Tap Your Way to Health, Wealth, and Peace

EFT or Emotional Freedom Techniques is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease.

EFT (also known as the Tapping Technique) involves the stimulation of traditional Chinese acupuncture points to create a healing response. However, instead of using needles, EFT uses a technique of gentle tapping on these points. Clinical trials have shown that EFT is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, the body rebalances itself, and accelerates healing.

EFT is a universal healing modality that is easy enough for the average 8 year old to learn on her own but is powerful enough to assist people with everything from debilitating phobias to serious health conditions. The reason why it’s believed that EFT heals all these different issues is because we know that at the root of all problems is pent up negative emotions. Whether it’s an illness that resulted from stress, a bank account that’s slim due to fears of failure, or self sabotage created when one is trying to lose weight all involve negative emotions. In Law of Attraction terms these negative emotions send out negative vibrations which then in turn result in a negative reality. It has been estimated that over 14 million people worldwide use EFT in settings as varied as professional sport team locker rooms, hospitals, prisons, schools, and life coaches’ offices.

Here’s a quick and easy way that you can begin to use EFT for a stressor in your life:

Step 1 Pick a problem. You’ll be most effective with this process if you limit this problem to a specific event as in, “the time when …..”

 Step 2 Pick the emotion you feel about it now, the level of intensity from 0-10, and where you feel that in your body. There are books developed to why adding the somatic piece (where you feel it in your body) is so powerful in healing. It’s an important part of the EFT process.

Step 3 Take the four fingers of your dominant hand and tap on the side of your non-dominant hand. We call this the Karate Chop point for obvious reasons. Tap consistently while saying the statement, “Even though I feel all this ______(negative emotion) about _______(the time when…), I deeply and completely accept myself. This is known as the Setup Statement and utilizes Neural Linguistic Programming as well as aspects of cognitive awareness/mindfulness.

Step 4 Tap on the top of the head, start of the eyebrow, side of the eye, under the eye, under the nose, on the line below the bottom lip and above the chin, at the intersection of the collarbone at the base of the neck and 4 inches below the arm pit on the side of the body. You are tapping with your middle and index fingers expect for the areas that are larger – the top of head, collar bone and under the arm. While tapping on these points you need to remind your brain what the problem is and that is done by repeating the word “this” in front of the emotion as in, “This anger.”

Step 5 Evaluate the intensity. More than likely you’ll be feeling less intense. If you don’t feel a dramatic shift it isn’t that the EFT isn’t working, it’s that there are a few refinements may be called for which we’ll cover that in the next article.

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