Tapping Insider’s Club : What exactly is Emotional Freedom Technique?
My favorite description of Emotional Freedom Technique is “emotional acupuncture without needles.” Acupuncture is a 5,000 year old Chinese healing modality where optimum health hinges on good energy or vital force or “chi” flowing around the body. Needles are placed on specific energy points along the body’s meridian pathways to bring energetic “balance” to promote health and alleviate pain. Just think of these energy points and meridian pathways as another natural component or extension of our bodies. For example, we have the skeletal system, circulatory system, nervous system, and so on. Now, just add another layer called the meridian system where energy or “chi” flows. We can’t see it but it is there.
In a nutshell, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a energy based healing technique where you focus on feelings and release them by tapping on the meridian or energy points on your body. Consequently, balancing the your body’s energy system and dissolving the negative emotions. Emotional Freedom Technique was coined and developed by Gary Craig. EFT is actually a simplified version of Roger Callahan’s Thought Field Therapy tapping technique. A key difference between the two is that EFT technique has one “universal” algorithm for all issues while Thought Field Therapy has several tapping algorithms depending on the type of problem.
The premise behind EFT is that “The cause of ALL negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system.” This means that traumatic events or bad memories don’t cause how we feel. Instead, unbalanced energy system or kink in our meridian system resulted by the event causes our negative emotions such as anger, fear, and grief. Therefore, if we balance our energy system in regards to a painful event or memory, our unwanted and uncontrollable emotions will dissipate.
Now, the basic technique requires you to focus on the negative emotion at hand: a fear , a trigger, a painful memory, an unresolved problem, or anything that’s bothering you. It is a good idea before and after you start a tapping session to give it a rating from one – ten to track the intensity level. Then, give your problem a “title” or reminder phrase and some setup statements that describe the scope of your problem. While maintaining your mental focus on this issue ( with the reminder phrase), use your fingertips to gently tap 5-7 times each of designated meridian points on the body. Here is a real live demonstration of a simple issue with food cravings. Follow along with Jessica below as she uses EFT tapping to eliminate her intense chocolate cravings.
Components of Emotional Freedom Technique
- E.F.T. Recipe
- Sequence of meridian or energy tapping points during tapping process. The number, location, or starting point of these tapping points vary among practitioners.
- Meridian Points
- Acupuncture points on your body where you tap with your fingers during the tapping process. See figure 1.
- Reminder Phrase
- Short sentence or group of words or title that describes your problem. For example, “my ugly divorce”, “the accident in Greece”, or “the shame of my bankruptcy.”
- Setup Statement
- Declarative statements that describe your feelings or issues you are dealing with. For example, “Even though I have this headache, I choose to love and accept myself anyway.” Or ‘Even though, I am scared about my finances, I love an accept myself anyway.” These statements are intended to prepare your conscious mind of what you will addressing during the tapping process.
- SUDS Level
- Subjective Unit of Distress. It is an intensity meter. Zero for no distress. Ten is maximum unit of distress. Before each tapping session, you keep track of the intensity levels to gauge progress.
Emotional Freedom Technique has been in use since the late 1990′s. Numerous life coaches, doctors, hypnotherapists, psychotherapists, various holistic practitioners, and lay people have picked up EFT tapping and found results where traditional treatments or therapies has failed or had little effect. Some practitioners who have adapted emotional freedom technique into their practice have further developed it and enhanced its efficacy.
Here is a partial list of issues EFT technique can help you with :
a) Personal Performance
- Weight Loss
- Athletic Achievement
- Business & Career Goals
b) Emotional Challenges
- Children’s Behavior
- Relationship Issues
- Anger Management
- Severe Trauma (PTSD)
- Sexual Abuse
c) Physical Disease
- Pain Management
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Cystic Fibrosis
EFT tapping is a pretty straightforward. Getting results entails asking pertinent questions, making astute observations, and listening carefully to uncover the core issues underlying your emotional upset. And that comes with practice, experience, and persistence. I would like to stress the importance of finding the core causes of your problems – NOT what YOU think are the causes. Many people give up on tapping thinking it doesn’t work. Here are some reason why tapping may not work for some people because they : 1) quit prematurely because it is taking so long not realizing the gravity and scope of the problem and/or start reliving the pain unnecessarily because they lack the skills to use emotional freedom technique properly, 2) don’t realize that they didn’t clear the core issues of their problems, 3) unconsciously resist healing, 4) consciously yet secretly reject healing altogether. Bye the way, we must exercise free will here. It is waste of time to tap on issues with someone or on yourself if you flat out refuse to put genuine effort into the process.
Anyway, watch the following demonstration where Nick Ortner skillfully applies EFT tapping to assist Natasha release her chronic anxiety which she describes as a “gnawing feeling in her gut.”
Here are some advantages of using EFT Tapping Technique :
- No surgical procedures
- No needles
- No pills or chemicals
- No pushing or pulling on the body
- Easy to Learn
- Rapid Results
- Permanent Results
- Self-help Method
- Works on Adults & Children
- Works on Animals Too
EFT tapping is a self help tool. It is not a quick fix gimmick and it is not intended to replace traditional therapies, medical treatments, or medical advice. It just seems to work better in the care of an experienced practitioner. The amount of time it takes to see results depends on the complexity of your issues. However, our body has a compelling ability for self-healing. When you can take control of that self-healing power with emotional freedom technique, it puts control over your destiny back into your own hands. To learn more click on the links below :
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