where it stayed perfectly closed for about 6 months (thanks to a very patient library that allowed me to attain such an achievement!!)

I was quite afraid... to read it. Don't ask why, we're not talking logic of the mind here, but logic of the feelings.

Until one day, I had to face it. A book would not bite me. And even if nobody knew it, it wouldn't look very good (to me) to give the book back without even opening it. And in fairness, the library started to be demanding about the book, as you would expect. Once I opened it, I read it cover to cover and loved it.

I liked that it was straight to the point. Yes, I am afraid (for example, about opening certain book!). May the first person who never had a fear that they later acknowledged as unfounded and stupid, judge me!

Here is an exercise for you (only if you feel like it, of course). Draw 3 columns on a piece of paper. On the left, list a few fears, as precise as possible. In the middle, list the worst that can happen. On the right, list the best that can happen. Here you go, you have a nice list of tapable issues, and you're ready to use Tip-to-tap #6!

Everybody feels fear at some stage. I remember when I was working in the corporate world, hearing about a very serious, esteemed, supposedly solid financial director, who fainted just as he was about to address a committee. If that was not fear, what timing... In Hélène's case, fear was ruling her life.

So about Susan Jeffers, I then registered for her newsletter. I enjoyed her common-sense, her lively stories, her generosity, that transpired in so many small stories, her tips, affirmations etc..

Susan passed away last year. She left behind a whole infrastructure of teachers following her discoveries and quite a few books. Even though I didn't read them all, I trust that you'd enjoy every one of them. She has been a very good source of inspirations, which would well help you identify what frightens you, so what you could tap on...

So, what are you afraid of?

French sayings usualy have a meaning,
but I just found one for which I can find no explanation, except that of bringing up a smile:

On the first of January, bake two pancakes and you'll have money.

I'm still looking for the logic in that one! Pending that discovery...

pancake or no pancake,
may 2013 present you with
an adundance of joy and blessings...

And to help things a bit, I'd rather quote a 1st century Greek Philisopher you all know obviously (:-), Epictetus (author of "The Art of Living")

“Do not seek to have events happen as you want them to,
but instead want them to happen as they do happen, and your life will go well”

What a program for an happy and healthy year 2013...

Christine

 

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Stress is certainly one of the most talked about topics in today's world. Google « stress » and you'll get « About 584,000,000 results » . Google « laughter » and you'll get...« About 108,000,000 results ». This fact got me curious. This is by no mean a scientific study, but just a little fun that got me thinking. What do we prefer to focus on ? What are we lead to focus on? Another funny search result: Yahoo!'s search gave me 106,000,000 results on Stress... and 137,000,000 about laughter! Maybe the Yahoo world is a happier world than the Google world!!!

Interestingly enough, I publish the same newsletter in French, so I got a French friend to do the same Google search on a 100% French computer. In French « stress » is the same word and also gives you « Environ 584 000 000 résultats » (all in French?) while « rire », which is both « to laugh » and « laughter » only gets... « Environ 74 500 000 résultats ». Would that mean that French speakers laugh less than English speakers ? That would be worth a study :-)

Another interesting view point is that the definition of laughter is pretty clear and similar whoever you talk to. A doctor might be inclined to tell you more on the effects of laughter on your hormones, heart and immune system, and a stand up comic might tell you more about how laughter is a guarantee to keep a captive audience. But they are talking about the same happy feeling and its physical symptoms.

When you ask a doctor to define « stress » they might also tell you about the effect of what we call stress on our immune system, heart, hormones levels and more. But the stand-up comedian will probably tell you about their own stress when writing their script or before getting on stage or on screen. We all have a different definition of stress.

I liked the definition offered by the Irish Heart Foundation in their “ Stress & Heart Disease” fact sheet : (http://www.irishheart.ie/iopen24/heart-health-fact-sheets-t-12_40.html)

Stress can mean different things to different people. Stress is often defined as a mismatch between the demands placed on us and our ability to cope with these demands. The way we cope with these demands will depend on the way we think, our personality and our previous life experiences etc.

Stress is difficult to measure, but we all know what it feels like and how we cope in stressful situations. For some, it can threaten to take over their lives while for others, once they are aware of its causes and effects, stress can add excitement and challenge to their lives. It can be positive when it motivates us to get things done, however, it can be negative when we feel constantly pressurised or traumatised by too many demands.”

So what is your definition or stress, and which do you usually get bak to : laughter or stress?

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My thanks and gratitude go daily to EFT founder Gary Craig for making EFT so simple and accessible to olb, both because of its simplicity, and because he literally gave it out to the world through internet. 

 

If you are reading this, you are probalby one of the thousands (millions?) around the world who benefited and benefit daily from it. It just makes sense to perpetuate the original idea and use EFT for humanitarian purposes.

 

I heard of many such actions, with either groups of practitioner going to war stricken countries, or doctors, nurses or psychologists using EFT as a part of their "toolbox". Unfortunately, very few are documented so far, that I know of.

 

PjtLIGHTRwandaThe most documented project so far is Project LIGHT in Rwanda. 

They are is using EFT to support healing AND the development of a sustainable future for genocide survivors.

They are currently on their 6th trip to Rwanda since 2011 and progress has been phenomenal.

To know more, watch this introduction, visit their Youtube channel for more videos and eextracts of the future documentary, or their website to participate.

 

You know of other humanitarian projects based on EFT?

Please contact me so we can help them to spread the word.

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Giving and receiving love. Isn't it what life should be about? However, this very concept is ignored on a daily basis. First because of "priorities": we have to earn a living, deal with daily issues, etc... No time for something as mundane as love. And true enough, the bare necessities must be fulfilled. But isn't love part of these 'bare necessities"? Second, "love" is often mis-interpreted. The emphasis is often kept on physical love, and the heart is forgotten about. And when self-love is mentioned, we're reminded that we should be humble, "don't you be selfish, now", "love thy neighbours as yourself" (not "more than" youself... ), etc... By the way, "as yourself", what does this really mean? I'd like to share with you a beautiful thought about self love.
"Also, let me explain that there is a difference between "being loving" and "being love".
Being loving means giving love to another whether you have any for yourself or not. It means giving what you yourself may or may not even have to give. This type of giving of love can eventually drain you, because we don¹t always have a limitless supply. And then we look to the other to replenish our pool of love, and if it is not forthcoming, we stop being loving ourselves, because we are exhausted.
Being love, on the other hand, means loving myself unconditionally so that it overflows, and anyone and everyone around me just becomes an automatic recipient of my love. The more I love myself, the more it flows out to others. It almost feels like being a vessel for love to flow through. When I am being love, I don't need people to behave a certain way in order for them to be a recipient of my love. They are automatically getting my love as a result of me loving myself. So to stop being love, to me, means to stop loving myself. Hence, I will not stop being love on account of another."
  The author of these words, Anita Moorjani, was admitted in an hospital in Honk-Kong early 2006, with a cancer so advanced they said she wouldn't see the morning. And indeed, she was declared dead. At least from a mechanical point of view, if I may say. Anita went through what is known as an NDE - Near Death Experience. She came back to life with a completely new outlook on life, and on healing. If you want to know more, share her very contagious joy by viewing this video. You can also read a detailed interview here. On a similar topic, you might also enjoy this article : Is it selfish to be happy?