Magic along the way

In my earliest research, a book was recommended to me by a group of therapists, “Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal” by Belleruth Naparstek, Within the book, there was a long survey of therapies for trauma. One therapy, Meridian Tapping, sounded rather trivial. You could learn it quickly and you could do it on your own. I read on, only noting there are a wide variety of therapies out there.


Not too long ago, a Jedi Master of therapeutic massage, Paul Killian, was telling me of a therapy he had run into at a seminar, focused on a bodywork technique. During the seminar the instructor discussed this Meridian Tapping. A friend of his had gone to the seminar as well. During a break, Meridian Tapping cured her of a lifelong anxiety she had. Needless to say, it really caught Paul’s eye.

Right then and there, I got a book on it and clicked around a few websites, looking for a bit more insight. The book, “Discover the Power of Meridian Tapping” by Patricia Carrington Ph.D. appeared solid enough. Meridian Tapping seemed like a good technique to keep in my bag of tricks for a back country first aid kit, where knowledge always trumps gear. A technique that could help manage pain, until a patient could get to definitive medical care.

photoA month later, I found myself with a broken leg. Back when I was on a cocktail of pain meds, I felt it was a perfect place to experiment with this Meridian Tapping. When the pain meds would wear off, in the middle of the night, I would wake up pretty aware that I had broken my leg. It hurt. EVERY time I used Meridian Tapping, I could bring the pain level down to nil. I realized I could ease the pain far quicker through tapping than waiting for the meds to take effect. I never felt a need to try it on the long term, though; I preferred to lean on the meds instead.

In time, the pain was no longer an issue. I shifted to a focus on growing bone, to fill in the gaps and join the pieces of my tibia back together. My orthopedic doc told me this, more likely than not, was going to be a long haul. If the tibia hadn’t begun to heal in 6 weeks, he would have to go back in and plate the bone pieces. I started tapping on a focus of  ‘healing my leg and growing bone’ several times a day. Five and a half weeks after the break, we’ll take this external fixator off my leg. I’ll go into another cast from there (that will be determined by a stress test while I am under for the rig removal).

It certainly isn’t miraculous. I’m not ‘throw-down-my-crutches-and-walk-the-demons-are-no-longer-in-me’ healed; but, it is a lot better than, “If you smoked, that break likely would never heal,” which is what he also told me. So, it is definitely an accelerated mend.


My next test comes in a week and a half, to see if the good Dr. Van Steyn can skip the regular cast and go straight into a walking cast. He told me I should be prepared that this could take a year to be back out there stomping around. It seems to me we are on a bit of a fast track here.

I heal well. My bones are strong. This is not any definitive test, however, I feel better when I tap, both physically and mentally.

I sheepishly mentioned Meridian Tapping to Keith. He knew all about it. His comment: “Yeah, that stuff really works.” After his amputation, Keith found that tapping, along with a mirror therapy, greatly helped with the phantom pains he was having.

It appears to be useful for many issues: there are some using it as a part of their PTSD treatment, anxiety, weight loss, fears, performance enhancement, pain, even ‘abundance’ issues.

I’m sure there are many websites on the subject, but here are some I’ve found to be prominent:

There is a free ebook at If you don’t own a tablet, you can get a free kindle (or other) app for your computer and read ebooks that way. The essential info, necessary to get started, would be the equivalent of a magazine article.

Along the way, on our journey, we usually come across a discovery or two. Meridian Tapping appears to be just such a discovery.