The Butterfly Hug

Bilateral Stimulation

(from E.M.D.R. - Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)

Bilateral tapping comes from a therapy called E.M.D.R. (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) which simulates the biological phenomenon called Rapid Eye Movement (R.E.M.). This process is supposed to happen in the deepest stage of our nightly sleep and effectively processes and lets go of negative thoughts and emotions. However, with the amount of stress in our lives these days and the traumas that we experience over time, the R.E.M. system gets overloaded and is not able to process the excess emotions that build up. This “overflow” gets stored in the subconscious and has a continued negative effect on our beliefs, thoughts, feelings,and behaviors.


Our current thoughts, feelings, and consequent behaviors originate from our beliefs about ourselves and our place in the world. Our negative beliefs are caused by the various traumas that we experience throughout our lives, (be it the type of trauma referred to as “T”, the bigger traumas, or “t”, the lesser traumas). These negative beliefs feed our negative thoughts and feelings and result in our negative/dysfunctional behaviors.


The various traumas we experience throughout our lifetime become trapped in one side of the brain while language is processed in the opposite side. Because the two sides of the brain do not effectively communicate with each other, talk therapies cannot effectively release the trauma. The bilateral stimulation used in E.M.D.R. “unlocks” the trauma and allows the mind and body to process the traumatic experience by connecting the two hemispheres of the brain and releasing the trauma through a free association process.


Besides working very effectively with major trauma, bilateral tapping has also been found to be very powerful in letting go of general anxiety as well as other feelings. It is accomplish by simply focusing on the general anxiety and alternately tapping your legs, or other parts of the body, in a left-right, left-right fashion until the anxiety subsides.


Bilateral tapping is also a very effective way to enhance positive thoughts and feelings. Simply focus on a positive resource in your life and, while focusing on those thoughts and feelings, tap alternately on your legs or arms, etc., and you will enhance that resource or experience.

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Bilateral Stimulation (BLS) simply means stimulation of both sides, as in both sides of the brain. It is thought to improve the brain’s communication between the hemispheres and is used to activate or ‘awaken’ the whole brain, and, some say, similar to the function of ‘Rapid Eye Movement’ (REM) sleep patterns.


Bilateral Stimulation is a core element of E.M.D.R. (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which is a therapy that is very effective in releasing traumatic memories and feelings. It has also been discovered that it can be very effective as a relaxation tool as well as a positive reinforcement/enhancement tool.


As we have already seen on page 5 of this ebook, “The Causes of Stress”, all negative thoughts, beliefs, feelings and dysfunctional behaviors come from some sort of adverse experience or trauma in our lives. So, as the bilateral stimulation releases the traumatic memories and feelings connected with those memories the negative thoughts, beliefs, feelings and dysfunctional behaviors created by that trauma or adverse experience is also Released.


This process, in turn, will release your anxiety, worry, fear, panic, anger/rage, depression, and, even, physical pain, etc.


Three mains purposes of bilateral stimulation:


  • can relax the brain thereby reducing anxiety, etc.


  • brings up and Releases traumatic material stored in the deeper parts of the brain, and


  • enhances positive thoughts and feelings


Different ways to activate the bilateral stimulation are:


  • Tactile – clickers, Butterfly Hug or other way of body tapping


  • Audio – listening to a bilateral recording of various sounds


  • Visual – by following a pointer, finger or light machine






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