I have recently been accessing a healing modality called EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). In this, the client presents a memory that is disturbing for them and the therapist uses specific techniques to support the client in rapidly shifting how this memory sits in -or impacts- their body, mind, and spirit. (For more detailed descriptions, video demos, etc, do an Internet search for EMDR.)
I did have one session of EMDR many years ago, and it successfully shifted the impact of a trauma experienced shortly before it. So when a person recently trained in it wanted to practice on real people, I jumped at the opportunity.
In my most recent session, I was bolder than in any previous one -I think I had been dipping my toes into the therapy before trusting it (or myself?) enough to “go big”. That last session has had the most profound effects. Interestingly, I noticed it brought very similar effects to that of early Intro! I kid you not! Since the last session:
- my mind feels strangely clear,
- my emotions are present and real yet calm and steady,
- I’m having neat new ideas,
- my sleep has been amazing: solid and sound,
- I have a general sense of openness,
- I am finding it easier and more natural to make decisions for my overall well-being
My son (eight years old) is also accessing this therapy and is showing profound changes, just as he did with GAPS! Those of you who have read the GAPS Guide book know that with SCD then GAPS, my son became able to speak and bathe, stopped bashing his head, became quite grounded, and so on. And because he lives with a person (i.e., me) that aims to do this, he has since then had an excellent ability to put words to his emotions and experiences. But upon two sessions of EMDR, he is expressing himself even more comprehensively and easily, has increased self-regulation, and seems to have a lot more energy, too!
Most profoundly was this change: My son wet his bed profusely every single night. This stopped when we drastically reduced oxalates in his diet but returned when we were not strict on this count -and, frankly, I wasn’t keen on maintaining a diet more strict than we were already doing. It also responded very well to a book called Dry All Night, but also returned. After his second session of EMDR, the bedwetting ended completely!
All of this also reminds me very much of Gerald’s posts (in the comments section here) on iodine and niacin. He has found similar effects through both.
I am left curious: Why do Intro, minerals or vitamins resolve trauma symptoms (as well as many others) in some of us? What is the relationship between the gut and mind, such that Intro, minerals, or vitamins can have an effect so parallel to that of EMDR?
I’m excited about the use of adjunct therapies in tandem with GAPS (or, in my case, post-GAPS). Part of me craves to apply only one therapeutic approach at a time, so that I can observe and report on each one in its own right. But I get excited, and end up doing more than one at once, leaving me unable in some cases to speak to the effects of just one. Oh well.
I feel I can say this:
- Intro (even without EMDR) is magical for me.
- EMDR (while doing GAPS about 80%) is also magical for me.
While I’d love for us to be able to study the effects of each therapy in its own right -mostly to be able to share with others what we find to be the most efficient and cost-effective route to healing- the fact is that many things help heal, and many of us do more than one at a time. And often a synergy of healing modalities brings wonderfully profound results. In fact, I have regularly recommended that since Intro can bring up emotions or even new awareness, it can be helpful to have a therapy such as counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or EMDR -or even just an awesome friendship in which one can talk everything out- in place for that period.
I believe that GAPS is an awesome foundation for all healing. Based on my personal experience, I also recommend EMDR. EMDR can be made affordable by:
- accessing a practitioner-in-training, or a newly-trained one
- accessing one through a public (e.g., free) counselling clinic
- accessing one offering services on a sliding scale
Another therapy many GAPSters have loved is called Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT. Google that one, too, for instructions on how to do that solo. I didn’t have as much success with that one -not sure why; I believe different things work for different people. But I know that this very affordable therapy has been key for a number of GAPSters.
Feel free tell us in the comments section below your experiences with EMDR, EFT, or any other therapy you have used and loved, especially in terms of how they relate to your experience with GAPS.
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