The Faster EFT Belief System

The Mind and Body are one

In Faster EFT we don’t see the mind and body as two separate independent systems; they are one system, and each influences and impacts upon the other. Faster EFT understands that when you think about something – good or bad – you feel it in your body; where your mind goes your body will follow. There is increasing acceptance of this fact amongst the medical profession, with a number of illnesses or disorders now being classed as ‘psychosomatic’; this means that, whilst there are very real physical symptoms these originate from psychological or emotional causes.

Examples of psychosomatic illnesses currently being seen are panic attacks, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, anxiety disorders, depression, multiple chemical sensitivity and so on.

Both physical and emotional pain are handled the same way by the brain. Faster EFT approaches physical and emotional issues in exactly the same way, and is equally successful in addressing both.

For more about the mind body connection click here

We don’t experience and interact with the world as it is, we experience and interact with the world as we perceive it to be.

None of us see or experience the world in quite the same way; this is one of the reasons others often can’t see why a particular person or situation is causing us so much upset or distress.

We each ‘filter’ our world and the way we experience it according to our perceptions and beliefs, all of which are determined by our past experiences. Many of these beliefs operate outside of our conscious awareness, and were often learned when we were very young, from our care-givers, family and the environment into which we were born.

By realising that the way we experience the world is determined by what we hold to be true internally, we can begin to challenge and change those beliefs and perceptions that are no longer helpful, or serving us well. Faster EFT gives us the skills to do this.

Stress is your body’s reaction to perception.

Stress is not something that just exists in our heads; it is also physical. The negative effects of stress on both mental and physical health are well documented; Dr Bruce Lipton has shown that 90 to 95% of all illness and disease is due to physiological stress, which is an accumulation of situational stress and other factors over time.

Stress can cause irritability, tiredness, high blood pressure, lowered immune system, insomnia, anxiety, headaches, muddled thinking, depression, cardiovascular disease, heart disease, ulcers, allergies, asthma, migraine headaches and so on.

In Faster EFT we know that stress is a reaction to our perception and we not only have the ability to address and clear the symptom – such as headaches or anxiety – but also to address and change the beliefs and memories that underlie and support the stress reaction itself.

We are responsible for producing our skills and problems, based on our past experiences. Both are our successful creations.

Any behaviour, thought pattern or experience we produce repeatedly has a ‘strategy’ under-lying it; the knowledge or process of ‘how to...’ This strategy will consist of a number of inter-linked steps that enable us to achieve a specific outcome or goal, usually without much conscious thought.

If you think about learning to write, or drive a car, initially you had to consciously think about, learn and repeatedly practice each individual little step needed to produce the behaviour in an easy, flowing way; eventually you became ‘unconsciously competent’ and can perform the behaviour without thinking about it, whilst doing several other things at the same time.

The consequence of a strategy may be experienced as a ‘skill’ – like writing, or driving a car, or may be experienced as a ‘problem’ – like feeling depressed or anxious.

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As an example of how we create and manifest a problem, somebody who does not over-analyse, ruminate or dwell on the negative aspects of a situation, who looks for the positive in any experience, who is able to experience and express comfortably the full range of emotional affects, who meditates and continually practices being mindfully present in the moment...will not have the ‘correct’ unconscious, internal resources to manifest depression.

Note that Faster EFT is not suggesting that you are making a conscious choice or decision to experience any issues or problems you have, simply that any issues need certain experiences, beliefs, thoughts, attitudes and behaviours in place in order to exist.

Although we may experience an issue, disease or illness as a ‘problem’, there will need to be a number of inter-connected things happening in the ‘correct’ manner (unconsciously) inside of ourselves, in order to produce and maintain the problem.

Whilst this can be difficult to accept, it can also be empowering, and the beginning of a process of freeing ourselves from ways of behaving or experiencing ourselves and the world that no longer serve us.

We can choose to practice producing positive emotional states instead of negative ones.

With Faster EFT we have the tools to clear negative emotions and memories, reducing the resources we rely on to produce negative emotional states. Recent research in to brain functioning demonstrates that we build up ‘neural networks’ (pathways) in our brains through repetition, and these pathways can then exert an influence over our trains of thought; it simply becomes easier and easier for our thoughts to follow a well-defined pathway.

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If you think of a huge field of fully-grown corn or wheat, with a well-worn, flattened footpath through the middle of it, any walkers are likely to follow this footpath almost without thinking, as this is the easiest route, and requires the least effort. This footpath functions a bit like a well-worn neural pathway, with your train of thoughts acting as the walkers. If at any set back you think ‘this type of thing always happens to me, I should have expected it really, I don’t know what made me think I could change things, I’m really not smart enough or motivated enough, it’s like the time when…’ this ‘footpath’ becomes an increasingly established route in your brain, and your ‘walkers’ (thoughts) tend to follow the same pathway again and again without you even being consciously aware of it.

What we can begin to do, with conscious thought and effort, however, is to start to map out and strengthen alternative and more positive neural pathways in our brains. To begin with, in the same way as it not being easy to make your way through a field of tall wheat in a new direction where there is not a well-worn path, this can take a lot of conscious thought and effort. But with persistence we can build new and clearer (positive) pathways that become alternative routes for us, meaning we find it easier and easier to change direction and follow more positive trains of thought.

As a resource for beginning to practice more positive emotional states as frequently as we can, Faster EFT suggests. The Happy Journal. This can help us to begin to build new and stronger ‘positive’ neural pathways.

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Some people find it encourages them to buy a really nice hard backed journal or book with blank pages, or an album with plastic sleeves like the older style photo albums, that they can slip photos and cards in to.

It’s a good start to begin by writing down twenty-two positive memories. You can write these in as much detail as possible, or you can just give them a title. The idea is to get yourself to really associate to these memories; really go back to that time, be there in your body looking out through your eyes – see what you saw, hear what you heard and feel what you felt.

Include anything in your ‘journal’ that helps you to access positive thoughts and memories; this could be photographs, cards or letters you have received from people, entry tickets to films or concerts, or affirmations you have seen or heard that have triggered

positive feelings within you.

I have one client who has included a folded hankie with ‘white musk’ body spray on it, as this smell takes her back to feeling very free and positive as a school-leaver.

If you find yourself resistant to starting your own journal take the pressure off yourself a bit – if you are someone who feels as if you need to do things ‘perfectly’ for example, you may delay starting things in case you ‘mess them up’ – maybe start to collect photos that trigger positive emotions or memories in a shoe box, or write down positive affirmations on scraps of paper. But do start; just the process of beginning to search your mind for happy memories will start to pull you away from those well-worn negative neural networks, and onto more positive ones.

You can make a ‘happy playlist’ for your mp3 or phone; you may well find that some of the songs it is good to include are not ones you would want to admit to listening to, but if the ‘Birdy song’ reminds you of Auntie Gladys collapsing after too much sherry and this makes you smile, then include this too!

A lot of people find that smells and music can act as really powerful triggers to positive memories, so don’t over look these.

For a more detailed example of how the Faster EFT belief system and approach relates to a self-limiting belief – in this case ‘I’m stupid’ click on Read more.

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With any issue, Faster EFT asks us to ‘notice how you know’ you have this problem.

So you might, for example, have:

  1. a memory of being laughed at by relatives, aged four years, when you couldn’t work out how to open a birthday present;
  2. a memory of not understanding instructions you were given for a new game in pre-school, when all the other children understood;
  3. a memory of your father telling you you were ‘too stupid to get it’ when he tried to help you with your homework but failed to explain it in a way that enabled you to understand;
  4. a memory of your teacher humiliating you in year four, telling you you were stupid in front of the class;
  5. you might remember not doing as well as predicted in your GCSE’s, and not being able to go on to do A levels;
  6. you might tell yourself there’s not much point asking a girl you like out, as she wouldn’t want to go out with someone as stupid as you;
  7. you might feel a sinking sensation in your stomach and a heaviness across your chest when faced with a situation you fear you may not be up to.

Your belief that you are stupid relies upon these memories and emotions as ‘proof’ that it exists and is real. Once you began to believe this, you will have unconsciously looked for and collected additional proofs, and ignored instances that contradicted your belief. For example, if your teacher told you that you had done really well with a piece of work you may not have believed her, or told yourself that she was ‘just being nice’ or ‘trying to encourage you’.

In order for someone to believe that they are stupid, they will have ‘filtered in’ information to support this; without operating in this way, they will not have the same proofs and emotions to support their belief.

Conversely, if someone has the belief ‘I’m clever’ they will have memories and emotions to support this; these may include;

  1. a memory of their father telling them how clever they were as a young child;
  2. a memory of the class teacher telling everyone what an excellent piece of work they had done;
  3. memories of achieving good marks in GCSE’s;
  4. an expansive feeling in their chest and shoulders when faced with a new and challenging situation;

Objectively, both of these people may have received exactly the same amount of positive and negative responses from those around them; what has affected them has been the focus and weight they gave to each experience. Once a belief was established, they began collecting further ‘proof’ to support it.

Once we have established a belief, we will often predict or imagine a coming event or outcome based upon the belief we hold. So, prior to a job interview you might begin to worry that you will be asked questions you can’t answer, you will picture yourself sitting in front of the interviewer and ‘going blank’; not knowing how to respond. You will imagine them exchanging glances, think of them realising that you are stupid, hear how the tone of their voice changes as they do, picture them talking about you once you have left the interview – saying what a waste of time it was for them to have seen you and that someone else must have written the application form for you. Or you might imagine yourself being offered the job, but then not being able to cope with it; not being clever enough to meet the demands it will place upon you.

As you imagine these things you will experience emotions and sensations in your body, and then picture yourself feeling the same way in the interview. As you are worried that this is what will happen, you are likely to keep re-playing and ‘rehearsing’ the interview in this way.

These visualisations act like memories, and become a resource for your unconscious mind; so when you are faced with an interview and need a reference for ‘how to be’, you automatically and unconsciously access these ‘memories’ and behave in the ways you have repeatedly imagined and dreaded.

In Faster EFT asking ‘how we know we have this problem’ gives us our list of ‘proofs’ – all of the past memories, thoughts and emotions that support the belief for us. We can then take each memory in turn and clear all of the negative emotions related to it; once we have done this we make sure we ‘flip’ the memory so that it becomes a positive resource for the future. Once we have addressed the memories that support the ‘I am stupid belief’ we then move on to clear any emotions and sensations you experience in your body when you feel or think about being stupid, even if you don’t have a memory these seem to relate to.

If you find you don’t have any specific memories, we can start from what you do have – there will be something you are aware of, or the problem would not exist. Often starting from this point will trigger your unconscious mind to begin to give you memories.

The Faster EFT process means that when you return to any of these memories in the future you do not experience them in the same way, and they no longer influence you in the way they used to.

After clearing out all of the negative emotions, and flipping the memories so that they become positive, we ‘future pace’ – which means we think about and imagine how and who we will be in different situations and areas of our lives without the old belief. This both enables us to ‘trial’ in our imagination how we will feel and act without the limiting belief or problem, and to identify any resistance we might have to making these changes, so that this can also be addressed. For example, you would visualise how you will be in an interview when you are calm and confident, picturing yourself giving good comprehensive answers to the questions you are asked, and seeing the smiles and nods on the faces of the interviewers.

We create a clear vision of ourselves as we would like to be, and if we experience any resistance to this, we can again use tapping to address and clear it. If we then rehearse and reinforce this positive vision, we create a new resource, a new ‘how to’ for our unconscious mind to draw upon in our next interview. And obviously this applies to any and all sorts of future experiences.

Your unconscious mind doesn’t differentiate between a memory of something that actually happened, and a memory or ‘vision’ that you have created; it references the ‘how to’ with the strongest emotional state attached. So by clearing the negative emotions from old memories, and creating new visions - ‘memories’ - which we experience with all of our senses, in a ‘fully 3D technicolour’ way, we empower ourselves to break past patterns or ‘programmes’ and change how we will approach and experience the future.

© Kim Castle 2012