Taking Charge of Your Health

I�d like to just take a moment first to
express appreciation and gratitude. First and foremost to obviously the person that
means more than anybody in my life, and the person that�s responsible for the vision
of this gathering, for creating this gathering, all the details � you have no idea what
went into this gathering � so for a moment, I�d like to thank my wife, Alina. I�d like in specific to thank and weave
and collaborate with those that have walked before me. Certainly that goes back to Gary
and everybody else, but specifically today, to the other presenters, because you made
it easy for me to come now and summarize and integrate and collaborate. I couldn�t have
literally designed any better. Joanna speaking about the power of words and meanings and
being specific with words, because that will culminate in something important. Nancy, the
power of images, metaphor, and meaning; you couldn�t have known the story I was going
to present. Thank you for that. Sarah Jane, talking about your body and having a felt
sense and standing in and being in your bodies, perfect. I really don�t even have to be
here; you did it all. Damon on beliefs and settings, how we think about what we do. So
now I just get to summarize, basically. My vision today at the outset was to somehow,
being a chiropractor, combine how emotions and pain weave and work together. I�ll start
with a story and a question first. If you were a surgeon and you needed your hip replaced,
who would you turn to for that? Another surgeon. If you were a psychiatrist with depression,
who might you turn to? Another psychiatrist. A massage therapist with tight muscles might
go to a massage therapist. And a chiropractor with back pain would go to� Another chiropractor. No. Not when you�re married to Alina. But
that�s a very important concept, because it changed my life. In other words, I had
spent a lot of money and a lot of years knowing what pain and back pain meant and what caused
it and what initiated it and how it was physiologically working in the body and what tissues were�
so believe me, I can tell you more than you ever want to know about back pain. Now let�s go to a time a few years ago.
I had already learned EFT. I was in a relationship with an EFT master at the time, and I had
been working in the yard too hard one day. Now, I know better. If anybody, I teach my
patients all the time how much to do and not to do, to listen to their bodies, to not overdo
one activity, but there was a lot to get done, and I just didn�t listen to myself. I was
a bad patient that day. So I was digging and yard working and spent the entire day doing
far too much in the yard, and basically walked in the house like this. �I�m okay. I know what I did. It�s all
right; I�ll use my ice and I�ll do my stretches.� She�s like, �Let�s just
tap on it.� I�m like, �It�s not an emotional issue, okay? I know that tapping
is good stuff. Really, I do. I value it so much.� For other people. No. �If it was
emotional, if had to do with anything that was more than me digging in the yard, it would
be useful. But I know what I did, and I know I just overdid it. I know how to take care
of it.� She�s like, �What are you, scared to tap on it?� �No, we can tap. Whatever,
fine.� Now, as it turns out, that day working in
the yard I didn�t think had any emotional implications until �Even though my back�s
in spasm and I feel frustrated by it� � because I�m like a 6 in the Enneagram, I�ve got
to think about things, I�m pretty left brain overall � so yeah, �I�m a little frustrated
by it, and maybe I�m a little frustrated because I had to spend all day on it. Maybe
I�m frustrated because I had to spend all day because I�m having to get the house
ready for sale, and maybe I�m having to get the house ready for sale because I just
went through a divorce. And maybe I�m a little angry about that, and maybe�� But
it�s not an emotional issue; I overdid it in the yard. Let�s just say that day changed my life.
At the one hand, it scared the heck out of me because it had the potential to ruin my
professional career. Because that meant that every person that came in for back pain might
have emotional stuff that I�d have to refer out for, in which case I didn�t have a clientele
anymore. But that is a point that I think is worth facing when we have to re-paradigm
what we think the world looks like, especially when it has to do with what we�re spending
every day doing. But it brings up the idea and the concept
of what �psychosomatic� refers to. Psyche is mind, and soma is body, and never the twain
shall meet, according to old science, which is now obviously old science, because we know
it�s next to impossible to have a thought or a belief that turns into a feeling that
doesn�t affect the body, that doesn�t cause what you think about or feel about to
affect the body. There�s no way to separate. When we talk about pain and we talk about
EFT and we talk about emotions, pain is literally your way of interpreting what you�re feeling. I had this idea today that I was going to
come out � we�re at Bastyr University, it�s prestigious; I�m going to play scientist
today, because I have this picture of my favorite professor at chiropractic school, Dr. Murphy,
who could recite literally the page number of the paragraph of a study that he read 13
years ago, and tell it like he read it yesterday. I have this vision that someday I�m going
to be like that, and I�m not, but I keep believing it anyway. So I prepared my studies for today, and it
was fascinating because I love bridging the gap from science to mainstream, and I�ve
always been a connector and a bridge-gapper from here to here. The longer I sat here today,
I said, �I can�t do that.� Literally, it changed today, and I said, �I�m not
going to do that. I don�t have as much fun when I do it. I have this belief that I can
do it well, and I really don�t do it so well.� So I changed it. For those of you
that saw me in the chapel at lunchtime and were wondering what I was doing there, I was
rewriting my talk. Now, there are a couple of ideas that people
have � actually, there are thousands of ideas � about how pain and how we think
about pain relate. I thought I�d bring up a few. How many people know, for example,
John Sarno? The heretic M.D. that ran a neuro rehab, wrote lots of books, Mind Over Back
Pain. Basically, the thing that most people take away is all the people that have back
pain out there in the world, they�re basically unexpressed angry people. That�d be a synopsis.
He writes a whole book on it, but it actually can come down to that. What he really says � and now I just realized
that Chris asked me to stay still back here, and that�s the last thing that I�ve done.
Sorry, Chris. �Even though I told him to not move.�
It is. All right. John Sarno is an M.D. that ran a neuro rehab place, and basically what
he discovered and what he found, which is really not new to anybody here � and I do
love that everybody here are a bunch of hand-rubbing, head-tapping, wacko� we�re this great
group that just integrates and collaborates, and it�s a fabulous group of people, so
thank you for being here. John spoke to the idea, which was quite revolutionary
within the medical circles, that when we feel things, when we feel emotions, and we don�t
express them and we bottle them up, that that�s got to go somewhere. I know, it�s brilliant,
isn�t it? It�s got to go somewhere, and as he described it, it goes into tension in
the body. He came up with the diagnosis called tension myositis syndrome, which is basically
tight muscle syndrome from stress. Which results from unexpressed emotions, which results from
being in pain. And all you have to do is counsel people a couple times that that�s what they�re
doing, and they get better. It worked for him. It really did. Study after
study that he showed thousands and thousands of people came to his clinic, he actually
stopped referring out to physical therapy, he stopped teaching them exercise, he stopped
teaching them everything else except �This is what you�re doing; now get better.�
And a lot of people did. So that�s one idea. Another one is certainly Hans Selye. General
adaptation syndrome, the father of stress syndrome. He said, �Look, those biological
systems were meant to be under some stress.� Saber-toothed tiger comes chasing after you,
wherever that was � or maybe it was a snow leopard, anything� anyway, something comes
after you fiercely, with great sovereignty, and you know, fight, flight, freeze, to do
something. Your body knows it needs to do something to respond appropriately in the
situation. That�s fine. The problem is that when our body starts to
adapt to that chronic level of stress, biologically, our hormones, the chemicals in our brain,
the neurotransmitters, everything starts to cause your body to adapt to that stress in
its attempt to reach equilibrium. The problem is that has a lot of effects that don�t
help your body. Cortisol levels, which I�ll talk more about. There are a lot of things
in the body that start to raise. Your body gets used to them, and that results often
in pain, high blood pressure, hypertension, heart disease. We can go on and on with the
different chronic diseases in our current culture resulting from ongoing stress. Stress is the key. If you want to have a bridge
builder for any hospital, for any discussion, for anybody that thinks that EFT is woo-woo,
stress is your word. Stress is the word. Everybody say it: �Stress is the word!� Exactly.
Because you can use that anywhere. You can use that with athletes, you can use that in
the hospital setting, you can use that with psychotherapists. You can use that with anybody,
and you�ve got plenty of background to say that as stress levels increase, what is one
thing that EFT does? It relieves stress. And that�s your door opening, and then you get
in the door. As Alina would always tell the story, when
she used to try to speak at the local hospital and say �Try EFT on everything,� the door
would close every time. I�d be speaking about metaphysical concepts and she�s like,
�How do you get in?� I�m like, �Well, because when I start it off, I start talking
about back pain.� Then I did neck pain, and then I did back and neck pain, and then
I did back, neck pain, and stress, and then I did back, neck pain, stress, and ways to
relieve stress. And here I am stepping forward again. Poor Chris. So stress is your word. A few things I wanted to talk about. So John
Sarno first, and basically he said that there were two primary things that move us in the
direction of stress and this tension syndrome of pain, and one of them is our personality
traits. Some of us tend to be more Type A, as he would describe them, personality traits
that tend to get stressed more. We can all look to all our body-mind systems that types
of people and ways we react that tend to move more towards stress than others. Then he said there are life situations. Duh.
In other words, you have a personality tendency and you have a life situation that tends to
cause these times where you get stressed, you hold it, and if you�re in a society
that doesn�t let emotions flow freely and you hold them, they end up in your body. An aside about emotions � and this is completely
my own personal opinion. I�ve heard Alina and many other people say that EFT works with
� basically, at the root of every problem is an emotion. I would actually say for me
� and I might be getting your terminology wrong, but from my mind, it�s either an
unexpressed emotion or it�s a dysfunctional emotion. What I mean by that is not that an
emotion is good or bad, or any one is good or bad. Anger is appropriate here and anger
is inappropriate here, etc. In my teaching, my learning, my understanding,
when we experience something newly, it is absolutely natural to have an emotion about
it, whether it�s grief, sadness, anger, and any of the emotions. But when we tend
to repeat them unnecessarily from the same situation, over and over and over, and we
tell the stories about it over and over and over, and every time somebody reminds us of
that same situation, we feel that � when it basically gets recycled, that�s not healthy.
That�s what leads to the blockages that I think EFT helps the most with. When I�m talking about emotions and pain,
I�m not saying emotions are bad that cause pain. I think emotions are part of the greatest
part of us as human beings, but only when they flow freely, or they flow without blockage. When I work with patients, for me � and
I think that this would apply most to those practitioners that are not just solo EFT practitioners.
You might be a psychotherapist, you might be a massage therapist, you might be a nurse,
you may be any other profession that is using � actually, let me ask you: how many people
are in, for example, the mental health profession? Okay. Nursing? Let�s include caregiving
in some way. Okay. EFT solo? Okay, so we have a random mix, plus lots of others, obviously,
I�m not mentioning. I think we have to find ways, especially for
example when we�re working with pain � and as a chiropractor, obviously that�s the
primary reason that people come to me � is we have to be able to successfully, if we
wish to use EFT with them, bridge that gap from the expectation they walk in with of
what kind of care they�re going to receive to how I broach the subject of working with
their emotions and/or with EFT. Because if somebody walks in to me as a chiropractor,
�I�ve got this great tool,� they�re looking at me like I�m crazy, right? For
me, most people now, really we�ve hit a paradigm shift where people understand that
pain and what they feel in their body, and especially how they feel and what they think,
have some connection. It�s pretty rare to find somebody that doesn�t get that on some
degree. For example, when a patient of mine that�s
a friend comes in the other day, she�s 65 years old, she comes in with this back pain
going in her butt and sciatica. She�s already had the x-ray, the MRI, dadadadada. She gives
me the whole story, and I�m listening, and this is a very Type A person. And I�m listening.
I have a listening for, as a physician, what physically may be going on. I have to. It�s
my responsibility to be listening of what tests have been done, what does it sound like,
what does it look like, etc. I still have to come up with a diagnosis and an appropriate
treatment protocol, etc. But at the same time, I also always have a
listening for what�s going on underneath. That ear is always there for me now, especially
after you. I love you, just kidding. but really, after understanding that there�s always
some interconnection. Because even if it�s just pain alone that�s purely physical,
you think they�ve got some thoughts about that? You think they�ve got some feelings
about the pain that might possibly be now intertwined with it, especially if it�s
chronic pain? So even if it started with, we�ll just say, a very physical-only/mostly
thing. Certainly then what happens is the emotional feeling about �Who am I with that?
What does that mean for me? What is the meaning behind that?�, and that often will relate
to the piece that the EFT dovetails into. When this person walks in and I start listening
and I start asking my medical type questions of how long have you had it and what does
it feel like and what kind of things aggravate it, what I�m listening for is what was � and
I might throw in �What was happening around the time that you hurt it?� �Oh, nothing.
I woke up with it.� �Any stress going on in your life around that time?� �No.�
�I don�t believe you.� �Because I know you and I know things that are happening
in your life that you just aren�t connecting yet.� So there�s a gentle lead. �What
does it mean for you to have this? What is it like to be you?� That�s my favorite
� I totally stole that from Alina. �Tell me what it�s like to be you. I want to be
you. What�s that like with regards to this?� What then came up is �Well, this is an old
person�s condition, and I�m not old. And if I admit to this happening, or give it any
space in my life, and if it�s not gone tomorrow, that means I�m having to deal with getting
old stuff.� Oh, oh, okay. I�ll put that aside, because that might be as much as they�re
willing to do in that moment. But all of a sudden, I have a really important piece of
the puzzle. With pain, pain is literally just the signal,
because they could be describing it as ache, as stiffness, as this, as that. Pain is one
sensation. It�s one that people use the most; they�re very comfortable with using
the word pain, and sometimes they don�t know how else to describe it but pain. But
pain is a very useful one for me to explore further about what that means, and meaning
is everything with pain. There is another researcher, Eisenberg, and
what she�s done � very fascinating studies � is she�s actually found that the part
of the brain, the anterior cingulate gyrus, has an area in the brain that has a complete
overlap. #1, it has a lot to do with physical pain processing, but it also has a lot to
do with for example, �What happens socially when I feel excluded, when I feel not accepted,
when I feel not a part of the group, when I feel not bonded or connected to?� And
guess what? They are starting to find that they are sharing the same wiring and same
neurons, and they may be collaborating with each other. All of a sudden there�s new meaning to me
feeling left out, me being angry or frustrated about that, and feeling more pain in my neck.
That they�re actually using the same neuronal connections and sharing that part of the brain.
Fascinating. I mean, we are in a time of brain science that�s mind-blowing. And it is. I love this one. I�m going to give you an
example. Here�s where I�m going to bridge the gap with research for a moment. I�m
going to give a plug to a journal for a second called Explore: The Journal of Science and
Healing. Larry Dossey is the primary editor. My friend Stephan Schwartz is a regular contributor.
In this most recent issue, I�m just going to read a short quote. It�s called Explore:
The Journal of Science and Healing, but Explore is good enough for you to find it. It�s
really one of the most leading-edge journals speaking to consciousness, speaking to healing,
speaking to energy psychology, speaking to many of the different things. And we�ll also give a plug to Dawson�s
Journal, which really anything that�s coming out with energy psychology and EFT is coming
through that. Really important, I think, that we start to have a languaging for some of
the research. Some of it, I know, is just haughty languaging for what you�re already
saying, but it helps you bridge a gap with those people for which the science is important. In this last issue, the article is called
�Symbolic diseases and �mindbody� co-emergence: A challenge for psychoneuroimmunology.�
Cool. Listen to this and then I�ll interpret it. But it�s EFT. �Physical diseases that
appear to be symbolic somatic representations of patients� personal meanings or individual
�stories� continue to be reported in the medical literature.� She�s a pain in my
neck, and then I�ve got a pain in the neck. That�s it. And they give story after story
in the literature of cases of people coming in, a woman with rheumatoid arthritis, that
when she started to describe her story, she felt bound up in her relationship, she was
limited by her life. All these things that were describing the inability to move in her
life and developed arthritis in her joints. Another woman who had been sexually abused
very early on developed, later in her life, uterine bleeding and a lot of other menstrual-related
problems. Once she realized the connection, they went away. And these are all case studies
in the literature where somebody�s story about what happened, somebody�s belief then
had a direct correspondence with the physical condition. Later in the article, when it ends, the importance
of symbolic diseases, or SDs: �Symbolic diseases are vivid pointers to the role of
subjectivity� � in other words, how we perceive it to be � �in physical disease,
and it opens up clinical horizons that are not currently allowed by the biomedical models.
Symbolic diseases suggest that meaning and the body are co-operative.� I know. For
those people that read Science, this is like, �Are you serious? It says that?� �It
appears that a co-emergent framework commonly allows recovery from chronic illnesses that
are unresponsive to biomedical treatment, and this needs research exploration.� Hallelujah,
amen. Seriously. So it�s out there. It�s not what you�re reading on the front of
Time Magazine, but it�s out there, and we can use that. So there are models out there that we can
use to describe what happens, and basically, whether it�s pain or stress, what we do
know is that it all of a sudden raises our stress levels. It raises the cortisol in our
body. That cortisol and the other hormones, they start to cause muscle tightness, they
start to cause our heart to be � basically they cause our sympathetic response. Like
I�m feeling a little bit right now. The heart�s beating a little faster, my eyes
are a little wider. All those things. When that happens, what does tapping do? Let
me do one more journal piece. I love this. I love playing with the languaging for something
so simple. Here we go: �The neurochemistry of counterconditioning: Acupressure desensitization
in psychotherapy.� This is what you do. Give yourselves a round of applause. James
Lane in Energy Psychology says: �A growing body of literature indicates that� � get
this � �imaginal exposure� � this is what you do, this is your visualization
that you were talking about. I�m imagining myself in the situation. Matrix reimprinting.
I�m picturing myself at 12 years old, and this is happening. Okay, I have this in my
consciousness. This is imaginal exposure, �paired with
acupressure,� or rubbing or tapping, whatever you�re doing using the meridian points,
�reduces midbrain hyperarousal and it counterconditions anxiety and traumatic memories. Recent research
indicates that manual stimulation of these acupuncture points produces opioids and serotonin
and GABA. It regulates cortisol, it reduces pain, slows heart rate, decreases anxiety,
shuts off fight/flight/freeze response, regulates the autonomic nervous system, and creates
a sense of calm. This relaxation response reciprocally inhibits anxiety and creates
rapid desensitization to traumatic stimuli.� This is scientific jargon for what you�re
doing when you�re doing this with your little kid or your mother or your friend. And we
understand, we borrow from other literature, from acupuncture literature. What happens
when they�re stimulating acupuncture points? We borrow that. What happens in psychotherapy
when we do imaginal exposure? What happens to brainwaves when we decrease cortisol? This is the collaboration and the time that�s
so exciting, and also so important. When I hear people that are working in mental health
wards here, or people that are working in the VA, and we start to have a growing understanding
of not only what we already have in our back pocket, but we get inspired to actually do
more. The opportunity to write up case studies. Poor Alina is getting ready, for those of
you that don�t know, to go to Israel at 10:00 tonight. She�s going to be working
with those people that have been subject to war in Israel last year from a bombing, and
hopefully getting enough case study information to give back to Dawson to put into some of
the literature that we�re working with PTSD. Now, she�s a practitioner just like many
of you are, but �Okay, I�ve got to learn what to do here and get these forms, and I�m
just starting to think about that what I�m doing can contribute to the much bigger version.
Because research literature starts to open doors that wouldn�t happen otherwise. Total blank. Hold on. �Even though�� Yeah, �Even though I totally blanked out
after that, I went off course�� A senior moment. I don�t accept that. Even though I just
blanked out and I don�t feel badly about it, I just need to pause long enough for it
to come back. What�s the name of that article? I�ll have the articles out on the table
in the back. And I do keep research that I use like that, and EFT Universe has a wonderful
� you can get the abstracts on the EFT Universe site. ACEP also has a good site for understanding
how to do, if you want to begin to do some of the research. David Feinstein has a wonderful article where
he had to butt and rebut. After an article he wrote, people that had � �Okay, they
say it�s like this, and this is where you�re wrong,� and he went back and forth, rebuttals.
They�re fascinating to read, they really are. I remember one night that I finally started
to look at the search and I was up late, very late. Because it�s like a rabbit hole, and
once you start to enjoy that � if you do (laughter) � it�s fascinating. I wanted to get back to patients for a moment.
With pain, you have it in your outline, some research pieces that I put together, and also
some questions. Let me ask you this: I want you to say if, for example � everybody think
of some time in their body that they had some pain. It may�ve been an injury, it may�ve
been a car accident, it may�ve been just you woke up with it. Can everybody come up
with some time that they had pain? How many people, when you had it, thought that it might�ve
had an emotional cause? Good, we�re in an EFT room, so of course. How many people didn�t
be brave? It was a physical thing, it was diagnosed, �You know what, I have an x-ray
to prove it and an MRI, it happened after this.� Okay. I want you to partner up with the person
next to you, and I want you to just have one minute to go, �Okay, if I thought it was
physical and it had some emotional component, what might that have been? I�m going to
make it up. Not that it was, but I want you to just discuss for one minute, so that somebody
else can hear somebody else saying it, what my physical issue, illness, pain � let�s
focus on pain � was, and what emotional causality or involvement may have been partaking
in that. You have one minute, go ahead. I wanted to do a little piece on what is some
of the research that�s out there, and then I�m going to move in a slightly different
direction. Just so you know, I timed that exercise perfectly, so that in my pause, I
could catch back up to where I needed to be. That�s efficient. Some of the research studies that are out
there that you can use or talk about. Some of the EFT working with PTSD studies are showing
about 86% statistically significant improvement in six sessions or under. One of the studies
showed 70% within three visits, 86% within six visits. Fabulous. Fabulous stuff, because
PTSD, for any of you that know, is probably about going to be the top of your list of
tough conditions to work with. So if there are studies showing 86% success rate with
that, you guys are golden. Pain diminishment. Sixty-eight percent, in
two studies, right around that 60%-70% range with EFT, within 20 minutes. They did one
with healthcare workers. I love this one, because if you were to read this one in the
journals and they�re talking about EFT effectiveness with healthcare workers, reduction in anxiety,
emotional distress, pain, etc., when you read further you realize, �Wait a minute, that
was one of Gary Craig�s conferences they did it at.� Because that�s what they�re
talking about, the EFT healthcare workers that were done in groups, measured pre and
post while in a conference, and published that. We could�ve done that today. Missed
opportunity. Next year. One of the things that actually Dawson does
speak about is in these studies that we�re seeing about a 70% improvement with reductions
in pain, he speaks to � because in a good research, you�re going to say, �What might
be the cause for that? What might we be doing wrong? Where�s our strengths, where�s
our weaknesses?� He�s saying maybe 30% of the time that it is true organic pathology,
that it�s absolutely the cause of the pain. But if we can affect it 70% of the time, either
70% is emotionally caused, or at least involved. Please be careful with saying, �We help
everything all the time.� If you came to me and told me that, I�d shut the door,
because I don�t believe you. Because nothing helps everything all of the time. Does it
have the potential to help most of the people, most of the time? Yeah. Research backs you
up. And that�s all you need, and any reasonable person in the health profession or science,
that�s what they want to hear. Fibromyalgia syndrome, an eight-week program
of self treatment significantly decreased pain rumination, decreased feelings of helplessness,
increased overall activity. And this was without working with an EFT coach � which I do recommend,
but even with eight weeks class online by themselves, significant results. Another one, after a car accident, PTSD-related.
Post-traumatic stress disorder for people that had been in a car accident. They were
taught EFT in two sessions; there was 100% immediate improvement afterwards, and those
who continued afterwards, a significant amount showed, when they did brainwave studies, a
significant decrease in cortical arousal. In other words, those stress levels that are
measured on brainwave for how high-stress they are in their brain, those that continued
working on themselves showed a significant decrease not only in the PTSD symptoms, but
also in brainwave function. Did you know that stuff was out here? Some of you may have,
but maybe many did not. They compared EFT to EMDR, somewhere between
four and fifteen sessions, and they showed, again, about an 80%-90% reduction in PTSD
symptoms. Pretty equivalent to EMDR in that study. Dawson did a study on measuring cortisol reduction,
which is a really important part. If I do this and then I can measure cortisol is decreased,
that opens all kinds of doors for me because I now have a measureable way that I objectively
decrease stress, which, believe me, VA, everybody else is interested; how can we decrease stress
levels that result in changes in behavior, conditions, etc.? Now, pain is primarily a central pathway.
It�s not so much a left or right pathway in the central nervous system. But what this
work also did is it took me in a different direction that I didn�t expect beside EFT.
I become involved with understanding and having an absolute fascination with how we use our
brain. I could go into a very long discussion just on right brain and left brain, but just
to really take it very small � and you help me with this � for left brain � I�m
not going to say people, but left brain traits, can you help me with what some of those would
be? Language, analytical thinking, reasoning,
more linear. In other words, it�s much more of a �this happens, then this happens, then
this happens.� It�s much more logical. It makes sense. Causal, a timeline. So �I
do this and then this happens as a result of that.� Are those important skills? You
bet, especially if you�re putting on a conference. You do this and then this and then this and
you follow up on this. Very important. Right brain skills, traits? Creativity, emotional
� there�s some subtleties in that, but keep going. Intuition, intuitive sense. Singing.
More creative expression, sure, and different artistic� impersonation. Okay, because sure,
because you�re going to have to think outside of yourself to think and be like another person.
Yes, and creativity is a big category for right brain traits. But there�s also others.
There�s being able to see places that you haven�t gone; there�s the ability to think
not just logically, but outside the box. A lot of different things. More fun. If one lives right brain, it tends to be more
fun. Unless you didn�t take care of the left brain stuff, in which case it can not
be fun, too, right? �Whoops, where�s the projector?� Therefore, what we�re really
looking for is whole brain thinking. But because we tend to be in a very left brain oriented
society, tendency wise, most of us are having to learn to use more right brain thinking. I work with a woman who developed the idea
called Right Brain Aerobics. It�s basically just like exercising this part of the brain,
just like we�d exercise any other muscle. Exercises and ways for thinking, and you can
use it for �How do I tap my intuition?� We have these exercises called �Tap your
inner genius.� All it is is, �Okay, I write down, we do this exercise, now we write
down.� �Okay, inner genius, how am I going to get this talk done when what I had done
is not what I want to do, and I�ve got to give it in an hour?� �I don�t know,
you should�ve thought of that before.� So we start to develop dialogues with that
part of our brain, starting to use writing, which is very different. We start to tap other
ways of thinking. We start to look at the day with �What are six impossible things
that could never happen today, but I don�t know, I�m just going to start to stretch
how I think about my day and my life.� I�m going to do a very quick exercise that
shows you � it�s at the basis, just like beginning tapping on your karate chop is for
EFT. I�m going to do, in a few minutes, a beginning what we call right brain startup
exercise. Everybody put their feet flat on the ground. You can put your hands wherever�s
comfortable, on your lap if you like. The beauty of this exercise is that you can do
it in the morning, you can do it before a meeting, you can do it anytime that you want
to reduce stress or think more creatively and really start to use the right part of
your brain. Let�s say you�re working with a tough
client, and you�re just not getting through because you�re thinking a certain way and
you�re not having that breakthrough that you know you can have with them. This might
be a way to use it for that. The steps are simple and they�re in threes, and they utilize
all the physiological responses that�ll help you relax. It doesn�t have tapping
in it. She didn�t know about that. We�re working on that. What I want you to do first is just move three
times in your chair. Shrug your shoulders, move. Just get in your body, get comfortable.
Good. Now let�s go ahead and take three deep breaths. Nice. If you have water in front
of you, please use it. If you don�t, imagine. Let�s just take three sips of water. Hydrating
is important; we all know that. Especially for kicking butt. She showed it in the video.
Good. With your eyes closed now, if that�s okay
with you, I want you to go ahead � we�re just going to do a quick inventory. I want
you to check the inventory of the space around you. The noise, the light, the room you�re
in, the temperature. Then do a quick check-in on your body. �How am I doing? Is there
pain? Is there not? Am I comfortable? How�s my body doing?� Then just do a quick check-in
on your emotional state. �I�m happy, I�m tired, I�m excited, I�m inspired, I�m
whatever. I really like his voice a lot when my eyes are closed.� Whatever it is. Next, I want you to do three gratitudes, three
things in your life � be it your work, your family life, here � three things that you�re
grateful for. Let yourself feel it. I�ll give you about 30 seconds for that. Let the
feeling spread. That�s good. Your heart matters are already doing that, okay. Next � for some people this is challenging,
but not in this room � I want you to affirm three things about yourself, be it about your
physical being, be it about your mental capacity, be it about your emotional wellbeing, be it
about what a good listener you are. Whatever. Once you�ve done that, simply keep your
eyes closed, and we�re going to be silent for what would normally be three minutes,
but we�ll just take one minute right now. Just go into your silence. When I do the silence,
I�ve started to develop an idea that I have this feeling of this wave coming into my right
brain. But you can do whatever you�d like. You could just simply be silent. When you�re ready, you can slowly open your
eyes. I know we all know we should meditate, and I know we all want to and all of those,
but sometimes it seems daunting. Sometimes it seems too big, because why bother meditating
for five minutes? If you don�t do it for at least a half hour, it�s just a waste
of time anyway. Or whatever that says. Right brain startup is just simply the foundation
exercise that we begin with, for beginning, and then we go from there. But sometimes in
the morning, I can do that so easily. Before coming in here, I can do that so easily, and
it begins to really activate the right brain, all the pieces of that simple exercise, the
three breaths, the three sips of water, the three gratitudes. And you know what? There�s
a ton of research for everything we just did. There�s more research on gratitude, on meditative
focus states, and it�s just exploding. So you want to teach a beginning exercise
to a client to relax, the beginner relaxation response, as a collaborative approach to EFT,
or as a pre-approach to a session? Just know that there are tools like that. It�s not
my website,, but I�m associated with it. I help teach it. Right
now my primary web presence is as the Chiropractic Zone. But what do I want to conclude with� Would you go over that again? DR. CRAIG: Sure, the three things? Good. I
really think of them from the outside in. So three physical movements to just get situated
and get present; three deep breaths; three sips of water; three inventories: external,
the environment, the physical, and your psychological and emotional state; three affirming thoughts
about yourself. I have a problem with the word �affirmation.� I just don�t like
it, so I change it to �affirming.� And three minutes of silence. Three minutes of
silence. Did I miss � oh, I�m sorry, I missed the three gratitudes. I apologize. So the gratitude is after the inventory? Inventory is great, yeah. Thank you. I�m
sorry. Three gratitudes. I look at it as gratitude for those things, especially in my environment,
and then I do self-affirmations. I just think of it coming deeper and deeper into me. That�s
how I think about it. But if you did it the other way, I think you�d be okay. To conclude and wind things down, because
we�re going to have a panel here in a few minutes, when people come to you with pain,
it�s very real to them, and they have a lot of story about it. Please respect that.
You may have other thoughts about it and what it means, etc.; please honor what they come
to you with, the seriousness, the realness, etc., because it is for them. However, also
know that there�s any condition known to man that you could have that could be with
pain or without pain. So you are not necessarily healing, fixing, changing the condition. When
I see in the research literature, �EFT for scoliosis,� and immediately I�m looking
at, �Are they going to tell me they changed the shape of their spine with EFT, or am I
looking for they changed the pain? They changed the muscle tension level.� In other words, just know that any condition
that somebody comes in with that�s painful, with EFT you can help to some degree, and
maybe completely. There�s nothing that you can�t, because there�s always a mind-body
connection between all of them. You already know that, but hopefully that just reaffirms
for you that you can help everybody to some extent. Even if it�s giving them greater
peace and acceptance with the condition they have, which can be incredibly healing. Know that you have a gift that is so powerful
that � really, you�ve been given a gift. As Gary said, it�s a gift from God. Please
honor it that way, and use it that way and share it that way. I know you do; I�m just
affirming you to be able to. And know with confidence that there�s literature behind
you, that it�s not just a woo-woo thing. In conclusion, what you do can help a lot
of people, especially those in pain. There�s a reason why it happens; we�re still understanding
it. I thank you for doing it, I thank you for the times you�re going to do it that
you haven�t done it yet. And thank you. That�s what I want to say.

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