The dog and the client...
I had a long term client come to the house for our fortnightly EFT session in December. Until now we have always worked online, remotely as it is just as effective and means no sitting in LA traffic. This time I knew we were working on releasing a near drowning trauma from 48 years prior, at the hands of the clients abusive father.
She had had some breathing issues come up, so I wanted to do the session in person. This particular client is a very brave soul and has huge determination and courage to peel the layers of almost two decades of abuse from her childhood. We have done a lot of work and more recently worked on more residual issues as she had dissolved so much since we started. Her emotional cleansing and breaking down of old detrimental beliefs has created space for a new perspective and shift in her life, resulting in the material world of clearing clutter, improved self awareness and a richer relationship.
However, an echo or aspect (basically her five year old with trauma frozen in the subconscious) was coming up to the surface to be cleared. Appearing as the inability to inhale or catch her breathe sporadically within the present day. It was happening randomly at her work and occurring more regularly. She just intuitively knew it was related to a previous near drowning experience at five years young. The symptoms would worsen just thinking about it. A trauma we had not ever yet touched on during previous sessions. It amazes me how we only get what we can handle and this was a big one and had been waiting its turn.
Back up six months ago, my family and I fostered a dog. He is generally a good dog. A seven year old male spaniel who had never truly been trained properly and carried his own set of detrimental belief systems. We’d had our moments shall we say. Those early years appear to be critical in humans and dogs.
My client and him bonded when she first arrived and as we settled into our session he took up usual residence in his bed. My client brought slippers as her feet always get cold she said. The session was intense as expected and I was glad to be with her. In EFT & Matrix Re-imprinting we often get to point of finding out the negative belief formed by the child in a moment of trauma. For her, huge realizations of how clever that five year old was as she had created the belief that ‘its safer not to breathe’. Literally coming out of her body as a survival tool was safer than enduring abuse or in this particular incidence being deliberately held under water. It was not necessary to relive it as such. With EFT once we got that realization and belief formed, we can start to tap it out and create a new more empowering one. That five year old had been out of awareness for 48 years trapped in it's own ‘trauma capsule’. Since the subconscious has no sense of time, it came up in her conscious present day to get her attention. Another deep layer peeled. It was time to let it go. In highnsight she said her breathing was always an issue off and on through her life. Taking in breath was never an effortless act. As genius and resourceful as her five year old was, this belief no longer served her today. At the time I didn't think anything of her bringing slippers but that vessel, her body lacked grounding, it lacked life force. Especially if she can leave her body so to speak when threatened. We finished our session calm and centred.
During the most intense point of the session with high anxiety and feeling flickers of the five year old chosing not to breathe or to not be present, the dog, came right over to us and lay across her feet. Amazing. We continued on our tapping session but looked at each other in acknowledgement. He knew exactly what was going on here, and knew exactly what to do. The dog was truly my assistant for that session.
No matter how much he can’t sit or stay when told or decide to pee on the Christmas presents under the tree (yes, he did) all was forgiven then. So energetically intuitive creatures are our dogs. If I ever decide to set up a clinic I think he will be at work with me. They truly should be part of everyones counseling sessions, treatments, hospitals, care homes….. They are healing creatures by nature, even the slightly naughty ones.