“Let Go of the Past”: Tapping Meditation

Written by: Nick Ortner

Tapping-MoviePerhaps the greatest power in Tapping comes from the ability to let go of the past.

If we have experiences that haven’t fully healed, that we haven’t let go of, the reality is, they ARE affecting us on a daily basis. Sometimes this effect is unconscious and we aren’t even aware.

Has something happened to you in the past, that when you think about the event, it still holds an emotional charge?

Perhaps a broken heart that still aches? Difficult financial events that you can’t seem to let go of? Did you do something that you can’t seem to forgive yourself or others for?  

One of the fastest ways to let go of these past events is to use “The Movie Technique”.   So if today, you want to feel a little lighter, let go of a little more, find that energy and joy again, then I have a free Tapping Meditation for you.

This meditation is designed as a companion to my book, The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief. But even if you’re NOT in pain, the meditation helps with any event from the past.

“Letting Go Of The Past” Audio Tapping Meditation

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What came up for you during this tapping meditation – Share your experience and insights below!





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  1. Jean says:

    A rejection feeling that I had during a group counseling at least 25 yrs ago was only the tip of the iceberg of my “Movie”. I tried to concentrate on one movie and so many others came up that were connected to my feelings. I wanted to concentrate on weight loss, but my rare inherited disease also came into view, with feelings of embarrassment every time I had an episode of paralysis in public that I had no control over. I am determined to change my attitudes of the past and concentrate on the future. Thank you for the meditation and dialogue that has helped me. I will continue to do the tapping to also erase the procrastinating that has been part of my life for so long that prevented me from using the Tapping that I learned many years ago from Gary Craig. Thanks again!

    • Nick Ortner says:

      You’re welcome, Jean. One thing that may help to write down those other movies that seem to pop up while you’re tapping. Each of them can be a focused tapping by themselves. 🙂

  2. Jen Johler says:

    This was the aha moment that Jessica talks about. I just tapped thru the Letting Go of the Past meditation. I love the movie technique! I tapped on a horrible thing I did years ago for which I have not been able to forgive myself. I sobbed thru my movie of this event, and I was amazed that by the end, I was able to forgive myself without feeling like I was letting myself off the hook. Further, I felt a profound desire to forgive others for hurting me. This is something I could never imagine happening. I love being able to tap at my pace while telling my story, and I’m excited to do more of this technique with other issues. In a million years, I never thought I would be able to truly love, accept and forgive myself. Thank you, Nick, for this wonderful meditation.

  3. Tammy says:

    Thank you

  4. Melita says:

    I love this meditation but can’t excess it an¥ more it doesn’t open could you help?

    • Nick Ortner says:

      Hi Melita. We’re sorry you were unable to play the audio. You may want to try opening the link to the post in a different browser to see if that does the trick. If not, please email so our customer service team can assist you. 🙂

  5. Kevin says:

    Terrific information on reducing pain. I’ve experienced severe back for 7 years, I am getting relief from tapping. I also have chronic insomnia, takes forever to fall asleep and then stay asleep. Most nights I don’t fall asleep until 3am it’s is taking a toll on my.
    What can I say while tapping. What is a good script to use to help me fall asleep. What is your experience with tapping for insomnia.
    Thank you for your expertise,

  6. Jacqueline says:

    Thank u so much for letting me let go of a traumatic experience when I was a young child. The event that I went through as a child was very scary, frightful, which could of been my life ending. I bottled up this event & believing that it was my fault, but I know now that my father was very sick with angry & lost. He loved us but alcoholism was a sickness he couldn’t control. He was abused when he was a child & he carried it with him into his family. I was able to release all the fear, resentment & hate I had towards him, which I carried throughout my 49yrs. I forgive my dad & I am thankful for your help. I will continue with this process because I have had a lot of wrong done to me, which has made me view the world as a cruel place to live. With the Tapping Solution I know I will be able to heal & become a stronger confident woman😊

    • Nick Ortner says:

      Hi Jacqueline. We are so happy to hear how this tapping meditation has helped you and we hope you will continue to work with it. We wish you all the best as you continue to tap and release and feel better. We often recommend working with a practitioner if you have experienced trauma and abuse. If you are interested in working one-on-one with someone, here is the link to the practitioner listings from our site: We wish you all the best. 🙂

  7. Najla says:

    That was great ! During the audio it felt total release from 3 to 0 but after the audio it pushed back with its full intinsity. Now, I am trying to rebalance the scene.
    Thank you Nick!!

  8. Kate says:

    Thanks Nick,
    This is life changing, I can’t wait to learn more and become more confident in healing myself by getting the language correct.
    Thank you all for bringing this to us around the world because on top of the healing gift you have supplied us all with you are also raising the energy vibration of all of us tapping and our planet so thank you, thank you, thank you.
    Kate 🤗

  9. Andrew Stevens says:

    Thank you! I’m using this method in my life and my goal is to inspire others to use it to enhance their lives.

  10. Julian Mann says:

    When I was eight years old my parents took me to a boarding school. In my movie I was being shown round the school with a teacher and the other new boys and I saw, through a building, my parent’s car driving off. I felt such deep sadness which I quickly supressed. That event basically broke my heart. I only wanted to be living with my parents and sisters who I loved so much. I did not want to be living in this place where I would get seven days at home each term. The knock on effect of this was that I drew the conclusion that you don’t get what you want in life and that you can’t expect to get what you care the most about. I shut down emotionally to protect myself. As a result I have had difficulty thinking about what I want and making proactive choices to direct my life where I want it to go. I have more or less just let life happen to me. Further negative reinforcement may have come from the fact that my time at this school was difficult.
    My parents were just trying to do what was best for me and trying to give me the best possible education. This was the only option in their eyes.
    This was a big one for me, I gained a lot of unexpected insights and my tears would suggest I just did a lot of releasing.
    Thanks so much for your help Nick.

  11. Carol Browning says:

    I felt the fear, rage, anger when my dad insisted we go skiing that Christmas when the weather was icy cold and there wasn’t enough snow to be safe.
    I let go these feelings, forgive dad for his poor judgment, mom for her silence. As I run the movie I realize now I can be safe in my body, and bathe in good feelings. I can care for my body as I choose now, and I forgive my parents for all the times we were pushed to our limits and beyond, on the ski slopes of California, Colorado, and Idaho.

  12. Elaine Walsh says:

    Thank you so much, the audio certainly has helped me through the emotional pain I experienced as a child

  13. Carol Frances says:

    I decided to do the “Letting go of the Past” tapping audio again (have done it before for another issue), because something from my childhood came up that I just couldn’t sort out. When I was 7, my family went to spend Christmas with my Mum’s parents. I had been a poorly child, suffering with asthma whenever it was cold or damp, and on Christmas night I suffered an asthma attack. At 2am, when my Mum tried to get my Nan to call a doctor out, my Nan and Mum had a row in the kitchen. I could hear it all. My Nan didn’t want me in the house. She told my Mum there was always something wrong with me, and she couldn’t deal with it. She wanted my parents to take me home. When my Mum got angry, my Nan told her to leave the rest of my siblings with her. My Dad refused. So in the early hours of Christmas morning my whole family were in the car on the way home (a one and a half hour drive), and then the car ran out of petrol. These were the days when everything shut between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. They nursed me in the car until 6am, when my Dad just kept his finger on the horn until the guy who owned the garage turned up. Thankfully, he allowed my Dad to fill the car and we arrived home to a cold house at around 7am. I was in and out of consciousness by this time, but heard my brother and sister talking to each other about how I’d ruined Christmas. I’ve never enjoyed Christmas, and have always tried to make up for it by buying presents I can ill afford for everyone. My Nan died when I was 9 and I never really connected with her, but also never got to tell her how I felt. I’m calm now, and not sure how I even feel, but I am glad to finally get it off my chest. Thank you.

  14. Ana says:

    So powerful! I didn’t get to a place of joy but it was relieving. Thanks for posting

  15. Gulnar says:

    It hurts as the wrong I did , I can’t change. Very difficult
    But this helped as I got tears and body felt lighter. I may have hurt my mother but she is no longer so how can she forgive me . Because of one wrong I have been doing many more rights now in my life to make her happpy.
    Thank you Nick for this support. God Bless you and your loved ones.

  16. Carol Frances says:

    This “Letting go of the past” tapping was posted in FB, and I decided to run the movie of my Dad’s dying, 8 years ago. As a nurse, when I realised that his condition was deteriorating, I asked for a leave of absence from work to nurse my Dad, and support my Mum, who was emotionally exhausted, having had very little sleep during the past week. My Dad was in denial about dying (he had Asbestosis) and did not want to go in to hospital because he feared he’d not come out, and wanted to be at home. Over the week, I had arranged a proper, hospital bed to be placed in the living room, so that he could be with everyone, organised a district nurse and asked for the MacMillan nurse to come in to see him. His breathing became laboured and painful and I got some medication from the MacMillan nurse, along with a nebuliser with saline to moisten his throat and lungs, but because none of it really helped his symptoms, he got angry with me and said “So what now, clever clogs?!”. On his last day (which I felt was his last day, but a good friend said he had lots of time left, and I believed her), he finally accepted he was dying. The MacMillan nurse had organised a night nurse so that my Mum and I could get some sleep and I went home for the night. He died at 2am, with neither of us with him, and I have beaten myself up for years for not being there when he needed me and letting him and my Mum down. This tapping through the movie has allowed me to say the things I didn’t get to say to my Dad, realise my friend was not to blame for my not being there, and that I had done everything I could for his wellbeing. I even know his anger was at his situation, not me. I know he loved me and I hope, finally, I can move on from this. I left a situation at work that reminded me of his final time, and have made no moves to forward my career since, in the belief I’m just not a good enough nurse. I hope I can turn this around now. Thank you Nick.

  17. Damaris Rose says:

    This was my first guided tapping meditation. I had no idea how intense it would be. I never expected tears would be streaming down my face within 1 miniute. While at times I even fought being angry at you for guiding me to relive a moment I have been surpressing, I was also suprised at how quickly I recovered and easily I let it go with some deep breathing towards the end, and amazingly I feel lighter and less emotional in the sense that I can think about the incident without fighting and supressing or burying it. Very healing, thank you!

  18. Sher Lynn says:

    Wow, that was one powerful meditation! I didn’t get to a place of joy or compassion, so there are definite remnants from the past that I need to tap on….

  19. Mani says:

    This is so powerful. Thank you so much Nick! I was not sure if I’d be able to go through this but the way you lead people through this meditation made it possible for me and though I cried almost all the time it was relieving. I find this way of approaching an event in my life which one might say haunted me on many days extremely helpful. I still take one deep breath after another. I know I will have to repeat this, I can’t do it all now, but it is good the way it is. Thank you again.

  20. Irmeli says:

    Thank you Nick!

    I was couraged to clean away an event from forty years back! Irmeli

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