I am not the traditional college student. I graduated from high school almost 14 years ago and am now completing my bachelor’s degree. I have taken many detours and overcame life-changing obstacles on my journey. I have learned a lot about myself, how the world works, and dove deep into the spiritual side of the mind-body connection. Now, I am ready to learn the scientific side of this connection to help others heal themselves.

I believe there is a strong correlation between the mind and the body that is grossly overlooked in the diagnosis and treatment process in western medicine today. I have personally experienced this oversight during my own 19-year journey with chronic illness, seeing many specialists, including Neurologists, across the country. My intrigue inspired me to dig deeper into how to heal the mind so it can heal the body. Having a background in medicine and a passion for holistic health, I turned to the modality I use most, EFT.

EFT, or Emotional Freedom Technique, is a tapping protocol that applies self-acupressure on specific pressure points correlated to organs in your body. While speaking about your feeling and tapping simultaneously, these trapped emotions are energetically released from your body, leaving only the memory. These trapped emotions can cause havoc on your organs and overall health. Once these emotions are released, your body can instinctively heal itself. This modality can be used on any memory, limiting belief, or emotion. I choose to specialize in creating homeostasis in the body, due to my own journey with chronic health issues.

Having been introduced to EFT in 2012, it would take me many years to gain the confidence I needed to help myself and others with this modality. I still had many lessons to learn and work to complete. In 2014, I ventured down the road of entrepreneurship, opening a holistic medical spa that focused on improving the outer appearance while nurturing the inner-self. I invested my time and resources into growing my business. I read every book on business, goal setting, and money and was drawn to authors who used a strategic approach mixed with mindset and the law of attraction, a full body encompassment to positively attract your goals. I hired coaches and mentors to support growing my business at an exponential rate. I had no problem reaching my next goal when I set my mind to it.

On October 25, 2017, I underwent surgery to correct my need for glasses. The surgery had complications and I lost 80% of the vision in my right eye. Despite my best efforts, I was forced to close my business while I underwent 9 surgeries to restore partial vision. This time off allowed me to soul search and to find what I was truly meant to do with my life: help others with chronic illness.

During my time off, I searched deeper into the mind-body connection, listening to over 100 audiobooks on this topic. I realized that I could use EFT to help alleviate the psychosomatic symptoms in chronic illness patients by reverse-engineering the diagnosis process to reach the root cause. Most chronic illnesses, such as fibromyalgia and anxiety, do not have a physical cause, but many have an emotional one. EFT is a gentle way to reach these subconscious memories and release the emotions responsible for physical symptoms.

Once I came to this realization, I felt as though the universe was supporting my idea and my life began moving at turbo speed. I pitched my idea to MIT and Harvard Medical School, which accepted me into their inaugural class for Healthcare Innovation. I spent the next three months preparing for this one-week intensive bootcamp in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The bootcamp was an amazing experience I shared with 87 brilliant healthcare professionals from around the world. Ultimately, the bootcamp encouraged me to go back to college where I can begin research.

Extensive research on EFT is currently being conducted in Australia but is still new and underdeveloped in the United States. I would like to begin research on this modality to measure the energy shifts in the body and the brain. By focusing my undergraduate degree on neuroscience, I will be able to better understand the basic scientific aspects of the mind-body connection. Neuroscience combines the field of biology, psychology, physics, and philosophy, which connects with and supports my healing protocol.

The information I learn at Temple University will lay the foundation for graduate school and a PhD program. With hard work and determination, I will be able to complete this research to scientifically prove that self-acupressure can release emotions and help heal the body; bridging the gap between eastern and western medicine as well as physical science and quantum physics.

Please consider me as a candidate for your Neuroscience program to help support my mission of helping people heal themselves.

It is essential to express your truth even at the risk of standing out.” Angela Hartfield