Auntie Jean's Dream

A few weeks ago I was due to make a long drive to visit my mum and sister. The day before I was travelling I began to notice a little apprehension about making the journey. This was a familiar feeling about long car journeys, it’s popped up year after year, not enough to be a problem, but noticeable as a vague sense of unease.

I’ve been learning a new technique called Tapas Acupressure Technique, another of the energy psychology processes, it has some similarities with EFT but is quite different in other respects. I’ll be writing about TAT (an unfortunate acronym) in later posts.

Where EFT thrives on the specific, TAT works well with general and vague issues. Since the ‘journey apprehension’ counted as a vague issue I decided to use this approach to deal with the uncomfortable feeling. Just a few moments into the process I flashed back to a vivid childhood memory.

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Another EFT blog

I’ve found just found the EFTZone which is another EFT *blog style website with a wide variety of articles, tips and links. This one caught my attention Try “balancing my energy” a very simple use of the EFT points to relieve stress or just relax.

*If you didn’t know, a ‘blog’ is the generic name for this kind of website, a collection of articles appearing in chronological order

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EFT in the Daily Telegraph

One of my clients kindly brought this article about EFT The knock on effect of a little tap in the Daily Telegraph to my attention. It’s a nice enough article, apart from the slightly mangled version of the theory behind EFT. The bit that puzzles me is why there’s a photo of someone having a massage. As Mr Spock might have said ‘It’s EFT Jim, but not as we know it!’

Stigmatising Ourselves

I’ve been doing a few talks for members of the Alzheimers Support Groups that operate in Tynedale. Introducing them to EFT as a way of helping them to reduce the level of stress in their lives. I’ve had my eyes opened to what carers have to handle, my worries seem quite small in comparison.

After one of the meetings I took a copy of the Alzheimer Society newsletter Share, which had an article about how different people tell others about their conditions and what happens to them when they do. This segment caught my eye:

I try to behave as normally as possible, but if I’m on the train and the guy opposite notices how I move my head down to the table to drink my coffee because I shake a lot, I’m not embarrassed about it.

I will pre-empt anything they may wish to say: “You probably notice how I drink. That’s because I have a type of dementia,” and it’s suprising how many people react positively

I think the stigma is in the minds of the people who have dementia, not in the people who observe it.

We’re stigmatised by ourselves. This is the irony of it

Peter Ashley, Share, Dec 05 / Jan 06

The last line really caught my attention, I can think of many occasions where I or people I’ve worked with have judged themselves far more harshly than others. It’s striking to me to see it described in this way.

I'll sleep on it

The New Scientist has an interesting article on the value of an old suggestion that you ‘sleep on it’ whenever you’re faced with a difficult challenge.

“Complex decisions are best left to your unconscious mind to work out, according to a new study, and over-thinking a problem could lead to expensive mistakes.

The research suggests the conscious mind should be trusted only with simple decisions, such as selecting a brand of oven glove. Sleeping on a big decision, such as buying a car or house, is more likely to produce a result people remain happy with than consciously weighing up the pros and cons of the problem, the researchers say.”

After describing the experiment they performed to come to these conclusions the lead researcher made the following comment.

“At some point in our evolution, we started to make decisions consciously, and we’re not very good at it. We should learn to let our unconscious handle the complicated things,” Dijksterhuis says.

‘Sleeping on it’ best for complex decisions, NewScientist, 19/02/06

Speaking as someone who’s made some rather regretable concious decisions I think this is very sound advice, and I’m off to sleep on it.

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