Emotional Freedom Techniques (or EFT Tapping) can best be described as an emotional version of acupuncture, but without the needles – yet it is much more than that.
It is widely accepted nowadays that emotional disharmony is a key factor in physical symptoms and disease which is why EFT tapping can be so effective.
EFT is a type of Meridian Tapping – Meridians being from the traditional Chinese Medicine belief about a path or channel in the body through which the life-energy known as “qi” flows. That is why EFT is also known as “tapping”.
These same energy meridians have been used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over five thousand years. EFT uses these meridians, but without the invasiveness of needles. EFT Tapping also combines ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology.
With EFT a person simply taps the body’s energy meridian points with the fingertips, stimulating them and literally tapping into the body’s own energy and healing power. At the same time as tapping the person thinks about their specific problem. It could be an addiction, pain, a traumatic event, for example. The person then voices positive affirmations.
This combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmations about a negative emotion/feeling works to clear the emotional block from the body’s bioenergy system. It then restores mind and body balance. This is vital for optimal health and the healing of physical disease.
What Can Emotional Freedom Techniques Be Used For?
EFT can be used to help with many conditions including:
- Physical symptoms or illness
- Phobias or fears
- Traumatic memories/incidents or Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Confidence or Self esteem
- Goals in life or Exam success
Acupoint tapping sends signals directly to the stress centres of the mid-brain not mediated by the frontal lobes (the thinking part, active in talk therapy). Because EFT simultaneously accesses stress on physical and emotional levels, it gives the best of both worlds, mind and body.
In fact it’s EFT’s ability to access the amygdala (an almond shaped part of the brain that initiates the body’s negative reaction to fear) that makes it so powerful. When stress is reduced in one area of life there is often a beneficial effect in other areas.
EFT is a gentle technique and the subconscious won’t go where it doesn’t belong or isn’t ready to go. The treatment is non-invasive and works on the ethos of making change as simple and pain free as possible.
Where Are The EFT Tapping Points?
The EFT sequence
Either hand can be used to tap the acupressure points. Most of the tapping points exist on either side of the body, so it doesn’t matter which side is used or whether a person switches sides during tapping.
Glasses and watches can interfere with EFT Tapping – electromagnetically for example and bracelets can interfere with tapping on the wrist meridian so it is advisable to remove these before starting.
The tapping should not hurt and can be quite gentle. It is recommended to tap about seven times on each point, but you can tap more.
Tapping on each point in the sequence is called a round.
Tuning Into the Problem with EFT Tapping
Tapping starts with a set up statement which is expressed whilst tapping on the karate chop point at the side of the hand. This phrase is:
“Even though I have this _____________,
I deeply and completely accept myself.”
The following can also be used as the second part of the phrase:
“I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”
The blank above is filled in with a brief description of the addiction, food craving, negative emotion or other problem you want to address. There really is no limit to the types of issues you can address with EFT:
Examples Using the Traditional EFT Phrasing
“Even though I have this fear of public speaking, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
“Even though I have this depression, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
“Even though I have this pain in my knee, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
“Even though I have this anger towards my brother, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
“Even though I have this war memory, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
“Even though I can’t sleep, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
“Even though I have this craving for alcohol, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
“Even though I am terrified of driving, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
It doesn’t matter whether you believe the affirmation or not, just saying it will be effective. Being as specific as possible will get even better results.
Ideally the affirmation should be said out loud but if this is not possible it can be said under the breath and it is still likely to be effective.
“The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system.”
Negative emotions come about because a person is tuned in to certain thoughts or circumstances, which in turn, cause the energy system to disrupt. Otherwise, a person functions normally.
Tuning in to a problem can be done by simply thinking about it. Thinking about the problem will bring about the energy disruptions involved which can then be balanced by using EFT.
Once learned, anyone can use EFT and it’s free.
So in summary:
- Select an appropriate affirmation
- Carefully “tune in” to the problem by thinking about it
- State the affirmations out loud
Doing this while tapping on the points usually leads to a decrease – often significant – in the issue or problem being tapped on.
Notice the changes whilst tapping. Is the feeling/symptom as intense? Has the pain moved? With EFT a person is working to release the negative and imbalanced energies and emotions from the system so they focus on them whilst tapping so as to clear them.
EFT tapping can resolve and issue completely. The same process is used for every issue.
Sometimes once a negative emotion is released a round of positive statements can be added, for example “this tired feeling in my head; it is starting to lift now, feeling more positive in my head right now; my head is feeling great”.
If the level of emotion around an issue is reduced but hasn’t gone completely then be persistent. Keep using EFT tapping for more than a round or two as these symptoms/thoughts/emotions may have been there for many years.
Also tune in to whatever else may be going on in the body.
Tuning into feelings or symptoms may bring up some intense emotions. Keep on tapping until they calm down. If a person feels overwhelmed then tap on the feeling of being overwhelmed. A person should tap until they are feeling better.
Using An EFT Practitioner
Contact an experienced EFT practitioner if the problem continues. Also, keep in mind that sometimes a person is too close to their own problems and needs outside help. A practitioner can help by observing responses from a distance, staying neutral and helping to voice something that might be hard to express aloud on one’s own.
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