Living longer may be our goal, but how well will we live? We want to remain healthy and happy, free from chronic diseases, negative emotions, and lack. How can we maintain our quality of life along with increased longevity?
The number of 100 year olds in the USA has nearly doubled over the last 20 years (72,000) and is projected to double again by 2020 which will make it the fastest growing demographic in America according to the 2010 census.
Many experts offer us tips for a longer life. The list of tips actually looks much like a New Year’s Resolution list. Things we all know, but for some reason find difficult to do or at least do on a consistent basis. They tell us things like:
- “Be in good spirits” or “think good thoughts” – “smile” more
- Eat well or eat whole foods – eliminate junk foods
- Exercise – stay active
- Control your weight
- Stop drinking or stop smoking
- Eliminate stress and anxiety
- Get plenty of sleep
- Maintain family units – stay connected with people
- Have faith – remain spiritual
And, the list goes on, with some experts adding things like “have a purpose”, “meditate”, “don’t retire”, “be less neurotic”, etc., etc. However, the overall common theme is to reduce or eliminate stress, maintain a healthy body with exercise and nutrition, and maintain a positive healthy mind and spirit. While this is good advice, most people need tools to help accomplish this in today’s fast paced and often frightening and unpredictable environment.
There are many tools available to assist us in our efforts to eat well, exercise, relax, meditate, think positively, and not worry. Tapping or TFT is one of those tools as is a good exercise program or a successful weight loss program. However, we often sabotage ourselves, engage in negative self-talk, obsessively worry, and do all those things that are contrary to what is in our best interest, including not using the tools we have. And why do we do this? Is it human nature?
For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do…
I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind,
and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
Saint Paul, Romans 7:18; 20; 22; 23
Dr. Roger Callahan, founder of Thought Field Therapy, the original source of “tapping therapy”, discovered that there is a phenomenon he termed “psychological reversal “ (PR). It blocks the flow of positive or healing energy. This literal reversal in polarity can be measured by a simple voltmeter and is accompanied by negative attitudes and self-sabotaging behavior.
This block in the flow of healing energy or reversed polarity, psychological reversal, was his first discovery, 1979, and he believes is still his most important discovery. It is relevant to all aspects of our lives. Learning to recognize and eliminate this state can facilitate our behavior, mental state and significantly improve our quality of life.
Shortly after identifying the state of PR, he found several ways to correct it. Both the state and the resulting corrected state, going from negative to positive, can be objectively measured with a simple voltmeter, from Radio Shack in the USA or Maplin’s in the UK, a tool available to everyone.
A good example of the power of Dr. Callahan’s correction for PR was shown in a study on human performance by Dr. Robert Blaich, a chiropractor who specializes in high level human performance. He did a study in 1988 measuring improvement in reading speed and comprehension with four methods, including cranial sacral manipulation. Dr. Blaich found that the simple correction for PR, tapping the side of the hand, had a 45% improvement over the other three methods in improving reading speed and comprehension. Think of what more we could learn and accomplish with just this improved ability.
The ability to identify and then eliminate this self-sabotaging behavior and block to healing can profoundly affect our ability to maintain good health. Another example of the importance in eliminating negative states can be found in the early research, 1940s, by Prof. Harold Saxton Burr, a biologist at Yale. He hypothesized that cancer is fundamentally an alteration of field forces in the body and that cancer tumors have a negative polarity. Dr. Callahan found this to be true in many cases and also found that when he corrected the polarity of the tumor, it would shrink and often die.
Many times over the years we have seen wounds, fractures, or even recalcitrant physical conditions such as abscesses heal “spontaneously” after the correction of psychological reversals. Once the block was removed, the body was able to launch a healing process.
Often, simply recognizing this reversed state as or when it occurs, and then immediately correcting it, positive thoughts, healing and beneficial behavior take place.
The other common thread in the list above is that of stress or anxiety. Both are often the underlying cause of overeating, cravings, worry, obsessions, etc. If one could easily and quickly reduce or eliminate stress and psychological reversals as they happen, a more positive state of being is realized. Tapping for stress and eliminating PR can improve our overall well-being, accomplishing the following:
- Normalizing cortisol (stress hormone) levels
- Improve immune function
- Balance autonomic nervous system – our fight or flight responses
- Increase peace and calm
- Improve behavior and attitudes
- Eliminate negative emotions like fear, anger, guilt
- Improve our ability to attract and maintain good relationships
- Improve quality of life and sense of well-being
Daily practice of all of the above, lead to a more positive point of attraction – allowing the successes and abundance we desire. These simple procedures for stress and correcting psychological reversal are available for free on Dr. Callahan’s web site, www.RogerCallahan.com .