Salesian College Sonada second semester students and faculty members had a one-hour session (10 am to 11 am) to fight personal fears like fear of exams, public speaking, fear of authority, fear of height, fear of snake and so on.
Some 70 people participated in the session held in the AV hall, 24 January 2019.
Director of Don Bosco Institute of Psychology and Spirituality at Trivandrum Fr K.C. Thomas – a certified Holotropic Breathwork Trainer – facilitated the session on Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
“EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over 5,000 years, but without the invasiveness of needles,” Fr Thomas explains.
Fr Thomas narrates the process saying, “Simple tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while one thinks about his/her specific problem — whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, or pain, — and voice positive affirmations.”
This combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmation works to clear the “short-circuit” — the emotional block — from your body’s bioenergy system, thus restoring your mind and body’s balance, which is essential for optimal health and the healing of physical disease.
For a practical demonstration Fr Thomas called for a volunteer who said that she had a fear of public speaking and would like to get rid of that fear.
Through a series of basic EFT sequence Fr Thomas guided her and others personally showing them the tapping points and performing each round of the session lasting under two minutes.
Before and after each session, the volunteer was asked to rate the level of her fear on a scale of 0 to 10.
At the end of the session, the student who was diffident to speak before the public spoke to the amazement of all. The same student also gave the vote of thanks at the end of the session.