A few weeks ago, I went on a short course to explore TFT, or ‘Thought Field Therapy’. I was spellbound by a practitioner at the NLP Conference in November last year, and along with most of the audience it seemed, I wanted to know more.
Invented by American Psychologist Roger Callahan, the principle is based around the diagnosis of an imbalanced energy field around our body, that can be rebalanced through the ‘tapping’ of a coded sequence onto key parts of the body.
As I struggled with what was being taught my mind began to look for something that would satisfy my need for sameness…
TFT is a no needles acupuncture, or ‘contact Reiki’, or as I began to see it ‘pump priming’. Why see it that way? Professor Brian Cox explained in his ‘Wonders of Life’ programme that energy is neither created nor destroyed but is instead passed from object to state to environment and back again continuously.
Aaaaah, now I begin to feel better, I begin to see that this is like my familiar NLP, where mind and body are the same system, where energy and the movement of it can be so significant we feel separated from ourselves when we fly long haul (and why we call home to say “I’ve landed safely”)
I’m a fan of William Gibson and in his book ‘Pattern Recognition’ the lead character Cayce Pollard describes her jet lag as waiting for a piece of her soul to catch up with her.
The what and how satisfied I turn my attention and yours back to TFT. This therapy is content free and when correctly applied has a similar effect to the swish and anchoring techniques of NLP. It can edit fear, invert a phobia, install calm. So as I know you are curious will I tell you what I think?
I think that we must all find our own way, of learning, of feeling and in the world we live. Do I believe my new qualification in TFT and the science itself? Well it was my NLP qualification that helped me be open to the concept, I’d start there.
LBC still has places for the NLP Practitioners course, why not get in touch?