Overcoming Memory Flooding
When our history includes a multitude of traumatic experiences, many times we can find ourselves being caught in the phenomenon referred to as "flooding". Out of nowhere we find ourselves swimming in a terrifying "flood" of images, memories and emotions like a tickertape parade in our minds. And many times when we are doing our best to tap and work through these things for ourselves or with others, regardless of how gently we approach the subject matter - we may find ourselves or our clients frozen in their tracks because the flooding takes over. When we know we are diving into deep work that involves complex histories it is important to be totally present, tuned in with what we are experiencing personally and honoring those feelings. The same of course applies, even more so when we are assisting others. Remember to take it gently and slowly, one step at a time. It is not a race but a process that can unfold gently. And if the need to back off or refer to or consult with someone with greater experience is even a fleeting thought, please do not hesitate doing so. While EFT tends to be a very forgiving technique, please do all you can to avoid unnecessary re-traumatization. So with all of that said - what do we do when we find ourselves facing these situations? Take a few deep breathes and consider some version of the language I am offering here for your consideration. As always, adjust the wording to suit the specific situation. The words need to match the perspective and resonate with that of the individual.
At the Karate Chop or Sore Spot:
Even though I am experiencing this flooding, I am
thanking the wiser part of me for working with me
to slow the stream to the pace that is perfect for
Even though every time I face this issue, I am
flooded with pictures, memories and emotions, I am
so happy and grateful that the wiser part of me is
working with me now, slowing things to the pace
that works perfectly for me.
Even though this flooding stops me cold in my
tracks, I am now trusting the wiser part of me,
knowing it will only deliver a little at a time, as I am
able to process it.
Through the Sequence:
TH This overwhelming flood
EB That stops me in my tracks
OE That won't allow me to make progress.
UE This flood of images and emotions
UN All this flooding
UL This flood of memories and images
CB It is just too much for me
UA I feel it in every cell of my being
TH This flood of images, emotions and memories
EB That I feel in my ___(fill in the blank)____ .
OE This flooding that overwhelms me.
UE How can I possibly get beyond this?
UN All this fear I feel inside...
UL I am now trusting the wiser part of me
CB to guide me through this
UA at the pace that works perfectly for me
TH I am so happy and grateful..
EB that I am beginning to feel calmer.
OE I am so happy and grateful..
UE that I am breathing easier.
UN I am so happy and grateful..
UL that I can feel my mind is quieting itself
CB I am so happy and grateful..
UA that I can begin to experience hope.
Please repeat as necessary, remembering to adjust the language to what best suits you or comes to you as tap. If specifics come to mind as you work through this, as they often will, be sure to address them separately...
Happy Tapping - Wishing you all the best and true peace within,