EFT Reveals Unexpected Association with Seasickness
Dear EFT community,
Rebecca Kane of Portland, Oregon, is a personal performance coach and certified EFT practitioner. In this article, she tells how tapping uncovered the hidden roots of a client’s twenty-year seasickness and resolved it so the client was able to go on a sea voyage with no problem.
By Rebecca Kane, EFT INT-1
(The names and some details have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals involved.)
One of my clients, Grace, came to me because she wanted to get rid of her seasickness before going on a cruise. She’d suffered from motion sickness for twenty years and wanted be in good enough shape to enjoy the cruise she was leaving on the next day. She thought the seasickness was caused by her inner ear not being able to adjust to the up-and-down motion.
I asked her what was hard about having seasickness. She said:
- I can’t be a part of what’s going on around me (on the boat).
- I feel like I’m going to fall down or throw up.
- I can’t think beyond myself.
- I feel clammy.
I asked Grace to imagine the up-and-down motion of being on a boat and she said it made her feel nauseated just thinking about it. She rated the worst intensity of seasickness that she could imagine at a screaming 10.
We tapped on the Karate Chop point, while saying:
Even though I get seasick when I’m on a boat, I completely love and accept myself.
Even though I can’t be part of the group and I feel so sick, I’m doing the best I can.
Even though I get seasick with the up-and-down movement, I love and accept myself.
Then we tapped on:
Eyebrow (EB): This up-and-down motion.
Side of the eye (SE): Ugh, it makes me feel sick just thinking about it.
Under the eye (UE): I can’t think beyond myself.
Under the nose (UN): I feel clammy.
Chin (CH): All this motion sickness.
Collarbone (CB): I don’t like it.
Under the arm (UA): Someone get me off this boat.
Wrists (two wrists together, TW): I feel sick.
Top of the Head (TH): I don’t like this up-and-down motion.
I asked her to take a breath and then imagine the up-and-down feeling again and rate her feeling of nausea. She said it was down to a 6. I asked her to think back to a specific time she’d been on a boat when she’d felt sick. She remembered one incident in which she said she’d just wanted to get back to land and she just had to hang on until the boat ride was over.
Even though I have this remaining seasickness being on this boat, I love and accept myself completely.
Even though I just want to get back to land, I’m doing the best I can.
Even though I just have to hang on until this is over, I deeply and completely love and accept myself and all these feelings.
EB: I want to get back to land.
SE: I don’t have any control right now.
UE: I just have to hang on until this is over.
UN: All this nausea.
CH: I want to get off this boat.
CB: I feel sick and I want to get off.
UA: I feel clammy.
TW: I feel like I’m going to throw up.
TH: All this lack of control.
She said that something interesting came up during that round, specifically when we said, “I just have to hang on until this is over.” She said she remembered a childhood incident in which her father was tickling her and it was the kind of tickling that went so far it hurt. She said she remembered that she wanted him to stop, that she was tolerating it and toughing it out—similar to every time she stepped onto a boat and felt sick.
I had her imagine the up-and-down sensation again and recheck her nausea. It was down to a 3.
Karate Chop point:
Even though my father’s tickling me and I don’t have any control right now, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
Even though I just want him to stop but I have to tough this out, I love and accept myself completely.
Even though this tickling is too much and I don’t have any control, I love and accept myself and all these feelings.
EB: He’s tickling me.
SE: Stop it!
UE: That hurts!
UN: I don’t want to be tickled.
CH: I don’t have any control.
CB: I just want it to stop.
UA: I just have to tough it out.
TW: He’s not listening to me and I want him to stop.
TH: This lack of control.
We tapped some more on anger at her father, soreness on the side of her ribs where he’d tickled her when she was a child, and a remaining light-blue color of seasickness in her lower abdomen. When we were finished, her nausea was at a 0, her anger at her father was at a 0, the light-blue seasickness was gone, and she’d shifted to realizing that her father probably didn’t know he was hurting her when he was tickling her.
Since we were on Skype at the time, I tested her results by having her look at the screen while I moved it up and down like the motion of a boat. She said she was fine, but ordinarily that would have sent her over the edge. (No pun intended.)
She went on her cruise the next day and, despite one stormy day when it seemed that everyone on the boat was a little queasy from the ocean waves, she had no bouts of seasickness.
Rebecca Kane, EFT INT-1
Aileen Nobles shares two case histories with us in which EFT successfully cleared IBS. She leads her clients to see the conection between their fear of not being in control to their bowels 'letting go.' Visit Aileen's website.
By Aileen Nobles
I hope these two articles can be of assistance to anyone who has IBS. Although both these clients had complete relief, I want to add, that when cases are very advanced where surgery is imminent, I have not had success using EFT.
Annabell’s mother called me really upset as her daughter was signed up to go to Europe with her school this summer. Apparently Annabell suffered from IBS, which made it very difficult for her to do most of the things young people do, as she always had to be near a bathroom.
I asked her what was going on in her life around the first episode, which had started a couple of years previously. At that time, she had just finished taking finals, which had been extremely stressful, and then she had gone out to celebrate at a party with her friends. She drank more than usual (which was never much) and had relaxed, and let go of her self-control. The IBS started the next day.
We tapped on:
“Even though I was out of control at the party, I am quite wonderful anyway.”
“Even though I am usually in control and like it that way, I allowed myself to let go and it didn’t feel good afterwards, but either way I would love to love and accept myself anyway.”
“I felt so out of control and now I can’t control my bowels.”
“It’s humiliating, and I am losing my confidence.”
“I hate myself for feeling so out of control.”
Tears started to pour, and I asked her when she had felt this out of control in her life before. She remembered an incident when her parents left her alone in the house for the evening. She was seven and was not allowed to go to the grown-up party. She became terrified and ended up soiling her underwear and the sofa. When her parents came home she felt that she had let them down by not being brave.
We tapped on:
“Of course I was terrified, I was just a little girl.”
“I shouldn’t have been left alone at age seven.”
“Its OK that I felt out of control with fear, most seven year olds would feel that way.”
“I was, and I am quite wonderful, and it’s safe for me to have normal functioning bowels.”
“I deserve to have normal bowel movements, whether I am being self disciplined or relaxing and letting go.”
“I am safe, and my body knows it.”
“I deserve to have fun with my friends without having to worry about bathrooms all the time.”
“My bowels are now functioning perfectly.”
“I can go to Europe with my friends, and have fun. I deserve it and allow it.”
We tapped this last statement in around the ears, bypassing her conscious mind.
After that session, there was no re-occurrence of the problem.
The other client had different emotions that triggered her six-month period of IBS. “Emily” was a high-powered editor for a very well known intellectual magazine. She was extremely irritable with other people if they did not do things her way, and felt that it was demeaning to her if she paid other people compliments.
Needless to say, to have no control over her bowels was absolutely humiliating.
We first worked on clearing her issues around needing to control others, and feeling powerful by suppressing or degrading others.
Emily was at heart a spiritual woman who revered the Dalai Lama, and longed to know his peaceful serenity and his wonderful sense of humor.
We did quite a bit of clearing of her mother’s degrading comments. Working with Emily to feel that she was never good enough, pretty enough, or smart enough, allowed a huge breakthrough to take place.
We worked on her connection with her own inner beauty that had been suppressed, and covered with a persona that she thought was feeding her, by creating an image of power and success.
We tapped on feeling secure and safe enough to pay compliments to others to help them feel good about their work.
Emily had had the feeling that if she helped anyone else feel good about themselves, it diminished her. That was completely turned around.
We tapped on not needing to feel so irritated and to be more relaxed.
“Even though I am irritated most of the time, I would love to love and accept myself anyway.”
“I am so easily irritated, no wonder my colon is also acting that way.”
“What if I don’t have to control others, and I can connect with my Higher Self and trust that everybody has their own way of working.”
“I don’t even have control over my own bowels.”
“What if my wonderful physical body is talking to me?”
The words “wonderful physical body” really triggered resistance. We tapped and talked about the possibility that her body was asking her in the only way it knew to look at her emotions.
She considered the possibility that her body was giving her messages from her Higher Self to facilitate her growth and healing.
“What if I make a space within me that believes that IBS is my friend, asking me to look at various aspects of myself.”
“Hello body, I am now listening to you. Thank you for talking to me this way. I am now listening to you and do not need to have out-of-control bowels any longer.”
“As I let go of my irritation and move into a more peaceful, positive and accepting state, my own control of my bowels happens.”
“I am ready, I want it, I choose it, I deserve it, and so it is.”
That was the last of the problem, and was accomplished in two phone sessions.
I wish all cases responded as well as these two, but in my experience if EFT is used early on with this challenge, wonderful things can happen.