Operation: Emotional Freedom is a new film that follows a group of combat veterans –and in some cases their wives and other family members — who have been experiencing severed post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD), some of them for decades, and who took up the offer to spend a few days on a retreat with a team of experienced and talented EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) practitioners.
I watched it the other night through online streaming (for this month it costs under $5 for at least a year’s access, which means you can watch it as many times as you want on your computer) and I heartily recommend it.
It’s absorbing and moving and inspiring.
If you know someone with PTSD, or anyone who has been in combat (even if they themselves are not showing obvious signs of ongoing distress, because they will more than likely know others who are), please do pass on this link.
And if you have never been in combat, I would also recommend watching this film. If we as a society ask young men and women to be warriors and go to war for us, then I feel we owe it to them to be aware of what we are asking. And to be aware also of the inadequacy of the current treatment models and options (usually talk therapy and sedating drugs).
Yet what is special about this film is that it also has a profoundly positive message.
For while it takes us emotionally into the journey of pain and anger and heightened arousal and fear of these Veterans, it also offers a solution in the skilled use of Emotional Freedom Techniques – initially with experienced practitioners, and then as a self-help tool for everyday life.
It is the astonishing clinical evidence such as is shown in this filmed experiment (and which has been building from multiple sources going back over the past 10 years or so) — in tandem with the increasing body of research evidence and peer-reviewed articles, that is changing the way that PTSD is being viewed; and hopefully will start to change the treatment options available to Veterans through government organisations.
Here’s an excerpt from the film:
There are more extracts on Youtube, but if you’re interested, head across to their website at www.operation-emotionalfreedom.com. There are a variety of ways to access the film, including on DVD or you can get it streamed to your computer for a one-off fee. And for the rest of this month (November 2011) everything at the site is half price.
There’s also a fundraiser screening in Melbourne of the film on 11/11/11 for Trauma Awareness Day. According to the website:
Representatives from the Victorian EFT Practitioner’s Network (VEPN) will be available on the night of the screening to offer information, resources, DVD’s, contacts and advice. Doors open at 6, come early if you want to talk to the experts, sample the effects of EFT with a mini session or network with fellow professionals. The event includes a panel discussion Q & A session and a word from the Producer Eric Huurre.
Seats are limited, so it might be advisable to book or get there early.
This is a ground-breaking film about an increasingly important topic . I hope it gets the attention it deserves.
Also here’s a video made by Australian EFT practitioner Jenny Johnston interviewing John Meehan, Senior Welfare and Pension Officer, speaking about his personal experience using EFT to clear his symptoms of PTSD.
And Rick Wilkes at Thriving Now has a terrific recorded workshop on using EFT for trauma relief. You get 14 recorded sessions (instantly downloadable as mp3s), plus pdf workbook and transcripts. Currently costs $97.
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