No therapist can afford to remain ignorant of this new and exciting field."
|Norm Shealy, MD
Author of Soul Medicine.
"By removing emotional trauma, EFT helps heal physical symptoms too."
"If you're looking for ways to change your life, check out Energy Psychology, it's pretty extraordinary."
"This really works... I've had great results with tapping in my own life."
|Candace Pert, PhD
Author of Molecules of Emotion.
"EFT is at the forefront of the new healing movement."
|Bessel Van der Kolk
Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine
"EP techniques and procedures can bring about remarkably rapid changes in the way people feel."
|Bruce Lipton, PhD
Author of The Biology of Belief.
"EFT is a simple, powerful process that can profoundly influence gene activity, health and behavior."
|Deepak Chopra, MD
"EFT offers great healing benefits."
"The most powerful new transformational technology to come along in years."
Co-Author of The Promise of Energy Psychology.
"EFT is easy, effective, and produces amazing results. I think it should be taught in elementary school."
|Eric Robins, MD
Co-author of Your Hands Can Heal you.
"I frequently use EFT for my patients with great results."
Author of The Unmistakable Touch of Grace.
"EFT is destined to be a top healing tool for the 21st Century."
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A Four-Word Phrase that Often Clears Depression
Valerie Lis suggests a simple, sometimes provocative tapping phrase that can discover hidden aspects and lead to resolution.
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