Most days, hanging with my family, writing and eating yummy food tops the highlights of my day. Then there are cool days like today where I make a new online friends.
Today's new online friend is Nick Ortner.
I learned about Nick and his sister Jessica last year about this exact time.
The kids were out of school and I was searching for ways to ease my stress. I finally felt physically okay after treating my ulcerative colitis that had taken me to my knees in September of 2013. Two months of severe illness and two months of strong medicines had taken their toll on me body, mind and soul.
Having had my follow up doctor's appointment, I was sent home with vague information on dealing with this chronic illness. This is one of those fabulous auto-immune diseases that can be caused by how and what you eat and stress.
I had just finished a 21 Day Mediation program with Deepak & Oprah and was looking for something else to help me manage my stress.
I am not actually certain how I found EFT or Tapping, but I did. I watched the introduction on what it is and how to do it and thought, this is kooky as hell. I listened to the scientific explanation of how it works and again thought, kooky as hell.
Then I did a few rounds and felt relaxed. Like someone took the edge off my anxiety.
Then I scoured Nick's website for more guided tapping.
I believe that within a week or so of this fateful day, The Tapping World Summit 2014 was starting. I signed up for it because it was free. 10 days of interview and guided tapping with a really recognizable group of authors, doctors, psychologist etc... All free and each day's interviews were available for 24 hours so I could listen to them on my own time.
The Tapping World Summit introduced me authors that would change my life in the coming weeks. Iyanla Vanzant, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, Cheryl Richardson to name a few. After the summit ended, I logged on and bought access to it so I could keep listening to the interviews as it was just too much to digest at once. Each day Jessica would lead a guided tapping mediation. I have those on my Ipod to listen to when I drive and need to get my stress down.
This crazy kooky as hell tapping thing has been one of the tools to help me get my stress under control.
I am a driving tapper. If you should pull up next to me a red light and see me tapping my eyebrow, then under my eye, then under my nose, then on my chin, well I am tapping so don't bother me, just waive and smile.
I started talking to my friends about this crazy tapping thing because I just couldn't keep it to myself. While I haven't written any of my own scripts as suggested, I have found the people who resonate with my general stress and anxiety issues and I save their guided tappings on You-tube.
Then Jessica Ortner got a show on Hay House Radio. Every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Mountain time, I am driving up to go get my kids from school. I have an hour to listen and tap, tap and listen.
From Nick's web site The Tapping Solution on the science behind how this works--
"studies at Harvard Medical School have revealed that by stimulating the body’s meridian points – the same spots on your body that are manipulated by acupuncturists – you can significantly reduce activity in a part of your brain called the amygdala. Think of your amygdala as a personal alarm system. When you experience trauma or fear, the amygdala is triggered and your body is flooded with cortisol, commonly known as the “stress hormone.”
This intricate chain reaction – your stress response – significantly influences and sometimes even causes whatever it is that troubles you, whether that’s an illness, injury, or even an external problem such as your finances or a relationship.
These studies show that by stimulating these parts of your body – as we do in EFT Tapping – you can drastically reduce or eliminate the distress that accompanies or gives rise to these problems you face. By so doing, you can often eliminate the problems themselves!"
The 2015 Tapping World Summit starts on Feb. 2, 2015. Head on over to that website and register for free to listen to the interviews and tapping mediation.
It was really cool today to log onto Facebook and see that Nick Ortner had accepted my Facebook Friendship request! I wrote the piece What A Sweet Surprise several months ago putting my wish out to the Universe that one day I will be a Hay House author and will be presenting up on stage along side Nick and Jessica.
What a Sweet Surprise, Melissa Rasmussen Strong Starting Now
Use these links to learn more about EFT or Tapping:
The Tapping Solution, Nick Ortner
Jessica Ortner, EFT Weight Loss
2015 Tapping World Summit