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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

SFT Will Teach You How to Remove Emotional Pain

I am very happy to present a guest post by Jennifer Abbott from Principles for Peace. I met Jennifer via one of my favorite blogs, Tim Brownson's, "A Daring Adventure". After corresponding a few times she told me about SFT Awareness and I asked her to write a post for my readers to share this amazing program. I believe everyone has the capacity to change habits, adopt new positive behaviors and to grow and heal. I also believe hearing of a technique that YOU feel a strong connection to is the BEST way to ensure lasting success. Jennifer teaches SFT Awareness which I had not heard of before but will resonate with many people. This wonderful program will surely help many MORE people get over depression, addiction, health issues, traumas and whatever else they were beforehand unable to conquer. When you conquer emotional issues you empower yourself, can live up to your full potential and help others as well. Thank you Jennifer for spreading the power of SFT Awareness.

Why Would Anyone Want to Learn about SFT Awareness?

The program with which I am involved is a thriving nonprofit program called SFT Awareness. I bet you’re wondering what that stands for?.... It stands for Search for Truth. That may or may not mean much to you, so let me tell you a little more about it…

When I learned about SFT Awareness my life was nothing short of a mess. Negative thinking was prevalent in my life, I was carrying around a lot of baggage and I found myself hitting some very low points. SFT has made such a huge difference in my life that I am determined to spread this program throughout the world.

The first thing we like to tell people is that SFT Awareness is not counseling. It is training. We equip people with attitudes and skills that they use for the rest of their lives. If you were to ask SFT students about the focus of SFT you would likely get varying answers. Some would say it’s about removing depression. Others would say it’s about stopping addictions. SFT does address these issues and successfully, but what SFT Awareness does is teach people how to process and remove emotional pain. The reason it works for addictions and most depression is because the root cause of these issues is addressed – the emotional pain.

We do not teach students to not have pain events. That’s not realistic. We simply teach them the right attitudes and skills needed to recognize, process and remove emotional pain from their lives when things do happen that they do not like. We call these attitudes and skills that we teach Master attitudes and skills because they are the attitudes and skills that the Master teacher Jesus used and taught. They work every time when applied correctly.

I like to use this illustration from one of my trainers (and the founder of SFT Awareness): Suppose the tires on your car wear down. You go and get them replaced. However, in a few months they wear down again. The reason they wore down the first time – and the second time - is because your car had an alignment problem. Now you could go and just have the tires replaced again, but without fixing the alignment problem guess what will happen? That’s right. The tires will wear down again. That’s why people go through depression cycles and why people keep going back to their addictions – they have not processed their emotional pain. If you remove the emotional pain then you remove the depression and the need for addictions.

As students learn to change their thinking, many who were previously on anti-depressants find that they no longer need these medications (Although we never tell students to stop their medication. That’s up to them and their doctor). Medications may be necessary for some depression, but medicating depression that is caused by unprocessed emotional pain will only put a band-aid™ on a wound.

To learn more about SFT Awareness you may visit the SFT website at www.sftawareness.org . Currently, sessions are available in the Nashville, TN area, the Tri-cities (East TN) area and by workshop (if you wish that one be held in your area). Contact information is available on the SFT Awareness website. You may also enjoy my blog www.principlesforpeace.com where I blog about many of the things taught in SFT.

Hope you found this informative.

Jennifer Abbott


Tim Brownson said...

I don't know SFT per se, but I do know that people can benefit massively by exploring none pharmaceutical answers to problems such as depression.

Of course the drug companies don't like to read stuff like that and it's a case of get 'em hooked, keep the money rolling in and who cares if they ever feel good without the help of medication again?

Best of luck spreading 'the word'

Jennifer said...

Tim, you are EXACTLY right here. I would say that many (not all) doctors just don't understand depression and all they know is to give people drugs. However, it seems to be all about money for the pharmeceutical companies and some doctors as well. May they enjoy their money while they still can. It is a very wise doctor who takes the time to really learn about depression and treat the cause.

Jenny Mannion said...

Hi Tim,
Yes -- I try not to "go there" with pharmaceutical companies because when I do it gets me pretty ruffled. I figure if I had listened to my doctors I would be on max doses of a cocktail of pills and be feeling 100% WORSE than I feel now on none...

I know doctors have their place as does medicine but it is SO refreshing to see other methods being adopted to help heal pain and illness naturally! Thanks for your comment and your excellent blog! LOVED the happiness funnel!
Gratefully, Jenny

Jenny Mannion said...

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks again for your post. I fought doctors for 6 years because they wanted to give me anti-depressants and I was not even clinically depressed... just a bit upset that I was sick and spending so much time in tests and in pain. No one ever mentioned natural ways to heal but just assured me I would be getting worse and of what new meds were coming out. It is good to see some doctors taking a more integrative approach and it is my hope that number will only increase.

Thanks again -- Many will benefit from your work and from learning about SFT Awareness.


Jennifer said...

I'm so glad you didn't listen to your doctors. I bet you shutter every time you think of where you would be if you did.

I think the whole depression medication thing will come crashing down one day. JMO, (but I'm going to help it along the way.:) )

Jenny Mannion said...

Hi Jennifer,
Yes, I surely hope it does come crashing down. I have something to be grateful for every day. If I would have continued on the path I was on I probably would have fulfilled their prognosis of being in a wheelchair and worsening pain instead of feeling the best I have felt in over 20 years! (I'm soon the be 39).

The work we do is very important and I am happy to see there are more and more people on the same page and helping to spread the word....

So happy to have connected with you! Thanks again,

Liara Covert said...

You are always sharing gems of wisdom and encouraging readers to expand themselves. Good on you!

Jenny Mannion said...

Thank you Liara! I believe life is all about continuing to discover and expand your mind and spiritual connections. I am so very grateful I have an outlet to share new wisdom as I acquire it with others! Love, Jenny

Cath Lawson said...

Thanks Jennifer and Jenny. Although I'm happy with the medication I'm currently taking, as it helps with the physical pain too; I really would be interested in learning more about this.

Jenny - I will check out the other articles on your site and se if it might be something that will work for me.

Jenny Mannion said...

Hi Cath,
Thanks so much for commenting. I know Jennifer could tell you lots more about SFT. If you send me an email to jennymannion@yahoo.com I'd be happy to send you some great resources as well. There are several natural ways to heal and I believe it is finding the one that resonates with you. Thanks again, Jenny

Jennifer said...

Cath, it has been great talking with you and getting to know you. I'm glad I provided some helpful information for you.

Jenny, thanks again for letting me post this here. I really appreciate it. I have also enjoyed getting to know you better. I'm including a link in my recent post for my readers to visit your blog.

Jenny Mannion said...

HI Jennifer, I really enjoy your writing and it has been wonderful to get to know you as well. I'd love to continue to work together -- we share a passion for awareness and health. Thank you again for sharing about SFT Awareness as well as mentioning me on your inspiring blog. Gratefully, Jenny

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