“The greatest revolution in our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.” – William James
Amy Confronted with EFT
Amy and her friend Pam had arranged to meet at Market Square for lunch. Pam arrived early and was sitting at a table outside at Café 4.
“How’s this?” Pam asked as Amy approached.
“I didn’t think you liked to sit outside because of the pollen?” Amy replied.
“That is the way it used to be,” Pam responded. “That’s what I wanted to tell you about. It doesn’t bother me anymore.”
“Got a new med,” Amy asked as she pulled up a chair.
“No. No meds at all.”
“How’d that happen? You’ve always been so allergic.”
“Let’s order our drinks and I’ll tell you,” Pam said motioning for the waiter.
They ordered their drinks and their usual orders, Fried Green Tomatoes to share and a specialty salad each.
“I’ve just been dying to tell you about “EFT,” Pam said.
“What’s EFT?” Amy asked. “Sounds like something alien, like ET.”
“No, nothing alien. You’ve been watching too much TV,” Pam said with a little laugh. “But, that’s why I can sit outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. I am so jazzed.”
Amy tilted her head giving Pam a side-eye with a quizzical frown, “You’re gonna have to explain that one.”
“My allergist introduced me to this new method of treatment called ‘EFT- Emotional Freedom Technique’ to eliminate negative thoughts and emotions. She said it was worth a try, nothing else seemed to work. She told me a lot of scientific studies have been done on how our negative thoughts and emotions make us sick or keep us sick. She also said they don’t really know the causes for most of the illnesses, but they do know that our negativity does cause or contribute to our problems. I know you have some health issues, also, and I just couldn’t wait to tell you about it.”
Amy continued to look at Pam with a side-eye, “That sounds like a lot of New-Age stuff to me. I thought you were a Christian?”
Pam laughed, “I am a Christian. Actually, you pray while rubbing pressure points in your body. Can I show you?”
“Sure. It’s easy. Let me tell you a little more first, okay?”
Amy nodded still sporting a wrinkled brow.
“EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique is a way of getting rid of the trapped negative thoughts, emotions, and bodily pain by releasing your negativity. They have discovered that physical pains and illnesses are often the results of emotional stress and negativity. The Bible calls them unforgiveness and resentment.”
“Okay, continue,” Amy said while still giving Pam a side-eye.
“Some call it “Tapping” because you are supposed to tap 3-7 times on each of nine different acupuncture points as you cycle through the process.”
“See, see. I told you it was “New Agey stuff,” Amy said forcefully. “Acupuncture. See, I told you.”
“Hold on, hold on. Let me show you,” Pam said as she pulled out a piece of paper with an image on it.”
“You have two places on either side of the upper chest. You will know when you find them because they’re tender or sore when you rub them. They are part of the lymphatic drainage system. That’s why they’re tender,” Pam said pointing to a diagram of the tapping points from Communion with God Ministries. “These points are used to promote healing and alleviate fatigue.”
“Okay, so, yeah, the points are sore,” Amy said as she rubbed the two points close to her collarbone.
Pam continued, “I agree with you that the tapping is very New-Agey. You know I’m on Communion With God Ministry site all the time, right?”
“They seem to agree with the fact that we have a lot of negativity and unforgiveness in our bodies which cause a lot of our problems. Instead of tapping, I rub the pressure points. It’s like deep tissue massage. While I rub these points I pray:
‘Even though I have this problem of allergies, I fully and completely accept myself, just as You, Jesus, accept me. I release these allergies to You, Jesus, and I receive Your healing touch. I completely forgive and love myself and my dad. I repent of my anger toward myself and my dad and I release myself and my dad according to Rom 7:6. I thank You, Jesus, for this release!’”
“Now, does that sound like New Agey stuff?” Pam asked.
“No, but does it work?” Amy responded.
They paused their conversation as their waiter brought their order.
The Power of Your Beliefs
Your core beliefs about yourself and the world around you are like rivers running through the landscape of your mind. They are the life source for the soil of your mind. They also affect all that grows there.
- What do you believe about yourself?
- Do you think you are a good person, parent, worker?
- Are you an effective worker or employee?
- Are you clever, rich and talented?
- What do you believe about your current life situation? Can you achieve more?
- What are your thoughts about your health? Are you in good health? Do you feel sick a good share of the time?
- Do you view the world around you as a safe place? The world in general?
- Do you see the world as full of love or hate?
- Does your mind always gravitate to the negative or the positive first?
- Do you, by nature, see the good in things and events or the negative?
We all have hundreds of different beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. Some of our beliefs are supportive and encourage us to keep moving forward, others do not. For some of us, the beliefs that we formed in childhood tell us we aren’t good enough, we’ll never be good enough, we can’t do that, we’ll never be successful.
You may say, “So what? That’s just the way it is. I can’t do anything about it.”
Our beliefs are like water. They are fluid and can shift and change. New beliefs create new pathways in our minds. The more we believe in these new beliefs, the more energy that flows into them, the stronger they become.
Placebos or “fake medicines” show the power of beliefs. They can be pills, creams, injections or even surgery. Often, if you believe in them, they will improve your health.
“Researchers have measured this by using variables such as color, dosage, and branding. Interestingly, the effect is greater if the dosage is increased. Shiny boxes and a capsule will trump a tablet, and an injection will work even better” (The placebo effect, Keogh and Harris 2009).
The placebo effect is one example of how our beliefs can cause real change in our physical bodies.
Scientific research has now proved that in all our daily thoughts only 5% comes from our conscious mind and 95% from our subconscious mind. Therefore, it’s our subconscious mind that’s in charge and running the show.
New Way of Thinking
Doctors and nurses are often frustrated because the true cause of many diseases is unknown. For this reason, the medical profession, as a whole, is called upon to, basically, manage the symptoms.
For example, the cause of depression is thought to be a chemical imbalance. Yes, the patient does feel better with the drugs prescribed, but the drug does not cure the imbalance it only masks it so the person feels better.
Even with cancer, doctors can remove the tumors and stop the spread with chemotherapy and radiation, but they often do not know the cause. The same is said about most diseases according to Gary Craig founder of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).
- Is it possible that diseases manifest in the body because of unresolved fear, anger, guilt, and other negative emotions that we collect and store in our subconscious mind?
- Is it possible that without the negative thoughts and emotions the disease symptoms will dwindle and go away?
There is a new field of study called Psychoneuroimmunology which is the study of the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems of the human body. Applications include how stress leads to illness and how chronic inflammation can lead to cardiovascular problems and cancer.
It’s a simple idea. Is it too simple?
When we become fearful or angry we can feel it in our bodies, but are they actually robbing us of our health?
Amy and Pam Continue
“So, you’re saying EFT is what got rid of your allergies?” Amy asked.
“Not exactly. I haven’t had any allergy medicine or shots for two months now and you know how much I was taking. I used the EFT to actually see if it worked. But, to be honest, I really think it’s the releasing of my negative thoughts toward myself and my dad and asking for God’s healing touch that has made the difference.” Pam responded.
Amy sat quietly for a few minutes nibbling on her salad, “You know I have Fibromyalgia. Is that why you wanted to tell me about the EFT?”
“Yeah. I know sometimes you’re in a lot of pain and you find it hard to get around. It has really helped me so I thought maybe it would help you also. I don’t go for that New Agey stuff or Eastern Religion stuff either, but what I’ve given you is based on Jesus’ healing power and what he did for us when He died on the cross.”
“I agree,” Amy said.
Christian View of Acupuncture
“I did some research on acupressure to see if it interferes with our Christian beliefs. The information I found referred more to acupuncture and the person performing it. The article said that sometimes the acupuncturist mumbles something while doing the procedure, which could be a problem.”
“That was my concern,” Amy said.
“But with the acupressure, the points are areas where the muscles of the body are exposed to pressure to increase blood flow, similar to deep tissue massage. I don’t know about the tapping, but rubbing those spots and other spots on the body combined with prayer seemed to release the negativity in my thoughts.”
“I can buy that,” Amy said.
“I’ve come to believe that the negative thoughts and feelings keep us enslaved to our physical problems. I’ve been thinking about this a lot. Isaiah 53:5 states ‘But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds, we are healed.’”
“Everything I have heard lately about healing lately states that Jesus paid the price for my healing 2000 years ago. My healing has already been done, so why am I still sick? I realize that my negative thoughts and emotions, my resentment and unforgiveness, are keeping me from receiving the healing that Jesus provided for me. It seems like when I rub the pressure points on my body and pray, it’s like my physical body is connecting to my prayer also. It’s not just words.”