When I finally realized that not everyone thought the way I do or looked at life the same way I do, I became fascinated with the mind and the psychology contained therein. I considered taking psychology courses, but my intuition keep telling me that the answers I was seeking wouldn’t be found there. Don’t get me wrong, I would never tell anyone not to go see their therapist or seek one out. Clinical psychology and psychiatry is better than no help at all. I have just come to believe there is way more to our minds, emotions, and psychology than regular therapists have to offer right now.
One of the reasons this web site is named “Journey to the Center of the Mind” is because of my fascination with these intimate, inner workings that we keep hidden from most of the outside world and, often, even from ourselves. This is a journey “where no man (or woman) has gone before” and only each of us can truly take this personal uncharted territory, even if we are aided/guided by another person.
Understanding that our personal psychology is created from our programming, both in youth and adulthood, and our life experiences was a great help to me in understanding why, in our communications with others, there might be misunderstanding, a lack of clarity. No two people see the world in an identical manner because no two people have been affected by their programming in the same way nor have they had exactly the same life experiences. You can even say that, because no two people have been affected in exactly the same manner by their programming, no two people respond to a given situation in the same way thus creating the differences in how we see life.
Although fear and doubt are prevalent in all of us, to a greater or lesser degree, how we acquired the Dynamic Duo is as varied as the stars in the night sky. Therefore, there cannot be a one-size-fits-all cure for overcoming these two obstacles in the path of Life…or is there?
When I discovered Donna Eden, it didn’t take me long to discover her husband, David Feinstein, Ph.D. He has been a clinical psychologist for over 30 years, who initially was a skeptic about energy work. Today, he is quite the advocate for and teacher of Energy Psychology and a technique known as “The Basic Recipe.”
Before I get into this technique, let me lay down a little history and background of what I have been studying. Some might call energy psychology the “grandchild” of Kinesology, which is a diagnostic process, developed by Dr. George Goodheart in the early 1960s, that has been used by chiropractors in checking for misalignment of the vertebra. Many refer to it as “muscle testing”. The reality of it is that it tests the chi or energy in a particular muscle by testing the strength to resist pressure placed against it. Considered by some to be a form of biofeedback, “energy testing” is, what I feel, a much better name for it.
In the mid-1980s, Roger Callahan, Ph.D., developed Thought Field Therapy (TFT) when he was studying with Dr. Diamond, the originator of Behavioral Kinesiology, a system that combines positive verbal assertions with the tapping of the meridian system in order to effect change.
Then came Gary Craig, a minister and personal trainer, who developed Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which is almost identical to TFT. Both use the protocol of thinking about and verbalizing an issue and then tapping on the acupuncture system to rebalance the meridian system. The difference is that TFT uses points that are on specific meridians that are thought to respond to different problems such as addiction, while EFT taps all the meridians, believing that if all the meridians are tapped there is no need to specify and change will occur.
Let me state what may be the obvious here: When you have a memory that negatively affects you based on an event that happened in your past, you are very likely to avoid similar situations in the present because you don’t want to be put through that negative emotion again. What most of us fail to realize is that this constant avoidance of possible similar situations or events drains our life force.
Unlike regular therapy, Energy Psychology is a self-help technique that not only doesn’t require your belief in it, but can produce immediate results. Here, again, let me emphasize, I would never tell anyone to stop seeing their therapist nor would I suggest that you shouldn’t seek one out should you feel the need. What I am suggesting is that you are more powerful than you have been led to believe and this tool, the Basic Recipe, is one that will help you to re-empower yourself.
Before I begin the explanation of the Basic Recipe and how it works, I want to list the steps of this process. In his book, The Promise of Energy Psychology, on page 283, David Feinstein lists the steps of the Basic Recipe on one page:
1. Identify and rate a problem that is suitable for an energy approach. Identify an emotional response, physical reaction, through pattern, or behavioral pattern you would like to change and rate it from 0 to 10 according to the amount of distress you feel when you bring it to mind.
2. Establish a psychological receptiveness for change.
State the Setup Affirmation three times in the format of: “Even though I have this (describe problem), I deeply love and accept myself.” Simultaneously rub chest sore spots or tap the karate-chop points on your hands.
3. Initial round of treatment (the “Sandwich’).
*Tap the standard energy points (beginning of the eyebrows, side of the eyes, under the eyes, under the nose, under the lower lip, K-27, under the arms, and karate-chop points) approximately seven times each, while state the Reminder Phrase* at each point.
* The Nine-Gamut Procedure: Close eyes, open eyes, move eye down to the right, move eyes down to the left, circle eyes to the right, circle eyes to the left, hum, count to five, hum while tapping the “gamut point”. **
*Again tap each energy point approximately seven times while stating the Reminder Phrase.
4. Subsequent rounds of the Sandwich.
Add “still” and “some” to the Setup Affirmation; add “remaining” to the Reminder Phrase. Repeat up to five times.
5. Challenge the results.
After the distress level is 0 or near 0, try to bring up the initial emotion. If you cannot, you are done. If you can, do another round of the Basic Recipe.
6. If the problem is not responding.
Identify and address other aspects of the problem, psychological reversals, scrambled energies, or energy toxins.
*The Reminder Phrase is a word or short phrase describing the problem.
**The “Gamut Point” is a spot in between the little and ring fingers, about one inch back from the knuckles on the back of the hand.
You can see that although this is a valuable instruction sheet, it has a great deal of detail missing. I wanted to go into detail here, in this article, but realized that many would find it too long to read in one sitting. For that reason, I’m choosing to stop here, for now.
In the next article, I will go into a detailed explanation of this process and, space providing, begin explanations of what psychological reversals, scrambled energies, energy toxins and other aspects of the problem are or might be.
It is my hope that, in the meantime, you might check out David Feinstein’s book or his videos on YouTube. I think you will find the information a valuable tool in your exploration of who you are and in the process of raising your vibrations to create the life you dream of. Until then…