EFT Tapping Finds Fear Behind Arm PainUse Your Body to Heal Your Mind


By Tatjana Manic

Ruby contacted me regarding pain she was experiencing in her arm, for which she had no explanation.The pain was at a 7-8 out of 10 on the SUD scale.

Having never heard of tapping, she knew nothing about it. I explained to her that it is a method that uses all of our personal resources, the power of our subconscious mind, acupressure points on our body, and a combination of psychology and Chinese medicine (everybody knows about the two). I explained that I would only guide her in order to help her dig deeper in her own resources of information to understand the pain or at least just release the pain without additional information if was not necessary to know about this.

I further explained that EFT is a relatively new healing method that uses old and new, our own strength and abilities, and deep "secrets" that lurk and are ruining our health, stopping us from living a fulfilling and worry-free life. Finally, I told Ruby that EFT uses known acupuncture points on meridians and I showed her where they are on our bodies. By tapping them, we can tap into both our conscious mind and our subconscious—meaning everything is in our hands.

I didn't use complicated words but tried to explained it in my words so she could visualize the process.

I asked Ruby about her pain, and she recognized that it came from her not accepting things in her life and the life of her family, and where they are right now.

Recently, the family’s breadwinner lost his job. No adults in her household were working and there were small kids that needed food, clothes, and so on.

Ruby felt fear, fear for the future, for herself, and for her family, and she felt unsafe (SUD 8-9/10).

I asked her if she could give the feeling a color, what color would that be? She answered black, but it had no smell and no shape. My next question surprised her. I asked if there was a sound associated with that feeling, what would it be? She answered without thinking, "Screaming," and in that moment, it looked like she woke up from a dream or a dark cloud was removed from her face.

We tapped on fear for her future and her fear dropped to 4, but she got sad and overwhelmed, with a SUD level of 7-8 for both feelings. We tapped on feeling overwhelmed, which she felt in her face and heart.

Even though I feel overwhelmed when I am thinking about this, my sister's car accident, I fully and completely love and accept myself.

Even though I feel overwhelmed when I am thinking about this day, my sister laying unconscious, her head full of small glass pieces, blood over her face, and it makes me feel overwhelmed and I feel that feeling in my face and my heart, I fully and completely love and accept myself.

Even though I feel overwhelmed, I fully and completely love and accept myself.

Reminder phrases: This feeling of overwhelm... Overwhelm... My sister's face... her hair full of glass... blood on her face, I am overwhelmed... this feeling... I feel that feeling of overwhelm...

Ruby’s SUD level dropped to 4-5 after only one round of tapping.

Then she told the story of the accident again and we did one more round of tapping. Her feeling of overwhelm dropped to 1.

Even though we didn't tap on sadness, I checked with Ruby and she said her feelings of sadness had dropped down to 4.

After the second round of tapping using Reminder Phases, her SUD level had dropped more and she told me with surprise in her voice, "I don't know what happened, but my feeling of sadness is 0 as well as my feeling of overwhelm!" Ruby’s face read, "I can't believe it!"

When I asked her to go back to the time with her sister in the car accident with her head and hair full of small pieces of glass, with blood over her face, she felt no trace of sadness or overwhelm. Her SUD level on these emotions stayed at 0.

There was still her concern and uncertainty about the future for her family and herself. That was fear at a SUD level of 6.

We tapped on that fear.

Even though I have concerns about my future and future of my family, I fully and completely love and accept myself.

Even though I have fear for my future and future of my family, I fully and completely love and accept myself.

Even though my future and that of my family is uncertain, I fully and completely love and accept myself.

Reminder Phrases: Fear for my future... Fear for the future of my family... This fear... Uncertain future for me and my family... I have concern about my future, about the future of my family...

Ruby’s SUD level dropped to 2-3. We tapped one more round and her SUD dropped to 0.

I saw light in her eyes. She told me she didn't feel scared anymore, she didn't feel unsafe, and she felt more motivated to work on herself and to believe in herself.

Ruby looked and sounded happy. We scheduled a new session and had almost finished this one when I told her that I had only one more question for her for the day.

She awaited my question with curiosity on her face.

“How is your arm now, do you still have the strong pain in your arm?” I asked.

Ruby was surprised, started touching her arm while laughing. "This is amazing" she told me, "I can't believe it, just amazing! No pain, I can't believe my pain disappeared. It's 0, one big 0!" She was glowing and her eyes were shiny.

Not once in our session did we tap on or even mention the pain in her arm.

By tapping on on the past that deeply impacted her, the pain in her arm disappeared.

We met about a month after that tapping session. Ruby’s SUD levels had not changed and the pain in her arm had not come back. She was happy, full of enthusiasm and belief in herself, ready to work on freeing old emotions that were stopping her from going forward.

EFT once again showed its power and ability. Everything truly is in our hands! 

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