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Excerpt from "It's About You! Know Your Self"

Introduction to Intent and EFT

by Chris W. E. Johnson

Let’s now begin to get acquainted with a couple of fundamental principles that underpin a new way of thinking about your Self and the primal forces that shape your existence.

We begin with a central concept that appears constantly throughout this book and the ones that follow – a concept that may be new or even surprising to you. Metaphysical literature suggests that this fundamental premise governs all forms of existence – it’s called intent. Here is the fuller metaphysical meaning of this seemingly bland term:

· Intent is an acutely focused mental concentration that directs all actions.

· Intent–ion means to act with purpose, to have an aim in mind. It is a more immediate expression of intent, more in line with physically focused desires than your lifetime’s overall intent.

· Personal intent is the potential each person holds to fulfil his or her own spiritual ambitions within the pool of probabilities chosen for this lifetime.

It’s About You! incorporates a learning process designed to bring you an awareness of your own personal intent – the psychic“thing” driving your actions and behaviors. With this learning, it

is possible to deduce your life’s purpose. To know and follow your life’s purpose gives you the confidence and freedom to express yourself fully in the world – which leads to a consistent enjoyment of life.

Awareness of your intent and purpose results in personal growth that reverberates throughout the totality of your Self. You can view your personal intent as a relatively fixed set of life filters that attract to you experiences associated with your chosen path of growth and learning. We’re not talking about“fate” here; we’re simply saying your personal intent directs your actions and behaviors along certain paths of learning. As it does so, congruent “probable realities“ naturally gravitate toward you. Deviation from or resistance to your natural path of learning occurs when beliefs are formed that contradict these chosen preferences.

Thoughts, dreams, beliefs, feelings and emotions are all involved in the creation of your reality. Together they form your“perception”.

As this book presents you with a deeper understanding of your feelings and emotions, you might like to prepare yourself for conscious self-management of your emotions by familiarizing yourself with a recently developed method for doing this, known as EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques).

EFT is one of the most efficient and safe methods for dissipating static emotional energy; as such, it stands as a highly useful lifelong tool for helping you in the creation of your preferred reality.

Practicing this basic procedure will hold you in good stead for when you decide to tackle your innermost challenges.

EFT is easy to learn and apply to your Self. As with anything new, practice and self-discipline is required, especially when doing things on your own. If you are unsuccessful in its use, or feel nervous about releasing emotional energy whilst alone, then seek out a reputable practitioner close by for an introductory session or two. There are now many practitioners worldwide. A good practitioner would make nervousness regarding your release of emotional energy a priority!

A basic “shortcut” version of EFT

Have pen and paper to hand for making notes.

Step 1.

Identify, as specifically as possible, the problem you wish to address.

Example: “This feeling of panic that’s making my heart race, and my thoughts are all over the place, and it’s making me thirsty, and I have a slight headache as well, and I’m scared.”

Get the point? Really focus in on whatever it is that’s troubling you, whether mental or physical, and thoroughly describe it to yourself. If you haven’t come up with one in your description, sense an emotion that best fits the symptoms you’ve described –anxiety or “non-specific fear” would fit with the above example.

When you have tuned into the problem, particularly the emotion, assess the level of distress you are experiencing, right now, as you contemplate the problem. On a scale where zero is no intensity of feeling whatsoever, to ten, which is unbearable – rate your level of distress. Write it down.

Remember, if you are contemplating a problem from the past, or envisioning a coming event, it is not a rating of the distress you once felt or will feel – but what you feel now – at this moment.

Now insert your statement of the problem – remember to be as specific as possible – into the following statement – and right it down:

“Even though I have this… (statement of the problem)… I deeply and completely love, trust, and accept myself, without judgment, anyway.”

Example: “Even though I have this feeling of panic, which is making my heart race and my thoughts are all over the place, and I need some water, and I’m getting a headache, all because of this anxiety – I deeply and completely love, trust and accept myself, without judgment, anyway.”

Step 2.

When you have written your statement down, put it somewhere you can read it and locate your “sore spot.” That is, go to the ushaped notch at the top of the sternum – about where the knot of a tie would be. Come down 3 inches (7.5 cms), then over to the left about 3 inches. Press and rub around this area until you find a slight tenderness under the skin. The sore spot is where you find this tenderness. Don’t press too hard, as this is where lymph glands are situated. If this spot is too tender, try the other side (3 inches to the right of center). If neither is suitable, then use the side-of-the-hand spot (karate spot), on either hand, as instructed below:

Preferably using the sore spot, rub the area gently in a circular motion with the tips of your fingers. If using the karate spot, tap this spot (not too hard, just firm tapping) continuously with a couple of fingers.

Do this whilst reciting the following statement, with conviction, 3 times:

“I deeply and completely love, trust and accept myself, without judgment, even with all my challenges and seeming limitations.”

Step 3.

After step 2, take a deep breath in through the nose and release it slowly through the mouth. Now focus in on the issue you want to resolve. Go over what you have written down from step 1 a few times and then while you slowly read out your statement, continually tap the karate spot. You can read it a second time or embellish what you are saying if it feels right to do so – but take your time and keep tapping the karate spot while you speak everything that comes up aloud.

Example: “Even though I have this feeling of panic, which is making my heart race and my thoughts are all over the place, and I need some water, and I’m getting a headache, all because of this anxiety, and I hate it when I get like this, and it reminds me of when my Mom shouted at me in the garden, and she didn’t realize it wasn’t me, and I hate to be shouted at – I deeply and completely love trust and accept myself, without judgment, anyway.”

Step 4.

When you have finished talking it out whilst tapping the karate spot, follow the short sequence below of places to tap. Just firmly tap each spot (about seven or eight taps) as you remind yourself of your statement by shortening it to the primary issue – the emotion you have assigned to it. If you have not got a specific emotion, take a guess at which one might best suit the issue – fear, anger, sadness, guilt, grief, frustration, whatever – just putan appropriate emotion to it – and as you tap each of the spots in the sequence below, repeat your emotional word or phrase at least once.

Example (from the above example): “This anxiety” or, “This fear of being shouted at” or, “This guilt I’m feeling.”

Begin at the eyebrow spot – tap both if you want – where the eyebrow ends at the bridge of the nose. Tap and repeat the reminder term.

Next, the side-of-eye spot – both sides if you want to – on the bony orbit, next to the eye. Tap and repeat the reminder. Then under the eye – on the bony orbit directly under the pupil. Both spots if you like. Tap and repeat the reminder term. Then under the nose – between the top lip and bottom of the nose. Tap and repeat the reminder. Then the chin spot – between the bottom lip and chin. Tap and repeat. Then the collarbone spot – both sides if you can, just under the ridge of the bone, about 1 inch (2.5cms) down and to the side of the u-shaped notch at the junction of the sternum. Tap and repeat the reminder term. Then under the arm – about 3 inches (7.5cms) down from the arm pit – where the side bra strap would come for women. Don’t tap too hard as there are lymph glands here. Tap and repeat the reminder term. Finally – tap the crown of your head seven or eight times as you repeat the reminder term again.

Then take a deep breath in through your nose, and release through the mouth.

Tune into your “issue” and rate how you now feel on the zero to ten scale.

If your score has dropped by two points or more from when you wrote it down on Step 1, repeat the tapping sequence above again, but begin with tapping the karate spot and repeating this revised statement three times: “Even though I still have some of this… (emotion – e.g., fear, anger, whatever, as in the reminder term)… I deeply and completely love, trust and accept myself anyway.”

As you progress around the spots above, now say: “This remaining… (emotion term)... “Keep repeating the tapping sequence with this statement to start and the “remaining (emotion)” reminder phrase as you go around the spots until the rate of distress you feel falls to zero or one.

Then take a deep breath in through your nose and breathe out through your mouth.

If you are not able to drop your rating to zero or one, make a note of the issue you are dealing with and consult an EFT practitioner.

Chris Johnson runs an integral complementary psychotherapeutic practice, and is a leading figure in the study and understanding of metaphysical literature. Chris holds Degrees in Psychology from the Universities of London and Surrey, is schooled in Energy Psychology techniques, and was trained by Dr. Brian Weiss in Past Life Regression Therapy in the USA. Alongside his academic studies on the nature of the psyche, he has explored and examined the profound information contained within various metaphysical sources - particularly The Seth Material. Chris has taught and presented internationally on his findings and interpretations of metaphysical knowledge since 2003. He is a member of The Scientific and Medical Network, and is a Principal Instructor for NewWorldView. He lives in the UK.

It's About You! Know Your Self by Chris W.E. Johnson. Paperback 978-1-78099-111-5 | $33.95 | £18.99 | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches | 216/140 mm | 430PP eBook 978-1-78099-112-2 | $9.99 | £6.99, published by O Books June 2013.

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