Friday, June 1, 2018

EFT for Christians Video #37 Personal Tapping Lessons

In this video EFT for Christians will demonstrate how a personal tapping session might look like as an example of sound tapping practice:

EFT for Christians Video # 37

Remember, EFT is not a substitute for sound medical or psychological care, so make an appointment with your own personal physician when that care is needed.

Blessings in the Risen Christ!

Sherrie Rice Smith
Certified EFT Practitioner
Author of EFT for Christians Advanced  (2017)
Author of EFT for Christians 52 Tapping Devotions (Christmas, 2017)
Author of EFT for Christians Devotions (Christmas, 2019)

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Prejudice & EFT

Prejudice is a fact-less and usually negative attitude toward members of a particular group. Common features of prejudice include negative feelings, stereotypical beliefs, and a tendency to discriminate against that group of people. Many definitions of prejudice exist, most of us pick up negative ideas of others based on generalizations from opinions from others, usually those in authority, or ones who are older and deemed wiser and more experienced than we are.

Prejudice can be based on just about anything including sex, race, age, sexual orientations, ethnic background, socioeconomic status, dress, educational background, and religious beliefs.

Most beliefs, including prejudices, are nothing more than arbitrary interpretations of another person’s viewpoints. Events happen around us in the world, but the meaning we give the events is our own personal perception of that event.  It’s these perceptions that shape our life and the actions, thoughts, and behaviors within that existence.

Please don’t misunderstand me. Some of our beliefs are needed to keep us safe.

Should we see a man (that’s an assumption, as I just as easily could have said a woman!) wielding a gun a half a block away, yelling at the top of his lungs about his rights being violated, we would have an immediate “perception” that the situation is not safe and we should duck behind a building until the police have that corridor under control.

We have made a correct assumption that the gun swinging man just might harm us. An incorrect assumption would be that all men of a certain skin color are threatening, whether they hold a gun or no. It’s even more prejudicial if we base that opinion on just this one incident.

Genesis 1:25-31 talks about creation of man. We were created in God’s image. The word Adam simply means “man”. It is not the specific name of the first male creature God created; therefore, there is a male man and a female man – Adam and Eve. They were created male and female for the perpetuation of the human race.

Deuteronomy 10:17, Job 34:19, Romans 2:11, and Acts 10:34 specifically state that God shows no partiality or favoritism. He loves us all no matter who we are or what we are. Galatians 3:38 clearly states, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

So, how do racial, sexual, ethnic, etc. prejudices get formed?

We humans are literally born a blank slate. As an infant all our needs must be met by our parents or other caregivers, otherwise we will die. This care includes teaching us all that we need to know to survive in life from how to dress ourselves, eat good food, drive an automobile, act reponsibly, how to interact with others, and all other opinions that we feel are unique to us and we came to form freely.

But did we form all those opinion freely? Research science shows clearly we didn’t do this thinking on our own – someone taught us.

Those opinions and thoughts about the world can come literally from anyone. Our parents, grandparents, older siblings, teachers, pastors, friends, and can include other gang members or people we meet hanging out on a street corner, including the local merchant. As we see behaviors of others played out in our life, we accept them as truth, whether they are moral or immoral behaviors. The filters through which we see those behaviors are based on what we learned early in life as children. It’s the patterns we acquired as we matured that play out later in life in our own behavior.

As children we learn red means stop and green means go. We just as easily learn that apples are yummy to eat, but pine cones really don’t taste too good. And so it is with prejudices. Prejudices are learned traits based on someone else’s opinion.

If someone in higher authority than you rants on about how awful German people are, you have no reason to disagree, and so you believe the well-read woman is correct. At that point, you file away a prejudice that German people are bad. Most likely, because that is “your opinion”, you will state it freely even though you have little reason or experience to know that “German people are awful” on a personal basis. In fact, you literally have no idea in your daily encounters who is German and who isn’t, but should someone state specifically that they are German, your guard, based on previous beliefs and teachings, will come up.

Your heart rate will rise, hearing become acute, listening for any dangerous signals the German person may make, breathing becomes more rapid, blood sugar rises, as does your blood pressure. This all happens unconsciously based on previous information someone else taught you.

Your amygdala just threw you into “Flight, Fight, and Freeze” mode, surging neurochemicals throughout your body based on those prior acquired perceptions. Specifically, you are ready to run or fight and you have no idea what just happened. Prejudicial thoughts just sabotaged your neurochemistry. And you may have no idea why it all just happened, until you investigate by asking yourself about the situation.

Once you get to know the “German” in your midst, you realize he poses no threat to you, and then your neurochemistry will settle down, as you relax.

But what happens when the “German” in your midst is not given a chance to “prove” himself a non-threatening person? This is where prejudice turns violent. We say things to the person we shouldn’t, bullying begins, fists start flying, and soon physical damage is done all based on someone else’s idea of who is good or bad.

As we look back through history, many horrific incidents have taken place all based on someone else’s perception of what was good or bad in life. World War I was started by one person assassinating a political figure who was thought to be unfair. Millions of people died because of an opinion. Pol Pot, leader of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the 1970s, had 1.5 million people killed to enforce his opinion that Cambodia should remain an agrarian society. Somewhere Pol Pot was taught modern society was evil. In my opinion, perhaps the murder of 1.5 million people was more evil, particularly for the orphaned and dead!

Most political debacles occur due to someone’s opinion. Often these turn deadly for those around the leader.

So, how should we handle prejudices with Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT, tapping)?

Prejudicial beliefs can be handled like any other problem a client could bring to us. Different techniques could be used to undo the basis of the prejudice.

I personally would want to tap, asking the Holy Spirit, if there is any trauma suffered at the hands of the one against which the prejudice stands. Often this is the case when sexual abuse has been perpetrated.

If a male has abused a young lady, often that woman wants little to nothing to do with males. This is a prejudice, too. Once we tap away the underlying emotions of the trauma, most often this frees the client to see other males in a completely different light, understanding that the abuse was perpetrated by one particular male, not the entire male race!

The same would pertain to a young African American boy who was bullied or beat-up by a gang of Caucasian males. Later in life that same man might come to believe that all white males are dangerous bullies, locking the African American male into a life that keeps him from ever being successful because he won’t involve himself in white society. This becomes a prejudice that denies a person the fullness and abundance talked about in Psalm 31:19. God wants us to have an abundant life filled with love, beauty, and laughter.

I invite you to pray and think about what prejudices in life you have against other people, institutions, churches, etc., which might be holding you back in life from doing your best for God.

What opinions do you hold in life that may have no factual basis at all, except what you heard someone tell you those ideas decades ago?

Consider hiring an EFT practitioner to explore and eliminate those prejudicial viewpoints from your life, allowing God to open up opportunities you never considered for yourself. God just might have a very special job for you to do for Him!

EFT is not a substitute for medical care, so please take personal responsibility for all your physical and emotional needs.

Sherrie Rice Smith, R.N. (Retired)
Certified EFT Practitioner
Author of EFT for Christians – order from my website below.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Dr. Gabor Mate and Tapping

Dr. Gabor Mate writes, "The automatic mind, the reactive product of brain circuits, constantly interprets the present in the light of past conditioning. In its psychological respones it has great difficulty telling the past from the present, especially whenever it is emotionally aroused. A trigger in the present will set off emotions that were programmed perhaps decades ago at a much more vulnerable time in a person's life. What seems like a reaction to some present circumstance is, in fact, a reliving of past emotional experiences.
Whenever a person 'overreacts' - that is, reacts in a way that seems inappropriately exaggerated to the situation at hand....the reaction is not to the irritant in the present but to some buried hurt in the past.
Many of us look back puzzled on some emotional explosion and ask ourselves, 'What the heck was that about?'"
And that is indeed the question we should ask ourselves any time we feel or react in a way we know is not God honoring - Lord God, what was that about? And then tap negatively on the memory He gives you so as to begin or continue the process of healing He has started in so many of us!

EFT is NOT a substitute for sound medical or psychological care, so please contact your personal physician if you need immediate or continuous help.

Sherrie Rice Smith, R.N. (Retired)
Certified EFT Practitioner
Author of EFT for Christians (2015)
Author of EFT for Christians, Tapping in God's Peace & Joy (2016)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

EFT Tapping and Training Classes International

Fellow Tappers,

Here are the classes you will want to consider if you want to learn to tap well for yourself, or if you are considering becoming a Christian EFT Practitioner.

EFT Classes for Certification and Personal Use

Alina and Craig don't teach this class from a Christian perspective, but their EFT training is solidly grounded in God's created physiology. You will want to attend!

Once you take this class, and then go onto EFT mentoring with them to become a Certified EFT Practitioner, I can add you to our growing Christian EFT Practitioner referral list. I cannot put you on our referral list if you graduate from any EFT program that I don't personally know the trainer.

God's people deserve the BEST when it comes to emotional healing and these classes will prepare you to deliver the best EFT techniques to our brethren!

Check these classes out!

Remember, EFT is not a substitute for sound medical or psychological care, so make an appointment with your own personal physician when that care is needed.

Sherrie Rice Smith
Certified EFT Practitioner
Author of EFT for Christians Advanced  (2017)
Author of EFT for Christians 52 Tapping Devotions (Christmas, 2017)
Author of EFT for Christians Devotions (Christmas, 2019)

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Friday, April 13, 2018

EFT for Christians Video # 25: Surrogate Tapping

Here is another instructional EFT for Christians YouTube video:  EFT for Christians Video # 25: Surrogate Tapping 

Remember, EFT is not a substitute for sound medical or psychological care. Please call your own personal physician and take responsibility for your own emotional and physical health.

Please subscribe to my EFT for Christians YouTube Channel to get notified about all new YouTube EFT videos as they are produced.

Blessings in our Risen Savior!

Sherrie Rice Smith
Author of the EFT for Christians series found on Amazon.com

Monday, April 2, 2018

Trauma Study

I've previously read (and taught) that we have 3 days after a trauma before the hippocampus decides whether to encode a trauma permanently, or whether to let it go.
I've seen this study below a couple of times, but it is time to share it. This study was done on mice, so does it also effect humans? Good possibility. We share a similar genome.
This study suggests we have 10 (TEN) days after a traumatic event to ameliorate the issue. Simply stated perhaps getting or receiving some kind of adequate emotional support is sufficient to let the event pass from our psyche without possibly permanently encoding and turning into PTSD. This would have all kinds of profound implications for disasters, accidents, deaths, etc. Could EFT do the trick here? Wouldn't it be wonderful to find out?
Anyway, here is the quote:
According to Anusha Krishnan at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India:
“A new study by Indian scientists has gained insights into how a single instance of severe stress can lead to delayed and long-term psychological trauma. The work pinpoints key molecular and physiological processes that could be driving changes in brain architecture. The team, led by Sumantra Chattarji from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) and the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem), Bangalore, have shown that a single stressful incident can lead to increased electrical activity in a brain region known as the amygdala. This activity sets in late, occurring ten days after a single stressful episode, and is dependent on a molecule known as the N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor (NMDA-R), an ion channel protein on nerve cells known to be crucial for memory functions. Previously, Chattarji’s group had shown that a single instance of acute stress had no immediate effects on the amygdala of rats. But ten days later, these animals began to show increased anxiety, and delayed changes in the architecture of their brains, especially the amygdala.”
Study: Yasmin, F., Saxena, K., McEwen, B.S., & Chattarji, S. (2016). The delayed strengthening of synaptic connectivity in the amygdala depends on NMDA receptor activation during acute stress. Physiological Reports, 4(20), e13002

Remember, EFT is not a substitute for medical or psychological care. Please consult your own personal physician when you need that type of help.

Sherrie Rice Smith, R.N. (Retired)
Certified EFT Practitioner
Author of the EFT for Christians series (on Amazon)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

EFT for Christians Video # 24: Tapping Spots Revisited & Why We Use What We Use

Here is another EFT for Christians YouTube instructional video:  EFT for Christians Video # 24: Tapping Spots Revisited & Why We Use What We Use 

Remember, EFT is not a substitute for sound medical or psychological care. Please call your own personal physician and take responsibility for your own emotional and physical health.

Please subscribe to my EFT for Christians YouTube Channel to get notified about all new YouTube EFT videos as they are produced.

Blessings in our Risen Savior!
Sherrie Rice Smith
Author of the EFT for Christians series found on Amazon.com