Those who are a highly sensitive people, like me, will know that being highly sensitive involves being highly sensitive to physical pain. There are many gifts inherent in being highly sensitive but sadly, due to our nervous systems, we HSP’s simply have a much lower pain threshold than most. This can make some things like going to the dentist a big deal.
In the past, a visit to the dentist for a filling was an experience that left me a little frazzled for most, if not all of the day but this particular visit, was different.
Feeling much more robust than when I last attended (and despite wanting to be a big girl and appear unaffected) I could feel my anxieties heighten as the examination finished and the dentist informed me I’d need a root canal. (HSP’s feel much safer in the world when they can plan ahead and be prepared, so the element of surprise is not always well tolerated). So, when the dentist insisted the root canal would be taking place right NOW, my heart skipped a beat and a deathly feeling of dread descended upon me.
Regardless of the intent, people poking around in my mouth with sharp instruments always brings up feelings of vulnerability for me. Even so, the humour in it is not lost on me. Being prone to the freeze aspect of the 'flight/fight/freeze response, I can be like a deer in headlights at times, so, it's funny that, as much as I enjoy putting oxygen in my lungs, my dentist often notices I've stopped doing that very thing and has to remind me to 'Breathe! Breathe Belinda, breathe!'.
Even though I had been caught off guard and even though I hadn’t prepared for an invasive treatment, I was comforted by the fact that I have access to EFT’s trusty and immediate powers of stress relief. I knew full well how to alleviate the unwanted stress that was swirling around my body, and I know full well how to reduce my own pain levels so, in truth, I knew I would manage just fine.
I’ve been well aware of the immense power of EFT for some time, and even though i’ve successfully used EFT on physical problems, this was the first time I had occasion to use it whilst having dental treatment. Never wanting to pass up an opportunity to test EFT’s capabilities, (and with a mouth full of fingers, and sharp instruments) I went to work applying EFT to rid myself of all the dental anxiety I was experiencing. There I was in the dentist chair, silently tapping away while the nerve of one of my molars was being ripped out at the roots.
For those who have never experienced EFT, it’s difficult to adequately explain just how powerful it is but to give you an idea, by the time the root canal was complete, I had only tapped for 20 minutes and there was no sign of anxiety left at all. In fact, as a bonus the opposite was present!
I was expecting to only take the edge off my anxiety but for some surprising reason I felt buoyant and full of glee and practically skipped out of the building. Glee! (who even uses that word!) Regardless, that’s exactly what I felt.
And the secret to alleviating anxiety and feeling glee? It was my very special finely tuned EFT protocol that I have been developing over the course of the last 6 months. My protocol specifically targets the neurological functions and brain chemicals responsible for anxiety, overwhelm and emotional dysregulation. And as an added bonus, it instills a shot of joy into the system as well.
All the discomfort, aching and throbbing I endured over the last couple of months ended today because the dentist went in, accessed the root of the problem and pulled out the offending nerve, so that issues with that tooth could never return.
Put crudely, EFT is kinda like a root canal. When done properly, EFT drills into our subconscious mind, reaches in and pulls out the problem at it’s roots.
When I realised the symbolism in that experience, I drove home full of glee and with a little smile on my face.
I also realised, whether it's physical pain, emotional pain or dental pain it's important to have really good tools (like dentists and EFT) to address those issues, so we don't have to suffer.
....and so we can feel glee.