It's the story of Daniela's recovery from chronic pain and fatigue. She had suffered for 25 years with fibromyalgia and she told me on her first visit that it had no cure. She had heard about EFT tapping from a friend and although she didn't believe it would do her any good, she wanted to give it a try. Each time we addressed a different issue that was related to either her physical or emotional pain and the progress we made followed the rhythm of waves with breakthroughs and drawbacks, but like the tide coming in, her overall quality of life gradually continued to improve . Little by little she was empowered by her ability to use these new tools by herself, every day, and she became her own best friend; the writer of her script and the captain of her ship.
What are these 'tools' you use to empower people?
Well let's start with Tapping EFT. It's essentially so simple that little kids use it on their own. When you've learned the points to tap on and how to put your feelings into words, it's anybody's game. Then the neuro linguistic programming skills add the cognitive and emotional keys to turn distress into serenity. When someone has created, for example, an 'Anchor' to access feelings of confidence, trust, acceptance or whatever they need, that someone will be able to use their 'Anchor' every time they want to. Then of course there are the songs. I started writing songs for my clients for motivation when they get stuck to keep them on track. The first songs were in Italian and then I started writing songs in English too. They are all on Sound Cloud on the page for Lucy Pole.
Songs as an empowerment tool, that's interesting! What are these songs about?
Yes, to tell the truth I got the idea from Gary Craig, the founder of the original EFT, who said that an affirmation when put to music like a catchy jingle would have double the effect and double the benefits. I believe that the vibrations of the music can echo on the inside at some unfathomed level to create an alchemy of holistic healing. So what are they about? 'Train Driver' follows the theme of being at first a passenger, fearful, ashamed and passive, and then how things change on the journey. "I Found the Light" is an ode to Tapping and how it can bring light into the darkest hours. "I am Truly Grateful" is the prayer of a girl whose love is a soldier in a far away nation ... The other songs were inspired by special and specific issues or situations that my clients had brought into the consulting room. The words of the next song are slowly coming together in my head, and it works best when I listen to music.
Do you use Tapping yourself?
Yes! Every day! When you've learned Tapping, it'll be a friend for life. Whatever the problem, great or small, anger, fear, worry, hurt, shame, sadness or despair, I give myself time for a little tapping and it always helps me let go and get my feet back on the ground.
What are you working on next?
A series of studies of people who came to me for help, their particular problems and how we overcame them. People are almost always happy for me to publish their story with the intention of giving hope to others with similar difficulties.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of time organizing the Women's Holistic Help-desk that I set up in Florence this year, with the other practitioners who offer their skills and capabilities to help women get through stressing periods; I am generally occupied with counseling individually, person to person and on skype; I like to keep up with facebook and email; I go with my husband to the theatre, to the cinema, to swim in the sea and to walk the dogs over the Tuscan hills where we live; I love to go riding with my wonderful horse; I spend time reading and connecting with family and friends.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The joy of going to feed my horse who calls out loud in the clear morning air when he hears me crossing the road to his paddock.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis was one of my first books and the scenes were so real to me that even now, 50 years later, when I see footprints in the dry frost, or a company of people sitting at a wooden table outdoors, or even a sparrow sitting on a branch watching me, it sends me right back into the saga of Narnia with all its wonderful talking animals.
When did you first start writing?
I remember that I used to love writing stories in my exercise book at primary school and then discovered the fascinating world of words and meanings when my father gave me a thesaurus for my tenth birthday Then I used to write long letters to far away friends ...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I find just the right combination of words to express exactly how I feel in a way that makes me confident that others will feel the same.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are the people who appreciate that I'm doing something to improve the quality of life for others and that I may leave the world a better place than I found it. My fans give me the greatest gratification for all the work.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has helped me launch my book across the ocean and round the globe.
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