Tag: Energy Psychology’

The Case for the Glass of Water

 - by lucie

I remember the first time I got in contact with an EFT website that was re-inventing the wheel by giving their own version of the EFT tapping sequence with a twist: drinking a full glass of water was recommended before starting the process in order to, allegedly, allow energies to flow better. That made me slightly uncomfortable. I began to suspect that there was a hint of dishonesty behind. Even though virtually all EFT websites pay due respects to the founder of EFT, Gary Craig, some barely acknowledge that the tapping algorithm is his creation and present their own version with just a slight “innovation” so as to enable them to claim the full paternity for their tapping recipe. The excuse of introducing a mere glass of water in the sequence seemed quite shallow.
Then I discovered that Gary Craig shared my opinion. He expressed himself clearly enough in an article published on his website (http://emofree.com/cutting-edge.htm) and titled “Why EFT is always on the Cutting Edge – and some useful perspectives”:

Drinking Water: Some promoters insist that clients must be well hydrated or else EFT’s benefits will be impaired.

I see no evidence of this whatsoever and yet it is sometimes portrayed as “the missing piece” in EFT.  I have helped countless people with EFT and have never asked any of them to drink water during the process.  Further, I once delivered EFT to a roomful of 500 people and got results with all but one.  No one was asked to drink water.

The general idea behind this EFT/water contention is that water is essential to the conduction of energy within the body.  Maybe so, but we’re already 70+%  water so what good does it do to add another 1% through drinking a glass of water?  Further, It takes an hour or two for a glass of water to be absorbed and thus hydrate the cells. By that time, most EFT sessions are over.

Watch professional basketball players, for example.  They run up and down the court sweating profusely and take in very little water. Yet their energy still courses through their bodies in perfect fashion. Basketball is far more demanding on the mental and physical body than an EFT session and yet maintaining optimum hydration is not required for these athletes to perform at top levels.

A new perspective on this whole discussion began to dawn on me in the early months of 2009. In January 2009, I got attuned to reiki by the reiki master Ellen Sokolow. The attunement itself was a very powerful experience that propelled me across the last miles separating me from the intuitive healer I am today. Ellen shared with me after the ceremony that reiki helps you become who you are. And it didn’t take weeks before I understood very concretely what she meant: my intuition had been multiplied tenfold! Not only was I able to perceive other people’s energy with much more vividness in my every day life, but in the midst of doing EFT with a client, I could suddenly feel things they were experiencing in their bodies, emotions they were going through and see flashes of their memories before my eyes. Even with my history of being an emotional empath, I was overwhelmed by the amount of sensations and intuitions I was receiving… But the most obvious information I received had a lot to do with dehydration.

When our bodies are dehydrated, the lack of water often produces a headache. In my case – lucky me! – the only headaches I get are dehydration headaches. The brain being 75% water is particularly sensitive to a lack of water. The body, sensing that the water supply is running low, generates histamines to alert us to the impending dehydration. The histamines are accompanied by pain and fatigue. Hence the headache… (See the following articles in wikipedia and buzzle)

So the first time I felt a dehydration headache during an EFT session with a client, and a much stronger one than I was used to, 15 minutes after having drunk a big glass of water, I knew that the problem didn’t come from me. I got up and fetched a glass of water for the person I was working with. She thanked me saying that she felt very thirsty and was beginning to feel dehydrated. Ah-ah!

This experiment has been consistently reproduced. Every time I’m very thirsty, it doesn’t impede the client’s healing process. But if they are thirsty, not only do I feel it (and strongly so), but healing seems to be stopped until they drink a glass of water and let their bodies relax out of emergency mode. Usually the results are next to instantaneous: one mere minute is more than enough to dispel the headache and let the energy flow back on.

In conclusion, my opinion is more nuanced than Gary’s. It is needless to include the glass of water in an allegedly new-and-improved tapping recipe, especially since dehydration headaches aren’t that common. But when they occur, healing is stopped in its tracks just as completely as if an energy toxin was present in the room or in the patient’s body. And it might very well be the case: perhaps the histamines produced by the body to alert us when dehydration threatens act as toxins for this particular client.

At any rate, I am incredibly grateful that I’m equipped with an internal tool to unmistakably detect when this phenomenon is happening. My intuition as a therapist is an invaluable gift that keeps surprising me, again and again…

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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EFT Self-exploration Sheet

In Defense of the Liver Point

 - by lucie

According to Lindsay Kenny’s article, “the Liver Point or Liver 14 in acupuncture terms, can be found on the mammilary line, under the nipple, 2 ribs below the nipple, about where a woman’s bra wire would be. For a man it’s about 3 inches under his nipples. Because of it’s “inconvenient positioning” it began to be eliminated in public forums. However, the Liver Point is an important meridian for stress, depression, cravings and anger.”

In most of the shortcuts developed and customized by numerous therapists, the Liver Point has disappeared. Yet, I made a conscious choice to include it with all my patients. Here is why.

1. “My Point”
Gary Craig encourages us to find our own point, by which he means a point with which we experience a more effective healing, an notable increase of energy flow, etc. For a lot of people, it turns out to be the Collarbone Point (and it is the case for Gary). But for me, it is definitely the Liver Point.

2. My Terrain
Years ago, upon visiting a homeopathic doctor, I was told that my liver was the weak point of my physiology and that it needed constant support. As a matter of fact, my other health issues – all minor I assure you – wouldn’t see any improvement if I didn’t care for my liver first.

3. My Energy System
Then it makes sense that skipping the liver point, in my case, would be more detrimental than the supposed benefits (a slight gain of time and a sometimes irrelevant sense of propriety) could ever bring. In my body, the liver meridian is probably the one housing the most energy disruptions. And healing wouldn’t be as deep if I didn’t tap on it.

4. The benefits for my patients
The benefits for myself are rather obvious. But what was incredible to me was to notice that for all my patients, the Liver Point also felt particularly potent and/or sensitive. Statistically, this shouldn’t be: for most therapists, the point can be skipped without any difference in the quality of the healing and they report similar results whether they choose to tap on it or not. The difference with my own experience probably comes from the fact that healing occurs in the space between the practitioner and the patient. Hence, what ails them, ails me; what heals me, heals them. And if I were to skip the Liver Point, I would also miss plenty of energy disruption in what I came to call “the reciprocal space” of healing, as a wink to my years as a scientist.

5. Conclusion:
As always, in energy psychology, there’s no one size fits all answer. Do what feels right. Which supposes that you have an clue of what feeling entails, but isn’t it the starting point of all healing process?