Every single disease comes with a set of symptoms. Whether they are symptoms of the body, the mind or the spirit. Each one of them is a clue. Identify the symptoms for your disease, and even side effects form whatever medical treatment you might be following.

 

On a daily basis, you might choose to write a list of these symptoms, or maybe keep a diary of the symptoms you experienced during the day. That will help you to identify them faster and react more swiftly when they appear, so you can start tapping them away immediately, reducing pain and any fear or anxiety attached to symptoms and side effects.

Whether you choose to write them down or not, the number one EFT golden rule applies : TAP! Preferably as soon as you identify the first signs. Even if you don't say anything, just focus on the symptom.

Another tip, while you are tapping, is to visualise your symptom... and its solution!. E.g. if your chemo creates stomach burns for you, imagine a fire in your stomach, and (still tapping), imagine you pour water over it. If your muscles feel like there's a knot, imagine you can SEE the knot and see yourself untie it, as if it was a piece of string. It might seem a bit too simple, but just try it. What do you have to loose?

You can also focus on emotional reactions. For example, if you are unable to move, tap on the frustration or anger that you need help to do anything.

When symptoms are quiet enough, you can also consider your disease from a little afar, and focus on the future are you see it. Ask yourself a few key questions. Do you think you are going to heal? Henry ford said that “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.” And this applies to your healing.

If you think you can heal, tap on the path to healing;

Even though I know I will heal, the road ahead is so long, I don't know how I am going to do this, I choose to keep my focus on my healing.

If you think you cannot heal, tap to open new possibilities, such as :

Even though you can't heal form this disease, and I am a lost case, I'd like to be open to the possibility that I don't know everything. Maybe I'm wrong? Maybe even doctors don't know it all? What is I could unexpectedly heal?

You can also work on what the disease means to you, what it prevents you from doing, (and maybe what you can avoid now without having to make excuses?), the impact on your loved ones, all the feelings it triggers for you. And get some help. You might know how to change a bulb, but when there'a short circuit somewhere in the house, you'll call in the electrician. Same here. Anybody can tap “small things” away, but when it becomes too big, professional help is invaluable.

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guilt and stress coming from the disease can transfer very fast in a deeper weakness of the immune system, which already is fragile. Therefore it is really important to work on it, while of course pursuing medical treatment.

First, this person is taking it the right way: “What can I tap about?”: that question is already part of the solution.

Then ask yourself what exactly is triggering your guilt?  Write down a list of every trigger. Was your MS diagnosed before you got pregnant with your daughter? If it is the case, you could tap on :

Even though I feel guilty/ selfish / irresponsible because I gave birth to my daughter, despite knowing about MS, I have plenty of motherly love...

To help reframing, it might be useful to remember that it is not proven at all that MS would be genetically transmitted. Tap on every aspect or every feeling separately. Write down a few notes to keep track of the feeling, rate i's intensity before you begin, and what ideas helped you get to  0. That will help you to acknowledge your progress and build on it.

Do you feel particularly guilty about her suffering? To help the re-framing, ask yourself if your guilt is bringing her (or yourself) relief from these pains?

It there a specific time when you felt particularly guilty? Maybe when the diagnosis was communicated? If that is the case, you can work on that event separately. It could be useful to get help on this, for example using Matrix Reimprinting.

Mariella's testimony during the Congrès shows it's never too late:

“I was very moved [while listening to your conference], I tapped on and on and couldn't calm down. I felt such pressure in my chest, and found it difficult to breathe at the end of the conference. I followed your indications, kept tapping, then I burst in tears, I cried, it didn't last but it was very intense, and I immediately felt relief. It was very liberating for me.
I was focusing on the time I was told my new-born's heart was damaged, 20 years ago. It really was the biggest shock in my life. [...] I needed something intense to recover my  confidence. Done deal. With your help, I made it!" (Thank you Mariella for this courageous testimony!)

Then, MS has one good side (everything has, if you look close enough!). Physical symptoms are usually very clear and measurable. Observe your body's reaction when you feel particularly guilty, and tap on this physical reaction in relation to guilt.

Last but not least, be patient and persistent. Tap a few minutes every day on this guilt specifically, and keep track of your progress. It  might take a few weeks, or a few days, even maybe a few hours...

You will only find out by getting on with it, staying focused on your objective.

Click here for a free tapping script to transform Worry into Love that might help you too.

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WHY:
As EFT founder Gary Craig puts is, tapping with EFT is a bit like clearing a forest. You find many things in a forest, in all sizes and shapes.
Weeds: these are small inconveniences in our life. One example could be a child having lost a toy, but then finding it back very fast, so it was a brief enough fear. It could be a flat tire a day when you had time and all you needed to get it fixed. It was annoying, but it was easy enough to fix. No big concern. Just step on it!  
Brambles and prickly shrubs: these are bigger annoyances, we might not see the roots of them, but they sure are prickly. They grow insidiously, duplicate themselves and have a tendency to take over if we don´t watch them. Let´s say Noel let a glass of water fell when he was 6 years old. Aunt Rosie commented on Noel´s clumsiness. For many children, that really wouldn't matter. It wasn't even said in a mean way. But Noel happens to be a bit over sensitive that day because his cat died. The comment is quickly forgotten by all involved, but every time Noel sees somebody who reminds him event remotely of his aunt, every time a child lets a glass spill, every time he hears a slightly derogative comment, he has this slightly uncomfortable feeling. It doesn't really matter, but it grows slowly in some form of mild anxiety. This anxiety feeds on other events that life throws at him. And one day it becomes a bigger anxiety. Again, this how Noel reacted. His pal Kurt would not have been touched at all by the comment.
Or take Marguerite´s story. She´s taller than other people. At school, other kids used this against her, and everywhere she went, she felt out of place. Her size is an hindrance to her. So much so that every cell in her body tries to get her shorter. She´s literally carrying it on , or even IN her back, and develops an arthritic pain. A very prickly shrubs indeed.
Small to large trees: They range from the single frail birch, to the solidly grounded, strong oak, or these poplars colonies where what appears to be dozens of trees, dozens of trunks, is actually one single root system, one single being (some of these colonies have been estimated to be 80,000 years old. How's that for longevity?!. More on wikipedia if you´re interested!en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Aspen). Back to our comparison, these might range from what happened to Noel, in different circumstances when he took it so badly that he remained strongly insecure in every move he does, every word he says (check up Soairse´s case study for a similar case), to more ¨obvious¨ traumas, such as the death of a loved one, abuse, either sexual or not, a divorce, a car accident....

 

SO?
When we start tapping, we are literally tapping into our subconscious mind, where all of our history is stored, with its associated memories. Even when we don´t identify the source immediately, the feelings start coming up. And sometimes it can be overwhelming.
Remember though that EFT does NOT CREATE emotions, but it digs them out so you can deal with them and free yourself from them.

 

WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?
Well, depending on your personality and preferences, there are many ways to get through this. Take EFT as a Swiss knife. You can use it in many different ways.


Technique 1 - Head first:
You might be willing to get through this as fast as possible, no matter the intensity. You pick the first strong event you can think of. Again depending on your personality, you might want to get ready for an emotional roller coaster, and then again, it might go very smoothly. Experience will tell, we're all different. Feelings might get very strong. For some people, it´s instant, and so is the relief. For others, it takes longer, and you might feel it in your day to day life for a while. Some people might even feel a kind of a physical ¨detox reaction¨, with body aches, that then evaporate. These can be tapped away of course. The difference with the side effects of medication, is that it does not leave long term damage anywhere, on the contrary, every small reaction is an opportunity to tap away a few brambles or weeds. One word of caution, if you are facing a big trauma, I would advise you to seek support when you tap, either from a trusted friend or from a trusted practitioner. Whatever you do, remember you are taking full responsibility for your own well-being.  

Technique 2 - Beating around the bush, so to speak:
You don´t want to get through this roller coaster, this is scary,  you can´t deal with so much. Then take a slower road. Start looking at minor hindrances and tap them away. With time, you'll build your strength and your skills on how to use EFT in your OWN way. Then one day, you will either be ready to face ¨the big one¨, or you´ll realise that the generalisation effect worked for you : you tapped so many brambles and bushes away, that the big tree in the middle had no more protection and just collapsed on its own.

 

Technique 3 - Building up:
Even beating around the bush might be too much for you. Then you can take an even softer route. Start rebuilding your strength and positivity. Use the Gratitude round, the positive tapping script, tap with ho´oponopono whenever something happens. Tap away minor annoyances as they show up. Physical pains are a good target as well. In time, you will feel safer and stronger enough to get to the aspens and the oaks of your forest.

 

And in all cases, if you feel you're not making the progress you expect on your own, get some support from a qualified practitioner. 

 

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The mere fact that two people have the exact opposite reaction to EFT just highlights two points: 1. EFT does "something", and 2. like everything else in life, each of us responds to it in our very own way, depending, amongst many other aspects, on our personal history, our beliefs about life and ourselves. EFT has NO POWER in itself. EFT, like any other tool, has the power we are allowing it to have, consciously or unconsciously.
Then we might wonder why Jean-Paul experienced that reaction. Jean-Paul's visible issue was to let go of that deeply rooted anxiety. He wished for it, and got that wish. However, unknown to him, this anxiety might have been there to cover up for something deeper, something too big to face it. If this happens to you, please do as Jean-Paul did: ask! As it happens, despite "getting nowhere" on his own, when we started tapping together he immediately noticed an emotional reaction.
Jean paul is not the only one to experience this. As I'm writing, he has a lot of tapping to do, on his own and with support from a trusted person when he gets stuck, but the key is that he keeps his focus on what he ultimately wants, what we all ultimately want: real happiness, whatever it means for each of us.
So in a nutshell, if you have a similar issue I'd suggest the following:

  1. Acknowledge that this is ONE STEP in your healing journey, not the final one. As long as you're alive, you have many other steps ahead.
  2. You have a choice: (A) Stop your healing journey there ("it never works for me anyway") or (B) keep going, use your reaction as a clue, and build on it. What is YOUR choice?
  3. If you are still reading, I assume you chose (B). So ask for support (contact me), talk to fellow EFTers if you know any... They might give you clues and trigger ideas on what you could do next.
  4. Ask yourself "why could I be reacting this way"? List all the issues/trauma you had in your life, even if you don't have any feelings about them at this stage. If you still remember when your mother didn't compliment you on a drawing you did aged 5, then, there's some level of emotions attached to it. Therefore, this IS important to you, even if as an adult, you find it ridiculous and unimportant. Also list all your personal limiting beliefs such as "I'm not good enough anyway", "I'm a lost cause", "some things are impossible to heal, if it was possible, people would know it", etc... These two lists will be precious to keep track of your progress and check that these traumas and limiting beliefs really have been cleared for you.
  5. Keep tapping, meditating, breathing, using ho'oponopono, etc... Create your own recipe. Whatever works for you is good. (Of course, I'd suggest double dose of tapping!). Use the tips-to-tap that appeal to you in the FAQ section of www.christinedisant.com.
  6. Get somebody to help you. If you are a driver, remember your first times at the steering wheel? Once you had the basics, you could more or less find out how to move on, but an instructor was important to make you really safe on the road, watch out for dangers around you until you were able to see them yourself. Experience has taught you much more since. Tapping is like driving: help is key to begin with, practice makes perfect, on going support helps, but in the end YOU have the steering wheel, so YOU have the solution.

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Matrix Reimprinting consists in imagining that we return to the source of a trauma or learned behaviour and apply to that trauma what we since learned about life, sharing it with the part of us who originally lived through the trauma, which changes what we can learn from this experience.

This is usually related to an event happening in childhood, but not necessarily. Using EFT, we address the issue on the person we were at that time, our "ECHO". We no longer are this person, but this person is still in us, and more specifically, we still carry what they learned at the time ("the teacher said I was not good enough, that must be true. I will never be good enough.").

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It gives us a second chance to review the reaction we had at that time, and change it with the insight and wisdom we gained since the original event. While we don't change what happened at the time, we change our perception of it, and therefore, what would have been a traumatic memory can become a non-event.

Watch the definition offered by my teacher Ted Wilmont