By Karen Lewis
I'd like to share with you how the use of EFT helped not only to banish a problem of extremely tender, painful, and swollen breasts for me, but also simultaneously appears to have helped my husband get his head out of the sand on a health issue of his own.
I'm well on the menopausal journey now and, as a result, I'm finding occasional signs of hormonal imbalance taking place in my body. Normally, I have very few problems, but recently I suffered from a very painful problem affecting my breast area.
Many women have experienced the problems of soreness, tenderness, and swelling that can affect the breasts in the days prior to their periods. For some women, this can continue during the menopausal process, but rather than being a relatively minor discomfort, it can become a major distraction. It certainly was for me at this time!
As a result of my research into the psycho-emotional aspects of the symptoms of menopause, it became obvious that the subject of breasts is often highly emotive. Physically, the breasts are a source of milk, nourishment for a growing baby.
They are representative of caring, nurturing, comfort, and security. The breasts are located in the area of the Heart chakra and its association with love, both physical and spiritual.
Women are good at nurturing others but can lack the same ability for themselves.
They can also find themselves in relationships that lack nurturing love, wherein they may feel rejected, undervalued, or unloved. Breast issues can be a reflection of this lack in a woman's life.
For some women, it is difficult to draw the line in the nurturing stakes. So many of us women tend to take on responsibility for others, and in the process often (s)mother them. This can include our children, but also our partners and other people as well. Breast discomfort may be trying to draw our attention to this state of affairs.
This seemed to be the case for me when recently I had an episode of extreme breast tenderness in the two weeks before my period, especially affecting my right side. It was so bad that sleeping on my side was painful and uncomfortable. I've not been like that in a very long while.
Eventually, I decided enough was enough and I set about tapping away on it.
It definitely graded the level of intensity at 10+ on a scale of 0 to 10 when I started using the Basic EFT Recipe.
Even though my breasts, especially my right one, are so very painful...
As I tapped away, I found myself remembering a spiritual healer I occasionally go to telling me that the right side of the body is concerned with the masculine side of things, or the males in your life, whereas the left is associated with the feminine and female influences.
I had been worrying a lot about my husband recently. For over a year he had been putting off paying a long overdue visit to the diabetes nurse. An aspect arising?
I began tapping:
Even though I am worrying about my husband's health...
Even though I wish he would look after himself better, I accept that I can only be responsible for my own state of being and that he must be responsible for his.
Even though I worry about my husband because I care so much, I choose to let him make his own choices.
I was now beginning to yawn, a personal sign that energy was shifting. I felt lighter somehow, and the tenderness, though still there, was very much reduced - probably 2 out of 10 or even 1 out of 10. I left it at that and settled down to sleep.
The next morning I realized that there was hardly any breast tenderness left, and nothing at all by the end of the day. A good result and it produced some interesting insights. I thought little more of it, as it was more or less what I expected.
One of the advantages of knowing about EFT is the fact that here we have a tool, constantly at our fingertips, which we can use any time, any place, anywhere.
Whenever I get a sign that the hormones are playing up, whether it be physical, mental, or emotional, I take a few moments out to tap on whatever comes up and all is well again. I find it fascinating that EFT works so well on so many disparate issues and problems.
And how did this EFT episode help my husband?
My belief is that we are all of us interconnected in an energetic web. As the saying by the Native American Chief Seattle goes: "Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect."
It never occurred to me to mention the insights that I had received as I tapped. However, what I found VERY interesting to note was that about two days later my husband announced to me, out of the blue, that he had finally gotten around to making his appointment for blood-taking and follow-up with the nurse.
Could it be that I had unblocked more than one energy? It would not surprise me.