Balance Your Brain With EFT
by Susan Hansen, M.S.
How balanced is your brain?
This question isn't meant to be an insult or a scare tactic. Your brain's natural balance may be off if you sometimes struggle with:
~ Moodiness, depression, isolation, and/or negativity
~ Anxiety, fear, conflict avoidance, and/or difficulties with physical coordination
~ Problems with attention span, focus, organization, and follow-through
~ Worrying, obsessing, and/or rigid thinking or behavior
~ Temper flare-ups, rapid mood shifts, memory problems and/or learning problems
If any of these sound familiar, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) can help. Dr. Daniel Amen wrote a phenomenal book called Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, where he describes what’s happening in different parts of the brain whenever we experience these and other challenges. He firmly believes that these conditions can be changed and healed, and he offers many ideas and suggestions about how to balance them.
Using EFT, we can initiate these changes quickly and easily, and experience immediate relief. With practice, I believe we can create lasting positive changes in the way our brains function.
Why I wrote this book:
I read Dr. Amen's book in 2006, and was blown away by how many of his examples I could relate with. I also saw many things he described in a number of clients I was working with (especially when it came to worrying or obsessing, procrastinating, and negative thinking), and wondered how I could use the information in the book to help my clients find some relief and balance.
Dr. Amen suggests various approaches, from medication to nutrition to EMDR (an energy-based trauma reduction method), but he doesn't mention EFT -- which I use daily, and have found to be extremely effective, both with myself and with students and clients.
So I set out to expand on Dr. Amen's examples and create specific EFT rounds to re-balance the brain and address the specific symptoms associated with brain imbalances, but on a system-wide energetic level. My clients who have used this information and the EFT rounds over the past several years have reported immediate relief as well as lasting positive changes.
Some of the things students and clients have reported to me:
~ "It's quieter in my head."
~ "I was able to stop worrying and go to sleep."
~ "I stayed calmer under stress."
~ "It's easier to stop focusing on the negatives."
~ "Things that had been bothering me just didn't seem like a big deal anymore."
~ "The things my mother says don't affect me as much."
~ "I didn't startle so easily."
~ "My coordination and balance improved."
~ "I got more done, and it was easier to stay focused."
~ "I don't procrastinate as much."
~ "I have far less anxiety."
What you'll learn in this book:
In Balance Your Brain With EFT, you'll learn about the five systems of the brain, and what specific indicators you may see of areas of imbalance in each. You'll learn the basics of EFT, and you'll have the opportunity to fill out a detailed checklist of symptoms, thoughts, feelings, and patterns to help you determine where EFT may be the most helpful to you.
You'll also have completely scripted EFT rounds for use on a daily or weekly basis, and over 190 pages of specific EFT rounds that address every item from the initial checklist. You'll also get information about additional resources to help balance your brain and find significant relief.
THE FIVE SYSTEMS OF THE BRAIN:
I would strongly recommend that you read Change Your Brain, Change Your Life from cover to cover in order to get the full picture of how the brain works, what happens when it’s out of balance, and how to optimize your brain function. In the meantime, with Dr. Amen’s permission, I’m borrowing, quoting, and paraphrasing his basic information about the five brain systems:
The Deep Limbic System – Love, Bonding, and Depression:
“The deep limbic system, at the center of the brain, is the bonding and mood control center. Being connected to others is essential to humanity, yet when this part of the brain is off kilter, people struggle with moodiness, depression, isolation, and negativity.” Balancing and soothing this part of the brain can make a profound difference in your connections with yourself and others, and in how clearly and positively you are able to view your life.
The Basal Ganglia – Anxiety and Fear:
“The basal ganglia, large structures deep within the brain, control the body’s idling speed. When this part of the brain works too hard, anxiety, panic, fearfulness, and conflict avoidance are often the result... When it is underactive, people often struggle with concentration and fine motor control problems.” Balancing this part of the brain helps you stay clear and calm, and respond to challenges and circumstances in your life with greater ease and peace.
The Prefrontal Cortex – Attention, Focus, and Impulses:
“The prefrontal cortex, at the front tip of the brain, is your supervisor, the part of the brain that helps you stay focused, make plans, control impulses, and make good (or bad) decisions. When this part of the brain is underactive, people have problems supervising themselves and also have significant problems with attention span, focus, organization, and follow-through. Learning how to activate the prefrontal cortex in a positive way leads to better internal supervision.”
The Cingulate – Worry and Obsessiveness:
“The cingulate, a part of the brain that runs longitudinally through the middle part of the frontal lobes, is your brain’s ‘gear shifter.’ It allows you to shift attention from thought to thought and between behaviors. When this part of the brain is overactive, people have problems getting stuck in certain loops of thoughts or behaviors.” Balancing this part of the brain will help reduce your repetitive worries, rigid thinking, and “overfocused” behavior.
The Temporal Lobes – Memory and Temper:
“The temporal lobes, underneath the temples and behind the eyes, are involved with memory, understanding language, facial recognition, and temper control. When there are problems, especially in the left temporal lobe, people are more prone to temper flare-ups, rapid mood shifts, and memory and learning problems. Optimizing and balancing this part of the brain may help you experience inner peace for the first time in your life.”
As you identify specific imbalances in various systems of your brain, you can use EFT to release those unbalanced patterns and habits, and allow your entire brain to return to its optimal fully-balanced and fully-functioning state.
BALANCE YOUR BRAIN WITH EFT
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Section 1: Brain Basics
Section 2: EFT Basics
Section 3: The Brain Balance Checklist and Workbook Pages
The Deep Limbic System
The Basal Ganglia
The Prefrontal Cortex
The Temporal Lobes
Section 4: Basic Brain Balancing: The Seven-Day EFT Rotation
Section 5: Now What?
Section 6: Specific EFT Choices Rounds
Balancing The Deep Limbic System
Balancing The Basal Ganglia
Balancing The Prefrontal Cortex
Balancing The Cingulate
Balancing The Temporal Lobes
More About Daniel Amen, M.D.
More About EFT
Additional Resources: Brain Gym, the Mind-Stim CD, the Insight and Focus CDs, etc.
About the Author
Diagram of the EFT Tapping Points
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