Energy Healing Involving Your Dog
Dogs are extremely influenced by our emotions. If we are feeling slightly anxious, it is likely that our dogs will in turn display some anxious behavior as well. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a therapeutic treatment that uses acupressure points to relieve pain and stress. Below is a way to use EFT to relieve your stress brought on by your dog’s behavior.
Step 1: Assess your subjective unit of distress as it relates to your dog’s behavior using a 0-10 scale. Zero would signify no problem while ten would indicate extreme distress. Be sure to pick a number before moving on to step two.
Step 2: Create a “set up a statement” that is specific to your dog’ behavior and how it affects you. An example of a set up statement pertaining to your dog could be, “Even though my dog [Rover] is anxious in his crate, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.” You also could make the set up statement reflect yourself. For example, “Even though I’m feeling [anxious] because [Rover] is in his crate, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.” Repeat this statement three times while tapping the karate chop point shown below with four fingers from your opposite hand.
Step 3: Come up with a “reminder phrase” from the above set up statement. This phrase will describe how you are feeling. For instance, your reminder phrase might be “I’m so anxious” or “Rover is so anxious.” Tap on all seven points shown below on your body below while repeating your reminder phrase. The abbreviated points correspond to the body as follows: top of head, eyebrow, side of eye, under eye, under nose, chin, chest bone, and under arm.
Step 4: After you have tapped on all seven points below while repeating your reminder phrase each time, take a deep relaxing breath.
Step 5: Now go back and reassess your level of distress again on a 0-10 scale. Your number will ideally be lower. Repeat the above steps until you are at a zero. You will experience a calmer state of mind and feel better. Repeat this process a few times per day until the emotional effects of the problem you are dealing with are gone. Here is a video below with Gary Craig, founder of EFT, walking you through the process.
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