What are pot cookie thoughts, you ask?
Long story. A few years back, the day before my biz partner and I “officially” opened the doors to our new studio/ gallery, we had the door open, but no one really knew we were open yet. We were having a creative day, to get more stock ready for the summertime, and I wanted to tackle this HUGE canvas that I had sitting there. So I decided that I was going to eat the pot cookie that had been gifted to me a few months back, that I had been saving in the freezer “for a rainy day”. I figured this was going to be my last chance before we were full-on busy in our new endeavours, we had worked tirelessly to get this place open, and I thought I deserved a “release of energy”. So I ate the cookie and started to paint this crazy wicked sky, on my huge canvas! As time passed, I started to get major anxiety and thoughts started rolling through my head that I had never thought before… pot cookie thoughts.
I guess I wanted this dream to come true so bad that there was no time to think negatively about it, cause it was happening and it was gonna be awesome. Well, as soon as I “released the energy”, it was like one little gremlin was waiting in my brain, to riffle off every reason why I should NOT have pursued this dream. It sounded like this:
“You are STUPID, Julie”, “You aren’t even a really good artist, what makes you think this is gonna work?”, “Project Monster is STUPID, and everyone thinks he is STUPID“, “Why do YOU deserve to open a gallery?”, “There are WAY better artists out there then YOU!”, “This was a BAD idea.”… and so on…
I was literally in tears trying to combat this crazy voice in my head: “This can’t be true”, “I’ve NEVER thought like this before”, “This is not me speaking”, “This voice is a LIAR!!”…
I know, I know, sounds totally bat shit crazy. Thankfully, it took about an hour, but I got over it, and when I came back into my studio, it was like a won the battle of “Good vs Evil” and everything was glowing and beautiful in our new space, and I knew that I had made the right decision to pursue my dream of having my own studio/ gallery…. So obviously, I’ve never eaten another pot cookie, and endearingly call any negative self talk “Pot cookie thoughts”, cause they are just that… thoughts that are UN-TRUE, and keep us from our TRUE POTENTIAL.
WHY USE TAPPING to get rid of these nasty thoughts?
Tapping is the BEST, and EASIEST way to get rid of those anxious thoughts and feelings, in any area of your life. I am a naturally positive person, and until that moment when the pot cookie thoughts arrived, I didn’t really understand what it was like to not have control of my thoughts and feelings. It can be pretty scary! Lately I’ve been battling these anxieties again, as I move into being more of a teacher and shifting my path a little bit. Some of the thoughts that come up for me are “Nobody trusts you Julie”, “Why would they EVER listen to YOU?”, “You are NOT READY to step into your TRUE POWER”, “You are a coward.”, “You are NOT ready for this”…. Tough thoughts, eh? I know, I hate em!
Lucky I am conscious enough to know that they are not true, and when I can feel the anxiety building, I simply use EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to easily move through them and into better feeling thoughts, ideas and emotions.
WHAT IS EFT?
In laymen’s terms: EFT is a practice where you speak out loud what is bothering you while you tap on certain meridian points. The tapping releases the pent up energy that is creating stress in your body and allows you to move through it with ease and grace. When we have stress in our bodies it releases more cortisol (stress hormone) and our bodies react in a “Fight or Flight” response. Tapping will reduce cortisol levels and in return reduces whatever is stressing you out at the moment. You can use it for anything that ails ya.
If I were to tap on my new issues of “Nobody trusts me” and “I am not good enough” I would start by creating a set up statement. While I tap on the Karate Chop Point on my hand, I would repeat 3 times:
“Even though I don’t think anyone trusts me, I deeply and completely accept myself; Even though I don’t think I am good enough to give advice, I deeply and completely accept myself; Even though I feel unworthy of giving advice to others, I choose to relax now”
Now I am ready to start on the tapping points while I let out all of the reasons and emotions that I feel at the moment. No sugar coating. Strait up yucky, gucky, shitty feelings. With each statement, I will tap on each meridian point, starting on the eyebrow point and finishing on the top of the head, and say something like this:
“I feel super sad that no one wants to listen to me. I am stuck on the idea that no one respects my opinion. I feel unworthy of other peoples respect. I feel like a big loser. I feel like people are laughing at me. I hate the feeling of not knowing that I am making the right decisions. I feel stuck.”
As I release this energy while tapping, it eventually allows me to say positive things about the direction I am taking. The pot cookie thoughts go away gracefully, and magically, new thoughts arise. I call them Warrior Princess thoughts.
“I have tons of knowledge! I am capable to give super solid advice! I have a great outlook on life, and feel confident in my knowledge. The more I put myself out there, the more people will listen to me. I have done many amazing things, and have a ton I can teach people. If I continue on this path, I will be successful.”
It’s kind of crazy how it works, but it most certainly does. The more you tap, the more you realize that there is a lot to tap on! More and more things will arise, but that is such a great thing, because you can tap on each symptom, release it and move on.
I am not an EFT Expert, but I use it often and it absolutely works. If you want to learn more about EFT there is a TAPPING WORLD SUMMIT that is FREE starting on February 24th. Just go to http://www.thetappingsolution.com and you can learn EVERYTHING you need to know about how to start using tapping on a daily basis.
It seriously eases the tension, and it totally worth learning and the effort.
So go on, don’t be afraid, and get rid of your pot cookie thoughts today!