I learnt about EFT tapping therapy (tapping acupoints) at a Lapis Lazuli Light workshop taught by Dr Lai in Thailand in 2005. EFT removes accumulated negative emotions and I found it effective.
Having been exposed to Buddhist and Lapis Lazuli Light teachings for many years, I know that taming greed, anger and fear is very important. Although I am becoming clearer on my own emotional ups and downs, I also know that happiness, pain and sorrow do not come from outside. They are our own reactions to external situations.
When I look back at the person I was a decade ago, I see an improvement in my negative reactions when facing similar situations. I am grateful to all the teachers and companions along the way who helped me become who I am today.
Living in this modern age, the greater the changes in the outside world, the more trials we face. From long-standing habits, all the seeds of negative emotions accumulated from our numerous past lives become so powerful that, sometimes, we have uncontrolled immediate responses.
Dr Mitchell May said that we are burdened by accumulated emotions. Dr Lai said that these negative emotions come from memories where we were hurt. These negative reactions are reminders that we need to heal from emotional wounds. She has been constantly learning and teaching in the hope that we can be released from physical and mental suffering.
Tapping Acupuncture Points to Ease Negative Emotions
After the trip in Thailand, I accompanied Dr Lai to Chengdu in China where she held the workshop “Holding Hands to Create A New Century of Ecological Health” at which she also taught methods to release emotions.
After the workshop, we went to pay tribute to Leshan Giant Buddha. This millennium-old sculpture is majestic. The awe-inspiring Buddha originated from the compassion of a monk who could not bear to see shipping vessels capsizing frequently nearby in the turbulent waters. So he vowed to carve a big Buddha Statue to protect the shipping vessels.
A classmate told us she was so sad that she could not sleep due to some conflict with her husband. Later, she remembered the EFT method (see the above illustration). While tapping, she recited; “Although my husband and I have different opinions and the way he speaks makes me very sad, I still deeply love myself and support myself.” She tapped 7 to 10 times at each acupuncture point. With three rounds of tapping, her emotions were released. She exclaimed that it was so amazing! In the past, she would have sulked for a very long time.
So, if you feel hurt or wronged, give this a try. When I was leaving Chengdu, I went to the market and bought a lot of fruits. When Dr Lai saw that, she told me that in my past lives, I probably went through an era of famine. Hence, I was always worried there was not enough to eat and I would always buy a huge pile of food. I replied: “I am worried about you! I am afraid that you might get hungry on the plane.” You have to transit and fly over 30 hours before arriving in USA.”
Later, when I thought about it, what Dr Lai said made sense. I would unintentionally buy a lot of food and store them in the refrigerator. There was not much food choices at the market as it was very early, so I bought whatever I saw although the energy of some food was not high. Later, at the airport, Dr Lai found very tiny oranges that were very sweet.
I decided to start releasing my memory. So I tapped while reciting: “Although I am worried my old grandmother might be hungry on the journey (through previous hypnosis, I knew that Dr Lai was my grandmother over 1,300 years ago), I believe she is very lucky and has all the blessings of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Dharma Protectors. I do not need to worry about her at all.” It was so amazing! After I finished tapping, all my worries were completely gone.
After my return to Taiwan, my mother visited and told me that my younger brother had gone to Southeast Asia with a friend, intending to invest in the region. My whole body tensed up immediately. My mind went back to more than ten years ago, when my brother mortgaged the house to invest in Southeast Asia and the investment failed. We were repaying the loan for the last few years and only managed to finally pay it off recently.
The thought immediately flashed through my mind to ask my mother to hide the house ownership titles and ask my brother’s wife to stop my brother at all costs.
But my next thought was: “How can I use past experience to ascertain my brother’s future?” This fear was from my “uncleared” past experience. I decided to clean it. I tapped and recited: “Although I am afraid that my brother would invest in Southeast Asia and might end up failing again, I believe that whether he succeeds or fails, it is his life experience and evolution. I respect his decision and wish that he achieves spiritual growth through this.”
If I tried every means to stop him, it would only lead to quarrels and would not change his decision. And the energy of my fear would unhelpfully and harmfully be directed at him. But if I am calm, perhaps through careful analysis, I could gave him the most correct advice. No matter what, after the tapping, I felt the release and was extremely relaxed.
According to Buddha’s teachings, we reap what we sow. What I should be reminding my brother is that whatever he plants, do not worry about the result. Our past experiences create the feelings we have of this world. So, the way everyone perceives social phenomena, workplace, family and all that happens, are personal memories and feelings from the past, resulting in different reactions in the cycle of reincarnation.
What I learnt has helped me to release negative emotions using convincing words whilst tapping the acupuncture points. For example, sometimes I am afraid that people and things I possess will change or I may lose them. So as I tap and chant: “All things are born from karma and will die from karma. When I leave this world, I will not be able to bring along any possession. Tomorrow, I do not know if I will still exist. So, why be unable to let go? All things are like a dream, illusion, bubble and shadow.” Every time after I finish tapping, I feel the weight of importance attached to these people and things lessening.
The seeds planted in the mind can mature from time to time and can strengthen at any time due to our feelings in each moment. That is why it is very important to remove the seeds of negativity. With this great EFT method, when we are aware of negative thoughts arising, we can destroy them one by one. I hope that all of us can release our troubles soon. Let us release our negative emotions and create the infinite joy of life!
The original Chinese article is published in the May 2015 issue of Lapis Lazuli Light magazine and is accessible online at: http://www.lapislazuli.org/tw/index.php?p=20050512.html
Li Lee Kim
In 2013, we taught the Butterfly Massage at a Lapis Lazuli Light exhibitioncum-workshops in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. It is a Gentle Bioenergetics technique that can clear trauma and expand the energy field. I did this massage on some participants and almost 80% of them were very taut in many parts of their bodies.
Since learning Butterfly Massage from Richard C. Overly in 2009, I gave my mother this massage daily. The biggest change in her is that, in the past, she would not allow anyone to touch her – not even to hold her hands when crossing the road. We felt a strong sense of resistance. Now, she lets us touch her and it feels very warm. Perhaps this is why she requests for a butterfly massage every day.
A participant also shared a similar experience about her mother’s dislike of being touched. I suddenly realised that this is a natural reaction to trauma. My mother was put up for adoption after she was born. Over a decade ago, she had craniotomy, myomectomy and cataract surgery. When my mother came out of operation, she could not stop shaking. Thinking she was feeling cold, I kept covering her with blankets.
Later, I learnt from Dr Lai that the body can tremble with fear after surgery. Recently, a Lapis Lazuli Light member shared that her mother shook for three days after surgery.
Trembling is the natural reaction of animals and human beings in a panic. When our brain suppresses this natural reaction, it leads to various physical and mental problems.
When we taught Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) in Johor Bahru, a participant asked why even after she had forgiven her father for hurting her, she was still having physical health problems. This reminded me of a time when I shared with Dr Lai about a breast cancer patient who was very clear why she had this health problem. When her mother was pregnant with her, the mother wanted to abort but was not successful. Although this patient forgave and understood her mother’s difficulty, her body still had problems.
Dr Lai explained that even after a person forgives, the backlog of trauma still needs to be cleared. This led me to understand why Dr Lai emphasized the importance of clearing accumulated physical and mental trauma as the key to a joyful life.
After Dr Lai’s May 2012 workshop in Singapore, we began to share with others different methods to clear panic and trauma. This included Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE neurogenic tremors), Preconception Energy Connection Exercise (middle finger holding thumb), Japanese Vibrational Therapy (finger exercises), Womb Energy Clearance Method (metamorphosis), colour and sound nourishment, etc.
During the Preconception Energy Connection Exercise, many people had various reactions such as tremoring in different parts of the body, constant hiccoughing, teary eyes and emergence of various emotions.
After attending Dr Lai’s May 2012 workshop, a student practiced the Preconception Energy Connection Exercise continuously. One day, she was suddenly inspired to listen to Dr Mitchell May’s flute while doing the exercise. Tears fell ceaselessly and she vocalised strange sounds.
Scene after scene of memories emerged including her relationships with people. She said that after the TRE, she felt very relieved. Since then, whenever she did the TRE exercise, the body would self-adjust. For example, the hand and leg or certain other parts of the body would shake or tremble naturally. Some of these parts used to be painful or had blocked energy. Sometimes, even the muscles surrounding the eyes would tremble and she even once felt cold air coming out from her pores.
She shared that in the past whenever she ate raw and cold food, she felt chilled in certain areas of her body. Recently, she shared that whenever she has emotional ups and downs, she would immediately do the Preconception Energy Connection Exercise and she would immediately calm down and feel a very strong energy. She shared this method with many of her friends. Many of her friends also had reactions, especially for those who had lots of fear, they hiccoughed when doing the exercise.
A friend from Penang shared that when she did the Preconception Energy Connection Exercise, her hand could not stop shaking and there was a sudden pain in the coccygeal vertebra. She clearly understood that this trauma was caused by the painkiller injection when giving birth.
A mother with emotional fluctuations shared with us that she was beaten and scolded by her mother from young. She was repeating these abuses on her children. Although she did not wish to be like her mother, she was unable to control herself. I taught her the TRE and Preconception Energy Connection Exercise. She did not feel anything. Then I taught her Japanese Vibrational Therapy (finger movement) and her tears started falling. There were a lot of people who were unable to open or close their fingers naturally when they were doing the Japanese Vibrational Therapy. Their fingers were very stiff.
We also shared with many participants some methods of neurogenic tremors taught in “Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises” published by BookSurge Publishing. A participant shared that when her daughter was doing certain shaking movements, she suddenly felt pain in the birthmark on her thigh. In August last year, we held a two-day workshop in Penang to teach people TRE introduced in the book. Most of the participants could tremble involuntarily using the methods from the book. A participant shared that she practices TRE regularly in bed and still rotates 360 degrees. Once, she coordinated her neurogenic tremors with Dr Mitchell May’s flute, the shaking suddenly stopped for a while and then she continued to shake. Tears poured and she knew she had a lot of fears to be cleared. She realised when she was young, she had to sleep alone after her sister got married and her family inadvertently scared her, making her very fearful.
One day when I was shaking, I felt very cold as if I was shivering during winter. When I watched the DVD of Dr Lai’s May 2012 workshop again, I understood the reason for it. She said that sometimes when it was too cold, the body would tremble. This is a natural release of panic. Suddenly, I remembered that in 2007, when I went to the United States, I was so cold that almost every night, I was unable to sleep. I was really very fearful of the cold.
Whilst sharing TRE in Johor Bahru, we mentioned that Dr Lai said this: “If you lie down and the lumbar is arched and you can put the hand in, it means that there are a lot of traumas.” A participant came and told me that she had this condition. One of the volunteers then understood why when she did the TRE, her neurogenic tremors in the waist area was very severe. Her lumbar arched when she laid down and she always slept sideways as it was more comfortable.
Dr Lai taught about nourishment from different sounds such as from bass to treble and from treble to bass. According to Dr Lai, cancer cells will explode when the scale reaches the sixth or seventh key on the music scale. This does not happen to normal cells. A student who had cirrhosis shared that when she started from bass to treble, and then treble to bass, her head felt very painful. Another volunteer shared that when she listened to the sound Dr Lai made using the Crystal Singing Bowl, her stiff shoulders suddenly relaxed.
Dr Lai also taught us to place our hands on problematic parts of the body and emit a very low “O” sound while visualising sending blue light to these areas. A participant shared that when she put her hands on the uterus which has tumours, all of a sudden, her shoulders became very painful. Shoulder and joints are places where energy gets stuck easily. Dr Lai shared that even though there were a lot of trauma that we could not remember, our body does. Thus, we must believe that our bodies have their own wisdom and will adjust in the most appropriate way.
According to observations of Dr David Bercelli, author of “The Revolutionary Trauma Release Process: Transcend Your Toughest Time”, panic and trauma could cause brutal behaviour in many people and create vicious cycles. Only by clearing panic and trauma, can we have a peaceful family, society and country. Perhaps it is as Dr Lai said: “TRE is probably the medicine that this era urgently needs.”
For information of neurogenic tremors, refer to the book “Trauma Releasing Exercises” and the Lapis News, March 2013, “Shake off Stiffness, Exhale Repression and Live Life Joyful”. People who took part in the Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises taught by Dr Lai are featured in the CD 突破三度空 間的局限回歸靈性的喜悅. They were able to shake naturally. Why not try it?
May all of you shake off stiffness and fear to regain the joy of life!
Trauma Releasing Exercises, Dr David Berceli, published by BookSurge Publishing
The original Chinese article is published in the Feb 2013 issue of Lapis Lazuli Light magazine and is accessible online at: http://www.lapislazuli.org/tw/index.php?p=20130204.html