The movie technique is a fantastic EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) tool. It is used to reduce the emotional pain felt by working on certain issues. There was a tendency in the past for people to push through the pain and to be “brave”. With this technique there is no need for that. It is very gentle.
The movie technique is also perfect if you find your tapping statements to be too global. By creating the movie – you automatically get down to the details. This technique is a very gentle way of working with EFT on difficult issues.
So how do you go about this movie technique? We start with the question:
If it was a movie, how long would it last?
Now, the answer should be minutes not hours or days – if it is the latter then this is still too global and you should break up the movie into smaller ones and work on them in turn.
Next we ask:
What the title of the movie would be?
This should be something specific again e.g. “when I crashed my car at the roundabout” or “the fight I had with my sister at Christmas”.
Next run through the movie in your mind and state the intensity you feel NOW as you imagine it on a scale of 0 – 10. If you feel that doing that will upset you then you can GUESS the intensity level instead. Remember we want this a pain-free as possible! Write this number down – this is your starting intensity level.
Ok, now start it’s time to start tapping! Tap using the statement:
Even though I have “this___________ movie”, I deeply and completely accept myself anyway
Even though I have “this fight with my sister at Christmas movie”, I deeply and completely accept myself anyway
Repeat 3 times and tap through the points using “this___________ movie”
Repeat several times until your intensity has come down to low numbers or zero.
Now start playing the movie from the beginning until the end. Stop immediately if you feel any intensity. This is very important.
Use EFT on the bit of the movie that caused your intensity being as specific as possible. When you feel that part is down to zero then continue playing the movie and stop again if you feel any intensity. Keep repeating this process until you reach the end of the movie. It doesn’t matter how many times you have to stop – you want this to be as painless as possible and doing it this way ensures that.
Ok, so now play through the movie again and try to exaggerate the pictures, sounds, colours, turn up the feelings etc and try to get upset about it. If you feel some more intensity then repeat the steps above until you can play the entire movie and there is no emotional charge.
This technique has the added benefit that you don’t need to reveal to a practitioner or someone you are working with the content of your movie.
I hope that you find this technique as useful as I have. I’d love to hear how the movie technique has helped you. Get in touch.