Stepping Into a Parallel Universe
It’s strange perhaps how you learn things and form your ideas. As I said before I first came across Paul McKenna’s book Change Your Life in 7 Days purely by chance; I had bought it originally for my wife, and then after ending up reading it myself, and really got into it all.
McKenna’s book acted if you like as an introduction to hypnosis, EFT, the Law of Attraction and these kinds of techniques, and of how to control your life; both internally, and what is going on inside your mind, and apparently outwardly – of the world around you (at first this seemed too fanciful to be true, but seeing it coming true over and over again beggars belief: However, now after reading some of the writings of Rupert Sheldrake things do seem to fit into place and become more believable) .
For me, all these things seem to be connected, and also using methods I’d worked out for myself before for practicing a musical instrument; repeating small sections over and over – and memory techniques I’d learnt for memorising stuff (from the books of Buzan) – I found myself with some seemingly powerful tools to take control of my life in a way that I’d never had before. The experience was quite empowering; a bit like stepping into a parallel universe.
And … as I’ve said before, I am a skeptic and cynical of airy-fairy tosh whenever I come across it!
Working Out Just Fine
As they say (in the Law of Attraction world at least) the more you have (or think you have) of something, the more you get of it.
When playing a musical instrument, when you want to improve, if you repeat it a hundred times (presuming you’re doing something right in the first place) something will happen, and you’ll get better at it. On the other hand, if you’re pretty good to start with, and you can play everything put in front of you, and you then repeat that 100 times, something else shifts completely: it’s a bit like growing ten or so years, the piece becomes part of you, you play it as if you understand it, it takes on a real meaning, something changes and it becomes significant; you sound like a real pro!
When trying out alternative therapies, EFT for want of a simple to follow routine, you have a problem in your life you want to address, you focus on what your problem is, and start to think what it’s all about. Then you go through the motions of the routine; nothing happens. Just like the good musician, repeat it again. Repeat it multiple times. Repeat it 100 times. No doubt you’ll never manage in one sitting, but over the course of the days and weeks you can arrive at doing it. See what happens. Just like with the music, you’ll notice a shift. Something will change within you. Something will change around you, and in your circumstances. Things will just work out okay. You will become another person.
I first came across EFT, as I said, through reading Paul McKenna. Then, chatting to a friend I had here in Lugano discovered that I actually knew someone who was an EFT practitioner, and this friend had actually tried this technique herself, and told me how effective it was. I do remember her also telling me how she had nevertheless stopped doing it, because she found that the raking over of the many previous issues involved in her then present situation, she still felt it was too painful to continue going through it all. No matter, it was from here I watched some videos by Robert Smith on Youtube where he explained what it was all about and I started experimenting for myself.
I can’t remember the first time I used it in earnest, but over the many years that I’ve known about it, it’s never ceased to amaze me how effective it is! – when done correctly!
Reminding yourself How Lucky You Are!
I must admit that I usually use a combination of methods when addressing different topics. So typically I’d use a bit of EFT, a bit of EMDR (eye movement desensitisation reprogramming) a bit of hypnosis, mediation etc. etc. (dare I say it – a bit of prayer – mantras – God knows what else!) and see what happens.
I think I’m like a lot of people, and I don’t keep track of what I’m doing – what I’m doing and the results that occur. So often when life is going well, I forget to do anything, then when I notice things not going to plan, I panic a bit and start doing it again.
I do try to be consistent though, even when I struggle to find time. One of the most important things to remember is to be grateful of your lot, all the time, and just try to remind yourself how lucky you are.
I’ll try to remember a few examples.
A few years have past now; my father-in-law was still with us – before he got ill, my kids were still at home and going to school – and going to the dentist for their braces! Yes, it’s got to be 6 or seven years now at least. Anyway…
We were down in Ravenna. We’d travelled down Christmas Eve morning. It was a nice sunny day and all was well. And so now, in the evening about 7.30, we sat down to our special Christmas Eve dinner of Cappelletti in Brodo – a typical local dish; home made pasta Romagnola! Made by my mother-in-law. Yum, yum!
Whilst we were waiting for the first course to be served, I remember sitting at the table, with Franco, my father-in-law, and the rest of the family, tasting his large green olives, specially prepared with garlic and red chilly peppers, and a glass of red wine.
Then, all of a sudden I bit an olive stone by mistake, breaking one of my back teeth in two. A splitting pain shot through me! Ah!!
God! What was I to do. The pain was excruciating! It was Christmas Eve. My dentist was more than 300 miles away, and closed. Go to A and E? Christmas Eve?
Animadverting for Impiety
EFT seems to be a pretty relaxed sort of thing. It seems that most people generally agree that there is something in it, and it has some kind affect on the world around us. Something happens. And no one seems to be overly het up about the ins and outs of how it should be done.
EMDR on the other hand, is a completely different kettle of fish. Whenever I’ve done a EMDR video on Youtube, I always get a stream of Moaning Minnies telling me, ‘You have to be fully qualified to do EMDR… you’re not doing it correctly … it can be dangerous … you’re irresponsible …’ etc. etc. Almost like a cult religious set animadverting for the impiety of following an erroneous God!
All for the sake of moving your eyes back and forth!