Anne was a participant in a Healing the Inner Child workshop. After a hypnotherapy experience to get in touch with the child within who needed healing, she felt some deep emotion. As she talked about it, she realized that she was experiencing the same panicky feeling that she has around water. Anne has had a great fear of water all her life.
We began using EFT, tapping for the feelings that she was having. The feelings intensified and then, as we tapped, she felt relief in her body. She then told us that her biological father had died from drowning. I asked how old she had been at the time. She said, “I wasn’t born yet. I was still in my mother’s womb.”
We then continued the tapping for the panic, terror, grief, loss, and shock that her mother and those around her must have experienced. It is very likely that Anne had felt all these emotions intensely even though she was an unborn child at the time. She gasped as waves of intensity came through her body, but the EFT continued to release everything as it came up. Finally, she felt quite tired but calm and peaceful.
When I spoke with her several weeks later, this is what she reported:
I have felt different. Maybe the fear of water is gone. Last week I put it to a test. I walked down by the lake and went out on a pier. In the past, that would have brought up a lot of fear and thoughts of, “What if I fall in and can’t get out?” But I didn’t feel that at all. I just felt calm. Next month I’m going kayaking with friends, something I never thought I would do, and I don’t feel at all scared. Something has really changed!