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While Tapping for trauma, I seemed to keep the emotions at bay enough to speak; it was painful but not overwhelming. I felt like I could keep talking, which is the first time in my life that this occurred. I am so grateful for Tijana and EFT.
At one point in my trauma tapping I don’t think I talked for five minutes; I just tapped. I didn’t need to use words. My body had all the messages I needed. Once I was able to get through that first silence stretch I realized that at any point, I could just close my mouth and continue tapping. I had the power.
Anyway you slice it, trauma isn’t easy. I definitely didn’t want to go back there and address it. Using a Trauma Name greatly helped me to keep it together through the whole tapping processes by making it palatable to say “the incident” instead getting more detailed or graphic.
Slow is Fine
Why am I gaining weight?
Even though I went through counseling after a rape that occurred 32 years ago, I discovered through EFT that the incident was still plaguing me. My first response to this realization was, “Are you freaking kidding me?” I told Tijana that I refuse to talk about this again because I made a deal with myself when it occurred that if I went to counseling and discussed the event that I would never have to deal with it again. Tijana explained that it’s possible that we won’t have to dive into the event. She described to me what a Trauma Name was and we talked about coming up with a Trauma Name to get started. This way I was able to slowly “wade in to the experience” as she puts it. This was all I committed to do at first. Surprisingly, we were able to move in more quickly after I gave up the resistance AND we didn’t have to go back to all the horrific details because it was no longer about shame.
“I’m giving my pain a voice.” The tapping session served as a great distraction from my logic. Also it served as a means to uncover that even though I want to move ahead, trauma is still keeping frozen. Through Tapping, I realized that I didn’t want to give pain a voice. I didn’t feel comfortable or strong enough to carry the burden of fear and shame – the secret. Tapping calmed my body. I am not saying it was easy, but I am finally on the other side I now feel empowered to accept all of me.
Journal Tapping is My Voice
I can’t talk about it but I learned to be able to write about it. Tijana showed me how I could journal and Tap. Sometimes I write while Tapping on one meridian point on my body and other times I journal and then read it out loud while Tapping or read it to my counselor while Tapping.
It often surprises me when, where and how I get triggered. Thank God for Tapping, I can instantly calm myself down and take the edge off until I can get help.