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Dumping: How to "pour" negative images on a bad habit & make it STOP!

Updated: Jul 22, 2020

Dump: (verb): to drop or let fall in a mass; fling down or drop heavily

Dumping used to be the negative experience of someone sharing or oversharing information that was neither invited nor desired, i.e. "She dumped on me." But now, thanks to Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), there is another kind of dumping: a strategy to change behaviors and habits along with meridian tapping.

Here's how dumping worked for me. In a 30 minute tapping swap yesterday with practitioner friend Christin McLeod, I "dumped" a truck load of negative images and feelings onto a picture of me pouring heavy whipping cream (HWC) into my coffee. I want to stop using HWC as my primary fat source. So, with Christin's help, I linked pictures of CAFO cows with mastitis, so sick they couldn't stand up and infection running through their milk straight to my coffee cup. Along with that disgusting image, I added a picture of parasites coming out of a piece of raw fish. Somehow my mind "linked" the mastitis infected cows to the parasite picture, so I used both horrible images to create the strong aversion to HWC. We tapped several rounds (see tapping diagram for how to tap) and my mind "linked" the negative images to heavy whipping cream. While it's keto friendly and (used to be) very comforting, it breaks my fast, spikes insulin, #insulinresistance derails my health goals and now I learn, comes from sick, mistreated animals. Does anyone else have problems giving up heavy whipping cream (or other things) as they attempt to do intermittent fasting? #intermittentfasting #keto #heavywhippingcream.

Try dumping on it. Find some hard-to-look-at images of dairy cows with mastitis and think about those pictures as you pour the HWC into your cup. (There's a link at the end of this blog for pictures of cows with mastitis.)

Tap on your body, the points shown in the diagram and say "I let go of heavy whipping cream. I let it go, I let it go, whatever I've made it mean, I let that go too. Whatever comfort it used to bring me, I let that go. It's not cream that makes me happy. Cream is an inanimate object. Most cows suffer in order to get cream to my table. I let it go." Or other words to that effect.

For 5-7 minutes, we dumped, tapped and anchored "bad" to HWC. This "linked" to the sad, nasty pictures in my brain. By the time we were done, I felt a strong aversion to adding heavy whipping cream to my coffee. But the true test would be my morning coffee ritual. Would it be with or without cream...could the "dumping" hold?

In the morning, I got the scale out to measure my heavy whipping cream and then remembered, "Oh yeah, I can't drink this anymore." Sadness flashed through my body and mind. Then, those feelings were replaced by images of suffering cows and their incomprehensible treatment. Then sadness for the animals. Next, I felt anger and frustration at having my pleasurable routine interrupted. But still, I could not and would not pour HWC into my cup. Dumping was a success.

I drank my coffee black and had a nice 16/8 fast. I'm proud of myself. I have some "clean up" to do with the remaining anger and frustration at changing this habit, but I can use tapping to release those feelings. They're just little "stragglers." I also have sustainability homework to do. I can't unlearn what I saw yesterday about the foods I eat, how the animals are treated, ethics and upcoming choices to make. Dumping on bad habits though, is amazing. It's the kind of change work we do with tapping and NLP. Do reach out if you need help dumping on a habit you want to break., We have complimentary discovery calls and can dump on a habit during that call or,

we can dump, tap and link one subject to a bad habit in a 30 minute lightening round. The cost is $79. 406-223-2359. Text to set up a time to visit about the habit you're changing.

Cow imagery from Google:,online_chips:dairy+cow&hl=en&ved=2ahUKEwjpzcfmjd_qAhVEBjQIHU_2DRkQ4lYoAXoECAEQFw&biw=1583&bih=758

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