Tapping…A Surprisingly Powerful Tool

Like gazillions of other Americans, my emotional buttons were pushed by Bush’s plan to spend $700 billion to buy up bad debts…with absolutely no protection for us taxpayers. My husband and I have always lived within our means…we resent being asked to pay for the gambling excesses of others.

That’s all I’m going to say about what triggered me…giving into ranting would be throwing away my personal power. So I’ve been keeping myself informed about what’s been going on and what the proposed solutions are, and I’ve written and phoned my representatives in Washington. Apparently enough other people have made their views known, so the proposed bailout plan has been modified.

That’s the only constructive thing I could think of to deal with triggering event, so the next step was to free myself of the anger. I wanted to get on with my life. Using my StressEraser wasn’t enough…there was way too much energy there…so I decided to try tapping, a technique I learned about last May. I haven’t been stressed enough to use it until now…this was a perfect chance to see if it worked.

To start with I followed this demonstration by Aila. I also read The Tapping Cure, a book I had bought. The book isn’t necessary, but I like to read stories of how a technique works and to see how I can fine tune it for myself. I also like the fact that the author is a pragmatist…she thought the underlying theory of the process sounded like mumbo jumbo, but she became a true believer in the technique because it works so well. Anyway, she was right, it did stop my buttons from getting pushed when I think about the current mess. I can now keep up-to-date about what’s happening with the financial crisis without being tossed around by anger and fear. And I now have another powerful technique for my toolbox.

What about you? Is anything pushing your emotional buttons right now? If so, what techniques are you using? How well are they working? Have you tried anything new lately?

Thanks to bikehikebabe and rummuser for commenting on last week’s post.
bikehikebabe doesn’t have a website, so I’ve given her a page here. Do any of you have a picture and/or information you’d be willing to share with the group? This site is about friendship and conversation.


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11 Responses to Tapping…A Surprisingly Powerful Tool

  1. bikehikebabe says:

    The 700 BILLION $ Bail-Out is totally disgusting. :( It’s an emergency tactic to avert a crisis, so it didn’t push my button. (It did when I read Jean’s Post.)

    I tried “demonstration by Alio” even though it sounded like voodoo. (Someone gave me a paper on how to do this 2 years ago & I threw it away.) But my shoulder hurt before & not after I tried it. It has a calming effect. (The pain came back.) I’m going to apply this calming effect to my life. Let you know if it works. I know it will.

  2. rummuser says:

    I have been meditating for up to an hour every day without fail for the past 34 years. That has brought me to this stage of life when to a large extent, I am free of stress or tension of any kind. On the odd occasion that it does appear, I simply go off for a meditation session and it calms me down and I am back to normal.

    People who had known me intimately during my corporate high flying days, who meet me now, inevitably remark how much I have changed.

    This is the only method that I use and I have found it to be extremely useful in my daily life as well as in my spiritual pursuits.

    rummusers last blog post..FeedBurner update.

  3. Jean says:

    Yes, meditation is a time-honored method. It’s been around for thousands of years because it works. I’m glad you’ve had the discipline to practice it regularly. It sounds from your posts…the violence in India… that you can use it right now.

    I’m glad you’ve added the option to subscribe to e-mail, but I was missing some posts so I added you to my Live Bookmarks in Firefox so I can easily check for new posts every day.

    About stress-management techniques. I agree, you only need one if you use it regularly. But I’m a curious person and like to see how various methods work. And since I’ve taught stress-management classes, I like to give people different options. Not to mention that the easiest way for me to step out of the stress trap is to get curious about what’s going on inside me, to stop to see how I’m stressing myself. Once I start exploring a technique I’m halfway there.

  4. Jean says:

    Please do let us know how it goes. I like to have a variety of techniques, it makes stress management more fun. That’s a great picture! Thank you.

  5. bikehikebabe says:

    We are thinking of going to India with a group of 16 Americans. (3 weeks) Is it safe from terrorism?

  6. Jean says:

    The web is a wondrous thing. Here’s a link showing what our U. S. Department of State says about the safety of traveling in India


  7. Jean says:

    Salman Khan answered bikehikebabe’s question in the comments section of rummuser’s post on Terroism in India:

    No, there is no Anti-American or Anti-Jewish feeling in India. America is seen as a friend and a country who has given us a lot of jobs and prosperity. Quite a few people in India are familiar with Jewish community as they are very less in numbers. Even those who know them, consider the community as quite enterprising and industrious. The recent attacks against Christians is rather an isolated case which can be attributed to the strengthening of right wing fascist forces in some pockets of country.

    There is no anti-Hindu or anti-Muslim feeling too as such. It’s true that the interaction between the two community is quite dismal, still there is no hard feeling. Some recent developments may have sowed the suspicion in the hearts of people but with time, we will realise that these are works of “anti-Indian” elements rather than “anti-Hindu” or “anti-Muslim” forces.

    I really appreciate Mr. Ramana’s effort that he took such pains to start discussion on a rather sensitive topic like this.

    and rummuser said:

    You will be in as much risk as the astronauts in the Chellenger were! Come on BHB, it will be as risky as hiking on bikes in the USA! Allah, Yahweh, Yahura Mazda, Ganesha, Jesus Christ, Buddha, Mahavira and name any other God, and they are all in India, looking after all the people here! The Government of India does not!

    Thank you both!

  8. Diane says:

    Personally I meditate/prayer/contemplate and as I have been in deep study I have read a great book on energy medicine.Which has the tapping techniques as well. Healing there are so many styles and intergrative methods available.

    Personally I subject of government policy’s in the past I have been active with writing letters but not so much lately. I would say I ask this question can I control it, do I want to give it more attention. And will my effort create a change? What do I need… My son asked me about it and I just told them they probably would pass something. They feel they must… take an action. They can not let our banking systems fail or let go and see what happens? At least that is the way I tend to view their style…I felt earlier that this was inevitable just by watching the “new way of lending” that was OK because of certain policies enacted. It was one of those easy predictions…for most of us.

    Loniness shifting to Peacefulness….isolation shifting to acceptance….

  9. Jean says:

    I agree, is this something we can influence? Even if it is, is it the best use of my time right now? It sounds as if you’re dealing with more important matters right now. I wrote my letters and made my phone calls because I wanted to do something constructive with my anger. If I were immersed in other problems I probably wouldn’t have gotten angry.

  10. Diane says:

    Hi Jean,
    I am definately an advocate for people writing letters, joining groups and actively pursuing a role in changing or voicing their positions on politics and legislature processes. Actually in the past I wrote because it feels that too many people sit around complaining have no sound education on the process as I have come to understand it. But that is because of my background of serving on boards and site councils and getting my questions answered. After those experiences I learned it was very hard to find fault with the officials in the seats. I learned most obstacles (hands being tied) to getting something done was often a higher political legislation. Problem solver that I am…. Ok now its the state or federal system. I watched the people who paid officials try there best to manuever through the maze of rules…. Things I used to be mad at I could no longer sit with others and discuss except to say what I had learned. One thing I did learn of was alot of loop holes if you come from a place or foundation to just get it done without the complication of government beauracracy. And I also learned the good rules that were in place as well… So I love when others are getting out there and doing something rather than just sitting on it. More people need to do it…

  11. Jean says:

    Thanks! Sometimes we can’t do much, but it’s better than nothing.

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