By CJ Puotinen
Fears and phobias are so inconvenient ... and sometimes devastating. These intense, irrational fears interfere with everything -- jobs, relationships, housing, vacations, you name it. Fortunately, there is a new, easy-to-use method that can eliminate phobias forever.
While this article features its use for a fear of tunnels, the procedure applies to all phobias including the fear of snakes, heights, spiders, water and public speaking.
Sylvia Hawley was driving with her friends Susan and Larry when the conversation turned to tunnels. "I was surprised to hear Susan say that she had to hide her head in Lenny's lap whenever they drove through a tunnel," she recalls. "She went on to describe her utter terror of being in the tunnel."
Hawley realized that Susan might respond to a do-it-yourself procedure called EFT, which stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques. In EFT, you focus on a problem or phobia while tapping with the fingertips on key acupuncture points, most of which are on the face and torso.
This innovative process borrows from both the findings of Albert Einstein (everything is energy, including our bodies) and the well established use of the "subtle energies" that circulate through our systems (used in oriental medicine for 5,000 years). Interestingly, it applies to phobias of all kinds and has found extraordinary uses in almost every human ailment you can name.
The basic discovery behind EFT is that the true cause of phobias is a disruption in these subtle energies. Certain memories or circumstances can cause a "short circuit" in our systems and these disruptions are what we feel when we are undergoing intense fears.
The EFT tapping procedure stimulates these energy meridians and serves to unblock them. Properly done, the energies flow normally and phobias fade into nothingness.
As Hawley explains in the report she posted at the official EFT Web site, they were half an hour away from the tunnel in question when their conversation began, and she wasted no time walking Susan through the simple protocol. It took only a minute or two. "I think we all forgot about it until we approached the tunnel and Susan reached out for Lenny's hand.
"We went in and drove through, and coming out Susan said, 'Well, that was amazing. My fear was gone. I could look at the tunnel. I have never been able to do that.'
"Many hours later driving home, we had all forgotten again until we approached the tunnel and Susan reached out for Lenny's hand. This time as we drove in I noticed that it really IS a very long tunnel. Coming out is always very beautiful in this part of Oregon. Susan kept saying, 'Oh, that is so easy. It is gone. I didn't have any fear at all.'"
If Susan is like most who try EFT, her fear of tunnels will never return. EFT practitioners around the world estimate that about 80 percent of those who try the technique for phobias experience lasting relief. Over 70 of these cases are described in reports posted at the EFT Web site.
In addition to eliminating fears and phobias, EFT has been a consistently effective healing tool for hundreds of other physical, mental and emotional ailments. For more information, explore the EFT Web site and its numerous success stories regarding fears, phobias, emotional traumas and physical ailments.
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.
Please consult qualified health professionals before putting EFT into practice for yourself or others.