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I was doing an EFT presentation for a group of about 30 people. A man at the end of the front row had brought along a beautiful yellow lab. The dog was nearly full-grown yet obviously still a puppy, and he was having a very hard time sitting still. The man had to continually calm the dog who clearly wanted to get up and interact with people. The poor dog kept changing positions and straining in one direction and then the other, looking very unhappy.
Part of the way through my presentation, I made a friendly comment to the dog's owner. He then told us all, "Ziggy is in training to be a seeing-eye dog. I have to bring him to events like this sometimes so he can learn to obey and sit still. He would love to go and meet everybody but he's got to learn to control his urges when he's on harness."
I took a chance and suggested to the group, "Let's tap for Ziggy! You never know. Maybe it will help." Some people thought it was a joke, but I guided us all to tap together:
Even though Ziggy is restless and having a hard time, he's a good boy and we send him love.
Even though Ziggy wants to meet us all, he can calm down… we want him to know that we all love him… he's a really good boy.
Even though it's hard for Ziggy to sit still, we're proud of him…he's learning... we love him and he's a good boy.
We tapped the points with words like "restless…. having a hard time…. but we love Ziggy… he's a good boy"
Lo and behold, before we had finished that one round of tapping, Ziggy had stretched out and gone to sleep! He slept quietly through the rest of my EFT presentation. There were some incredulous expressions around the room, but no one could doubt that the surrogate EFT for Ziggy had really made a difference.
I think people who tap for animals would agree that animals are amazingly open. They receive the benefits of the tapping so easily. Simply tapping on ourselves and voicing what we think the animal may be feeling can often have remarkable results. It is wonderful to have such a gentle way to help relieve stress and restore calm, good feelings for our animal friends.
Betty Moore-Hafter, www.CreativeEFT.com, is an AAMET Accredited Certified EFT Master Trainer of Trainers and Advanced Practitioner offering EFT Level 1-2 and Level 3 Trainings several times a year. She also offers a special EFT mentoring and support program for AAMET EFT certification at www.EmotionalFreedomMastery.com. Betty offers EFT sessions by phone and by Skype, as well as in person at her Burlington, Vermont office. You can find out more on both websites and pick up free gifts on each site.
From the EFTfree Archives, which are now a part of AAMET International.
Originally published on February 16, 2010.