From Fear To Watching Pitbulls and Paroless

EFT Tapping for a dog phobia

By Suzanne Zacharia

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Many thanks to Janet (not her real name), who had a session with me to help her with a dog phobia, during an EFT Online and In-Person Training Weekend. This was a while ago, so as far as I can remember, the session went something as follows.

We started by taking some details around this phobia. Janet had grown up with a dog, was never quite comfortable with other dogs, and said something about pitbulls. Clearly pitbulls were bringing up an energy disruption to the surface, and we tapped generally for a short while to de-stress. Then I asked Janet if I were to show her an episode of the show “Pitbulls and Parolees”, which I love to watch (and I told her why it was such a favourite show), what number would she be at, where 10 was the worst and 0 kind of calm. Janet immediately said she could not watch it at all, and the number was a 15.

In the workshop environment, I made the decision to let her subconscious mind come up with the energy block that was right to release. So, I put out my hand and asked her to imagine my hand is a TV screen. Janet had the virtual remote control in her hand, and on the TV screen was playing a video of her life. Janet was looking through many episodes, good bad and indifferent, going forwards and backwards, till the right episode came up, and Janet could pause the episode either at the beginning or end. I asked if the episode had a title, what would the title be? The answer was “Dog Catcher”.

We started tapping on “Dog Catcher” generally, when the SUDS was at around a 10. Then when it went down a few points, I asked Janet to tell me the story. It was a television episode that Janet had watched, about a dog catcher, where the pitbull that was being caught latched on to the dog catcher’s breast and clamped its jaws on it. We took it step by step, through one part of the episode to the next, till we got to the part where Janet had changed the channel. We kept tapping until we reached a 0. 

Along the way, guilt from a memory of not always looking after her dog as a child came up and was released. This may seem strange, but all negative emotion is negative emotion, and any event encapsulates an energy disruption connected to several negative emotions, so we just release the energy disruptions without the need to question them on a logical basis. Logic is logical, emotions do not have to make sense.

Then Janet came up with another event. This one was a regularly recurring event. A neighbour walked his Staffordshire bull terrier with a thick collar. Janet encountered them on the street on a regular basis. She kept referring to the thick collar. At this point, I took time to tell Janet of a pitbull whose owner had dressed her up in a tutu and diamante collar, after both had been spat on numerous times, and how everyone reacted favourably to the peaceful pair since. I love that story and allowed my positive emotions to show as I talked about it. 

The SUDS (level of distress) was a 9 or 10 to start with. We tapped for “thick collar”, “Staffordshire bull terrier”, and another aspect that came up, that the owner looked rough. The SUDS went down to a zero, and along the way from the lower SUDS to zero, the story of the pitbull with the tutu and diamante collar came in for Janet.

Then Janet was delighted to watch “Pitbulls and Parolees”. We watched it together and shared that beautiful feeling, as you see two of the most hated sections of society as they really are – loving, caring, and great members of society, given the right environment. I am so grateful to Janet for allowing me to walk this path of her life journey with her. And we are all blessed that Janet has allowed me to publish this story.

Lastly, just a little proviso. This was a quick gain, as Janet reacts very quickly to the EFT Tapping. If your phobia is more of the complex kind, I recommend that you attend sessions with an experienced practitioner or that you learn EFT with a Trainer who is in addition to training experience, also an experienced practitioner. If EFT is totally new to you, please download a free guide, available at many EFT/Tapping resources, or explore an introductory session with a qualified practitioner.

I hope this helps you or someone you care for.



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