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Oprah Magazine - Tapping Her Potential
Appearing in February issue of The Oprah Magazine, p. 115
Dogged by anxiety, Terry Trespicio tries to break free with acupressure.
My MIDDLE FINGER is gently tapping points on my brow, cheeckboke, and chin while I say aloud, as directed: “Even though I felt out of control and wanted to vomit when my parents got divorced, I completely accept myself.”
Yes, of course I feel like Stuart Smalley from Saturday Night Live.
But while most of me worries this is New Age hogwash, all of me wants it to work.
I began having panic attacks in my 20s after my parents split up; 15 years later, I still suffer from lingering anxiety, so I’m trying Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), or tapping, a form of psychological acupressure intended to defuse painful memories an alleviate physical ailments.
Tapping has helped people squash food cravings and even overcome abuse; in one study, it dramatically reduced PTSD symptoms among veterans.
According to EFT proponents, our bodies contain energy that flows along pathways, and a traumatic event or phobia can cause a static interference that impedes it.
Supposedly we can retune our energy by tapping acupressure points while repeating statements that acknowledge troubling emotions, followed by vows of self-acceptance.
“We store every memory,” says my tapping guide, Larry Burk, MD, a cofounder of the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine. “When a negative thought triggers a traumatic memory, you can reexperience any fear or panic you initially had. While tapping won’t erase the memory, hitting the acupressure points helps unplug and neutralize any emotional or physical response.”
The First time I tried tapping, a tightness in my throat morphed to warmth in my belly, as though I were digesting and eliminating anxiety.
I felt relaxed and energized.
It’s been two months now, and though practicing EFT makes me feel Slightly ridiculous–as if I’m trying to send signals to the mother ship–it’s made me feel so much better.
Now I’m using it to cope with enraging e-mails and even a recent breakup (but I deeply accept myself!).
I’ll be tapping on that one for a while.
Official Launch of EFT Global.org
We Warmly Welcome You Join Us for the Official Launch of EFT Global.org!
EFT Global’s website www.eftglobal.org has been a long time coming and we are so excited to announce our digital launch—just in time for the holidays! EFT Global, a 501(c)(3) registered foundation, is dedicated to bringing the enormous benefits of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to assist and empower three primary populations: Those affected by natural and human-caused disasters, those living among weakened social and political systems and other humanitarian workers who are experiencing primary or secondary trauma as the result of helping others on a day-to-day basis.
As an organization, EFT Global officially launched in October, 2011 in conjunction with its first project in the troubled city of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico just across the Texas border. The aim was to plant the seed of EFT in the city where community members live in constant fear. For many it is hard to image what it means to live in a zone where violence reigns and its power exceeds the possibilities of law and order, but for people in Nuevo Laredo that is their daily reality.
The project was led by EFT Practitioner, David MacKay from Puebla, Mexico accompanied by Carolina Tellez from Guadalajara and Jenny Pavisic from Mexico City. They spent 5 days training psychologists and social workers from the DIF (Integral Family Development, an official organization dedicated to the implementation of public policy regarding social welfare), as well as the health and education sectors and other community volunteers.
The team was asked back to complete a second project a few months later.
EFT Global would not exist if not for the vision of Dawson Church, Ph.D. so a BIG thanks goes out to him and his team for their ongoing support.
For years, Dawson dreamt of starting an EFT-based humanitarian organization to assist those impacted by natural- and human-caused disasters. Drawing upon his vast wisdom and network, in 2011, he put together a perfect team to help realize this dream: Diane von der Weid (Switzerland), David MacKay (Mexico) and Carrie McCabe (USA). We all bring very different skills, experiences and perspectives which we believe has helped to strengthen Dawson’s original vision.
We are thrilled that in the last six months, EFT Master, Rehana Webster has also joined our team, bringing with her an innovative approach she developed, the Trauma Buster Technique (TBT). TBT is an extension of EFT combined with NLP and has proven to be a powerful method for changing internal experiences, particularly among trauma sufferers. Ultimately, EFT Global exists because of the generous donation of time and resources from those who believe in the healing power of EFT.
We want to thank those who generously contributed to our Indiegogo campaign.
With your help and our technical partners who agreed to a deferred payment plan, we were able to get the momentum we needed to design, develop and bring EFTGlobal.org to fruition. Over the last year, we’ve worked hard to build a great web platform.
Our goal was to create a community and a focal point where the power of EFT can be brought to bear on humanitarian projects around the globe and to become a network and digital hub for those actively teaching, practicing and learning EFT. We hope that you agree we've accomplished our goal. EFT Global also aspires to do its part to ensure EFT becomes widely known across the globe to alleviate disharmony and distress in people's lives, both large and small.
And, in keeping with Dawson’s original vision, one of EFT Global’s longer-term goals is to proactively avert human-caused disasters in collaboration with other trauma experts, humanitarian organizations and local people/groups in an effort to create and promote global peace.
As such, EFT Global is meant to be a global website, a place for you, me, and everyone interested in learning, sharing and using EFT to heal ourselves and others.
Please join in by:
- Taking part in the EFT Global Community,EFTConnect
- Sharing your experience and expertise with one other
- Contributing your views and ideas on EFTConnect
- Collaborating/Partnering with EFT Global
- Volunteering for EFT Global
- Spreading the word about EFT Global
- Donating to EFT Global and other EFT humanitarian-based projects in support of our joint community across the world!
EFT Global will accomplish its goals with your help! Thank you for your active involvement and ongoing support. Together, we can and we will positively impact the lives of others and contribute to healing the world.