Respected investment strategist Kiril Sokoloff, founder of 13D Research, Inc., featured Instant Emotional Healing by Drs. George Pratt and Peter Lambrou in a recent issue of his newsletter What I Learned This Week.
In addition to investment advice, 13D is a source of inspiring and unconventional thinking. To successfully navigate today’s complex world, Sokolaff believes it is vital to keep an eye on the lessons of history and the wisdom of the great philosophers and writers. Devoted to study of the human spirit and guided by the teachings of His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa, Sokoloff is committed to helping the business and investment community recognize the importance of trust, integrity and compassion.
With Kiril Sokoloff’s permission, we have included an excerpt of his article from 12/19/13 here:
Health is more important than wealth. We all know the wisdom of this adage, but many of us tend to lose sight of it. We live in a highly toxic world. We are all trying to make sense of markets that are ruthlessly volatile. Sadly, stress and adrenal depletion are the hallmarks of the hyperkinetic, over-connected life that is defining the 21st century.
Our journey towards reclaiming our health these past twelve months has helped us reorient priorities. None of the gains we realize in the markets have meaning without good health. One of the things that hopefully makes WILTW a unique and meaningful publication is the wisdom we share about everything we learn—not just the books we read and the charts we study, but the people we meet, the things we see, the challenges we confront, and the mistakes we make.
Included in this litany is the thinking of some of the most innovative and thoughtful healthcare practitioners curing today—doctors we have been lucky enough to find in our quest to achieve a new level of balanced health, both physical and mental.
In section 12, we cover another ground-breaking book—on Thought Field Therapy, which has had great success in curing anxiety, stage fright, grief, guilt, phobias, fears, depression, over-stress and deep-seated trauma.
Do you suffer from anxiety, stage fright, guilt, grief, phobias, fears, depression, over stress, deep-seated trauma? If the answer to any of these is yes, then Instant Emotional Healing: Acupressure for the Emotions by George J. Pratt and Peter Lambrou is the book for you.
We quote as follows:
Thought Field Therapy is the umbrella term for a number of hybrid technologies based on what Albert Einstein originally called the “subtle energy” systems of the body. These therapies are based on an understanding of the Eastern meridian systems of the body and the way that cognitive thought energy fields interact with the body—where energy, thought, and emotion overlap. Emotions, in this framework, are believed to result from the influence of electromagnetic energy created by our thoughts and the electrical and chemical changes that occur within the body…
What we don’t often recognize when we are caught in our problems is that, despite our efforts to seek happiness, we are locked in old patterns—old beliefs, old ways of thinking and doing things, old wounds, old memories— that unconsciously undermine our conscious desire to be happy and free of suffering. We are at the mercy of our past history. The deeply entrenched patterns and beliefs of our past are like an anchor sunk in the mud of the sea bottom, slowing our every move. We feel off balance, reacting out of habit and fear, rarely in control. We may not be completely stuck, but the powerful undertow sure slows us down.
Our emotions set us apart from most other creatures and are as much a component of our “intelligence” as our intellectual prowess. Psychologist and author Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., uses the term “emotional IQ” to compare our emotional intelligence to our cognitive IQ. When our emotions are not in balance, we get the same results as when our brains are not operating well: We do stupid and unproductive things.
All organisms seek to maintain health and equilibrium. When the system is working efficiently, the organism’s natural tendency is for intense emotions to arise and then to dissolve, so that calm and balance are reestablished. It is a natural corrective procedure. We get angry, our tempers flare, the storm passes, and we calm down. We see a snake, our adrenaline surges. Then reason kicks in, we realize it is harmless, and we breathe deeply again. Stalled in traffic, we’re irritated because we are already late for a meeting; but then we realize there’s nothing we can do about it, and we calm down.
Sometimes, though, the stressful emotion persists. Angry with our daughter for not cleaning her room again, we storm around the house for days, unable to talk with her about our frustration. We can’t go for a walk in the woods because the very idea of a snake makes our heart beat wildly and our palms sweat. Try as we might to stay calm, the frustration of crawling along in stalled traffic leaves us limp and exhausted at the office.
Strong, unrelenting emotions that don’t subside deplete us. They waste energy that we could spend having fun and enjoying our lives. They color our relationships and undermine our performance…
Energy managed well is productive; energy out of balance is a source of stress, for ourselves and for those around us. Emotional Self-Management works by unblocking the trapped emotional feedback “loops” so that the flow of energy is restored and the body returns to its natural state of physical and emotional balance. Based on the premise that mind and body are one intelligent and fully communicating system, ESM procedures involve a combination of tapping with the fingers on emotion-specific energy meridians in the body that are associated with acupuncture. These acupuncture sites have been found to be associated with particular emotions. Don’t worry; as with acupressure, a similar technique, there are no needles involved! While doing the tapping sequence, you will actively think about your distress and will in some cases repeat specific statements of intention. The tapping adds energy to the system at the proper place at the proper time—when the problem is brought to mind and envisioned—and enables the blockage or disturbance to be dissolved. The energy of the ESM procedure dislodges the trapped thoughts and allows the natural balance and flow of energy to resume, bringing immediate—instant—relief.
Another core principal of thought energy therapies is that the body has a polarity, a north and south pole, just like a battery or a magnet. Stress and many other circumstances cause our polarities to get reversed and prevent us from healing, even when we are trying hard to make changes. Just as when an electronic device is plugged in the wrong way, when our polarities are reversed, normal operation is affected. Polarity reversals can interfere with thought, emotion, and behavior. Before dealing with emotion-specific issues, an ESM exercise corrects these inhibiting polarity reversals…
Thought fields created by strong negative emotions appear to deliver a shock to the system, causing blockages in the meridians. The energy of that thought field is believed to become trapped, creating an emotional loop that cannot escape or dissipate. Whenever that thought loop is reactivated, through any reminder even tangentially related to the original experience or emotion, the whole encoded memory is re-experienced as an unpleasant and disturbing sensation throughout the body.
Thought energy therapies balance the energy channels, thereby eliminating the power of our thoughts to affect the body’s chemistry and thus to disturb us. To illustrate: If you were thinking about how you were recently overcharged at an automotive repair shop, you might develop tension in the hands or abdomen, a flushed face and the clouded judgement that often accompanies anger. When you’re not thinking about this incident, you feel fine. There is something about the thought itself that triggers the physical and emotional symptoms.
In the normal course of events, the memory of this incident fades, the emotional energy dissipates, and the body returns to a state of equilibrium. Memory of the event no longer has the power to disturb you. But if your energy system is blocked in its ability to dissipate anger, if your personal history is dotted with incidents of unresolved anger, this incident will just be added to the pile. Trapped in the system, the wound will continue to fester, sometimes for years. It is precisely these disruptions of the meridian system that are the target of the ESM processes.
It has been noted that cognitive therapy operates on the premise that thoughts affect our emotions, and that by controlling and changing our thoughts, we alter our emotions and eventually our behavior as well. This approach, like medications or behavioral therapy, can be effective, but ESM takes a more direct route. Here’s an analogy that illustrates the difference. If the drain lines in your home were partially clogged, you could solve the problem of the water and sewage backing up by decreasing the intensity of the water flow by, for example, avoiding running the dishwasher, taking a shower, and flushing the toilet at the same time. But the more effective solution would be to put something in the drain line so that it opens to its normal capacity.
That is what ESM techniques accomplish. They clear away blockages, opening the meridian system to its normal capacity, allowing trapped emotional energy to flow freely. It is believed that thought energy therapies work with the disturbed electromagnetic field, adding energy into the emotion-specific meridian using direct stimulation: tapping or rubbing at specific acupuncture sites. At the same time statements of intention are made that activate thought energy fields. The combination of tapping and these deliberately created fields have a balancing effect on the meridian energies, and the disturbing emotions are unblocked.