The Three Treasures Practice Abstract — EMDR European Conference June, 2014


The Three Treasures:
EMDR, Positive Psychology and Loving Kindness Meditation

The student asked her Zen Teacher:
“How will I ever be liberated?”
The Zen Teacher replied:
“Who has put you in prison?”

This paper examines the lived experiences of highly functioning women and men who have combined “The Three Treasures: EMDR, Positive Psychology and Loving Kindness Meditation”.  When integrated these three modalities can alleviate mind and body constriction created by separating emotions such as anxiety, fear, grief and loss.

The spaciousness that arises allows safety, security and stability to emerge as resources in the clients’ inner world.  The engagement of the Three Treasures invites compassion, gratitude, wonder, curiosity and love that creates positive resonance.

These principles are illustrated by the experiences of clients who are living the motto “Do not squander your life”.  It becomes apparent life has dramatically changed for them as in the case of two terminally ill clients cited are utilizing their Three Treasures Credo to savor their life and their dying process.  It will be shown through the aid of EMDR, Positive Psychology and LKM that life reaches higher levels and continues to evolve while walking the edges of impermanence.

Why?  The Three Treasures captures and cultivates the client’s attention to prioritize positivity in their life while encouraging transformative antidotes to suffering.

Learning Objectives

  1. Integrate the Three Treasures:  EMDR and Positive Psychology with Loving Kindness Meditation into daily practice
  2. Utilize The Three Treasures as antidotes to grief, loss, fear and anxiety
  3. Learn applications to cultivate awareness and prioritize positivity


To investigate the full potential of The Three Treasures Practice — Loving Kindness Meditation combined with “The Dynamic Duo” (McKelvey 2009) of EMDR and Positive Psychology.

Key References

1)    Davidson, Richard J. (2013) The Emotional Life of Your Brain. New York:  Penguin Group
2)    Davidson, Richard J. & Jon Kabat-Zinn (2011) The Mind’s Own Physician. Oakland, California: New Harbinger Publications
3)    Fredrickson, Barbara L. (2013) Love 2.0. New York:  Penguin Group
4)    Halifax, Joan (2008) Being with Dying . Boston, Massachusetts:  Shambala Publications
5)   Ricard, Matthieu, (2003) Happiness . New York: Little, Brown and Company
6)   Steindl-Rast, Brother David (2010)  Essential Writings . Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books
7)   McKelvey, A. M. (2009) EMDR and Positive Psychology.  In R. Shapiro (Ed.), EMDR Solutions II.  (pp. 242-261).  New York:  Norton


Ann-Marie McKelvey is an EMDR Consultant, Psychotherapist, Buddhist Chaplain and International Trainer and Wellness Coach.  The Three Treasures are currently teaching her…”It’s never too late to be what you might have been!”  As a result she is on a major learning curve developing the courage, tenacity and playfulness to explore deeply both her inner and outer worlds.