One of the things I love most about TAT is how it gradually uncovers issues that:
1. have been there all along and
2. are the underlying issues under the issues that we thought were the issues.
I have done all these things and more to be calm and centered: yoga, meditation, Reiki, massage, art work, singing, guitar playing, organic gardening, vegetarian eating and slow cooking, but until the past few days I couldn't pinpoint the frustration I felt around doing all this and still sometimes feeling crazy.
Then Tapas, the originator of TAT, said something that got my attention. We've been working a lot with "parts" of us, as in the part of me that drives me to eat a gallon of ice cream, or smoke, or drink too much. (I don't eat ice cream or smoke, just using those as examples, you understand!) Tapas' statement was something along these lines: that if we have tried and tried every logical and known way to deal with a bad habit and it is still there, then there is a part of us that is holding on, and when we acknowledge that part, we can find out why it is holding on so hard. Once we find out, once we recognize this part and validate it by asking what it wants us to notice by holding on to whatever behavior we'd like to get rid of, the behavior often falls away "on its own." Simply and easily, behaviors that have been problems for decades can dissolve.
TAT is easy and polite and allowing, and SO effective. I love it for how much fun a session can be, and I love it because, when all is said and done, it works better than anything else I have tried before.