When hypnotist and EFT practitioner, Joann Dunsing planned to go to the book signing for The Tapping Solution, and meet the author, Nick Ortner, she had no idea that this would be the only book signing of the book’s promotion.
Nick explained, “Since the book world is so digitized these days, we decided not to do a traditional book signing tour, however, this is only 30 minutes from home, and I was happy to accept Barnes and Noble’s invitation.”
About 40 people were at the Milford Barnes and Noble to hear about Nick’s journey, from being a “casual tapper,” not knowing or caring how or why it worked, to being a filmmaker, New York Times bestselling author, and a worldwide Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) advocate. The audience ranged from hypnotists, like Joann, and psychotherapists, who use EFT in their practice, to lay people who have been using the EFT to help themselves, friends and family for years, as well as those brand new to the idea.
EFT is based on the principles of both ancient acupressure and modern psychology. By tapping on meridian end points and talking through the physical or emotional pain, we calm the amygdala and the “fight or flight” response, and rewire the brain to respond in healthy ways. The Tapping Solution movie and book are the documentation of the healing journey of many people, including Nick, and the science behind how and why the technique works.
At the book signing, those who work with children recounted the success they’ve had with students “under the radar” and young family members. “It’s now a widely accepted fact that when we are emotionally or physically wounded, especially as children, we store that negative energy or belief,” said Joann. “If we can give our children this coping tool they can deal with the injury or emotion right then and there and not have to carry it around, letting it manifest into a habit, dis-ease, or dis-function. The parents who tap, not only for themselves, but with their kids, are giving their children an incredible gift.”
EFT enjoys widespread use in California, and other progressive pockets around the US. “I am so thrilled that tapping is becoming more mainstream here in CT.”
Nick Ortner lives in Newtown, CT and established The Tapping Solution Foundation after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. His team of EFT practitioners have helped over 200 families in Sandy Hook deal with the trauma of that horrible December day. Perhaps getting EFT, tapping, and hypnosis into the mainstream is the silver lining of the Newtown tragedy.
Joann recommends The Tapping Solution to people interested in EFT because, ” it’s very accessible in it’s style, especially the scripts that help you do the tapping.” She warns that it’s not a cure-all. ” The book will get you very far in clearing the ‘little things’, but if you have a symptom that isn’t going away, chance are good it’s something deeper. If you need to go deeper, just like going into a dark forest, you should bring a guide. That’s when having an experienced hypnotist and/or EFT practitioner is a good idea.”
Joann has been an EFT practitioner since she was trained in hypnosis six years ago. “It’s my Third Act,” she said smiling. “I was ready for a life change when I met my teacher Barbara Herr. In working with her, I found the authenticity of my being. I realized my longtime interest in the subconscious, and she became my mentor. It’s true that when the Student is ready the Master will appear!”