EFT can be very helpful during all stages of cancer: diagnosis, treatment, palliative and even end-of-life. It works by helping you make peace with yourself.
How else can Tapping be used for cancer?
After the early diagnosis, Tapping can also be used during treatment, for pain management, for emotional and energetic self-regulation on a day-to-day basis. It is helpful because it often results in feeling “in-charge” of one’s health considerations and one’s quality of life. A feeling of being reconnected to our vitality and inner strength is experienced. It can even be used during the last (palliative) stage when a dying person needs to reconcile and come to terms with himself / herself and make peace all around.
Case Study: Madan (Prostate Cancer)
Madan was unable to resolve the grief of losing his mother 23 years after her passing. He was burdened by guilt and resentment as his wife did not get along with his mother while she was alive.
When he was diagnosed with Prostate cancer, he believed it was a punishment for not having looked after her during her old age. He did not want to get treated. He tried Tapping only when the pain in his hip and legs became unbearable.
The resolution of the emotions he had carried for so long – grief, guilt and resentment – helped him immensely to ease his relationship with his wife of 30 years. Their new-found closeness and trust motivated him to go for surgery. At 65, he now lives an active life.
When we last met, he said,
“In a strange way, I feel a deeper connection with myself and Existence. Every moment I am experiencing God’s presence”.
Case Study: Meenakshi (Breast Cancer)
Meenakshi was not surprised when a routine mammogram revealed a lump in her breast. She “knew” this would happen, since her school days. Twice divorced and with no family, she was known as the “angry old woman” at work.
She liked that because it kept people away. But the thought of losing her breast was scary and it touched a deep core in her as a woman, a feeling that she had alienated herself from after her first divorce. While waiting for the biopsy results, she explored EFT.
As she tapped for the anxiety, she had an insight.
“I think my problems are related to couples and pairs.”
Incidentally, she was not aware of the theory from Traditional Chinese Medicine that an illness of a paired organ (like breasts, lungs, ovaries, kidneys, etc.) is often related to unresolved conflicts in one’s close relationships.
After some more Tapping sessions, Meenakshi was able to bring up some unhealthy beliefs that she had learned during her early years. She went on to reframe and then reinforce some healthy beliefs. Her attitude began to change and she could relate to herself with compassion.
The lump turned out to be benign. However, she was convinced that it was a wakeup call for her to get emotionally healthy. She changed two jobs thereafter. Fell in love with a wonderful man. They got married 2 years later. It has been 8 years since.
Case Study: Rohan (Leukemia)
Baby Rohan (3 years of age) was diagnosed with leukemia. His family simply could not come to terms with the “God’s cruelty”. As they began Tapping their feelings of hurt and betrayal, each parent’s perspective began to change.
They began to see and feel that little Rohan had come to help them grow spiritually. During the process of care-giving, some of them were able to resolve conflicts they had with each other and found ways in which they could come together for the larger good.
Case Study: Asha (Uterine Cancer)
Asha did not want to disclose her recent diagnosis of uterine cancer with anyone other than close family. When she began Tapping, she realised it would be beneficial for her to reach out to a support group that meets regularly.
Studies have shown that care and compassion release neurochemicals that help balance and restore our system. This insight occurred naturally for Asha during the process.
- What guilt are you carrying, for things you did or didn’t do? How does it affect your state of mind or your relationship with others?
- When do you find yourself putting up walls and shutting yourself to love? What emotional wounds might be driving this?
- How open are you to talking openly about your illness instead of hiding it? What are your reasons … the pros and cons?
Jasmine Bharathan is a student of Transpersonal Psychology and has 14 years experience as a facilitator in the field. She shares EFT and TAT as intervention tools, and meditation and mindfulness practice to deepen awareness. EFT is often referred to as ‘Tapping’. She uses her own version of the procedure. In this article, Jasmine shares her experiences and insights on dealing with cancer. For more information, please browse her website: http://heal-empower.com. For more articles on EFT on Cancer Awakens, click here. To visit the official EFT website, click here.
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|Title||About the article|
|Part 1||EFT® (Emotional Freedom Technique) was developed from Dr. Roger Callahan’s TFT (Thought Field Therapy) by Gary Craig, who simplified and popularized EFT as a ‘Do-it-yourself’ method. EFT works on the understanding that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease.|
|Part 2||How else can Tapping be used for cancer?|
|Part 3||What is your advice to someone going through cancer?|