Emotional Healing

Thought Field Therapy (TFT) is a highly effective body-mind-spirit tool developed by clinical psychologist Roger Callahan, Ph.D., for use with trauma and addictive behaviours. Thought fields are the complex of forces affecting our human behaviour. According to Callahan, our problems and negative emotions are not fundamentally in the brain or nervous system, but in the thought field. Recalling images and memories of events that happened long ago has the capacity to trigger upset or negative emotions in the present moment. With traumatic stress, a person often continues to live caught in the past and in the memories of the trauma. Using acupressure points and eye movements, "collapses" or changes the "thought field" so that the thought no longer upsets.

Thought Field Therapy Procedure
Part 1
Measure the Level of Discomfort Connected with a Problem
Think of a problem that you currently have and measure on a scale of 1 to 10 how strongly thinking of the problem affects you. 10 means the worst you can feel; 1 means there is no trace of the problem.

Part 2

Tapping Acupressure points
You will now tap four sets of acupressure points that are connected with moving the energy of negative emotions. Tap firmly with your fingers each set of points 5 to 7 times to stimulate the energy flow, but not to hurt or bruise yourself. ]

1. At the beginning of the eyebrow above the bridge of the nose.
2. Under the eye about an inch below the eyeball on the bone of the orbit high on the cheek.
3. Under the arm, about 4 inches below the armpit. Tap with the knuckles of the index fingers.
4. Below the throat, about an inch under collar bone on either side of the sternum.
After tapping the 4 sets of acupressure points, again think about the problem and measure the level of distress using the scale of 1 to 10 to see if there is any change.

Part 3
The Nine Gamut Treatments with the Gamut Point
Find the "gamut point" on the top back of your non-dominant hand. Make a fist with this hand. Place your index finger of the dominant hand in the valley between the knuckles of the little finger and ring finger. Move your index finger about an inch back toward the wrist to find the "gamut point". Tap this point about 3 to 5 times per second. Continue tapping while going through the nine procedures that follow. Tap about 5 to 6 times for each of the steps. It is crucial to tap the gamut point throughout the nine steps.
1. Open your eyes.
2. Close your eyes.
3. Open your eyes and look down to the left.
4. Look down to the right.
5. Whirl your eyes in a circle in one direction.
6. Whirl your eyes in the opposite direction and then rest your eyes.
7. Hum a few bars of a tune (more than one note).
8. Count from one to five.
9. Hum a few bars again.

Measure again the level of anxiety on the scale from 1 to 10.
Often at this point the number has decreased to 2 or 3 with a much lower level of upset. Repeat the entire procedure, Parts 2 and 3, until the level of disturbance measures 1 or 2.

Part 4
Floor to Ceiling Eye Roll
The floor to ceiling eye roll is performed at the end of a successful series of movements. The person usually reports that the level of disturbance is down to a 1 or 2. This movement solidifies the work. Tap the gamut point on the back of the hand while the head is held level. Look down at the floor and slowly raise the eyes all the way toward the ceiling (taking about 6 or 7 seconds). The gamut point must be tapped during the moving of the eyes.

Part 5
Polarity Reversal with the PR Spot
At times when the disturbance level does not go down any farther, but stays at a 5 or 6, there appears to be a psychological reversal or block preventing further
improvement. Roger Callahan believes that this is connected with a reversal in the polarity of the meridians or energy field. To work with this block and to change the polarity reversal, tap the PR spot located on the outside edge of the hand about mid-way between the wrist and the base of the little finger. While tapping the pr spot say three times: "I accept myself even though I have this issue." This movement usually reverses the block. Without the block the entire TFT procedure, Parts 2 and 3, may then be repeated several times to successfully lower the level of disturbance to 1.