EFT and Katrina
Following Katrina, I flew to Alabama to volunteer some time working with evacuees. It was a humbling experience and truly one I will never forget or regret. Every evacuee I met touched my heart in ways I can't describe. Blessings to all of them, as well as the survivors of all such catastrophic events. They truly are incredibly strong and courageous heroes.
More and more evidence is stacking up and research being done about using EFT and other energy techniques in the face of trauma, due to the rapid relief that folks experience. Dr. David Feinstein contacted me about my work with Katrina survivors, because he was in the process of writing an article, which appears in the March-May 2006 issue of Shift: At the Frontiers of Consciousness, published by the Institute of Noetic Sciences (www.noetic.org). You can read Dr. Feinstein's complete article by going to: www.energytraumatreatment.com
The following are a couple of examples of some of the "magic" I witnessed, as I introduced some folks to EFT.
Alternative to Pain Medication
Sue (not her real name) and her husband had lost everything after Hurricane Katrina. They had no idea what was next. Her husband was hearing impaired, so he opted to observe while Kay and I worked together. The session was about a month after the hurricane. In addition to all her anxieties following the trauma, and her fears about the future, she was experiencing a great deal of physical pain. She was shaking from the anxiety, and her pain was so intense that she was experiencing great difficulty using her hands or doing any physical activity. She was scheduled for a doctor's visit the following day and planned to ask for pain medication. We worked together for about 15 or 20 minutes using EFT, focusing on her anxieties and what she was experiencing physically. Not only did the shaking subside, she told me she didn't think she was going to be needing any pain medication. She was smiling, walking easier, and she said she now felt hopeful. The tears began to roll down her face as she told me that while pacing the floors during the previous night, she had asked God for an answer. She told me she was amazed at how much better she felt and said she was sure I had been the answer to her prayer.
Depression in the Aftermath of Disaster
Linda (not her real name) had been traumatized not only by Hurricane Katrina, but also by her subsequent experiences in a shelter after she was displaced from her home. A month after the disaster, she was so depressed that she was unable to function, spending most of her time crying uncontrollably. When I sat down with her, she sat with one hand over her face, sobbing and unable to speak. I gently asked for permission to take her hand and see if I could help her relax. She agreed, and I began gently tapping on the EFT points on her hand. Within a few moments, the tears began to subside. She was still unable to voice her experience, so I just kept tapping and talking with her. I used a specific EFT technique which offers relief without the person having to verbally describe the event. Among other issues, she was haunted by the screams and sounds of gunshots during the nights she spent in the shelter. While she was still, for the most part, unable to speak, I continued working with her, with her tears coming and going. After several minutes, her head was held high and she was able to speak. Then she smiled. Later that evening, I saw her at a gathering for survivors. Her friends, who had initially put me together with her, seemed amazed, reporting that she was her cheerful self again. I will always remember her smiles and hugs of gratitude.