Posted by: Mildred's eftedmonton Blog | January 17, 2015

An Alternative to Liberation Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis


Liberation Therapy, Liberation Therapy with stem cells, or Liberation Therapy in Poland, India or Saskatchewan seem to get a lot of attention in the media.  However, results seem very mixed so far for MS  sufferers, who are spending as much as $34,000 to get this experimental treatment. As with any surgery, liberation therapy comes with risks, but in this case with questionable results.

Sufferers of MS frequently notice exacerbations when they are under emotional stress.  For me, this provides a clue that MS is a multifaceted disease and that addressing the emotional side of the MS equation may help with some of the severe symptoms arising from the disease.  I recommend you watch this youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0dDbPhrWSc&feature=youtu.be

In the above video, one of the participants, Hank, recounts his medical history and treatment for MS.  During my training as an EFT  practitioner, I was privileged to watch Gary Craig treat Hank’s MS.  I didn’t see all the treatments, and I’m certain the client worked on his issues on his own, but I saw results and you can see results on the video for yourself.

To those with MS, I might ask them to think back to the time prior to their diagnosis.  What was happening in their lives at the time? I would ask specifically about the stresses they were experiencing.   Was there added stress associated around the diagnosis itself, or was there grief?  What if any, might be the beneficial side of having MS?  Did MS give the permission needed to quit a job or to end a relationship? Did the MS diagnosis entitle the sufferer to receive sick benefits? Did MS provide any excuse to say, “No”?

If any of these issues ring true, then EFT can definitely help with some of the underlying issues of the disease.  Also if stress makes MS worse, EFT is definitely to be recommended.

“But what are the risks to using EFT?”, one might ask. Well, you might have no results.  You might waste some time, and if you choose to get experienced help from a trained practitioner, you might spend some money, though much less than you might expect.  You would not be risking death on the operating table, though, and you would be learning a very effective tool for regulating your emotions, even if EFT did not cure your MS.

 

Posted by: Mildred's eftedmonton Blog | May 12, 2016

Fort McMurray Fire Disaster


I live in Alberta, a Canadian province where we have recently gone through a huge fire disaster, forcing thousands of people out of their homes.  Some people have no homes to return to, some are uncertain about whether their home was burned, and some are just anxious to get home throw out the fridge and freezer and get back to their lives. No one knows what the future exactly holds for them.  It is a very stressful time.  People were separated from their work, their families and even their pets, but this is gradually getting sorted out, as responders work their hardest to normalize people’s lives.  If you know someone who has recently had to flee a fire, then pass this tapping script on to them.  If you are unfamiliar with EFT, check out the EFT in a nutshell article on this site

Even though the future is uncertain, I accept myself.

Even though I don’t know if my home is okay or not, I accept myself.

Even though some of my friends and neighbors may have lost their homes, I accept myself.

Even though Fort McMurray will never be the same after this, I accept myself.

Even though some people may never recover the lives they used to have in Fort Mac, I accept myself.

Even though I’m under an overwhelming amount of stress, I accept myself.

Even though I feel like crying, I accept myself.  Things could have been much much worse.

I am also holding a couple of workshops aimed at Fort Mac Fire Evacuees and friends and you can sign up on EventBrite.ca to come to this event. Look for Fort McMurray Fire Evacuees Stress Relief Group Meeting. Monday, May 16.  If this fills up quickly, I will open another workshop for May 18, 7-9 pm at the Roots building on Whyte Ave.

Posted by: Mildred's eftedmonton Blog | April 24, 2016

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) in a Nutshell


The Apex Effect.

EFT works so well and so effectively that people sometimes even forget they had the problem. In EFT, we call this the Apex effect. This is why it is a good idea to write down the issue or part of an issue you are dealing with, and give it a SUDs number. Then you have proof when the issue seems to change or not be a problem anymore: you can see what you’ve written down.

SUDs: Subjective Units of Distress.

On a scale from 0 to 10, how big a problem or issue is it? With 0 meaning no problem, 10 meaning the worst possible problem.

Start by Removing Some Common Psychological Reversals or Healing Blocks

While tapping the edge of the palm (karate spot point), repeat the following phrases three times.  If you feel more is required, repeat another three times with the sore spot. (You will probably feel some kind of shift or change, once you get in tune with your inner knowing.)

1._____ Even though I have this problem, I completely love and accept myself.

2._____ Even though I may not want to let go of this problem, I completely love and accept myself.

3._____ Even though I may not deserve to get over this problem, and other people may not deserve for me to get over it, I completely love and accept myself.

4._____ Even though I may want to keep all of  this problem or some of this  problem, I completely love and accept myself.

5._____ Even though it may not be possible to get over this problem, I completely love and accept myself, with all my faults and limitations.

6._____ Even though I may not do what I need to do to get over this problem, I completely love and accept myself.

7._____ Even though I have a vested interest in keeping all or part of this problem, I completely love and accept myself.

 

These are general and common reversals.  Even if they may not consciously register as a belief or fact with you, you may have some subconscious beliefs that require attention.

Tapping points

  1. Inner Eyebrow
  2. Outer eyebrow
  3. Under eye
  4. Under nose
  5. Under lips
  6. Collar bone
  7. Under arms
  8. Under breast
  9. Karate chop point
  10. Thumbnail
  11. Index fingernail
  12. Middle fingernail
  13. Little finger nail

 

While tapping Gamut*, (optional, but sometimes necessary)

*(Gamut spot: behind third and forth knuckle).

  1.  Close Eyes
  2.  Open eyes
  3.  Look down to the left
  4.  Look down to the right
  5. Sweep eyes around in a circle (around the clock) one way.
  6. Sweep eyes around in a circle (around the clock) other way.
  7.  Hum aloud a few bars of any music.(eg. Happy Birthday to You)
  8. Count aloud to 5.
  9.  Hum a few bars again.

 

Gamut Sandwich

Deluxe: While focusing on an issue, tap all the points; do the gamut tapping; and tap all the points again.

Quick:  Tap the first 7 points, do the gamut tapping, and tap the first 7 points again.

 

Gary Craig’s inexpensive  EFT Manual is available by following the links at http://www.emofree.ca.

*Substitute with whatever aspect, issue or problem that is being addressed. Copyright Mildred Thill, 2016

email mildred@emofree.ca for more info, to book as a speaker for your group, or to book a private consultation.

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Posted by: Mildred's eftedmonton Blog | February 15, 2015

Mother with Terminal Cancer


Baby Declan was born on Feb .1 to his mother, Jillian O’Connor, who in her early months of pregnancy was diagnosed with an extremely rare metastatic breast cancer. Jillian has been given two years to live. The future looks grim for this young mother, but I am confident that EFT can help. Please set aside a few minutes to surrogate tap for Jillian using the following suggested phrases or other phrases you may feel called upon to use.

  • Even though I, Jillian, have been told my cancer is incurable, I accept myself. I choose  to heal anyway.
  • Even though the tests I took after giving birth seem to show my cancer has spread further, I accept myself. I choose  to heal anyway.
  • Even though I’ve been told I may only have two years to live, I Jillian, accept myself. I choose  to heal anyway.
  • Even though the doctors and others have little faith in my cure, I accept myself. I choose  to heal anyway.
  • Even though I will probably feel awful during chemotherapy, I accept myself. I choose  to heal anyway.
  • Even though I may find treatment difficult and being a new mother a very difficult combination, I accept myself.
  • Even though I’m worried that my cancer has spread, I accept myself. I choose  to heal anyway.
  • Even though I’m worried that my kids will be without a mother, I accept myself.
  • Even though it is difficult to stay positive and hopeful about my complete recovery, I accept myself. I choose  to hope anyway.
  • Even if I worry about where the money’s coming from, I accept myself and choose to believe that things will work out.
  • Even though I have two other small children who also need their mother’s attention, I accept myself. I’m doing the best I can.
  • Even though my husband is working 12 hour shifts to help the family pay the bills, I accept myself. I’m doing the best I can.
  • Even though its difficult to stay hopeful when others
  • Even though I may feel guilty that my husband has to work so hard, I accept myself.
  • Even though I’m worried I may not live to see my children grow up, I accept myself. I choose to live.
  • Even though life doesn’t seem fair, I accept myself anyway. I’m doing the best I can, playing the cards I’ve been dealt.

If you are new to EFT, tap the karate chop side of the hand while saying each statement, and then tap through the following points as you mentally repeat three or four of the above statements. Top of the head, between the eyebrows, side of the eyes, under the eyes, under the nose, under the lips, beneath the collar bone, and under the arms, on the torso, at the bra strap area. Check out EFT in a nutshell, http://www3.telus.net/emofree/EFT-in-a-nutshell.htm  for further info, or EFT Universe at http://www.emofree.com/EFT/?aft=908  Learn more about Jillian’s story here.

Posted by: Mildred's eftedmonton Blog | January 11, 2015

Helping the little thumb-sucker quit the habit.


There comes a time in a child’s life when sucking his thumb-sucking is no longer acceptable.  It looks babyish, and parents start to worry about future orthodontic bills. However to the child, sucking his* thumb makes him feel cozy and comfortable. It takes him back to that early time when he had a bottle or a breast full of warm milk and he had no worries or concerns. He was safe  and secure in his mother’s arms.

But now he may be getting his permanent teeth, and going to school, so the thumb-sucking is becoming an embarrassment, often more for the parents than the child. Plus there are those aforementioned orthodontic bills to consider. Experts suggest that even for 2-to-4 year olds, thumb-sucking can set the stage for dental problems later on. (See http://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/9-ways-to-wean-a-child-off-thumb-sucking?page=2).

If your child is a thumb-sucker, start by dealing with your own fears and concerns about the issue.  Here are some suggested EFT affirmations you can use to lower your own anxiety about your child’s thumb-sucking.   Use short cut EFT techniques, tapping the side of your hand, the karate chop point, and say aloud or to yourself,

  • Even though I have these worries about my child’s thumb-sucking, I accept myself.
  • Even though I may have also sucked my thumb at the same age (or bitten my fingernails), I accept myself.
  • Even though I am frustrated or embarrassed about my child’s thumb-sucking, I accept myself.
  • Even though my spouse may have sucked his or her thumb at the same age, I accept myself.
  • Even though I worry about future dental problems and upcoming orthodontic bills, I accept myself.
  • Even though I feel helpless or inadequate as a parent over this issue, I accept myself.

Now pick one sentence above, or create your own version that encompasses your fears or resonates most with you.  Repeat that sentence  each time as you tap the top of your head, tap between the eyebrows, tap on the side of the eyes, tap under the eyes, tap under the nose, tap under the mouth, and tap the collarbone points and under the arms.  Tap about 7-10 times as you repeat your chosen sentence.  How do you feel now?   Maybe a little calmer? If not, repeat the process a couple of times with a different sentence, and you will likely find some relief. It’s important to work on your side of the issue first in order to address your child more calmly.

The next step is to go to your child and ask permission to show him a new coping skill, something to help him feel cozy and safe.   Tell him – if you haven’t already – that you are concerned about his thumb-sucking and you would like to help him quit and learn a new calming technique. Most children this age are open to new ideas and will accept this kind of suggestion from a parent.

Hold on to his hand,tapping his karate point and say for him:

  • Even though I still suck my thumb, I am a good boy, and mommy and daddy love me very much.
  • Even though I feel safe and cozy when I suck my thumb, I am a good boy.

Listen to what your child tells you at this point.  If he says, “I really, really like sucking my thumb”, then tap on him and say,

  • Even though I really, really like sucking my thumb, I am still a good boy, and mommy and daddy love me.  (If your child starts playing with his toys or runs off into another room, then consider the treatment over.)  If he lets you continue, you can tap on some of the same points you used on yourself, but beware, children are often very ticklish, so you may want to skip the collar bone and under the arm points, or just touch them lightly.
  • Even though Mommy and Daddy are worried that I will have funny teeth when I’m older, I am a good boy, and they love me very much.

You may need to wait a week or so to see results and you may need to repeat once or twice, but parents have had good results with EFT for all kinds of childhood issues, including thumb-sucking.

If you teach your child this short-cut EFT technique, you will help with any anxiety around the issue, plus give him something effective to replace his thumb-sucking habit.  If you have any difficulty using this technique, please contact me in these pages, or phone or email me.  I’d love to hear about your successes too. MT

*Throughout this article I have used the male pronoun for the child, but of course this will work with girls too.    If you need a quick intro or a refresher on the EFT points, check out this link.

Posted by: Mildred's eftedmonton Blog | December 12, 2014

Tapping Can Help your Favorite Sports Team


I live in a city that is pretty sports crazy.  We like our football, we like soccer for the kids, and various amongst us even like other sports. But we love our hockey. We love our Edmonton Oilers. And our team just got raked over the coals in our local paper, The Edmonton Journal, by one of our most prominent sports reporters.  http://epaper.edmontonjournal.com/epaper/showlink.aspx?bookmarkid=4QC6QQX91DG2&preview=article&linkid=a77aa4a0-9233-4a9c-bc0f-cabb1a7bfaae&pdaffid=Wli18N%2bbMWDLE1vDiMkxQg%3d%3d

Normally I don’t bother about sports too much, but after that devastating condemnation, I felt really sorry for the home town team and I decided to incorporate some of the tricks of EFT to help the Edmonton Oilers.  If you’re an Oilers Fan, this will probably seem like voodoo to you, but what have you got to lose?  If you are more concerned about your kid’s soccer team or your golf score, just substitute the appropriate phrases.

If you have never used EFT to tap, you might want to check out some of the other articles on this blog, particularly EFT in a Nutshell http://www3.telus.net/emofree/EFT-in-a-nutshell.htm, and articles about Surrogate EFT, but if  you can follow along with these bare bone  instructions, more power to you.

Tap the side of your hand and say the following phrases based on excerpts from the article by Jim Matheson:

  • Even though the Oilers don’t have their horses in the barn, I accept myself.
  • Even though they are flat out not good enough, I accept myself.
  • Even though they chase almost every game, I accept myself.
  • Even though they are not a skilled team, I accept myself.
  • Even though they have scored two or fewer goals 18 times in the first 29 games, I accept myself.
  • Even though the Oilers have only 45 even-strength goals and have given up 71 goals in five-on-five or four-on-four situations, I accept myself.
  • Even though  they averaged 2.44  goals per game last season and are at 2.17 this year, I accept myself.
  • Even though they have given up the first goal 19 times, I accept myself.
  • Even though the Oilers look like they are beaten before the puck drops on the opening faceoff, I accept myself.
  • Even though they’ve been hammered 65-38 in goals in the first two periods of games, I accept myself.
  • Even though they only start pick up speed too late in the third period, I accept myself.
  • Even though they have to give up less and do more, I accept myself.
  • Even though the Oilers don’t seem to get many second or third chances of scoring, I accept myself.
  • Even though the Oilers’ players need to feel good with the stick in their hands, I accept myself.
  • Even though they need to get the puck in the net, I accept myself.
  • Even though they need their game to improve now, I accept myself.
  • Even though the Oilers have scored only 15 goals in the last 10 games, I accept myself.
  • Even though goalies, Viktor Fasth and Ben Scrivens, have seen their goals-against averages take a beating, I accept myself.

Now  tap (about 7 times each ) on the top of your head, between your eyebrows, side of the eyes, under the eyes, under the nose under the lips, below the collar bone,  and under the arm on the torso.

If  10 or more fans get past their feelings foolishness to do this surrogate tapping for the Oilers, maybe the team can turn itself around.

Posted by: Mildred's eftedmonton Blog | December 4, 2014

Tapping away the pain or discomfort


For those who have a great deal of trauma in their lives, it is sometimes very effective to approach treatment through the tapping away of physical discomfort and pain, rather than tackling emotional stuff head-on.   I have used this very successfully in group settings, especially where men were involved. As a general rule, men are usually more comfortable addressing concrete, physical pain rather than ‘feelings’ or ’emotional pain’.

Take a deep breath and scan yourself from head to toe, and take note of how you physically feel in your head, neck, shoulders, upper back, lower back, chest and stomach, buttocks,legs, etc.

Choose one area of bodily discomfort, give it a number from 1-10, and use this format:

Even though I have this _________ (stiff, tense, uncomfortable) feeling or pain in my__________ (upper back, etc,) I accept myself.

Repeat 3 times while tapping the karate chop point.  Then tap through all the other points once or twice.

Note if you feel differently. What is the number now?  If no change after two rounds of tapping, don’t worry. Sometimes it takes a few minutes to work.

Go on to the next problem area and repeat the process.

For more information on the tapping points, check out the link for EFT in a nutshell.

Posted by: Mildred's eftedmonton Blog | November 24, 2014

Is Anger Controlling Your Life? Take Charge with EFT


Do you get angry? Anger is a completely normal human emotion that everyone will experience in their lives, right from being tiny children. If your parents are being unfair, your doctor’s bedside manner is something to be desired or your promotion was given to the office junior instead of you, then who can blame you for feeling irritated? In its proper place, anger is a healthy outlet for negative emotion. Anger that is constantly suppressed may turn inward and cause depression or even physical illnesses like high blood pressure or stress related headaches. If you feel that you’re very frequently or always angry and you feel irritation or rage more than any other emotion you may have an anger management problem.

Signs and Symptoms of an Anger Problem

Some signs that you are overly angry are:

  • Feeling constantly anxious
  • Feeling constantly irritated or even enraged by other people
  • Feeling as if you cannot control your angry thoughts
  • Feeling overwhelmed by your circumstances
  • Thinking about self-harming
  • Thinking about harming others
  • Very frequent stress related headaches
  • Heart palpitations and tight feelings in your chest.

A prolonged state of anger and anxiety can have a devastating impact on your health and can put you at risk of memory loss, stroke and heart attacks. It may interfere with your ability to sleep at night. Having an anger problem can also damage your relationship with your partner and children and could spoil your life at work.

Unresolved Life Issues

Anger issues arise for a variety of reasons. It can occur due to an inflammatory illness (inflammation can cause anxiety) or it can manifest after a head trauma or brain bleed. Sometimes it develops for psychological reasons like childhood bullying or being raised by very critical parents. Issues that affect self-esteem can have long term consequences on how the person views themselves. Some people put others down or act angry to cover up feelings of self-loathing or to take back power they feel they have lost. Sometimes repeated hurts and disappointments are the cause.

If your relationships are already strained it may be time to take action to heal your life and your interactions with others. You can control your anger rather than letting it control you.

How Emotional Freedom Technique Can Help You

Emotional Freedom Technique is one of the ways you can help yourself. Emotional Freedom Technique is a form of acupressure that is based on meridian energy points used in acupuncture for more than five thousand years. However, instead of using fine needles, acupressure uses a less invasive external pressure. Acupressure is a popular way of preventing motion sickness, with some pharmacies and online stores selling acupressure wrist bands to bring relief to travelers. Acupressure can also be used to address emotional problems such as depression, fear of public speaking and anger. Tapping on the specific meridian sites on the head and chest channels energy into them to clear ‘emotional blocks’. Positive affirmations are used in conjunction with the tapping to raise your self – worth and balance your mind. It is known that the mind and the body are connected – for instance, people with depression can have lower immune systems – so saying affirmations not only enhances the action of the acupressure but as a longer term intervention it can help you change the way you think.

What the Science Says

If you’re not convinced that some tapping exercises could change your life, just take a look at what is in the scientific literature.

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease reported that emotional freedom techniques reduced cortisol (stress hormone) levels and eased anxiety and psychological distress. These decreases in distress were much more significant when compared with a group of people who had psychotherapy.

In a separate study in Greece, EFT was trialled on people with stress and tension type headache and was found to increase quality of life by reducing the number of headaches they had as well as lessening their severity.

Staffordshire University in the UK studied the use of EFT for people in high pressure environments and gave EFT training to 50 students. All 50 students achieved better marks in their tests and were notably calmer than students who hadn’t done EFT. This has led to some doctors calling for it to be introduced into the UK healthcare system as a treatment for psychological problems like anger, depression and anxiety.

EFT can be self-administered, it’s easy to learn and it doesn’t have the side-effects that anti-anxiety pills can have so if anger is making your life a misery, why not give it a try?

Sources:

Rosenkrantz MA et al, A comparison of mindfulness-based stress reduction and an active control in modulation of neurogenic inflammation, Brain Behav Immun. 2013 Jan;27(1):174-84, accessed November 20, 2014, doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2012.10.013 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23092711

Bougea AM et al, Effect of the emotional freedom technique on perceived stress, quality of life, and cortisol salivary levels in tension-type headache sufferers: a randomized controlled trial, Explore (NY). 2013 Mar-Apr;9(2):91-9, accessed November 20, 2014, doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2012.12.005, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23452711

Church D et al, The effect of emotional freedom techniques on stress biochemistry: a randomized controlled trial, J Nerv Ment Dis. 2012 Oct;200(10):891-6, accessed November 20, 2014, doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e31826b9fc1, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22986277

Emma Innes, Alternative Tapping Therapy Could be Used by NHS to Treat Anxiety and Depression, The Daily Mail, 16 January 2014, accessed November 22, 2014, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2540469/Alternative-tapping-therapy-favoured-Lily-Allen-used-NHS-treat-anxiety-depression.html

An Introduction to Emotional Freedom Technique, The Dr. Oz Show, accessed November 22, 2014, http://www.doctoroz.com/article/introduction-emotional-freedom-technique

Anger Symptoms, Causes and Effects, Psych Guides, accessed November 22, 2014, http://www.psychguides.com/guides/anger-symptoms-causes-and-effects/

Controlling Anger Before it Controls You, American Psychological Association, accessed November 22, 2014, http://www.apa.org/topics/anger/control.aspx

Emotional Freedom Techniques, EFT Edmonton’s Blog, accessed November 22, 2014, https://eftedmonton.wordpress.com/

This is a freelance article from Gemma Bays.

Posted by: Mildred's eftedmonton Blog | November 2, 2014

All purpose EFT Tapping Script


  • Even though I have this specific problem or challenge, ________________________ , I accept myself.
  • Even though I may or may not be totally consciously aware of what is behind this specific problem, I accept myself.+
  • Even though there may be one, two or many conscious or subconscious reasons for having or keeping this problem, I accept myself.**
  • Even though I may be holding this problem in some part of my body, I accept myself.+
  • Even though there may be several parts to this specific problem, I accept myself.**

+ If known, add transcript sentences as appropriate.
**Include as many known reasons or parts as possible using separate transcript sentences.

  • Tap through each of the above sentences using the Karate chop point or the sore point, and repeat the sentence three times.
    Then tap through the series of short-cut EFT points-
    Top of the head,
    between the eyebrows,
    sides of the eyes,
    under the eyes,
    under the nose,
    under the lips,
    under the arms, at least twice. (Typically, we tap each point as we go through the series about 7 or 8 times.)

If you need help coming up with a more specific tapping script for your own situation, you can go on fiverr.com/mildredthill and buy my $5 personalized tapping sequence.
For an additional $10, and additional information from you, I will provide you with up to ten more personalized EFT affirmations to tap with. Of course, I am always available for personalized EFT counseling service by phone if you prefer.

Posted by: Mildred's eftedmonton Blog | June 15, 2014

Dealing with Multiple Health Issues


A dear ffriend has recently been experiencing several minor but annoying health concerns.  Her doctor has recently informed her that she has osteoporosis in her hip and spine.  She also has early osteoarthritis.  She suffers from acid reflux and gallbladder polyps.  Naturally, she has worries about all of these concerns, some more than others.

Besides following her doctor’s advice, I have suggested the following EFT affirmations.

  • Even though I have acid reflux, I accept myself.
  • Even though I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, I accept myself.
  • Even though I am worried about my softening bones, I accept myself.
  • Even though I haven’t exercised as much as I should have to prevent osteoporosis, I accept myself.
  • Even though I have beginning osteoarthritis, I accept myself.
  • Even though I am getting older and my body seems to be falling apart, I accept myself. I fogive my body for showing the signs of age.
  • Even though I have gallbladder polyps and I am not sure how this affects me, I accept myself.

I gave her this short list to go over and practice on a daily basis and we shall see how it goes.  So far she has reported that going through the process has made her feel more relaxed and less worried, so I think its already shown benefits.

 

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