A Magical Weekend of Tapping for Pain Relief, Food Cravings, and Much More…

Written by: Nick Ortner

I had the honor of spending the weekend at Omega, in beautiful Rhinebeck, NY, with my friends Kris Carr and Elena Brower. You might know Kris from her film, Crazy Sexy Cancer and best-selling books, like NY Times bestseller, “Crazy Sexy Diet”.

The weekend was scheduled to be an interesting combination for participants, mixing EFT with cutting-edge nutrition information with rejuvenating yoga. It was all that was promised and more!

Borrowing from my friend Kevin Gianni, here are 7 things I learned and experienced about this weekend that you might find helpful.

1. I don’t get tired of seeing amazing results with pain relief

When I work with people in pain, especially up on stage in front of a live audience, I joke with them that they don’t have to say, “The pain is gone,” just to make me happy! And the reason I say this is because I continue to be astonished each and every time when the pain just… goes…

Sometimes it’s quick, a matter of minutes. Sometimes it takes deeper work. And sometimes there’s a reduction in the pain, but it doesn’t all go away (and remember this is usually only 20-30 minutes of working on it!)

But even just a reduction in pain, from doing this weird tapping on your face and saying stuff process, is startling! Why doesn’t everyone know about this? And why isn’t everyone using it? I’m not proposing it’s the answer to all pain, all the time, but it sure is extremely effective a lot of the time with no side effects, and it needs to be talked about more.

The thing about pain is… It sucks. I know, what a deep insight. 🙂 But seriously, pain takes up so much energy, so much life force. It robs us of our ability to be in the world, to be in our body, to be with friends and family, and to create. It just plain old sucks. But there are solutions, and EFT is one of the best ones out there.

If you’ve seen our film, “The Tapping Solution”, you’ll remember that perhaps the three most startling cases of results dealt with physical pain. John, a Vietnam veteran with 30 years of chronic back pain (gone by the 2nd day!), Jodi, diagnosed with fibromyalgia for 15 years (pain reduction within minutes of tapping and pain free by the 2nd day), and Patricia, who had fractured her L-1 and was in significant pain (now pain free, off meds, doing yoga!).

Just amazing stuff…and life-changing on so many levels.

So, what does this mean for you? Well, if you’re in pain, you have to dig deep and give Tapping a real shot at handling it. To help you do so, you may wish to check out our program, The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief.

TIP: Remember, the easiest way to get started with pain relief is to tap specifically on what’s going on. “Even though I have this back pain, I deeply and completely accept myself…” Tap through the points. Tap a couple of times, and pay close attention to not only any reduction in the pain, but more importantly, what’s happening with your body and your thoughts. Does an image of your boss come up as you tap? Maybe that’s the next place to go. Do you remember something that happened to you twenty years ago? Tap on that. Tapping is peeling away the layers of an onion, to get to the specific root cause of the pain, of the emotion, of the block. Start with the general (unless you know the specific event right off the bat) and then keep digging deeper.

Most importantly- don’t give up! Two rounds of tapping are not enough to say, “I tried that for my pain.” Sometimes I find it helps to set a timer, or look at a clock and say, “I’m tapping for at least 20 minutes,” or even 10 minutes if that’s all you have. Don’t stop until you’ve hit that goal!

2. Working with people on stage for food cravings is always fun…and it’s also sad…

What do I mean by this? Well, when I bring out the Kit Kats, the Hershey bars, the chocolate chip cookies, the salty chips, and other “treats”, it gets a good laugh as people jump up for them, smell them, ask to eat them, and have what is often an amusing emotional reaction to these “treats”.

Then as people come up on stage to work specifically on their cravings, the humor melts away as we find out that what’s really behind it all are feelings of sadness, emptiness, loneliness, boredom, fear and more. The experience this past weekend was especially interesting because I had three guys come up on stage, which is rare!

But hey, us guys can crave sweets too!

One particularly compelling story was from John (name changed to maintain privacy), who struggled with a need to have chocolate ice cream every night. Digging deeper, we found he was recovering from substance addictions, and the ice cream was the closest replacement he could find to fill that emptiness he felt, especially at night. John is a remarkable, courageous man who has made great progress – and ice cream is a much better solution than his previous choices, but he still wanted to be FREE, and needing the ice cream wasn’t freedom.

We tapped on the craving itself initially (as in pain relief, it’s easy to start with what’s PRESENT for you at that moment, what’s most obvious, and then dig deeper) and after some of the craving itself released, we dug deeper into the feelings he was burying by eating the ice cream.

TIP: If you have a food craving, and you want to release the underlying cause, try this short exercise for clarity. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Visualize a time when you’ve had a craving, or visualize in the future when you might have a craving. Feel that in your body. Feel deeply into the craving and when you’re connected to that feeling, dig a little deeper and ask yourself, “Instead of this chocolate/candy/ice cream, what am I REALLY craving?” Ask it a couple of times if you don’t get an answer right away. Once you have your answer, whether it be, “I’m craving more peace, more love, less stress (whatever comes to you is perfect), then do a couple of rounds of tapping on it.


“Even though I’m craving more love from my husband, I deeply and completely accept myself.”

“Even though I’m craving more love from myself, I choose to relax now.”

Keep tapping until the craving AND the feeling clears. 🙂

3. The participants this weekend were BRAVE

I don’t know if they really knew what they were getting into, how deep we would go, how much we would uncover, but they were present, loving, and honest. It truly touched me to see so many people committed to change, committed to having more in their life.

TIP: Be brave. Go there. Deal with it. Tap on it. You can do it. You can! Believe in yourself. Believe in the tools that are out there to make this work so much easier, and dive in.

Be brave! Do it now.

4. The universe brings us more magic than miracles

I know miracles happen. I believe in them, expect them, hope for them. But miracles can be a HEAVY word, especially if you’re dealing with something serious, and it seems like only a miracle can help. If you’re dealing with cancer or another life-threatening illness, I know you’re hoping for a miracle.

But if it feels like that’s too much, like it’s unlikely to happen, then start looking for “magic”. Not Harry Potter magic, the magic of THIS earth. The synchronistic events, the little signs, the gut feeling to turn left, to turn right, to tap.

Follow the magic and THEN all the magic adds up into a miracle.

Tip: Look out for magic today.

5. We never really lose anybody (and magic reminds us of that)

Towards the end of the weekend, we were all really in the flow. I personally felt fantastic – a bit tired from lack of sleep – but so juiced about the transformations that were taking place. On the morning of the last day, as we did every morning, we each picked a “card” from a big basket of 5-6 card decks that Kris had put together. Some were angel cards, some were cards with sayings on them, some were cards of inspiration, all sorts of fun stuff.

I was up on stage, about to speak, when Kris came over with the basket and I picked a card.

When I looked at it, my jaw dropped.

Staring at me from the card was an exact drawing of my cat, Pythagoras, (we called him Py) who I lost 2 years prior.

I mean EXACT.

It’s a long story, but I moved houses two years ago, and Py, who was a very happy indoor/outdoor cat, left one day and never came back (I spent about a month looking for him, but that’s not relevant to the story!)

What is relevant is that when I saw that card, his message, or the universe’s message, was clear as can be. Losing Py set off a chain of events that have brought me to where I am today, and it’s been beyond perfect.

When it happened, it was one of the toughest things that have ever happened to me. But looking back, I GET IT. 🙂

TIP: I know it’s cliché, but things are working out in perfect order. If you’re going through a tough time, if you’ve recently lost someone, something, or are lost yourself, take a deep breath and know it’s all working out (and tap on it, of course, to make it all easier!).

6. It’s about balance

One of the reasons the weekend was so amazing was because we covered so many topics: EFT, nutrition, and yoga… and they are all vitally important to living a healthy, happy, fulfilled life.

I’m sorry, but you can tap until you are blue in the face and if you’re eating McDonald’s cheeseburgers for lunch, you’re just not going to be healthy.

If you never go to the gym, do yoga, or some sort of exercise, your body is not going to be fit, strong, and full of energy.

I’m a HUGE fan of the Abraham-Hicks material and follow it on so many levels. At the same time, we’re very physical beings on a very physical earth. We need to breathe, move, and get great nutrition into our bodies.

TIP: Check out Kris Carr’s website to learn more about nutrition and check out Elena Brower’s site (especially if you’re in NYC) for yoga info. By the way, Kris and I are coming out with something together later in the year to help you become even healthier, easily. So stay tuned for that.

7. They inspired me

Spending time with Kris and Elena inspired me. I’ve been finding myself eating better, adding some things in that Kris mentioned, some new stuff, some reminders of old stuff. Elena’s voice has been ringing through my head, “Just 15 minutes of yoga! If that’s all you can do, do that!” And I’ve been listening, and have been feeling great because of it.

Right now, I’m writing from Arizona, where the Transformational Leadership Council, led by Jack Canfield, is meeting. I’ve just had the privilege to join in the past year, and the people here are SO inspiring. Jack Canfield, John Gray, Hale Dwoskin, Lynne McTaggart, Arielle Ford, Claire Zammit, Janet Atwood, Cynthia Kersey, just to name a few of the people that are here. SO inspiring to be around them.

TIP: Surround yourself with people that inspire you and help you grow. Now, I can hear what you’re saying already, “You’re so lucky to be around those people, I’m not friends with them, I can’t spend time with them, etc.”

Here’s the reality: For a good TEN years, I spent a huge amount of time LISTENING to all these same people. I would read their books and would listen to their audio programs. My roommate right after college joked that my headphones were permanently glued to my ears. Lol!

And guess what?

After I listened to them enough, after I read enough of their books, attended enough of their seminars, slowly, but surely, I climbed the ladder of MY life, MY possibilities, MY dreams. And now I have the pleasure to call these same mentors my friends and colleagues.

You can do the same thing.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed my 7 thoughts. Thanks again to my bud (we went to elementary, middle and high school together) Kevin Gianni, for the idea to share these. “7 things”. You can check out the website he started with thoughts on nutrition, health and more.

Until next time…

Keep Tapping!

Nick Ortner

Let me know if you found this helpful, what insights you might have had from them, something you tapped on or cleared from it. Comment below!

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  1. JimBorini says:

    love it each time I read/do it.

  2. Debbie says:

    I was just reading about your weekend of Tapping in NY. When you talked about “We never really lose anybody” and the card you picked that had an exact drawing of your cat that you had lost 2 years ago I immediately started crying. I lost my dog this last summer, she had health issues and was not well when I left for vacation and two days into my vacation I got a phone call that she was gone. I have felt so guilty for not being there with her as she made this journey and I immediatly became ill with multiple infections (eye, ear, teeth which have resulted in constant ringing in my ears that can drive me crazy at times) I have just started tapping to try to accept the guilt and grief I have felt but if you have any suggestions I would greatly apprecate them.
    Thanks so much for the work that you do!

  3. Stephanie says:

    Thanks Nick… Watching your videos and reading your messages always lifts me up!!!
    Bless you-

  4. Gail says:

    Tapping is such an awesome concept/practice which brings results. The mind/body relationship is awesome! I had no concept of the possibilities until listening/watching your videos. Keep up the good work!

  5. Suzan says:

    Thank you so much. I’ve been in constant pain for the past year. I have been getting cortisone injections every few months, which eases the inflammation but the pain never truly goes away. I’m going to start tapping. Thank you for being brave by working on you so you can help the rest of us on our paths to emotional freedom. It is so much appreciated.

  6. Nicole Swierkowski says:

    Dear Nick,
    thank you soooo much for all your articles and the tapping summit. I have only listened to a few talks so far but it’s been helping me so much to release old trauma and also has given me plenty of inspiration of what else to work on… It’s so great to be able to “treat” myself and I’ve been teaching it my friends and clients too. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing all these insightful gems!!!

  7. Pam says:

    Just started reading your blog and also tapped along with you for pain for 10 min.
    I did notice a difference in my pain level-from a 8 down to a 4. Pretty good for my first time? I am interested in going to a seminar of yours for pain. I have had pain issues for nearly 20 years. Recently I am unable to work full time and also cannot work a full day. I am applying for disability. I live in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Do you have pain seminars coming up in the near future? Do you come to Canada to speak?
    Thanks, Pam

  8. Marcia says:

    Nick, I have been so inspired by your messages, your insight, honesty, and the ability to be open enough to let us know that you have not reached the pinnacle of perfection. You remind me of myself when I was in my 20’s and on fire with Shaklee products, studying nutrition, food combining, and the bodywork that has been one of my life’s passions- JinShinDo Body/Mind Acupressure.

  9. Venie says:

    Thanks for the blog post. It’s a gentle reminder that everything I am doing is all in alignment for me. Your blog is just one more piece in the larger picture and is keeping me focussed on my goals.

  10. Elaine Toft says:

    I’m relatively new to the tapping world, and, your tips are very, very helpful. Thanks so much for sharing yourself!

  11. Tolle says:

    I prefer “the slapping solution”…

  12. Summer says:

    Hi Nick,
    Thank you for this post. I found it very useful and am about to tap away my pain. I am not used to being in pain so am very grateful.

  13. Debra Harrison says:

    Dear Nick,

    Thank you for making the time to blog. I love your honesty and that you are not trying to sell something! I can feel your heart in your words. Thanks for being you and for sharing yourself generously.

  14. Leslie Helgson says:

    Thank you for being so open and willing to share the many details of your own tapping experiences. I discovered tapping many years ago, but then sort of “forgot” about it, as many of us do because it’s not ingrained in our minds. My spouse has recently revived the tapping CD’s and other materials within our home and I am trying to get “back on track” with myself.
    Thanks again for helping with your discussions, insights, expertise, and care for others. I truly believe this will continue to make the world a much better place to dwell!

  15. Dora says:

    Very inspiring Nick. I love to read all your comments because they are from your heart. when one shares the good news one is always easy to read. We are very fortunate to have you helping us to “get it”.

  16. Carmen Federico says:

    Hi Nick.. I have been following you for awhile now. this is the first time i have read your blog tho.. i love the 7 things.. as you were mentioning each of the 7 i could tap on my own little nagging things that just won’t go away.. they ARE UNDER CONTROL.. THANKS TO EFT.
    but some things deep seeded need to be watched and reminded.
    shown that we are in control, and who is the boss of our thoughts

  17. Jade says:

    Came a bit late to this party, Nick, but love what you wrote and how much you and your sister (and friends) have shared with all of us the last couple months! It all has made extraordinary changes in my thinking as well as in my overall life. Please continue sharing these blogs with us as it feels like you’re sitting in front of me and talking directly to me (only drawback is not being able to ask a question! LOL). I’m sure you’re life is just as busy (if not busier!) than most, but whenever you have the time to share like this I’m sure there’s a lot of us who would be blessed by it.

  18. olimpijada says:

    Dear Nick,
    Thank you for useful suggestions which would help me in my future development.

    Ljupka Nikolic

  19. Rose says:

    Now there is hop. I had given me away to every one and feel powerless.
    Thank you

  20. Jennifer V. says:

    Awesome reminders of the magic of all this “inside” work, tapping and beyond. KEEP IT UP, DUDE!

  21. Ulla, Denmark says:

    For some time I’ve been curious about what tapping is, so thank you for sharing in such an inspiring way 🙂

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