[I’ve received questions about the appropriateness of energy medicine and techniques for Christians, and while I look forward to addressing these concerns in a dedicated series (after all, there’s a lot to think about with this topic!), for now, I’m just forging ahead with sharing what works for me.]
A Different Approach to Healing Emotions
Already in this Healing for Life series, I’ve mentioned emotional healing and “healing tools” as big parts of my personal journey. When I say I believe in holistic health, I mean that. I think it’s misguided to address only the body when it comes to physical illness, and equally misguided to focus only on the mind when dealing with emotions, stress, or depression. (Actually, I’m even more holistic than that, but we’ll get to that later!) The Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT) addresses both mind and body. You might think of the TAT as a kind of do-it-yourself emotional acupuncture.
We usually think of our emotions as intellectual experiences, but they are physical as well. Every emotion has corresponding physiological (chemical) processes. As I understand it, the idea behind something like the TAT is that you can help the body process the emotions, leaving your conscious experience freer.
What I can say with most confidence, though, is simply that this works for me. It’s truly changed my life.
However it works, the TAT helps me not only relieve the experience of strong emotions like anxiety, anger, or abandonment, but also helps uncover and heal some of what’s underneath the emotions. It’s amazing. I always invite God into the process and ask for His healing, and He has been very faithful to show me where I am unfaithful and to guide me back to His truth.
You can do the TAT about an emotion that’s bothering you, or about an entire situation. One thing I love about this technique is that I don’t have to be able to articulate in words what’s wrong or how I feel. Sometimes I just feel anxious or blah and have no idea what’s going on, but I’m tired of feeling that way. That’s when I do a TAT. Or, I’ll do one when I know or suspect that there’s an area of my life that needs healing, as you’ll see below.