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Why is it that sometimes when we find someone or something that is good for us, not only good for us, perfect for us or someone or something that makes us feel really good, we just let it slip away. Sometimes we even do more than just let it slip away, we drive it away! We find ourselves resisting the exact thing that we want or need.

"When our 'resistance' to anything becomes greater than our desire, everything comes to a grinding halt." Elyse Hope Killoran, Certified Spiritual Life Coach

Resistance is something that we all have to deal with. But how do we know when we are suffering from resistance. If our desires drive our actions, resistance is the brake system. Frequently we do not even perceive our resistance because it has become such an integral part of our self-defeating or limiting behavior patterns. It falls under our radar and is rather like trying to drive with the hand brake on.

As a general rule, there isn't a living creature around that enjoys major changes in either their environment or in themselves. We may say we want to change, but deep down, change is a fearful, unknown thing. It fills us with angst. This is where resistance comes into the picture. As we work with meditation or hypnosis or any number of other healing modalities, emotions are stirred up and bubble to the surface. We get confused, scared, and we resist the change that is taking place. This is natural, normal and precisely what should happen.

Resistance, however, does not have to be our enemy and we do not want to push against this feeling. There is a phrase "what we resist, persists", and this is precisely what we do not want to happen. Resistance can be soothed, calmed and eased until it is dissolved and with the help of hypnosis and Emotional Freedom Technique, this process becomes faster and easier than trying to work through our resistance on our own.

Emotional Freedom Technique ("EFT") works with energy psychology. On a very basic level it is tapping body energy systems at pre-determined pressure points. EFT can be used to treat resistance to anything and is effective relieving anxiety, fear, depression, pain, or anything associated with these issues. Anxiety, fear and depression are the number one causes of negative emotions and self-defeating behaviors and are frequently the result of an interruption in the body's energy system. Fear dictates our actions and reactions more than any other emotion. EFT is particularly effective in releasing fear.

A negative experience has no value to it on its own merit. We each, as individuals, assign a value to our own experiences. This is why a negative experience is perceived differently by each person who is experiencing it.

There is a pathway between the experience and the emotion that is associated with that experience. EFT treats that path.

EFT can be done either in or out of hypnosis. The advantage of doing EFT either while under hypnosis or immediately before hypnosis by listening to a hypnotherapy CD, mini-session or full length session, is that your suggestibility is increased and since EFT releases negative emotions, feelings, etc., leaving you with "vacant space", positive suggestions given while in hypnosis can help replace the void that has been caused by releasing the negative energy that you no longer need, filling in the blank spaces. These positive suggestions become even more powerful and are particularly effective.

Physically the process is very simple and involves tapping your index and middle finger (of either hand) on certain meridian points in a set sequence, tapping half a dozen times on each point as follows and in this order:

1.   Inside of one eyebrow (either side)
2.   Outside of same eyebrow
3.   Below same eye
4.   Between lip and nose
5.   Just under the chin
6.   Just below the collar bone
7.   Side of body (where a bra strap would be)
8.   Top of the thumb (where cuticle is)
9.   Top of index finger
10.   Top of third finger
11.   Skip ring finger
12.   Top of the pinky.

Use whichever hand you are most comfortable with.

During the tapping process state the problem, i .e., "overweight" or "anxiety" or "fear" or "addiction" or "depression" or whatever in a particular manner.

An example of how to do this is: "Even though it seems I'm depressed most of the time, I accept myself deeply and profoundly." Or "Even though I am afraid I accept myself deeply and profoundly." Repeat the phrase several times and the last time change the final words to "I love myself." Example: "Even though it seems I'm depressed most of the time, I love myself."

The words used may sound a bit silly, but remember you are actually talking to your subconscious, and these phrases are the most effective.

If you have multiple issues, repeat this process for all issues. You can go through the tapping process several times in a row or several times a day.

I will be completing a "Resistance" mini-session that is designed to work with EFT making the entire process even more empowering. Watch for it.

If you have any questions about EFT or how I use EFT, please don't hesitate to email me your questions.

                                                                                  Linda Simmon, C.Ht.

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