First of all…a big THANK YOU to all of my readers and clients who have phoned, e-mailed and asked me to get in gear and start writing again, I feel very blessed that you have interest in what I write and that you enjoy my articles. OK, time to grab a pen and start circling. Perhaps take notes and list what the specific phobias, pains, fears, etc…are or the circumstances that brought them into manifestation. Allright, here we go. Do you suffer from addictive urges, (i.e., alcohol, drugs, smoking, gambling, shopping, sex, nail biting, etc…), anger, anxiety, awkwardness, bitterness, chronic physical or emotional pain, clumsiness, despair, disappointment, disgust, embarrassment, envy, fatigue, fear, frustration, grief, guilt, heartache, hopelessness, hurt feelings, impatience, irritability, jealousy, jet lag, loneliness, love pain, negative thinking or behavior, obsessive compulsive behavior or thinking, phobias (i.e., snakes, bugs, claustrophobia, heights, flying, agoraphobia, etc…) PMS, post-traumatic stress disorder, procrastination, rage, regret, rejection, remorse, resentment, sadness, self-hate, shame, sorrow, stress, tiredness, trauma, tension or worry? Naming your emotions and physical pain tells you what you feel; once we have listed these, we want to move on to how much we feel or what the actual intensity is. As you begin to rate the intensity for each emotion, pain, disease or discomfort, you will need to be tuned in to either the discomfort, emotion or experience that caused the feeling. We must rate the level of distress while thinking about the problem in order to rate it accurately. Often we are hurting or pained inside either physical or emotionally, but never really validate the effects it has upon our lives, leaving us stuffed with garbage that we dont know how to sort out or heal, and eventually it takes its toll on us. Now that you have circled any of the above discomforts that you have identified with and perhaps added other experiences to the list, I would like you to rate the intensity of each on a scale of zero to 10 as follows. 0 – The absence of any distress. 1 – Neutral feelings or just OK. 2 – A mild irritation or awareness of tension or stress. 3 – Increased discomfort, unpleasant but in control 4 – Noticeable discomfort or distress, perhaps agitation, but tolerable. 5 – Discomfort is very uncomfortable, but I can stand it. 6 – Discomfort worsens and affects my life. 7 – Discomfort is severe, and emotional or physical pain interferes with my life. 8 – Discomfort increases and is in my thought constantly. 9 – Discomfort is nearly intolerable. 10 – Discomfort is extreme and the worst imaginable. I feel panicky and overwhelmed. Here comes the wake-up call. If you have rated anything on your list over a 2 and the intensity is felt at least once a month or more, then chances are, you are bottling some garbage that needs to be discarded from your life. If most of your ratings are at a level of 6 or over, these issues must be addressed in some manner, whether EFT, medical treatment (preferably preventative or naturopathic care first) or therapy before your health begins to rapidly decline over time. With that said, the good news is, there is an effective therapy that offers dramatic results called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). EFT can diffuse the intensity at a very rapid pace. In just one session, a client can generally bring an intensity down several levels, and very often to a zero within minutes. Doesnt sound possible, right? Oh, but it is, EFT is a POWERFUL healing tool and technique. It has proven its weight in gold over many years, healing veterans from war traumas in moments, healing abuse and traumatic memories, phobias, addictions, pain, grief and the discomforts and problems mentioned previously. EFT does not erase the memory; what it does is lower or erase the intense feeling or reaction to the memory so that when the memory is recalled or thought about, there is no longer a negative connection or feeling to that experience or trauma. EFT also allows the body to release physical pain, which is often a result of stored emotion. How does it do this, you may ask? The cause of all negative emotions or pain are simply disruptions in the bodys energy system. Through EFT, these disruptions can be healed and revitalized. A session can range from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the issues and aspects of each issue. Multiple problems can be addressed and relieved in one extended two hour session. During the session the client will be taught how to use EFT for personal use if needed for future issues, to gain self-confidence, to increase performance at school, work or in sports, for reducing stress and to aid in restful sleep. EFTs motto is try it on everything! Youll be glad you did. If you are interested in learning more about EFT, you will want to contact a Qualified EFT Facilitator/Counselor such as myself to guide you through the process and to teach you the method in order for you to obtain optimal results. Discovering Wellness is now offering one-on-one and group healing and self-discovery seminar/workshop/sessions. Getting to the core of Your Truth and eliminating self-defeating belief systems. Reclaim what can be your greatest joy…YOU!!! Kimberly Kaye Castaneda is a Naturopath who researches and teaches about the benefits of natural, non-invasive healing techniques and therapies. She has a private practice in Rockford located at 521 N. 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