Business has taken me to the Lowe’s Coronado Bay Resort, a lovely waterfront oasis with access to luxurious stretches of Pacific beach. How brilliant I was to plan for some unstructured time before the ACEP conference.
My morning started early, awakened by birdsongs at 5:30 AM. My roommate and I are ready to get going because we are operating on Eastern Time. Splendid!
After a leisurely breakfast in the hotel café we happen to run into no other than Gary Craig, founder of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) as we were leaving the dining area. He’s looking great and as always is generous with a hug. The first words out of his mouth were “Betsy – how’s that ankle doing?” Immediately I thought to myself, “Why is he asking me this? My ankle is great.” Then I quickly remembered exactly what he was referring to. Gary had worked with me on stage 3 years ago on ankle pain. In fact, there is a video of this session. The underlying issue Gary helped me see as connected to my ankle pain was my reluctance to be a “recognized healer”. The demonstration involved surrogate or distance healing with EFT and over 150 practitioners tapping for my benefit while I sat outside by a fountain.
Wow! I don’t recall my ankle being much of a problem at all since then. In fact, if it were ever to act up, today would be the day since I pushed it to the max by running for 60+ minutes on the beach yesterday. Hmmmm…very interesting. Today has presented a moment to bask in sincere gratitude.
Later that morning, I decided to return to the beach for another run. Why not – I am feeling wonderful today! As I made my way down the beach at a steady clip, I marveled again at how my ankle felt so strong, as well as the knee I had surgically repaired 2 years ago. As I looked into the horizon, I saw a crowd of runners approaching from afar. We eventually crossed paths – hundreds of men in uniform moving briskly. Big burley guys, soaking wet, carrying backpacks and covered with sand from head to toe. Most looked visibly miserable. They were Navy Seals in training. My heart went out to them.
Navy Seals are the best of the best – strong, young, exceptionally fit men, trained and pushed to reach way beyond normal human limits. A local woman I met on the beach told me that these guys had probably been up all night rowing and running, pushing their physical boundaries for the benefit of the USA. I imagine each of them knew they already had a gift for physical stamina when they enrolled in this prestigious group. As each man passed, I sent thoughts of appreciation and healing. Did they feel anything? Do any of them know about tapping and Energy Psychology? I smile, nod and silently thank each of them for being part of the force that supports peace on this planet.
After they passed, I thought to myself – we were all having the same experience, yet having such a different experience today. I’m running on this gorgeous beach in my bliss and they are doing the same, in pain. I soon find myself plunging back into gratitude. How lucky I was here to witness this spectacle and awaken me to the beauty of physical endurance.
Yes, thanks to EFT, I also realize that I am comfortable AND a recognized healer. So much more than my ankle was awakened and restored.