“Free At Last!”

Oct 31st, 2012 | By | Category: News & Articles

Freedom EFT Emotional Freedom Techniques

The Dream of Freedom

Perhaps one of the most inspiring and well-known speeches of the last century is Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech from 1963. It was a milestone in the black civil rights movement in America at the time and is still often quoted today.  He began the speech by saying:

“I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.”

He spoke with great emotion about this basic human need – freedom from oppression, inequality, slavery, injustice, captivity and control.  What he dreamed about was freedom for everyone – liberty, independence, choice, free will, emancipation, civil rights, human rights, the power or right to act, speak, or think as you wish.

The rousing end to the speech was his wish that one day all people could join together and say:

Free at last! Free at last!  Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

Champions Of Freedom

Freedom is something that is so highly valued that people will make incredible sacrifices for it, they will fight for it, they will even die for it.  King, like some of the other great heroes in recent history; Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, and Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, have been driven by the desire for freedom, at great personal cost. Some were assassinated, some have lived in exile, and others have been imprisoned for their beliefs, but all have achieved so much for the people of their countries in the name of freedom.

Living Without Emotional Freedom

We are so lucky in Australia not to have to worry about our physical freedom.  There are many countries in the world that are still struggling to gain this very precious gift that we so often take for granted.

Unfortunately, although we have physical freedom, many people are imprisoned by experiences from their past and their own limiting beliefs that prevent them from living fulfilling lives.

The Ultimate Freedom

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl wrote the book “Man’s Search for Meaning”. He survived years in concentration camps, including Auschwitz. He believed:

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

I agree that this is what true freedom is. Whatever happens to you it’s still your decision about how you react to it – this determines your own happiness or unhappiness. No-one else can control your thoughts, emotions or behaviours. You always have a choice.

Emotional Freedom Technique

What really appeals to me about EFT is that its goal is Emotional Freedom – to be at peace with ourselves and everything that has happened to us.  It is such a wonderful tool to help us let go of all that ‘stuff’ that we carry around with us that no longer serves us, which is holding us back from living the life we want to be living.

Freedom To Be Your Authentic Self

Many of us have been conditioned to believe that who we really are is not enough and then we spend our whole lives pretending to be someone that the world expects us to be.  What would it be like to have the courage to just be who you are – what a relief! Imagine your behaviour being congruent with your thoughts.  Imagine living your life purpose – doing exactly what you are supposed to be doing instead of living your life trying to live up to what you think other people expect of you.

In the words of the legendary Jim Morrison:

“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.”

As I said in my last newsletter, I spent so many years trying to please other people I didn’t even know who I was; I was so far from being my authentic self.  It’s taken a long time (and a lot of tapping!)  to work out that freedom is a really strong value to me.  For me it basically comes down to one thing – to be able to make the choices to live my life the way I choose, in line with my own values.

An interesting exercise is to write down your 5 most important values.

Are you living your life in harmony with these values or in conflict with them?

Moving Towards Emotional Freedom

– The Personal Peace Procedure

Gary Craig, the founder of EFT, also developed the Personal Peace Procedure.  He suggested that we make a list of the significant events in our lives that still cause us some discomfort when we think about them.  He then invited us to pick an issue a day for about 3 months and tap on each issue until it is cleared.  Then watch to see how your life changes.

Do You Feel Free?

If not, what is stopping you?  Do you have some behaviours or beliefs that no longer serve you that you would like to change?  What makes you feel free?  Are you doing it in your life now?

Would You Like To Have Emotional Freedom?

I can help you to tap away anything that no longer serves you to help you live a life of freedom – in line with your own values.

I have just completed my Level 3 Advanced Practitioner training and am very excited about putting the new ideas I have learnt into action.

 

Book for a session with Kate at the Crows Nest clinic, phone or Skype.

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