EFT Tapping Helps Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Sufferer Trek Mt. Everest
Dear EFT Community,
In this moving story, EFT and Matrix Reimprinting practitioner, Lise Wearing, tells how EFT and other modalities helped her recover from debilitating chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) so completely that she ran the Boston Marathon at the age of 61 and trekked to the Mt. Everest Base Camp at the age of 62.
By Lise Wearing
Back in 1998, on the threshold of my 50s, my body-mind had reached the tipping point. Its inner voice was loud and clear:
“You cannot treat me like this anymore. I quit.”
And quit it did, in the most dramatic way!
A few months later, I could only be awake for a few hours a day. On a typical weekday, I got out of bed, helped get my son ready for school, and walked him over there—just a few short blocks. I walked back, feeling dizzy and weak. Then I slept until it was time to pick him up. Barely able to make dinner, I managed to put a smile on my face and eat with my family. Then I slept on the sofa through the evening and crawled into bed to sleep through the night.
My symptoms included dizziness, night blindness, digestive problems, back pain, cognitive and memory problems, and hypersensitivity to noise and light. I was desperate to get a diagnosis.
Thankfully, my doctor knew that chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) was not an imaginary condition and he said that is what I had. He told me that most people recover within 3 years, but some people never do.
With all the courage I could gather, I began my long healing journey as if on a pilgrimage of hope.
In search of answers, I read many books. One that was most helpful was by Susan M. Lark, MD, Chronic Fatigue: Self Help Book. That book enabled me to construct a plan for my recovery.
I kept track of my progress every day with a scale of 1 to 10, measuring my energy and mood, and graphed this data on a monthly basis. Healing was my new job and I went at it with passion. I changed my diet, eliminating what did not contribute to my health, and for many months I ate just about only brown rice and vegetables.
I also went for a fast at True North Health Center in California in the summer of 1999. By the fall, I was making slow progress. I learned to meditate. I did yoga; I would roll out my mat and do shavasana (the corpse pose) and call that enough. I would do gentle stretches. I had an easel set up and occasionally made a mark with a paintbrush and called that art.
I learned to appreciate myself enough to do things that were easy to do and that would make me happy. Yet, in the back of my mind, lingered the question “What if it comes back?” When I exerted myself much, I felt dizzy and would need to sleep and rest sometimes for days at a time.
By 2002, I felt well enough to go back to school part time; I became a holistic nutritionist.
By then, I realized that I had given my body what it needed to be well, but I had not really addressed the underlying emotional issues related to the condition. So I got into therapy to explore anger and control issues I’d had for years.
With my therapist, Dr. Alexander Lees, I discovered EFT, which was like the mother lode in a gold mine! Using the Personal Peace Procedure, I listed all the hurts I could remember from my past, starting with my mother’s favorite refrain, which was “What did we do to God to have a child like you?” On that list I also put the painful fact that my father had ignored me for years, while giving his attention to my many brothers.
Scanning through my past to complete the inventory of painful moments, I recalled a tragic event:
When I was 17-years-old, while working as a lifeguard, a young child died in my arms despite all my efforts to save him. Then, at 21, I married a man I knew deep down did not even like me, but I did not listen to the warning signs; this turned into a disastrous marriage.
Working with that long list of painful events, it was clear to me that I had started to be angry very young about everything I perceived as so utterly unfair. It felt as though layers of anger had been building up coats upon coats of stiffening heavy varnish.
No wonder my subconscious mind had figured that being sick was the only way to get positive attention from me, the authentic me that had been covered and muffled below all that varnish. I sat on my couch, day after day, tapping away and crossing out miserable event after miserable event until I could find nothing left to tap about.
With the realization that EFT had been a big part in my emotional and overall recovery, I trained to become a certified EFT practitioner.
Now I was on a mission to help others through the wondrous EFT alchemy of shifting negative emotions into a golden state of poise, self-appreciation, and acceptance. And with training from the amazing Annabel Fisher, I also became an AAMET (Association for the Advancement of Meridian Energy Techniques) certified practitioner and a Matrix Reimprinting practitioner with Sharon King.
Given that I felt I had more energy and despite my doubts, I decided to get into a structured running program. I still recall going to buy my first pair of serious runners and being asked how long I was running for and answering, “One minute.” But with incremental and diligent training and with the help of good chiropractic treatments from Dr. Vipond, I was able to join the 49,000 people who ran the popular 10k Vancouver Sun Run.
Fuelled with even more stamina and ambitious running ideas, I continued to train.
In 2006, I ran my first marathon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation of Canada in support of my friend Johanna who was battling lymphoma. By 2009, with three marathons to my credit, and much more rigorous training, I qualified to run a big one: the Boston Marathon.
Emboldened by that accomplishment, I started to think about Everest.
In 2010, I trekked to Everest Base Camp and Mount Kala Patar to 5,628 meters.
Then, in October of this year, I went back to Nepal, my heart filled to the brim by donations totalling 50 articles of warm children’s clothing I had been given to take with me.
This time I trekked to Annapurna Base Camp, with my 23-year-old son and the wonderful husband I married, as a second marriage, 34 years ago.
Thanks to EFT and other effective modalities, I have healed and I can now declare with deep conviction that I am happy, healthy, and strong.
I now understand how my mind works and that, at any time, I have the power to change how I feel by changing how I think and by tapping. Whenever the belligerent sorry-self from the past shows up, I recognize it early, and gently and compassionately invite it to leave my mind. And if needed, a few rounds of tapping will send it merrily on its way.
Now at 66-years-old, I feel so blessed by my pilgrimage into vibrant health and I am devoted to helping others with their own transformation and recovery. And to keep my good momentum going after Annapurna, I’ve decided to run a 10k race in 2 weeks to celebrate the end of this wonderful year.
Looking back at the past 15 years, I can see that chronic fatigue was the catalyst for my profound transformative journey. More than this, in the process of changing my mind and my life and recovering my energy, I have been able to thrive and to live so much more fully than I ever dreamed of.
EFT Helps Clear Cancer Diagnosis Trauma
Dear EFT Community,
Suzanne Lerner, PhD relates how she used EFT techniques to clear the emotional issues that can arise for someone dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
By Suzanne Lerner, PhD
Many people don’t realize how traumatizing it is to receive a doctor’s diagnosis. There can be feelings of overwhelm, fear, helplessness, hopelessness and shock that all need to be cleared.
This was the case with “Charlie.”
He had been diagnosed with Leukemia two years ago, Stage IV and was basically told that he had to have chemotherapy that same day, else he would die in a few months. He was also told that it was only going to get worse, and nothing could help. The chemo would only slow down his inevitable and painful death.
The chemotherapy did initially help, but then the illness returned.
He tried many alternative treatments, but his white cell count continued to rise. Now, however, he had just received a new kind of alternative therapy. He was responding really well, but was surprised to find himself feeling more anxious than relieved.
Like many people dealing with life-threatening illness, he was feeling optimistic, but also very fearful that the illness would return. He was intelligent enough to realize that this fear could become a self-fulfilling prophesy, and so he arranged to work with me. He was feeling alternately very optimistic and pessimistic. I suggested that we could work to help him find a more creative and healthy balance.
Charlie was very grateful to be feeling new energy and vitality, but it was a shock. Having been ill for so long, he almost didn’t recognize himself healthy! Still, he rationally knew he was much better and preferred to be healthy.
I explained that he had probably felt overwhelmed by the whole experience, without the time to process it all, and that we could use my “Inspired EFT” approach to help him process the experience of the diagnosis and illness and clear his fears. This would help him think better so he could make important decisions about his health.
From a place of ease, he be able to better tune into the choices that were best for him.
I find that the shock of the original diagnosis often has to be cleared. So we went back and gave him new resources to deal with the event of receiving his diagnosis. Tears came, as he was finally able to release all the terror. He released the torment of having so little time to consider his options. We then addressed his guilt about some suicidal thoughts he’d experienced. After several tapping rounds, he was able to forgive himself.
He now could see that this had been his way of trying to regain a sense of control in a seemingly uncontrollable situation.
I had Charlie then return to the diagnosis scene, and imagine having a kind of TV remote in his hand. This helped him regain a more healthy sense of control. He could pause the scene, run it forwards or backwards, repeat a section so he could understand what the doctor was saying, or put the whole thing on “pause.”
Layers of grief, overwhelm, and shock were released.
I also helped him clear several additional fears, including the fear that he would become completely dependent on others, and that he might be devastated by the cost and side effects of the treatment. We did some rounds on this old memory, helping him to recognize that he was now safe and that he had survived.
Once his SUDS level were reduced, I asked Charlie what he wished could have happened in this scene. He said that looking back, he wished that he could have just had an hour to do yoga, and ground himself, so that he could be in a better place to make decisions, instead of being so rushed. I asked him to vividly experience that, choosing the most beautiful place he could imagine to do the yoga.
He saw himself in the Caribbean, where he had once visited on vacation. He began enjoying the beautiful blue of the ocean, the rhythmic sound of the waves, and the smell and feel of the refreshing breeze. I encouraged him to feel these feelings at an even deeper level...to feel it in every cell of his body...soothing and refreshing him.
Then he tuned into what color would feel most healing, and he surrounded this image with a healing blue light, which we then imprinted, using the Matrix Reimprinting protocol.
Charlie now was fully able to release his overwhelm, fear and lack of control.
He reported feeling a new sense of peace and gratitude towards himself for all that he had been through. As he resolved some of the conflict between his optimistic and pessimistic parts, he discovered that they could work better as a team together, creating a more balanced perspective.
Charlie noticed with some amazement how much more relaxed and at ease he felt. The events of his diagnosis no longer haunted him. He felt he could take all the time he needed now, and choose the best healing opportunities available. He actually found himself getting excited about exploring these new options and also sharing them with others who could benefit from his experiences.
We know from the field of psychoneuroimmunology, that when we reduce stress and emotional trauma, the immune system can function more effectively to support our healing process. Charlie was now back in the driver’s seat, ready to move forward and embrace his healing and greater well-being.