Today, I want to do something entirely different. This post is meant to show you the scope of EFT, and how easy it is to use it for others – a little fox terrier in this case.
It may sound strange, but even animals can have experiences that leave them preoccupied and maybe even distress them for quite a while afterwards. Here’s a little case study for a dog who had really bad luck one day:
It was on the last fine day in October when this little dog – let’s call him Lucky for now – ran out of luck. He was playing in the forest on an outing with his owners when he discovered a nest of wasps in the ground. He must have stuck his nose into it, as the wasps immediately swarmed out and attacked him. Lucky ran away, but the wasps followed, and got entagled in his fur – he’s of the wire breed. The owners managed to get rid of the wasps and treated Lucky right away, so he wasn’t hurt badly.
But he developed a real problem: Every time he put his nose into the food dish, he jumped back and started snapping as if wasps were attacking him. He could hardly eat at all. He seemed sad and distressed.
His owners were in a class I was teaching, so we decided to tap for Lucky. They brought him to the class. When we got ready for tapping, one of his owners sat down on the floor next to him and kept one hand on his shoulder. And off we went:
Even though I, Lucky, had such bad luck with the wasps in the forest, and I’m still scared they are near me, I’m a great little dog and my mommy loves me.
I led the whole group through several tapping rounds, talking about wasps and the shock of being attacked like that, and the fear of never getting away from them. After a while, Lucky started to yawn. And then he did something that I take as a sign of deep relaxation: He started to chew a little.
After that, I wound up the tapping. Lucky seemed more relaxed, and his owner remarked that the tail was now back in its normal position, curving over Lucky’s hindquarters. It had been off kilter for the last weeks. We continued with the class, and Lucky curled up and went to sleep.
By now, I have word on the result of the tapping: Lucky went through the motions of snapping at imaginary wasps once more, and has never done it again after that. He’s eating again and back to being a happy dog.
I’ll talk more about tapping for others in one of the next posts. Feel free to post questions in the comments, though.
* Image source: F. Moebius