From Fears & Phobias to Freedom

By Bennie Naude

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A phobia is an irrational fear of something, e.g.
•Public speaking or singing
•Heights (vertigo)
•Spiders or snakes
•Wide open spaces (agoraphobia)
•The dark

The good news is these are ‘simple phobias’ which means that in the majority of cases they can be totally collapsed or at least significantly reduced in a single session. 

Imagine simply not having the fear of phobia that you currently have without having to use will power to force you to do something!  What would you be able to do that you’re missing out on now?

A phobia is simply a symptom of your body’s neurology getting its wires crossed.  This could be as a result of an actual traumatic experience although many people don’t consciously know where their fear or phobia comes from, and it’s not important to know.

The reason why we experience phobias in the strong way that we do is because of a disruption in the body’s energy system.  Have you ever wondered why some people have a fear of something and others don’t?

The answer is that some people’s energy system get’s disrupted under certain conditions (like when they’re faced with heights) – this is simply a physical body reaction that has nothing to do with courage or weakness and is easily resolved. 

EFT is often very effective in helping people totally overcoming a fear of phobia and blending EFT, NLP and Hypnosis we simply teach our neurology a more appropriate response to the same stimulus.

Imagine looking down and mistaking a rope at your feet for a snake –you’ll probably jump 10 feet! Well, after you’ve seen it to be for what it is (a rope) you cannot possibly be that afraid of that rope again.  Agreed? 

That’s what it’s like after you release a fear or phobia with the techniques that I use techniques – you simply cannot go back to what it was like before – not that you’d want to! 

You’ll finally be able to choose whether you want to go up a high building or get on that plane.
Finally giving you choice.

EFT is especially effective to help children to overcome their fears, like the fear of the dark. 

A clients had a fear of heights.  After applying EFT for 20 minutes on the phone he was able to go out on his balcony without any trace of fear.  Years later he abseiled Table Mountain in Cape Town, at a height of 3,563 ft!

The meridian points in our body are like the electrical outlets in our homes and the meridian lines are like the wiring that connects them.  If the wires in your home got cut or blocked then electricity couldn’t flow through them and your electrical appliances or lights won’t work.  It’s the same with us – if the energy flows in our bodies get disrupted or blocked in any way then we start feeling unwell and this could manifest as physical disease or pain, or emotional discomfort such as fears, phobias, anxiety, stress and depression.

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a technique that uses our body’s natural ability to heal itself by (literally) tapping into the body’s energy system to release ‘energetic blocks’. 

By tapping on some of the meridian points on our bodies while using language in a specific way EFT releases these blocks, allowing the energy to flow freely, allowing ourselves to get well again – often very quickly and when nothing else will.

NLP is a very effective way to interrupt unhealthy or unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour and replace them with more healthy thoughts and actions.

Used in this context, it is nothing like ‘stage hypnosis’.  Hypnosis is simply a way to communicate with our unconscious minds and make the changes at the deepest levels where it matters.  


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Author's Bio:

Bennie Naude is uniquely qualified to work with clients who want to transform problems into possibilities. Through his own journey, he has travelled the path experienced by many of his clients. He has invested in his own personal transformation and learned the tools to help others do the same.

Bennie spent 20 years travelling all over the world, implementing IT solutions in Europe, Africa, Australia, the Middle East and the USA. As he implemented projects in far-flung places, he gained experience working with diverse cultures. He approaches each client with a keen understanding of different value systems and an appreciation of each individual's family and organizational culture.

He also experienced first-hand the stress of a corporate career: politics, promotions, long hours, last-minute changes and more. As the 21st century dawned, he realized he needed to make a change. Like many of his clients today, he felt stuck and dead-ended. He knew he wanted a new life, but he did not know how to get started.

As a logical, scientifically trained manager, Bennie explored several approaches to personal growth. He didn't find an answer until someone suggested EFT Tapping.

“I had always been a left-brained, analytical type of person. And I had always believed that healing takes a long time, requires a lot of work, and needs an expert who’s always frowning. I was completely blown away by my first experience with tapping. I got results and the technique was fast, easy and enjoyable." - Bennie Naude

Bennie then saw the results of EFT in his public speaking career. As he was speaking to groups as large as 70 people, he would get so anxious that his neck would get blotchy; even the audience noticed! With just two tapping sessions, he became a calm, relaxed speaker. 

Bennie realized he could use this technique to open up possibilities in his own life. More importantly, he realized he could build a new career by sharing what he had experienced. He immediately went into EFT practitioner training and started building his professional practice while continuing in the corporate world.

Bennie now has made a complete transition, turning his own problems into possibilities. He has become a full-time EFT practitioner, leaving the corporate world far behind.

Besides EFT, Bennie gained experience with other transformational tools, including NLP, Hypnosis, ShadowWork, Byron Katie, and The Sedona Method. He chooses a unique blend of techniques to work with each individual client and group of clients. 

Bennie lives in London, England, where he enjoys swimming and running. He continues to be surprised by the benefits of tapping and other practices in his own life and work.

“Surprised to find myself smiling during our sessions…”

I called Bennie after a friend recommended EFT.    During each individual session, I found Bennie to be a good listener who applied his experience and intuition to understand my situation very well.  He identified on some issues that I had not realized where relevant to the challenges we were addressing.  I felt safe, which was important as Bennie's tools and methods were completely new to me. - Nigel


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