By Dr. Carol Look, LCSW, DCH
Cary had suffered from hip pain for about 15 years. At its worst, it was a 10 on the 0-10 intensity scale, especially when the weather was cold or wet. Her hip pain never registered below a 5.5 during the 15 years.
When I asked her how her pain felt, she said, "It's like putting a knife into the hip joint and twisting it."
She has consulted chiropractors, acupuncturists, engaged in Healing Touch work, Reiki work, deep tissue massage, myofacial release, and sleeps on magnets. At the most, she had a couple of hours of relief at any one time from one of these techniques. She said the expenses for her treatment were all out of pocket, and probably added up well into thousands and thousands of dollars.
When I asked her what she thought triggered the pain relief, she said, during the EFT class, that she had identified the emotional cause of the problem from 15 years ago. Tapping for the complex feelings around that time in her life allowed the pain to release.
What happened 15 years ago? Her husband was laid off, and they both became extremely anxious about money. They also felt very isolated from each other and were in their "own little worlds" about the stress. Cary's first "aha" moment came when I asked the class, "What was happening during the time in your life when the pain showed up?"
She had always looked at her hip problem as a purely physical issue until the EFT class. This helped her make the connection between an emotional issue and the pain.
During the second day of Level 2, I taught a section on Attracting Abundance with EFT. Cary got in touch with how frightened she and her husband had been and always were about money issues. She had noticed that her pain got worse this fall when her husband was laid off again, but never considered that the stress was making her hip hurt so much.
When I asked her what phrases or tapping suggestions most resonated with her, she said the abundance issues surrounding "lack" and "not enough" really hit home with her and helped her connect the insecurity about money with her husband's layoff and her painful hip.
"Even though I am convinced there will never be enough for me, I deeply and completely accept myself."
"Even though I'm afraid there's never going to be enough, I deeply and completely accept myself."
"Even though I am sure there is lack in my life, I deeply and completely accept myself."
"Even though I don't feel supported...there's not enough, I deeply and completely accept myself."
Please note, Cary was never a demonstration subject on stage throughout the 3 days. In her words, "Oh no, I am not a "stage" person."
While we tapped and tapped as a group for 3 days, I never asked Cary specific questions, interviewed her, or even knew she was suffering in this way.
She Borrowed Benefits the entire time.
Cary said, "My acupuncturist is not going to believe this!" She has been pain free for 10 days for the first time in 15 years as a result of identifying the emotional contributors to the ailment.
One final note: I sent this article to "Cary" for approval, and she said, "The freedom from hip pain continues. I am certain at this time it won't reoccur."