Have you ever found yourself thinking repetitively about some problem in your life? Have you found that you can’t get rid of such negative thoughts no matter how hard you try? According to therapists Sheila Sidney Bender, PhD, and Mary T. Sise, LCSW, you’re not alone. Even though psychotherapy may help with many of our emotional traumas and long-held negative beliefs, researchers have found that some are so deeply entrenched that they may have been etched into our neural pathways. Like the electrical wiring in a house, the tracks laid down by these traumas may have become part of the hardware of our bodies and need to be considered when trying to get relief from a disturbing thought or memory. In addition, positive thinking alone is sometimes unsuccessful because the energy to effectively use your thoughts has been compromised. The metaphor of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is a useful one. When the airways are blocked, nothing else that you do can correct the problem. In a similar way, when your energy is blocked, all the positive thinking in the world will not correct the problem.
What they have found to be successful, is working directly on the body to shift the energy of the belief, memory, or thought. In The Energy of Belief (Softcover, $17.95, www.EnergyOfBelief.com, ISBN 978-1-60415-019-3) Bender and Sise describe recent scientific research that shows that dealing with these limiting aspects of our awareness by a direct mind-body-energy intervention can be effective when conventional psychotherapy is not. Even though these problems might originate in the mind or the emotions, we may have a “reset switch” in our bodies that, when triggered at the physical level, dramatically affects the emotional levelwithout having to do traditional emotional work. This intervention, based on using mindfulness with acupressure points is called Touch and Breathe (TAB).
Bender and Sise say that “TAB is a means of accessing your potential to heal emotional wounds and move beyond unwanted ways of dealing with your life.” They find that it is effective for problems that have eluded solution through other therapies. In The Energy of Belief they not only teach the reader the techniques, they describe successful case histories in which they have used the technique to assist clients with anxiety, self-esteem problems, rage, grief and destructive habits like overeating and drinking. This book also teaches you how to change any negative belief that keeps you from your goals.
Bender and Sise will be happy to answer any questions. Journalists: to arrange an interview or get a review copy, please contact Jeff Anderson, (707) 525 9292, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.EnergyOfBelief.com.
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