Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Note From Donna Eden On Following Instructions Precisely

On Following Instructions Precisely

By Donna Eden

When I cooked my very first meal for David's parents in 1977, his mother, Edith, wanted the recipe. This put me into a stressful dilemma. I have always been considered a very good cook, but I've never stayed with a recipe. I may on rare occasions consult a recipe, but I never follow one. Why would you follow a recipe when your instincts tell you what to do at each choice point for the substance and taste you want for these guests for this meal? Being asked to describe the exercises used in Eden Energy Medicine presented the same kind of dilemma as Edith's request for my "recipe."

I recognize that it is necessary to lay out the procedures. And it is necessary to have a way, such as energy testing, to know what effect they had. But I never do the same procedure in exactly the same way twice. I always follow the energies and let them and how they are responding dictate my work. The procedures are useful. Remembering what has worked in the past when coming up against something like a stubborn Triple Warmer response kept me from having to keep re-inventing the wheel. But I always let my body and the energies of my client's body speak to me and influence how I do the procedures.

In mastering a system, you do need to learn the established procedures before you can move beyond them. They are the "default," and you can always come back to them and wind up with generally good results. But even early on, trust your instincts more than what is written. If it says "Hold the Neurovascular points for two minutes” and you feel that is not enough, or if you feel what is needed has been accomplished after a minute, trust that and verify with an energy test. The energies are talking to you. Learn their language and learn how to listen to them. That language is more important for mastering Eden Energy Medicine than any words I have written.


  1. Thank you so much for this Donna it's like allowing yourself to relax into the flow of the energy and 'listen' to it instead of using your mind to figure things out, or getting stuck in proceedures other than the tracking energy charts etc. It's a wonderful thing to have that confidence and trust in the energy that is everything, inside and out. Hearing and feeling that intelligence, being a part of it, being in it, everything just flows.

    Much love as always,
    Judith McGuinness
    United Kingdom

  2. When people are first learning energy techniques such as energy medicine and EFT, they follow the rules but are some put you will feel the urge to surpass them and apply your own style and approach. At this stage there can sometimes be a conflict between "doing it right" and doing the you feel would work in this situation.

    Do a bit of EFT to shift the blocks around perfection can really open up your intuition. When I first started as an EFT Practitioner, before each session I would tap in "EFT is through me not by me; I trust my intuition; the wisdom of the universe flows through me". This helped me overcome the resistance from the left/logical brain saying that I must do it by the book.

  3. Loved what you wrote Donna, helpful whether doing the energy medicine or the energy psychology. I am soooo excited I just registered today to be up at Omega with you and David for 5 days in 2 weeks. I did the post conference with the 2 of you in Toronto"s CAIT conference last year and I can't wait to learn more!!!