Working with emotions within pain
While this document does describe methods of working with pain using EFT, if you have physical pain in the body, it is important that you consult with your doctor or medical professional.
There are numerous ways to work with pain using EFT. Sometimes pain simply shifts while working on another issue. That issue could be anything: past trauma; anger; grief; sadness, and a myriad of other issues. At other times, you may want to do EFT while focused specifically on pain in the body.
While Western Medicine does not always embrace the idea that emotions and the mental state of mind DO affect the body greatly, anyone who has done a fair amount of EFT such as myself knows that the physiology of the body can and does change – sometimes dramatically – when we shift our emotional or mental body.
Please note before reading further that I am not a doctor and do not diagnose or suggest medication.
If you are not familiar with EFT tapping points, they can be found elsewhere on this website or on utube.
If your goal is to shift physical pain in the body, the following three protocols are worth considering. They have worked for many.
1. Focus on the actual pain.
This may include the following phrases while tapping. And please remember that your words are always better than mine so feel free to change them to whatever words mean something to you.
Please note: in the following examples the phrases have two aspects of the issue. One is where the pain is and the other is what the pain feels like.
“ Even though I have this lightning bolt pain in my side, I deeply and profoundly accept myself.”
“ Even though I have this throbbing headache in the front of my head, I deeply and profoundly accept myself”
“ Even though I have this dull ache in my left knee, I deeply and profoundly accept myself.”
2. Focus on how you feel about the pain.
This includes your identity being in jeopardy because you cannot shift pain or illness. What won’t you be able to do if the pain continues? What or who might you have to give up
“ Even though I’m afraid if this pain keeps up, I won’t be able to dance anymore, I deeply and profoundly accept myself.”
“ Even though I’m terrified I’ll lose my job if this pain gets worse, I deeply and profoundly accept myself.”
“ Even though if I was the person I think I am, I would have gotten rid of this pain long ago, I deeply and profoundly accept myself.”
“ Even though I have all these emotions about having this pain, I deeply and profoundly accept myself.”
3. Find an emotion or quality in the pain or part of the body in pain.
What are you feeling about this issue?
“ Even though I have this resentment in my shoulder, I deeply and profoundly accept myself.”
“ Even though I have this anger in my lower back – nobody ever supported me and I’m tired of doing it all myself – I deeply and profoundly accept myself.”
“ Even though I have this shame/grief/sadness (whatever it is) in my _____, I deeply and profoundly accept myself.”
These are just a few ideas. Use your genius and your intuition.
Pain in the body can be very intimidating. If you want help dealing with pain or a body that seems out of control, please contact a skilled EFT practitioner, such as myself.
Maggie Adkins, EFT Founding Master