An abreaction is essentially a sign that real changes are occurring; and types of abreactions vary from person to person.
In Psychoanalytical terms, an abreaction is the process through which an emotion is released by reliving the cause of the emotional charge.
In FasterEFT we don’t need to relive the event fully in order to clear the original cause; we only need to aim by noticing how we know.
This is often done through feeling the emotions very briefly for the last time, but does not involve reliving the whole event.
An abreaction will often occur as the changes are being made.
However, not everyone experiences abreactions; and those who do, don’t necessarily experience them every time.
Abreactions can range from yawning and burping to howling, shaking and thrashing.
Although the more demonstrative expressions can be disconcerting to those who are unprepared, it is important to remain calm and to keep de-fractionating and to not stop.
To find out more about de-fractionation, read: What is De-fractionation?
What to Do with an Abreaction
Most abreactions are small and are simply little signs that shifts are happening.
Burps, yawning, passing gas, laughing and crying are very common, and you can choose to see them as encouraging signals of real change.
If you find that you go into a more dramatic abreaction – more intense crying, feeling ill, vomiting, sudden unexplained pains or other physical sensations, or anything else – the most important thing is to not stop the process in the middle of it!
That would be like a surgeon opening up a patient, feeling fear when he sees all the blood, and then leaving them with a gaping wound.
Remind yourself of the surgeon analogy; remind yourself that this is perfectly normal and part of the process.
The bigger the abreaction the more important it is to complete the process!
De-fractionate, de-fractionate, de-fractionate!
When you’re in the middle of an abreaction that feels intense, do whatever it takes to de-fractionate and pull yourself out of the trance.
Jump up and down, dance, put some music on, run around, watch something funny, do something funny, pull faces – do what it takes to get out of the trance of the emotions – and then, go back and check it!
Use de-fractionation to pull yourself out of the trance, but it is essential you then go back and check what’s left!
Do not use distractions to escape from the issue – if you do that, you will get to keep the problem.
You need to go back and make sure that you finish the job of cleaning it all out.
Just de-fractionate enough to pull out of the trance – do not stay in the distraction.
For example, you may want to use a comedy video to pull yourself out of an intense emotional abreaction – just watch enough that you are no longer in the middle of the emotion and are laughing, then go back to the problem you were addressing, and check it again.
Notice what’s left there, and tap again. Keep doing this until you have completely flipped it.
If You Get Scared
If you find you’re feeling scared because of the abreaction, the first step is to remind yourself that not only is it normal; it is a great sign that you are making real changes!
Remind yourself that whatever reaction you’re experiencing is your body releasing old programming, and as long as you keep de-fractionating and tapping, you will achieve significant transformation.
Also, remind yourself that this is your mind.
There’s no-one else involved – no-one else can fit inside your head – this is all you.
You are in no danger, it’s just your own mind and body letting go of old programming.
Do whatever it takes to pull yourself out of the trance, and when you do, you will be able to see more clearly.
While you’re in the trance, your body is in fight-freeze-or-flight, and your cognitive thinking is offline – this means your emotions are overriding your logic, and you are not able to think clearly (this is what happens in any negative state).
No matter how dramatic, scary and real it all feels while you’re in the middle of it, once you pull yourself out of the trance, you will have a different perspective.
The Fear of Going Back to it
If you have an intense abreaction, you may worry about going back to check the problem after you’ve de-fractionated and pulled yourself out of it.
However, you will notice that when you go back to it, it is not as intense – it will become less and less intense as you go through the process.
Each time you go back to it, it will become less intense.
In fact, many people find that after the first de-fractionation, the abreaction either reduces to very little, or disappears completely.
So, don’t leave it hanging out! Make sure you go back and finish the job!
If you are finding it too difficult to handle it yourself, then make sure you get some help from a certified FasterEFT Practitioner.
Whatever you do don’t simply hold onto your stuff.
If you can’t manage to clear it, get professional help to free yourself.
You can find a list of certified, recommended practitioners here: FasterEFT Practitioners.
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