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"Love your self wisely and you will reach the summit of perfection. Everybody loves his body, but few love their real being."
The method involves simple tapping on a sequence of acupressure points on yourself (or someone else can tap on them for you), while keeping the mind focused on the specific symptom or disturbance that you are wishing to eliminate. There is an art to doing this effectively, but even beginners can often achieve incredible results immediately.
The light tapping on the sequence of 8 major meridian points produces a feeling of relaxation, inner calm, and peace for most people. For others the affect is more dramatic and they feel tingly, giddy, very deeply relaxed, or pleasantly energized after one or more rounds of tapping (regardless of the issue they are treating).
By tapping on these electrochemical activation points, the nervous system is balanced, and the emotional center of the brain (the amygdala) ceases it's reactivity to the disturbing negative thought, image, memory, or whatever the case may be. Studies now show that tapping quickly reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Saying key words and phrases out loud as you tap on each point, helps to focus in on the core issue, essentially collapsing it. Once resolved, it is usually a permanent change.
It will be some years before most therapists, psychiatrists and doctors accept energy healing modalities such as EFT and see their true potential. But once it catches on, there will be no turning back to the long, painful, arduous process of traditional psychotherapy and ineffective medical treatments.
If you or someone you know is suffering from combat trauma - help is only a phone call away - regardless of ability to pay.
EFT and Energy-Coaching by Phone
Energy Tapping (Meridian Tapping), also commonly called EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) can be done both face to face with a coach or therapist, as well as by phone. Once you learn the 8 major points to tap on yourself, you can follow the coaches verbal cues and get wonderful results. In fact, sometimes it minimizes distractions and facilitates a deeper connection.
When I tap with my clients, I often close my eyes and get into a sort of altered state of consciousness, speaking the words intuitively without getting analytical about it.
Clients often tell me that they feel deeply supported, understood, and "seen" when I do this. I tap along on my own points (surrogate tapping) while they tap on their own points - mirroring where I tap and repeating the words and phrases that I say.
In next week's newsletter I will post an audio demo of EFT to follow along with for your own practice!
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Learn to Meditate: You are the Key to your own hidden treasure
"What you see is nothing but your self. Call it what you like, it does not change the fact. Through the film of destiny your own light depicts pictures on the screen. You are the viewer, the light, the picture and the screen. Even the film of destiny (prarabdha) is self-selected and self-imposed. The spirit is a sport and enjoys to overcome obstacles. The harder the task the deeper and wider his self-realisation."
- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj - Indian Saint
Meditation is the ultimate portable tool for the deepest transformation. Wherever you are, whatever seems to be happening, whatever obstacles you face -- you always have the ability to go within and to surrender to your own Essential Self - your eternal and ever present Consciousness. Here is the source of your true happiness, bliss and contentment. That which you seek in the world is already here, within you Now.
Try my free guided meditation here and now. Just make yourself comfortable, stop what you're doing and take a 15 minute break to feed your soul:
This guided meditation audio, along with an additional segment is now available for sale on my website. You can listen to part one (the first 15 minute meditation) for free directly on the site, or by clicking the player below. The second link below will allow you to download the 15 minute meditation - yours to keep - only available for free through this newsletter.
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This is a powerful tool for changing your sub-conscious tapes - and replacing your negative, self-limiting, self-defeating thoughts and beliefs with positive, life-affirming, optimistic thoughts and beliefs.
By listening to your personalized guided meditation on a regular basis - preferably just before you go to sleep - every night, or at least several times a week - you will begin to see deep and lasting changes in your life.
(The music and voice are similar to the meditation audio above, except I will be talking directly to you and addressing your specific needs, issues, and goals).
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More Yogic Breathing Techniques to Supercharge and Balance You
Pranayama: Shifting Consciousness through Breath
Pranayama – literally “life-force control” – are powerful techniques for shifting your consciousness, purifying mind and body, and raising your energy. Pranayama is a core part of traditional Yoga practices. Advanced practices should only be done with a qualified teacher. Some Pranayama techniques are fairly simple to learn, and the following technique can be done as part of your daily routine, when stressed, or before sitting to meditate.
Caution: If you are diagnosed (or suspect) Bipolar Disorder, avoid intensive pranayama, and do so only with mindfulness and moderation, or with a teacher’s guidance. Do not retain (hold in) the breath for long periods of time. If you feel your energy rising too much, or your mind becomes too active, stop immediately and seek consultation. Forceful abdominal breathing should also not be done if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, hernia or gastric ulcers, without expert guidance.
Kapalabhati ("skull-shining breath") - This is a powerful technique involving deep, forceful, abdominal breathing. It is especially good for alleviating depression, anxiety, stress, and fatigue. Don't over-do it in the beginning.
Kapalabhati – “Skull Shining Breath,” “Frontal Brain Cleansing Breath” – Another excellent practice for calming the mind, decreasing thoughts, energizing the mind and body). Sit upright with closed eyes. Relax. Inhale deeply through both nostrils, expanding the belly without straining, and then exhale forcefully and quickly by contracting the abdominal muscles.
(Think about the way your belly quickly tightens inward when you sneeze). Then allow the inhalation to come naturally, passively with no effort. Again, exhale forcefully, and inhale passively. Do this 10 times, and then take several slow deep breathes in and out. Do this for a few rounds. Then sit still and focus on the point between the eyebrows, just being present and relaxed.
Surya Bheda – Right-Nostril Breathing – (Especially good for depression, with lethargy, dullness, difficulty in communication and withdrawal from the external world).
Note: Running parallel to the most important, central pathway of subtle energy in the spine – called the “Sushumna Nadi,” are two intertwining pathways called the “Ida” and “Pingala.” The Ida is the “feminine” energy channel, leading to introspection, introversion, cooling, and calming and is connected to the left nostril, and left side of the body. It is associated with the moon. The Pingala is the “masculine” energy channel, leading to extroversion, connection with the world, outward expression/verbal expression, and physical vitality. It is connected with the right nostril, and right side of the body, and is associated with the sun or “Surya.”
Placing the right hand in front of the face as above – cover the left nostril with the ring finger. Inhale slowly and deeply through the right nostril. At the end of the inhalation, close both nostrils, hold the breath in and gently lower the chin towards the chest (called the chin lock or “jalandhara bandha”), and gently tighten the perineum (called the root lock, or “moola banda”). This is the muscle of the pelvic floor – where you tighten when you have to go to the bathroom. Hold the breath for just a few seconds if you are a beginner. Then release the root lock, raise the head again releasing the chin lock, and exhale through the right nostril, while continuing to block the left nostril with the ring finger. Do this for at least 10 rounds.
Nadi Shodhana – Alternate nostril breathing:
(Balances the subtle life energy of the body and the two sides of the brain, calms the mind and increases vitality).
Sit comfortably with head and spine straight, close your eyes and relax.
Close one nostril with the thumb, breathe a long slow breath (always from the belly) through the open nostril. Then, pausing for a moment, remove the thumb and cover the other nostril with the ring and pinky fingers, and slowly exhale through the open nostril. Next, inhale back into that same open nostril, cover it with the thumb again, and exhale through the other side. And so on for several rounds. (Rest the middle and index fingers between the brows).
Keep the length of breath even. Try counting to 4 in, and 4 out. To alleviate anxiety and nervousness, inhale to a count of 4, and exhale for a count of 8.
More Pranayama techniques to come!
Each weekly newsletter will provide a new Pranayama or other Yogic technique to relieve stress, anxiety and depression, and transform your consciousness from darkness and heaviness, to light, peace and your natural state of joy.
Learn more about yoga and meditation for health, happiness and vitality.
Bipolar Disorder: Tip for the Day
Lesson #1: If you have a real diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder - don't put your head in the sand - don't be in denial. Until you accept that you have this - you place yourself in a dangerous position.
Lesson #2: Even though they will tell you that this is a chronic, life-long illness and you will never be free of it - don't believe it! Nobody has the authority to predict your future and nobody has the right to tell you that you will always be sick! This is a toxic message.
Lesson #3: Real people can and do get better with Bipolar Disorder. They can lead normal, happy, wonderful lives. Some find alternatives to taking medications. Some find happiness and stability with medications. There is more than one way to be well. It may take time to get there. Never give up.
Lesson #4: Your mind is your greatest friend. Use it well. Minimize stress. Don't eat junk. Exercise. Don't spend your time with toxic people. Find a good support group and use them when you need them. This is not something to suffer with in isolation.
EFT for Manifesting Success and Abundance
"You are today where your thoughts have brought you;
you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you."
— James Allen
is one of the most effective and powerful ways to shift your energy quickly, so that you can begin to naturally and easily attract a different set of circumstances into your life. EFT also almost magical in it's ability to quickly and gracefully remove subconscious emotional blocks and negative, limiting beliefs that cause us to sabotage our own efforts towards success and abundance.
If you haven't already, please read about EFT on my website by clicking the link above, and learn the basic technique, which is really quite simple.
Once you understand the basic method of tapping on pressure points, the next task is to identify "issues" to focus on. It is important to be specific.
Money issues are a BIG one for many people. The issue of money - not just "abundance" but money itself evokes great discomfort, fear, sadness, deprivation, self-pity, even anger for many. Until you address the unconscious beliefs, assumptions and traumas that you have around money, you will find yourself blocked in this area of your life.
We can carry unresolved traumas from any past experience involving money - traumas that still evoke feelings of fear, guilt, and shame.
Here are a few of the areas to examine in taking your personal money issues inventory:
How are wealthy people portrayed on TV and in movies? What are the early messages or impressions you were exposed to as a child?
How often is the hero the struggling underdog, while the villian is the rich a powerful figure, representing greed and misuse of power?
How was money talked about in your family of origin? Did your parents fight about money?
Have you made bad decisions with money in your past? Filed bankruptcy? Gambled and lost? Got into debt over your head?
If just reading this sentence gives you a sick feeling, then you definitely have some things to tap about!
Whenever you hit on an aspect of money or wealth that gives you a bad emotional or physical reaction -- fear, tension, a knot in your belly, a nauseated feeling, irritation, etc -- that is a huge clue that you have stumbled upon an area that needs work!
And there is no better way to work on it than with EFT.
Tapping the Karate Chop Point:
"Even though I feel sick to my stomach when I remember the money I lost, I choose to accept and forgive myself."
(Repeating three times)
Then tapping (average of 7 taps) on each of the eight major points - just say a reminder phrase. I find it effective to close my eyes and be in a sort of stream of consciousness, just saying whatever words come spontaneously to mind -
"I lost all that money -- I made such a bad choice -- I feel so guilty -- how could I do that? -- I'm so angry at myself -- I deserve to be poor -- how could I be so stupid -- I really blew it -- "
You may need to keep going for several rounds of tapping, repeating these words and phrases, until you feel something release or shift, or a burden lift. This may sound very negative. It is negative. These are all the messages that you are already telling yourself - consciously or unconsciously - every time you think about money or needing money. This negativity is a sort of self-imposed punishment. By giving a voice to these negative voices inside your subconscious mind - you bring them out into the light of day. By tapping your points as you express these negative messages, you are hitting the delete button and clearing your old files.
The issue of not deserving is one of the most common blocks to making money. Once these major money blockages are cleared, you will be amazed at how fast your "luck" can change.
Remember -- persistence pays. Don't give up. Even if you are tapping and feeling like nothing is getting better -- that doesn't mean it isn't working. I've seen many many people shift unexpectedly from despair and hopelessness to hope and then elation as they stick with the discipline of tapping until they start to have a breakthrough. Be thorough and make it part of your daily self-maintenance routine.
Stay tuned for more EFT tips in future issues!
Don't Give Up
Every life challenge is an opportunity to awaken. There is no situation that is hopeless. Something positive, healing and transformative is possible in all circumstances, even when we can't recognize it at the time. Sometimes we forge ourselves out of the fire of suffering and loss, and it isn't until the end that we realize what a beautiful work of art has emerged within. The glory of waking up can't be experienced if you don't first accept that you are asleep.
May we all find peace. May we all know joy. May we all be liberated from fear, and released from illusions. May we all return to the Truth of our inner Light.
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Wishing you health and great joy!
Benjamin Schwarcz, MFT is licensed psychotherapist (#mfc35606), meditation teacher, and energy coach with a private practice at 509 7th Street, Santa Rosa, CA, 95401. He can be reached at 707-326-5566.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. As with any drug, not all supplements are safe for all individuals and there may be risks and contraindications for people with certain conditions. Always consult a professional health care provider before before trying to treat a serious condition on your own.
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