So I did a really stupid thing last night and tried to sleep through a fairly strong headache. I don’t usually take anything for headaches, but maybe I should have…
Even so, I managed to get some sleep (and had some wild dreams). The one thing that helped me sleep was EFT tapping. I’m so used to it that I can tap just feeling the tapping points and thinking the words.
I don’t recommend that for beginners, because EFT really works faster if you put your emotions behind it and speaking the sentences out loud – even cursing at times – does make it easier.
So anyway, I tapped on the pain and stuff that bothered me, and pretty soon I was yawning and falling asleep. I had to repeat that in the middle of the night, but other than that, I did get most of the sleep I need per night. (Although that darn headache still isn’t entirely gone.)
There are a few tricks to tapping on pain that I want to share with you today.
Now here’s a warning: If strong pain keeps coming back, it’s something serious, and you should see a professional. EFT can take away pain quite efficiently (I did that a lot when I broke my collar-bone), but pain is the body’s warning signal, and we should listen to it if we get it loud and clear repeatedly.
Back to tapping on pain. These are steps I recommend to give you something to work with and to really gain focus – being focused makes tapping more efficient.
1. Find the exact location of the pain
2. Monitor the intensity of the pain (you can use a scale from 0-10)
3. Notice the color and kind of pain (it gives you one more thing to check for change)
4. Tune into your emotion about the pain
If you want to be very thorough, you can write it all down on a piece of paper so you can check back on the changes after each tapping round. Treat it as an experiment!
Use all your detail in the set-up phrases and let your emotions flow. Try to get really involved in this – cursing is just fine! (Pain brings out the crabby Firle in me, and yes, I curse when I tap on it.)
Go through a tapping round (I usually go through all tapping points three or four times in one “round”), and then check back with your list. Usually, there are changes.
Keep going. Depending on the kind of pain (and of course, the physical reasons behind it), it can take a few rounds before it goes down. Once it does go down, change your words to reflect the easing, but keep going until it’s totally gone.
I know. I don’t always have the patience to do that, either. It’s still the best way to go because once you tap the pain away completely, it’s more likely to stay away – especially with headaches and migraines.
Here are set-up phrases modelled on my current headache. You’ll find a complete tapping round in the newsletter (but with pain, one round usually isn’t enough, so keep going).
Even though I have this blasted headache, spreading from the back of my head in red waves, I’m totally okay the way I am, and I’m now asking my body to gently release the pain and everything that causes it.
Even though I really hate this effing headache, red and ugly, spreading in waves from the back of my head, I really love and accept myself, and I’m giving myself permission to release that headache now.
Even though I’m soooo annoyed at this ugly headache, spreading in red, icky waves from the back of my head, I’m still okay the way I am, and I now choose to surprise myself by how quickly I can release that awful pain.
What kinds of pain do you experience?
How does it feel to get close and personal with the pain?
What happened while you were tapping?
And finally – what are you creating right now?
Please share in a comment.
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