Note from Steve Wells:
10 years ago Dr. David Lake’s daughter Tanya nearly lost her life in the Bali terrorist bombings. On her return to Australia, David treated her using EFT for the emotional trauma she had experienced. The original account of that successful tapping treatment appeared in EFT Creator Gary Craig’s newsletter.
Recently, David and his family travelled to Bali for a very special event. This is his account of what happened there…
Bali Revisited: Personal Note from Dr. David Lake:
The first week in May marked a family milestone for me and a deeply satisfying affirmation of life. It is also a reminder of the power of the energy techniques to facilitate life-affirming change far beyond the idea of “treatment”. My Mum once said that “you can’t worry about what never happened” (meaning, don’t speculate with negative thinking about the ‘what-if’s’ in life). I have often thought of her words in the context of having four adventurous daughters.
2012 marks a decade since the date of the first Bali bombing where my daughter Tanya nearly lost her life. If you have read the account on our website or in our book “Enjoy Emotional Freedom” of her survival and tapping treatment—for the trauma she experienced—then you know she was determined afterwards not to live her life “under a rock”, hiding away from danger or living in fear. Her family and friends gathered in Ubud, Bali, last week to see her marry. It was a celebration in every way. For me it was also evidence of a complete healing.
During the ceremony and afterwards I had many thoughts about how far she had come since that awful day. Who could ever forget receiving a telephone call in the night saying “I’ve been blown up, but I’m alright! ”? I know that her friends were sometimes conscious of that time in the past, during the ceremony. I was very concerned personally about even going to Bali for the wedding. [At this moment a group of terrorists remain at large on the island with the intention to cause another atrocity.] Let’s just say that a lot of tapping was happening in my house recently.
None of this apprehension mattered in the realization of her creative and inspiring ‘dream wedding’. It was held in a lush, tropical paradise and every detail spoke of care and good intention. We were all surrounded by the love and affection of her friends and our family. Having her two children at play with all the guests provided a delightful counterpoint to any formality. We came completely into the moment. We had so much fun! We all created a vibrational space that is still resonating.
I mention all this purely to give thanks for the wonderful tapping technique that I consider allowed Tanya to continue to live her life, without being held back by the trauma she went through in 2002. It was a timely and vital intervention. I’m pleased that the opportunity came for her to benefit from all that I had learned, especially from Gary Craig. I know some sufferers from that time are still very afflicted. I also know that many trauma sufferers generally have as yet had no access to the kind of good outcomes that tapping can deliver. Their lives have been blighted. But life goes on; families keep going (and giving) too. This ‘ongoingness’ is so important in one’s inner world. Techniques alone can’t give you the emotional ‘food’ that you need to become authentically yourself.
Living well is not just avoiding mistakes or dealing with problems. Tanya has had plenty of those. It is manifesting your real values: the truth as you see it. I think that this tapping result from long ago has allowed Tanya to live her values in a beautiful way that culminated in the ceremony in Bali. How fitting that she should choose the place she loves to show her self to us all.