Category:Tools’

The Nine Gamut Procedure

 - by lucie

Originally included in the basic EFT recipe and sandwiched between two rounds of the full tapping sequence – with face, chest and finger points – the nine gamut procedure has slowly faded out of the common tapping techniques used by new practitioners.

But…

I think this might be a mistake.

1. When dealing with deeply buried upsets and suppressed feelings, the nine gamut procedure has no equal in bringing out emotional intensity where previously the practitioner was feeling either flat and detached. So it’s particularly useful in dealing with traumatic memories that we know we should be upset about but instead are feeling numb to.

2. The nine gamut procedure can also help if the practitioner is stuck. If after a few rounds of tapping, there doesn’t seem to be any change and there’s no insight as to what to do next, it’s time to give the nine gamut a change. By connecting the two hemispheres of the brain and accessing non verbal data, it allows new unconscious information to surface.

3. It’s also very useful when a strong emotion erupts out of nowhere and we find ourselves on an emotional roller coaster so intense that even tapping doesn’t entirely manage to slow it down. Using the nine gamut procedure at that time will be particularly effective in both calming down the practitioner and preventing re-traumatization. In short, the nine gamut is perfect in case of emergency.

However, there’s one big cave at. The nine gamut procedure looks goofy.

Really goofy.

And that’s coming from an EFT pro who’s been tapping in public for close to a decade without feeling self-conscious (that would be me).

So… What is the nine gamut?

It’s a series of nine actions.With your head steady and while tapping on the back of your hand in the hollow between the base of the pinky finger and the ring finger, do the following nine things:

1. Close your eyes
2. Open your eyes
3. Look to be bottom left
4. Look to the bottom right
5. Make a circle with your eyes
6. Make a circle in the other direction
7. Hum a tune
8. Count to 5
9. Hum again

Then pause to notice any change and resume the procedure if necessary.

For more on the science behind the nine gamut procedure, read this article by Dawson Church.

 

Negativity Blaster: Tapping 101

 - by lucie

Tapping, aka Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), is my not so secret weapon. I use it on negative emotions, limiting beliefs, feelings of overwhelm, negative self-talk, painful memories and so on. It’s a very simple self-help tool that will enhance your ability to find inner stability when everything is chaotic around you. Like when a baby’s born and their parents are struggling to do a good job, get some rest, retain a semblance of social and professional life, etc.

In this video I demonstrate the basic EFT formula and show you where the main tapping points are located, how to tap on them, and how to include them in a bona fide EFT recipe, with statements and all.

Remember, tapping is a very forgiving process: you cannot do it wrong! Even if you forget a point, don’t remember the proper tapping order, or the number of times you’re supposed to tap on each point, it’s absolutely fine… The only way to do EFT wrong is by not tapping at all.

So watch the video below and start tapping!

Get my free ebook on how to get started with EFT by clicking here! This tool summarizes and makes accessible years of experience and it will absolutely jump-start you on your healing journey.

How and Where to Tap

 - by lucie

In this video I demonstrate the basic EFT formula and show you where the main tapping points are located, how to tap on them, and how to include them in a bona fide EFT recipe, with statements and all.

Remember, tapping is a very forgiving process: you cannot do it wrong! Even if you forget a point, don’t remember the proper tapping order, or the number of times you’re supposed to tap on each point, it’s absolutely fine… The only way to do EFT wrong is by not tapping at all.

So watch the video above and start tapping!

Get my free ebook on how to get started with EFT by clicking here! This tool summarizes and makes accessible years of experience and it will absolutely jump-start you on your healing journey.

Agreement of Services

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Agreement between Lucie Monroe, professional EFT practitioner, and signer.

I have been informed that Lucie Monroe is not a licensed health care provider, therapist, or psychologist. Her academic degrees are in engineering and not health care.

I understand that the services she provides in EFT are educational in nature.

I agree that this work is not psychotherapy and I am responsible for my own well being, during and after our work together.

I understand that I am advised to consult with my current health care providers before changing any medications or other treatments.

I understand that each session will be held in the strictest confidence and with the utmost respect.

I understand that Lucie may not give medical advice or diagnose medical conditions.

I understand I may contact Lucie for follow-up via email if needed.

I understand that payment is requested the same day of the session unless other arrangements have been made.

I understand that clients having a history of epilepsy or psychotic episodes should only do EFT while under direct supervision of a doctor or therapist.

By pressing “Submit”, I am giving my electronic signature to this agreement.
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Tapping Points: Where Are They?

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EFT Cheat Sheet

  1. Find the sore spot on your chest: it can move from one person to another, from one side of the body to another, and from day to day. If you can’t find it, use the karate chop point.
  2. While rubbing, repeat the set-up sentence 3 times: “Even though I have this problem, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”
  3. Tap with two fingers between 5 to 9 times on each point from top to bottom. Tap firmly but gently, don’t hurt yourself. And focus on the problem at hand while tapping by repeating the reminder phrase “This problem.”

To download the cheat sheet, click on the following link:

EFT Cheat Sheet

Emotional Eating and EFT

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In order to pack the maximum benefits for the nice people taking my 1 1/2 hour workshop on “Overcoming Emotional Eating and Cravings with EFT” at the Boston Skillshare 2010, I created the document dowloadable at the bottom of the page.

In 6 small pages it gathers a series of self-discovery questions to jump-start the process, the details of my EFT protocol for healing emotional eating in the long run, and an EFT cheat sheet with instructions on how and where to tap.

With this tool and the already healing experience of the workshop, most people should be empowered to be their own therapist and reclaim their power over food. Yet, for some, there might be deeply buried core issues that need more work to be unearthed or there might be painful traumas that would require the gentle and safe guidance of a professional to be dealt with. In both cases, I urge everybody to reach for their phone and make an appointment with their favorite EFT therapist.

I hope, in a not so distant future, that EFT becomes a widely used tool by the majority of mental and physical healthprofessionals. And that is why I keep spreading the word. Don’t hesitate to do the same!

Click below to dowload for free this protocol:

Workshop

Self-exploration Sheet – EFT with Lucie

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Self-exploration Sheet – EFT with Lucie®

What is/are the issues you would like to work on? (ex: chronic pain, fears, insomnia, etc.)

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What other treatments or therapies have you been using so far for this/these issue(s)?

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When did you start having this/these problem(s)?

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What was happening in your life at that time?

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If there was an emotional contributor to the issue(s) what would it be?

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Can you identify a pattern? (ex: “My shoulders start to tense every time I feel/I do…”)

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If there was one event in your past that you’d rather leave out if you had to relive your life, what would it be?

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Or download the PDF version:

EFT Self-exploration Sheet

How to get the most out of your first EFT session

 - by lucie

What every newcomer needs to know before their first EFT therapy appointment…

1. What is EFT?

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique and has been developed in California since the 1990’s. It blends Chinese energy medicine with western psychology in an extremely powerful method to release negative emotions stored in the body. The main tenet of EFT is that every negative emotion is caused by a disruption in the electric system of the body. By addressing the disruption, emotional distress either vanishes or is greatly improved. Since numerous physical conditions are due to an accumulation of negative emotions, it is also possible to address physical ailments with EFT.

2. What to expect.

EFT is so different from other therapies that it’s bound to surprise anyone trying for the first time. To avoid being drowned in confusion during the session, read the following description and get empowered with the knowledge of what to expect.

EFT looks and sounds extremely “goofy”. Your therapist – me – is going to have you rub your chest while repeating affirmations with unnatural emphasis; tap on your head, chest and hands; roll your eyes; hum; count; forcefully exhale, etc. This would seem seriously ridiculous to most, except for one insidious little detail: it actually works, at least in 98% of all cases, which is astounding compared to the results garnered by traditional therapy. So no matter how self-conscious or stupid you feel performing EFT for the first time, it would be a shame to deny yourself its benefits. Just give it a try…

3. What to do before a session.

Print out and fill in a self-exploration sheet. It helps you and your EFT therapist understand what causes the problems you’re seeking help for. When answering the questions on the sheet, keep in mind the two cardinal rules of EFT:

  1. Be specific.
  2. Focus on how you feel.

For instance, let’s say that Lindsay has a fear of public speaking. In order to successfully address her fear with EFT, she is to break it down into different events and isolate the negative emotions embedded in her memory. “When my second grade teacher made fun of me in front of the class for being shy, I felt humiliated and it still hurts today.” “When my husband pushed me to make a speech at our wedding party, I felt terrorized then I got angry at him because he knows I don’t like doing that. Now I feel ashamed of having felt anger towards him, especially on such an occasion.”

In this example, we’re focusing on two different memories in which she was afraid of speaking in public, and on how she felt about it.

By tapping on several such seemingly isolated events in Lindsay’s past, very often the big issue she wanted to treat – here, her fear of public speaking – collapses eventually.

4. What to do during a session.

EFT is no talk therapy. The more you talk, the less you tap, and that’s not the point of a tapping session, is it? Let your therapist – me, again – lead you in exploring your issues and don’t be put off when she interrupts you to focus on what you feel. Indeed, the way you feel now about an event from your past holds the key to healing through EFT.

A good way to get in touch with your emotions is to scan your body and witness the sensations that come up. Maybe a burn in the stomach is going to reveal that you’re holding on to anger or envy; perhaps a tightness in the throat tells you that you feel anxious or sad about something, even if you can’t remember what it is. Even if no emotion is associated with a sudden pain or discomfort flaring up during a session, your body is giving you clues that need to be followed, don’t ignore them, speak out.

Your thoughts too can give away useful indications. If memories pop up during tapping, even if you think they’re totally unrelated to the issue at hand, chances are they’re not; there’s probably a link that should be explored. Likewise, if you catch your subconscious in the act of talking you down, that too is worth being noticed and mentioned.

To sum it up, it is important that you pay attention to anything that comes up during a round of EFT, whether it’s an emotion, a sensation, a pain or discomfort, a memory, a thought, or some piece of negative self-talk; these evidences are invaluable contributions to the detective work you and your therapist are leading to unearth your emotional blocks and treat them.

5. What to do after an EFT session.

Whether you feel any different after the session, whether you can point out the benefits immediately or not, there are certain rules that I recommend you follow.

As with any energy technique, EFT can have profound impacts on your physiology. Some people report feeling drowsy, or sleepy right after a session. Some people can’t notice any difference even though their body is undergoing some readjustments. For some others, the treatment might stir up resistances, or new aspects of the same problem, which can provoke emotional or physical distress. Fortunately, the latter is rather rare and usually disappears with more tapping.

At any rate, be gentle with yourself. Don’t plan anything strenuous or physically intense right after an EFT session or the very next day. Do surround yourself with family members or friends. Get a lot of rest and drink plenty of water, your body needs it to function at its fullest potential and actualize the change brought forth by EFT. Pamper yourself, journal, do something pleasurable and low-key. To make it short, take care of yourself.