Tapping and Meditation in London
May 30, 2020 - May 31, 2020£60 – £120
Why tapping and meditation?
One of the revolutionary facets of modern psychotherapy is the advent of “tapping” or – more formally – energy psychology (EP). Energy psychology is the name given to therapeutic tapping techniques like EFT, AIT and EMDR. For example, EMDR is a NICE approved treatment for trauma. Alistair Appleton has found that combining tapping with meditation is particularly powerful.
What is tapping?
Since the 90s different therapists have been combining therapeutic practice with ancient wisdom from the East. For example, Tibetan practitioners have long understood about the lung or ‘wind horse’. These are the energetic patterns within our bodies that underpin our physical, mental and spiritual health.
Energy psychologists work directly with this energy body as a way of removing some of the energetic patterns that might be holding us back. They use the energy portals and lines that accupuncture and Chinese medicine have studied for years. But they combine them with a modern understanding of trauma. In this way, tapping becomes a powerful tool in undoing the knots of the past that bedevil the present.
The power of tapping in our meditation practice
Most of these forms of EP are currently mostly used in a therapeutic setting. But long-time meditator and psychotherapist, Alistair Appleton has seen how powerfully they can impact our sitting practice.
Tibetan Buddhism believes that we are already enlightened. The ‘buddha nature’ is pristine in all of us. However, we don’t believe we have it. Or heavy events from our past have encased it in protective defences. Or habits of mind consistently distract us away from it. However, there are many practices in tantric Buddhism that aim to cleanse these impediments from our own inherent brightness. In many ways, tapping offers a similar process of seeing, acknowledging and releasing delusions about our True Self.
Tapping and meditation in the Body.
One of the most startling things about practicing in this way is the speed at which patterns dissolve. Things that have clouded our lives for many decades can dissipate in a matter of hours.
When tapping and meditation is most effective is when it’s done in a somatic way. Somatic meditation is the field of practice that grounds our meditation in an embodied sense of what’s going on. Less thinking, more feeling. Somatic meditation is the rocket-fuel that makes the practice of tapping and meditation really work profoundly.
What this workshop on Meditation and Energy Psychology will cover:
- the background and history of energy psychology
- how EP can be integrated into our meditation practice
- understanding practice in a right-brain experience of the body
- the somatic foundation of tapping work
- the basic sequence of the tapping protocol
- opportunities and examples of use
- considering EP on the Buddhist path
What you can expect on a Mindsprings weekend course
- We aim to provide a safe, friendly and tolerant space to explore the benefits of body-based meditation
- There’s a good mix of teaching, experiential practice, and discussion. Talking helps make sure we’ve got it.
- Some practices are done lying down, some sitting up. Weather permitting, we may work outside too.
- Alistair’s training as a therapist is always available for one-on-one support when things arise during practice
- We start at 10am and finish at 5pm each day – with an hour’s break for lunch and some tea/pee breaks
- You’ll receive electronic notes and a recording of the teaching and guided meditation after the course.
- After the weekend, we will try and keep the group together online and with email updates
How to book and financial support
Mindsprings tries to offer good quality instruction at a reasonable cost. We offer a concessionary rate to anyone who is struggling financially, to students and to the unemployed. We never want to turn someone away because they can’t pay. However, the full-price tickets help subsidise these cheaper places, so we ask people to use their discernment when buying a concession.