Tapping for the Troops

Recently, I was speaking with a grandmother of a soldier in Iraq, and asking how the family was doing. For every soldier over there, there is a family that has to endure every day not knowing what their child/spouse/parent/sibling/granchild/niece-nephew is doing, what danger they are in, and whether they'll ever come home.

The 1990 gulf war started the day after my son turned 18, and even tho no branch of the service even called him, I was a zombie for the whole year....I can't fathom what it must be like knowing your loved one is in danger and feeling hopeless and helpless to do anything....living for each letter and email, praying for his/her safe return. Later, I lost my son to melanoma, so I know the heartbreak of losing a child, albeit not in war.

As I was listening to this grandmother, it occurred to me, much as we do Borrowing Benefits in EFT, that families could gather together and tap for their loved one at war, as well as for themselves to get thru each day. It would be a way to do something tangible for their loved one and themselves. EFT provides visible results and would help the families to unite behind a common goal regardless of politics.

Because of this, I have started groups with families to mastermind and get together for their military person, as well as one in Pleasant Hill, California, whereby individuals can come and we'll tap for our troops - no politics, no right or wrong, just tapping for our troops and their families. Contact me if you'd like to create a family group for your soldier - fee will be a sliding scale.

For people outside the San Francisco Bay Area, I'm suggesting families everywhere can gather together - or if they live many miles apart - agree that at a certain time on a certain day, at certain intervals, everyone will tap individually at the same time - and yet, collectively - for their loved one and themselves.

A typical session could go something like this: (PDF version for friends, family, clients)

Take some deep breaths and get into a relaxed state. You might want to hold hands, or not. You might want to sit on the floor, or not; whatever is appropriate for you is right.

You can start by saying that you are tapping for "----Name---" and you are "doing it in light and love for your safety and to come home unimpaired", and you do it with the knowing that it is 100% up to him/her whether s/he wants to accept it.

Then everyone taps the karate chop point between the little finger and wrist, and says:

"Even tho "-----Name-----" is far away in "-----place-----" and even tho we are apprehensive and fearful over your welfare, we deeply and completely love and accept "-----Name----" and ourselves. Do this 3 times.

Then, continuing tapping on the karate chop point, saying:

"We forgive ourselves for our fear and doubt. We hold "-----Name-----" with love in our hearts and know that this collective tapping will open positive energy for your benefit.

"This experience we are involved in is merely a physical manifestation of a blocked emotional issue, and we love you and ourselves too much to let it continue one second longer."

(We say 'merely' simply to let our subconscious know what's involved here)

Then, everyone close their eyes, and visualize a dam - like Hoover Dam - an emotional dam that's holding back hundreds of gallons of emotional waters potentially. Because it is your visualization, you can do anything you want, so reach in their in your mind's eye and pull up the dam and allow the waters to flow.

Most times it will be water, sometimes it can be something else; everyone is different, and everyone's subconscious will show different elements. Sometmes it doesn't flow right away; so take some time and do what's necessary in your mind's eye to release it. Whatever happens is perfect.*

Then, let that dissolve and open up to a spotlight with a chair at its focus and someone sitting there. If you need to, move around to be in front of this person. It may be your loved one in war, it may be an ancestor, it may be a wise person; whomever is there is important to this process. You may want to dialog with this person for awhile, searching for answers. You may get a reply right away in your visualization, or in the days and weeks ahead, all of a sudden something will pop into your head or someone will say something, or in some way you'll know that this was your wise person giving you the perspective you need.

Then, start tapping,

Point to Tap:
Say as you tap:
Soft spot top of head: "-----Name-----"
Between eyes: In Iraq (or other military action)
Outside eyes In harm's way
Under eyes we tap for you
above and below lips: holding you in light
below ears at jawline: Knowing EFT will open up new paths of answers
thump on chest "Name"
4" down from arm pits In Iraq
5 fingers together: in harm's way
clap inner wrists together we tap for you
Soft spot top of head: "-----Name-----"
Between eyes: In Iraq (or other military action)
Outside eyes in harm's way
Under eyes we tap for ourselves
above and below lips: acknowledging our fear and apprehension
below ears at jawline: honoring our feelings
thump on chest joining together for strength
4" down from arm pits United for your safe return
5 fingers together: "-----Name----"
clap inner wrists together we tap for you
soft spot again: sending light and love
between eyes: holding you in our thoughts
outside eyes: holding on to the vision of his/her safe return
under eyes: "Name"
above and below lips: In Iraq
below ears at jawline: allaying our fears
thump on chest "Name"
4" down from arm pits In Iraq
5 fingers together: in harm's way
clap inner wrists together we send our love for your safe return

As you tap, your own words can and often do come up which you can incorporate into this script. You may want to repeat it a number of times until you feel complete.

This tapping can often bring peace of mind to you and yours and as you tap, new perspectives will emerge.

Then, open your eyes, and if you're in a group, you might want to talk about your visualization and check back with your vision of the dam and share what you saw first and see if anything has changed now by checking back in. Visualize your wise one again and see any changes in the vision. If the family is spread about, you could email each other with your observations.

You might want to complete this with,

"'---Name---' we do this tapping today and send it to you with all our love, gathered together for your benefit, and we hold it in our hearts that it will open up new doors and vistas for your safe return."

This can be modified for military members who have returned in military hospitals, healing (see pdf version above). It can be modified for those who have returned and are dealing with emotional memories of their experience. Gary Craig did a great dvd on his work at the VA hospital in Los Angeles in the middle 90's, working with veterans from Vietnam, helping to release traumas from 20 years before. It could also be modified for families who have lost a soldier, coming together to support each other in their grief. These dvds are no longer available as Gary has retired. In its place, Eric Huurre has done a fabulous dvd, worthy of Ken Burns, in chronicling the vet of today and how EFT can be of assistance. .

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* on rare occasions the emotions are so stuck that the waters won't flow right away. That's ok. Work with it as long as you want, and then move on to the spotlight visual, knowing that in the days and weeks ahead as you do this repeatedly, the energy will shift and the waters will release, safely, gently and easily.

Description of Tapping Points

2007, Pamela Leigh Powers, CCHT, EFT practitioner, all rights reserved. Permission is granted to EFT practitioners and families of those in war, to use for their group(s), giving Pamela Leigh Powers credit.