OPERATION: Emotional Freedom participants appear before the House of Representatives Committee on Veterans' Affairs second hearing on alternatives for treating PTSD
You can take all of the "randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled" studies into treating post traumatic stress and those results will never be more convincing to me of EFT's effectiveness than two letters presented this week at the second hearing on alternatives for treating PTSD at the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
Accompanying Dawson Church at the Wednesday, September 15, 2010 hearing was Delores Hall. Delores appears in OPERATION: Emotional Freedom. She is the mother of Carlin Sloan, one of the volunteer veterans featured in the documentary. Delores traveled to Washington to give her own testimony and to carry a letter from her son to present to the Committee.
Carlin came into the pilot project a self-admitted alcoholic. He drank all day, every day until he passed out. Nightmares and intrusive thoughts dominated his young life. When I interviewed him before the start of the therapy week he was hyper-vigilant, dysfunctional and far from believing anything could help him, but he was determined to try. "I don't want to be on medications," he proclaimed, "I want to be naturally healthy." If nothing else it was "a free trip out of Texas" Carlin sheepishly admitted to me at the time. What followed in just a few sessions with Carlin became the cornerstone for the week-long intensive with this 27 year-old ex-Marine and several more volunteer veterans.
After just one session Carlin was able to recount horrific war memories for the first time and free himself from the guilt and trauma that he'd carried from the time of his two tours of active service in Iraq. His drinking and smoking both stopped in one day. His chronic shaking and the tightness in his jaw virtually disappeared as well. Carlin became open and friendly, more like "the old Carlin", a relative would attest to during a follow-up visit I made to Carlin and his family four months after his initial therapy.
Not everything went perfectly for Carlin after his introduction to EFT, but he persisted and worked hard at clearing more of the blocks and negative emotions he still carried home with him. Simply put - he continued to tap. He went on to become a willing advocate and spokesperson for the use of energy therapy and tapping in discussion groups and veterans gatherings. He recruited and helped mentor two fellow Iraq war vets for the second intensive I filmed.
Over the two years since his introduction to EFT, he's maintained a positive, productive attitude - he has a new career, a new relationship and a newborn child in his life. Being the model that he's become is helping other vets realize that there is an option to medications, or suffering in silence. Delores' pride and gratitude for "getting her son back" offers other parents and partners of veterans hope. Their participation in the hearing into alternatives for treating PTSD marks this son and mother's desire to give back. They are two more remarkable people from the work documented in OPERATION: Emotional Freedom.
If you read no other material from me or about this project, I urge you to read the two letters I've attached herein - Carlin's and Delores' letters to the U.S. House of Representatives. They speak volumes more than any statistics or studies. Their statements are the true measure of the effectiveness of energy therapy. This type of change is possible and Carlin proves that it is real and lasting.
For those who are following this project and/or have viewed this film, our outreach effort can use your support. If you know a veteran, a family member of a veteran, or anyone dealing with emotional issues including trauma and PTSD, referring them to this material, or gifting them with their own copy of OPERATION: Emotional Freedom may be the life changing inspiration they need. Links on the film's official web site offer more resources and updates. Qualified, dedicated help is available.
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OPERATION: Emotional Freedom - The Answer
The feature-length film OPERATION: Emotional Freedom - The Answer is now in release. Stay tuned for the upcoming PTSD & Trauma training series in association with EFT Master Carol Look
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