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German Energy Experiences PT2
So, Monday morning dawned happily and I made my way to teach what was actually my first ever personal practitioner training for EMO, in German to a group of 32 people who ranged from those who hadn't even really heard of EFT, or TFT for that matter (!) to some who had specially come in for this training and were pretty up to date with energy therapies already.
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But after what had happened on the preceding days and people's responses to my ideas and presentations, I was really looking forward to letting the participants interact with EMO - that would tell its own story much, much better than anything I'd be talking about ever could.
I am entirely aware that you can't talk about ET and ever begin to understand it, you really do have to do it, FEEL IT, really experience what it does and how it affects you and your partners in the exercises in order to have some idea of what an interesting and expanding techniques set this actually is.
I am also aware that working as directly and as intensively with energy and the body as ET does is experienced as really quite exhausting by the participants. A key element of ET trainings are the experiential exercises and the fact is, when someone has just directly worked with some thing in their energy system which has been causing them major grief for many, many years and the whole thing re-organised itself on all these different levels, they are NOT then afterwards in any state to be assimilating long lectures, statistics or anything really that I would want them to remember after the training was over. That's a light challenge for the trainers of course, but you just have to know it and account for it, by giving people plenty of time after the exercises to go into a break, get a drink, walk in the gardens (if any) and generally, come back to themselves BEFORE we start with more theory and explanations.
So, an ET practitioner training is a very, very practical thing, very experiential, and all the exercises are set up to directly teach the participants something that they will then know, totally integrate and always remember, because they have done it and now KNOW it rather than just to have heard about it and know ABOUT it.
As the translation of the practitioner manual was - a little strange to my eyes, shall we say, and as I had not thought to bring an English practitioner manual or, for that matter, a proper trainer's manual with me, the bizarre occasion arose that I had actually no idea what I had originally designed for this training. That was over a year ago and the Lord alone knows why I didn't think to bring a trainer's manual - at any rate, I didn't and so just decided to teach the group as it would come naturally to me, and in response to their experiences, letting us as a unit set the progression of the training in a very free-flowing format.
That was a neat thing indeed and it led directly to me coming up with a whole new set of exercises for this group and a different order and sequence than normal.
The very first exercise in my original set-up (although not all ET trainers follow this for their own various reasons) is to play the "Insult Game" with a practice partner.
Hereby, one of the partners gets to choose an insult which has been a source of annoyance or pain for them and which is guaranteed to produce a strong physiological response. Let's say as an example that for this person it would be, "You're a fat pig!", an unfortunate left-over from long gone school days and an "energetic injury" which has never been properly healed.
The person then coaches their partner in just how to throw that insult at them; the partner does this, the kinaesthetic response is triggered and the most basic of all ET protocols then runs its course, and as this is happening, both partners are learning about the pathways, the softening and flowing, the "it's only an energy" directive, and most importantly, they both get to learn what exactly happens when it all flows smoothly and the flip into the "energised end state" has occurred - when the former insult just creates a rush of energised, bright sensation and the person is laughing, clapping their hands and dancing with joy.
This is a simple and basic exercise which covers so many things and this group really went for it; insulting folk is actually quite good fun in and of itself and everyone gave it a good old go.
In a way, this group was great because they were so very innocent in working with the energy body directly; most of these people really didn't ever do much work with this kind of thing before and they were simply delighted how easy it was, and how good it felt.
Lots of people commented on how revolutionary a concept it was that one should feel so good and so alive afterwards; like most others, they were just used to looking for a cessation of pain into just "peace" or such and had not experienced that other dimension when it actually flips into the "my God, I can fell GREAT!!" scale which exists on the other side of peace.
After this first exercise, they were really up for things and rearing to go. Some of them were a little over-eager and wanted to do and know EVERYTHING there and then, resented the long breaks and such - but that's ok, it was only 11am by now and we still had HOURS to go before the first training day concluded at 6pm.
And a lot more to learn.
In the question and answer session after the first exercise, shields came up very strongly and rather than deferring this to a later date, I decided to go straight into shields because they were there with us, and set a whole new shields exercise which came to me on the spur of the moment.
Rather than trying to guess for something or hoping shields would come up on some topic naturally for everyone, I decided to simply go for something that each participant already KNEW they lacked connection to - just some topic, idea, thing, person, anything at all they felt as though there was a barrier between them and it.
Their practise partner would just stand by and help out as and when required as they together explored what shielding existed between the active partner and their topic of choice; I suggested they might try something like computers if they felt they had little or no connection to those, just as an example of what I meant by this.
This was a totally fascinating exercise for me in every way imaginable; I'd never done this or even seen it done before, and to be able to walk amongst these practice groups and to observe what they were doing with it was just - blissfully interesting, is all I can say.
One lady had decided she wanted to overcome her disconnection from "maps".
I couldn't help but raise both eyebrows at this and asked to explain it a little further, and she said that she just couldn't make any sense of maps - all kinds of maps, road maps for one thing, but also operating instructions when you have to build a cupboard or such, or even further, instructions for an exercise.
"Aha," I said, putting on my NLP hat for a moment, "so you mean *maps in their widest possible metaphorical sense*?"
She nodded seriously and so her set began. She said there was a shield between her and the "map" - full body size, at least three handspans thick and it made it impossible to read the symbols on the other side! (I couldn't help but think "dyslexia" ??? most strongly at that point - the energetic shield wavered and distorted what was behind it so it could not be *seen clearly*).
When she had gone through the routine of letting a little energy in to find injuries and disturbances which need to be repaired before a shield can be dissolved (and a considerable erea of injury had been found and restored near the center of her body), she gave the command to dissolve the entire shield and just shouted out aloud, "Oh my, oh my, it's like roads, roads streaming into me! Blue roads!!!" and at the same time, I had the feeling I myself was standing under an electric shower, the shift was so strong and noticeable. At the very same time and before she had even shouted about the roads, three or four people from other groups were turning around and looking over to her curiously - these people had felt HER energy shift all across the room! It was way, way cool and we hugged briefly (couldn't help it, it was just - called for!) and we both agreed that we didn't need to know what the "roads" were about but that it was just simply wonderful. I sent her off to walk in the garden and think her own thing for a while and went to observe further.
One practice team really, really made me laugh. The active partner felt very disconnected from their clients and had immediately seen that there was a big wall straight in front of them (a big shield) with the clients on the other side.
What was funny about this was that the helper was standing directly opposite them - and THEY were thus on the other side of that self same huge shield, and strangely (!!) were thus "not getting through" to their partner. I made them move and stand shoulder to shoulder with the active partner and boy, did that make a difference! First comment from the active partner, the owner of the shield was, "Oh I feel as though I have some support from someone else at last!" The helper could now understand the nature of the shield and help to dissolve it after the injuries had been repaired, and I thought how neat that was, and further, how often people are in such situations and not just in therapy. Perhaps just standing shoulder-to-shoulder with someone rather than facing them squarely on and running right into their existing shields can be a useful manouvre, whether you're an EMO practitioner or not ...
Someone used the exercise to "drop shields" to a relative, another used it to re-connect themselves to the subject of numbers and mathematics and a truly fine and exciting time was had by all.
And of course, the basics of shield work had thoroughly been learned without anyone actually noticing this because they were way too caught up inside the unfoldment of the actual experiences.
Going back to that "dyslexia" idea with the lady who couldn't see the symbols of her maps properly because of the distortion of the shield, it was really noticeable in this large group that people did say over and over again some key things. Now these people were very different in age, background, nationality and experience, yet they used the same phrases time and time again. In this shields exercise for example, they said that "the colours became brighter", "everything was more clearly defined", "things became more 3 dimensional", and later on in the training, people commented that it was as though "people themselves became more real somehow".
It was truly exciting to me to see this in action and I really couldn't help but muse and wonder about disassociation in general, about people in particular feeling lonely behind their shields and being unable to connect to each other, simply because there are these shields in the way.
One further interesting note on the shields front. One participant did not have a classic StarTrek shield of a certain thickness and consistency but instead, the entire space in which his consciousness and the "other" existed was filled with mist, thick white mist which made it virtually impossible to make out any details about the other or to relate to it. This participant also talked about being lost a lot, and being confused which this state of energetic occurrence would naturally engender. When this mist was cleared and they could "see clearly" again, a relationship with the other sprang into being quite naturally and this was an amazing moment to witness and to feel for me.
It is an extraordinary thing, in a way. Here I am inventing this stuff, I write it up and mostly forget about it then and move onto the next challenge. But to actually be there and EXPERIENCE people's responses to the various EMO exercises was profoundly moving, and newly so each time I was witness to this.
After the shields exercises and some more feedback and a little gentle reminder and wrap up session, there was a break and then it was time for abreaction city.
The fun thing is that we do the insults first and the *positive statements* much later in ET trainings because it is NOT the insults which cause people to burst out into tears on the spot, but actually when you tell them they are beautiful, or that they have a right to be here on this planet, or that you love them.
It is extraordinary but absolutely true that it is those kinds of statements, energies and the words which carry these energies which an individual has desperately longed to hear ALL their lives (but never did) show up the worst ereas of injuries and devastation in the energy body. New ET Trainers are given to arguing that it surely would be better to start with the positives and work round to the nasty negatives a bit later but anyone who has ever actually done this with clients or groups KNOWS that it is a very global thing indeed - a general occurrence and event for at least the 1st World Westerners we have in our trainings.
Love brings them to their knees like nothing else can.
Some brief glimpses of what happened during this exercise and which have staid with me.
I always instruct people in trainings to find a new and different practice partner each time, and to deliberately choose someone they might not normally be wanting to deal with, to extend their flexibility and to understand how very STRUCTURAL EMO actually is. That it really doesn't matter if your partner is a small African lady or a big grim looking older man, as long as they're human and they really want to play, EMO will work.
One lady therefore chose deliberately to pair herself up for this exercise with a second lady she didn't know, but who had deeply annoyed her earlier in the morning by her conduct in the restaurant. This second lady had not even noticed her there because she had been "bitching at the checkout person" for some considerable time and the first was just behind her in the queue.
So imagine her surprise when the second lady, the one who had bitched in the cafeteria, expressed her desire for her practice partner to say to her, "You are a really likeable person!"
It was not until AFTER the work was completed that the practice partner revealed herself and her reasons for her choice of practice partner, and they got on really well and between them made some superb magic on that day. Ah, energy, synchronicity, being in the right place at the right time - it's wonderful, really, when you just sit back and look at it!
I saw a pair working on having a lady accept "You are the most attractive woman I have ever seen!" and once again, shivers went all through me as I watched and felt them do it.
A gentleman who had asked for, "You are a good teacher." ended up curled up on the floor and had to be lovingly helped by two partners to straighten out his energy system. Following the intervention he had finally some colour to his face - he had looked like a ghost, pale and drawn, all the time before and it was wonderful to observe the change.
This reminds me of something else I noted time and time again - namely that people actually and literally "came to life" during these exercises. Before, they stood pale and still, rigid throughout, and after, there was high colour in their faces, and there was MOVEMENT in their bodies, necks, feet, faces - wonderful! And highly noticeable, of course, to everyone who was watching. We didn't have to "trust our intuition" or hope for the best, you could really SEE and FEEL how increased energy flow throughout the energy body really wakes folk up, gives them a spark, gives them new energy and makes them so much more lively and alive. And that is infectuous. Even I couldn't help but do little dances and hug people now and then, and that is saying something about me ...
We did a couple more exercises and people had now begun to get the hang of it. They were no longer talking about heart chakras or trying to re-phrase or lead the interventions; they were beginning to do this new thing rather than what they had come with and that was great as well to see as the day progressed. It was an indication to me that they were beginning to trust the underlying processes.
I had already decided that I was going to massively diverge from the standard practitioner programme with this group and basically, conclude all the ET1 level stuff by lunchtime the next day at the latest, so that I would have time to have them play with some of the new material.
This was partially because they were working so hard and were so extremely easy to teach; I had more time than with previous groups and of course, basic EMO isn't exactly brain surgery and very easy to learn once you have decided that you actually want to learn it. But it was also because I had the thought in the back of my mind that they would not have access to the general English speaking resources of the websites, add on protocols and SFI group and might not have another chance at an ET training for the foreseeable future.
So with a very happy group and a blown-away presenter, we went into the evening fun activities before the second and last day of this extraordinary training.
(To be continued)
Silvia Hartmann, 25. 09. 03
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