It’s interesting how old events can stay trapped in our body for weeks, months and many years. Recently I was working with someone who told me he was going on a trip skiing and had anxiety that he wouldn’t be able to breath in high attitude. I asked him to take me to a time when he couldn’t breathe.
He said not long ago he had a hernia operation and then he got bronchitis. He said it hurt every time he would cough. And he had shortness of his breath.
He still sometimes has a hard time breathing when he goes up the steps or when he speaks too much. His fear was that he was afraid that he would wake up in the middle of the night and wouldn’t be able to breath and would panic and not know what to do. I asked him where did he feel that anxiety and he said in the back of his throat and chest. So we tapped on what he was feeling in the moment and the anxiety was a 6.
So here is what we tapped on:
Karate chop point:
Even though I’m afraid I will be awakened in the middle of the night and won’t be able to breath I accept all my feelings
Even though I’m afraid I won’t be able to breath and this reminds me of what happened last time, I love and accept all my feelings past and present anyway
Even though I’m going to be high altitude and I have this anxiety that I won’t be in control of my breath, especially in the middle of the night, I choose to be at calm and peace with myself no matter what
Eyebrow– this fear of not being able to breath in the middle of the night
Side of Eye– it’s scary to me
Under the Eye– this anxiety that I won’t be able to breath
Under the Nose– I’m scared I won’t be able to breath like last time
Chin– this fear I’ll need oxygen
Collarbone– I felt out of control last time
Side of rib– this fear it’ll happen again
Top of head-I choose to take a deep breath now
So it went from a 6 to a 2 in intensity. We didn’t tap on bringing in positive statements until the next round. When you have a high number, you don’t want to put in positive statements until your intensity scale goes to at least a 5 and below. Why? Because your saboteur will stop you from feeling better and won’t believe that you can be free of the debilitating problem. Our saboteur needs a platform to say the way it feels…to be listened to. And then… it can relax and trust that each moment is a new fresh experience and what happened last time…happened…and it’s in the past and it’s over and you’re ok now.
So the next rounds were about allowing his breath to be a God given right and that old experience was in the past and he is ok now. His choice was to allow his body be in control the way it knows how to and bring calm and peace throughout the night.
He said he felt so much better. I asked him to close his eyes and imagine being in Vail and lying in bed and he had no anxiety imagining it. He felt free of the anxiety in the the back of his throat and his chest and said he would use tapping if any leftovers came up. He had a sense of calm and at peace and in control.
Hope this article can be useful to you. You can just change the words and use words of your own.