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What is EFT?

Emotional freedom technique (EFT), frequently known as tapping, is a relatively new form of therapy, developed by Gary Craig in the 1990s. However, while Gary’s specific treatment may be new, it is linked to the principles of acupuncture dating back over 5,000 years. It also has a substantial body of recent research evidence showing its clinical effectiveness in a wide range of settings.

The actual process of EFT is straightforward, combining gentle self-tapping with words and phrases designed to focus attention on the matter in hand. Once you have learned the basic principles, you can continue to practice EFT at home. It becomes a handy self-help tool you can turn to whenever you need.

Although emotional freedom technique is easy to learn, it’s also incredibly powerful. It can allow you to transform and release feelings of hurt, shame, anger and fear. Even after just a few rounds of tapping, many people find they are calmer, lighter and generally feel better. Evidence shows that the effects of EFT can be transformational and long-lasting. It’s not just a temporary feel-good process but can provide long-term relief from even well-established conditions.

**I was fortunate to train in EFT with Karl Dawson who created the  Matrix Reimprinting Technique. In his words, (as I cannot do it justice), this is how he describes what it is & how it can help you:

What is Matrix Reimprinting?

"A new EFT technique to change your relationship to your past and dramatically transform your physical and emotional health in the present.

As one of only 29 Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Masters worldwide, Karl has spent the last 7 years at the cutting-edge of the personal development movement. He's trained thousands of people on his EFT training Courses to become EFT practitioners, developed his own specialist on EFT course for Serious Disease, and lectured on EFT all over the world.

In EFT it is recognized that to heal any condition we have to heal the mind and the body simultaneously and that most of the myriad of diseases that are part of our society all have their origins in life stresses, beliefs and traumas. These traumas can easily be resolved with EFT, and the results ultimately affect the physical body.

Inevitably, as Karl has spent time working with EFT so intensely, he has begun to develop his own variations on the original EFT protocol. One such variation is producing results that are so far beyond the ordinary, that it has become the main focus of his attention. Karl has named the technique Matrix Reimprinting.

To understand how Matrix Reimprinting works, you will need a basic introduction to some of the modern theories of quantum physics. What quantum physicists have helped us to understand is that we are all comprised of energy, and that we are all connected by a unified energy field. This notion has been popularized more recently by films such as The Secret and What the Bleep do We Know?, and more and more people are coming to accept the understanding that this field exists.

This energy field was originally referred to as the ‘Matrix’ by Max Planck in 1944. In more recent years Lynne McTaggart has referred to it simply as ‘The Field,’ Greg Braden has talked of the ‘Divine Matrix,’ whilst Rupert Sheldrake has talked of ‘Morphic Fields.’

This field or matrix is all around us, and connects us to our past. This is because we hold our specific traumas and stressful life experiences in the matrix, and they influence our every thought pattern, behaviour and action. To understand how this is so we can draw on the findings of modern psychology in relation to trauma. Any psychotherapist or psychologist can explain what happens in the body when a trauma takes place. Part of us splits off or disassociates to protect us from the trauma, and this is why we often don’t remember a traumatic event after it has taken place. But where does this disassociated part go when it leaves us? Karl's experience over the last couple of years has led him to understand that it goes into the matrix.

We hold in our fields the stressful life events that have gone before, not just as memories but as specific energy bodies, which he has named Energy Consciousness Holograms or ECHOs. With the Matrix Reimprinting technique we can work directly with these ECHOs, resolving the negative energetic charge around them. This changes our relationship to our past, and affects our emotional and physical health in the present.

In order to do this we begin with a technique from traditional EFT courses called the ‘Movie Technique’. This is why I say that the Matrix Reimprinting technique works to enhance traditional EFT, and not replace it. In the traditional Movie Technique you would take an old memory that still has some negative emotional charge for you and you would run it in your mind as though it was a movie, stopping at any point that you feel any change in the body or in your emotions, and using the EFT tapping protocol to resolve the disruption. This is one of the core techniques in EFT, and he has seen excellent results with this technique over the years.

The Matrix Reimprinting technique has a number of specific characteristic that are not used in the traditional Movie Technique. With the Matrix Reimprinting technique you can stop the movie at any point, and interact with the ECHO of your younger self in that memory. You can imagine stepping into the picture and tapping on your ECHO using the EFT protocol (whilst physically tapping on yourself in the present), and enter into a dialogue with them, eliciting information from that particular trauma. The ECHO you are interacting with has been holding onto the trauma for you, to keep you protected, so you can thank them for doing so. You can give your ECHO new tools or resources and allow them to express themselves differently in the situation. After the emotional intensity has resolved you can then imagine taking your ECHO to a safe and comfortable place of their choosing such as the beach or a sunny field, allowing them to experience new and positive emotions in the situation.

Now here’s what’s interesting about this: when you try to remember the original event, not only have you resolved all your emotional intensity around the issue, but you often have the new picture that you have created in your memory. These pictures affect your physiology and psychology on every level. By changing the memory in this way you are interacting with what you hold in your field, which in turn affects your health and well-being in your current reality.

Some of the benefits of Matrix Reimprinting include;

  • Very easy to use and gentle on clients
  • Resolves traumatic memories often within minutes
  • Quickly finds core issues, related trauma and beliefs
  • Locates pre-conscious trauma (pre 6 years) often beyond clients awareness and conscious memory
  • Allows client driven reframes and cognitive shifts thus preventing therapist projection
  • Locates Psychological reversal , secondary gains etc
  • Fills the EFT void, creates positive beliefs
  • Works on dissociated clients with no SUDS levels
  • Successful with non visual clients or who have difficulty with imagination
  • Allows forgiveness and wisdom to be gained from past events
  • Sends a message to the body/cells/DNA the trauma is over
  • Resources the client and rewrites the past 
  • Naturally utilises the law of attraction in a very powerful way"
  • For more information about the matrix Reimprinting Technique please refer to Karl Dawson's website:
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