By Christine Wheeler, MA
How is your anxiety level? Have you ever found yourself in an intense and stressful situation only to discover that your stress has been upgraded into symptoms of anxiety?
The butterflies in your stomach may feel like they are taking up permanent residence ... maybe your heart is racing ... or you have sweaty palms just thinking about your stressful situation.
Amid the heart palpitations and nausea, it's hard to gather your thoughts and keep your composure ... you may even have difficulty concentrating.
Your confidence takes a hit because you just can't stop shaking and trembling. Have you ever considered that your anxiety might actually be a result of a disruption in your body's subtle energy system?
Disrupted energy in your meridians means disrupted emotions and anxiety.
This might be a new concept for you, but it's one that has been employed for 5,000 years in traditional Chinese medicine. Western medical and mental health professionals are starting to take notice of the benefits of balancing a disrupted energy system (also known as the meridian system).
And one simple solution, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), can balance your energies, eliminate your anxiety, and enable you to stay in control in stressful situations.
EFT balances your meridian system in a way similar to acupuncture ... but instead of using needles, you stimulate your meridians by tapping with your fingertips on specific acupuncture points. The basics of EFT can be learned by anyone and can be self-applied (usually in minutes).
EFT offers an explanation why many people don't respond to conventional approaches to treating anxiety ... The reason is because conventional techniques do not address your body's subtle energies.
While a complete description of EFT is beyond the scope of this article, you can learn all the basics from the free EFT Get Started Package on the EFT Web site. This includes a free download of the 79-page EFT Manual. Those wishing to save time and dive right in can get the affordable five-star training DVDs.
Dr. Carol Look illustrates how she used one technique, EFT, to help two different women with very different sources of anxiety. There was no talk therapy involved and no medications used. You can read the article in more detail on the EFT Web site.
Case #1 -- Anxiety in the Courtroom
<!--?xml:namespace prefix = st1 /--><st1:city><st1:place>Tracy (whose name has been changed to proterct privacy)</st1:place></st1:city> was embroiled in a painful custody battle and her drug-addicted ex had hired the most expensive and famous lawyer in the city.
Her anxiety was debilitating. She shook constantly in the courtroom and felt physically and chronically nauseous the whole time. She didn't know what to do.
Dr. Carol Look taught Tracy EFT and they reduced the intense anxiety she felt when she thought about her husband winning custody, yelling at her, and manipulating her the way he had in their marriage.
Carol also taught her to visualize herself doing EFT in the courtroom. Interestingly, visualizing EFT often provides similar results as if you were actually tapping the acupuncture points ... and this way you won't raise eyebrows. This is especially important in the courtroom.
Carol talked to <st1:city><st1:place>Tracy</st1:place></st1:city> the next day and learned that she had gone through the whole day in court without feeling any anxiety. She said she no longer felt like vomiting ... could face her ex-husband despite his courtroom antics ... and felt more confident that she could handle the whole problem.
She was in disbelief at the difference in how she felt and she thanked Carol for "saving her sanity."
What a difference -- to go from constant nausea and trembling to complete calm and composure. And most people -- about 80 percent -- get the same kind of results for their anxiety problems.
Case #2 -- Paralyzed With Anxiety Making Phone Calls
Dr. Carol Look treated another woman who was paralyzed with anxiety whenever she attempted to telephone a prospective employer. She had an intense anxiety response ... sweaty palms, palpitations and shortness of breath.
She couldn't even pick up the phone. Carol talked to her on the phone and noticed that when she just talked about the problem her voice was racing, and she was spiraling into negative thoughts.
Carol did EFT with her over the phone, describing the acupuncture points for her to tap. They did EFT for her anxiety reaction, and for her lack of self confidence. In a very short time, she felt completely better ... actually anxiety free ... she felt calm and confident enough to make the calls.
Both of these EFT sessions lasted less than an hour and both women were able to move ahead and deal with important situations. By contrast, Western medical treatments for anxiety include extensive talk therapy and/or anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications or beta-blockers ... normally intended for heart patients but used for anxiety sufferers to keep your heart from pounding when anxious.
While nothing here should be considered medical advice, it is interesting that experienced EFT clients often prefer this gentle procedure over drugs.
More on EFT
Please note that in addition to eliminating anxiety, EFT has been a consistently effective healing tool for hundreds of other physical, mental and emotional ailments. For more information, you can explore the EFT Web site and its numerous success stories regarding fears, phobias, emotional traumas and physical ailments.
Please consult qualified health professionals before putting EFT into practice for yourself or others.