Releasing Traumatic Roots

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Finding Traumatic Roots to Release Today’s Presenting Problems

by Stephen W. Carter, MA, TFT-Dx

As a Quantum-Touch® bioenergy healing instructor I often receive calls from training graduates asking how to handle difficult client situations.

A former student and client we’ll call Karen called asking how best to manage a distance healing request for a longtime friend with serious pancreatic cancer. The cancer had spread to her friend’s liver and other organs. The treating oncologist estimated her friend, we’ll call Jim, had about two months to live. Neither chemotherapy or radiation treatment offered any hope of recovery according to Jim’s doctor.

The protocol for distance healing is straightforward and well known to Karen. Her consultation request related to behavior by Jim’s wife and Karen’s own emotional reactions to Jim’s pending death.

We discussed specific strategies relating to Jim’s wife and then turned our attention to Karen’s emotional reactions. She felt a profound sense of sadness and worry compounded by fear she might be blamed for not doing enough to save Jim’s life. When I asked Karen for an overall SUDs (0 – 10) relating to the situation, she replied, “a 20”.

While one approach to treating Karen could have been a parsing of emotions and beliefs relating to Jim’s situation and then treating them individually with TFT, my intuition suggested there was likely an earlier trauma experience contributing to her present feelings.

Focus on Feelings Brings Up Earlier Trauma

I asked Karen to focus in on the feelings associated with the situation. After she confirmed she was strongly aware of her feelings, I asked her if the feelings reminded her of any earlier experience or experiences.

After a few seconds she breathed deeply and said this was how she felt when her grandfather was in the hospital dying. She reported that when she was 24 years old (she is now 65) she worked as a staff member in a major hospital. Her grandfather had been admitted to that same hospital with cancer, pneumonia, and other serious conditions.

Knowing that his death was near, her grandfather ripped off feeding tubes and monitor connecting wires in an attempt to hasten death. His violent behavior resulted in hospital staff placing him in a straightjacket and taking other measures to control his movements.

As Karen reported for duty on the second night he was in the hospital she visited him and was shocked to see his condition. He cried and begged her to remove life support connections and let him die.

Karen told her grandfather that the only thing she could do was talk to the doctor and ask him to disconnect life support. When Karen talked with the doctor later that evening, he said he would have to take her father’s request to a hospital committee, which couldn’t happen for two more days.

Her grandfather’s condition continued to deteriorate. The following day her grandfather was turned sideways by a nurse changing linens and his lungs stopped breathing. Death followed within seconds.

Karen went on to describe the emotions associated with her experience including anger that her father (her grandfather’s son) wouldn’t take more responsibility dealing with the doctors and hospital administration. Her father’s response when she asked him to talk with the doctor was that since she worked at the hospital she was the best person to deal with the situation.

I asked Karen to estimate her SUD rating. She replied she’s pictured her grandfather in the hospital thousands of times over the years. When thinking about it now, she reported it was a 5 or 6. She added that there was a “numb feeling” that seemed to go deeper.

Applying Complex Trauma with Anger and Guilt Algorithm*

As Karen tuned into the thought field, I had her tap the PR and UN points to eliminate any potential psychological reversal. I then led her through the Complex Trauma with Anger and Guilt algorithm (eb – e – a – c – tf – c – if – c 9g Seq). Having her pause after the first set of majors, I asked her to rate the SUD. She said it was about 4. We continued through the holon completing the 9g and second sequence.

Heart Breathing Peace Procedure Added

One addition to standard algorithm tapping I often use is to have the client cover his or her heart by placing one hand over the other, take a deep breath, hold for 1 – 2 seconds, and exhale slowly ending with the word “Peace”. I had Karen do this heart breathing peace release to finish the treatment.

I asked Karen to rate her SUD after completing the first holon. She replied,
“Wow, it’s much better. Maybe a 2”.

I led Karen through two floor to ceiling eye roll treatments, one while tapping the gamut spot on her right hand and the second while tapping the gamut spot on her left hand.

Asking Karen again to rate her SUD, she hesitated, sighed and said,
“I can’t believe this. I feel peaceful. There’s nothing there but love for my grandfather. I’m okay with my father. He was afraid and didn’t know what to do”.

Return to Presenting Issues

I guided Karen back to the original issues related to her seriously ill friend and his wife. As we talked about the specifics of how to handle the situation, her voice and confidence grew stronger. The perturbations that were present earlier surrounding the situation were now gone. There was no need for additional TFT treatment.

Follow Up

A week after our phone session I received the following unsolicited email message from Karen:
“The work you did the last time was great … I feel so different inside … Even when I think of my grandfather it is with such different energy … I cannot thank you enough!!!!!!!!!!! It is good memories first not those of the last few months … What a gift you gave me and words do not mean enough for how I feel about what you gave me…”

Look for Traumatic Roots

Presenting problems often have traumatic roots extending back in time many years. In Karen’s case, she suffered with haunting traumatic memories for more than 40 years before they were transformed with TFT.

Asking clients, “What experience or experiences in your past do these feelings remind you of?” can open the door for deeper, more powerful healing with TFT.

*The Complex Trauma with Anger and Guilt Algorithm is the technique taught in this blog. Click here for written instructions and here for video demonstrations.

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