EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), also called Tapping, is a healing technique that can cure physical, emotional, and performance problems. The idea behind EFT is that emotional stress can diminish the body's natural healing ability. Like acupuncture, the techniques utilize the Chinese meridian system, which consists of a complicated network of energy circuits running through our bodies.
But unlike acupuncture, EFT is directed at curing the negative emotions caused by a disruption in our body’s energy circuits. These negative emotions can also result in physical and performance difficulties. EFT does not use needles or any invasive implements like acupuncture does.
EFT utilizes two simultaneous processes: While we concentrate on the specific emotional, physical, or performance issue to be fixed, we tap certain meridian points on our body with our fingertips. When correctly performed, EFT combines the benefits of conventional cognitive therapy with the physical benefits of meridian stimulation. This often results in quicker solutions to problems.
I have taught EFT in my psychic workshops since early 2000. People who have employed it have reported staggering success. Tapping is very easy to learn and can be utilized anytime and anywhere. It is a true “do-it-yourself” process, and the only one I am aware of that can cure a whole realm of ailments.
Learning to use EFT is simple. It blends focused wording with a nine-point tapping sequence. The focused wording concentrates our mind on the issue we want to address, and this, in turn, points our mind to the energy disruptions that we need to clear. Once we are concentrating on the emotional, physical, or performance matter we wish to improve, tapping is used to stimulate the energy pathways, thereby clearing the resulting energy disruptions causing our problem.
Unlike the hundreds of points used in acupuncture, EFT uses only nine points (some on both sides of our body), which are located at or near the end points of the energy pathways (meridians) or at points along meridians that are close to our skin.
Here's how to use EFT the next time you need to deal with anxiety, nerves, stress, or even just some post-workout muscle soreness:
1. Decide what particular emotional, physical, or performance issue you want to address.
Examples: a fear of flying, a sore neck, or, if you golf, an inconsistent putting stroke. Because EFT is so simple and can be done anywhere and anytime, it is most effective if the issue to be addressed can be felt or performed as soon as the process is finished.
2. Establish the current seriousness of that problem on some simple scale.
Many use a zero-to-10 scale, in which a problem rated at zero is a nonissue and at 10 is the most severe.
3. Come up with the phrase you will repeat.
This phrase serves two purposes: It identifies the issue at hand and reinforces the fact that you deeply like yourself despite it. For example, “Despite my bad temper, I believe I am truly a good person.” Be sure you aim your statement at the negative issue because this is what you seek to change.
4. Begin the tapping of each of the nine points (listed below) while stating the issue to be solved: “I’m afraid to fly” or “my sore neck” or “my putting stroke is awful.”
Tap each point with two fingers five times. Start with the top of your head and work your way down, finishing with the side of your hand. You can use points on either side of your body. Also feel free to mix the points and tap one on the left while tapping a different one on the right.
5. When finished, reassess the seriousness of the problem using the scale in Step 2.
This is most accurate only when the seriousness of the issue can be immediately measured. If the problem still exists or is not reduced to an acceptable level, you can repeat the process right away or day after day.
Here are the nine tapping points to incorporate into the EFT process:
1. The top of the head at the intersection of a line ear to ear, and another line from your nose to the back of your neck.
2. The beginning of the eyebrow, just above and to one side of the nose.
3. The bone bordering the outside corner of the eye.
4. The bone under an eye about 1 inch below your pupil.
5. The small area between the bottom of your nose and the top of your upper lip.
6. Midway between the point of your chin and the bottom of your lower lip.
7. The junction where the sternum (breastbone), collarbone, and the first rib meet. To locate it, first place your forefinger on the U-shaped notch at the top of the breastbone (roughly where a man would knot his tie). From the bottom of the U, move your forefinger down toward the navel 1 inch and then go to the left (or right) 1 inch.
8. The side of the body about 4 inches below the armpit.
9. The center of the fleshy part of the outside of your hand (either hand) between the top of the wrist and the base of the baby finger. This is called the Karate Chop point.
Having taught EFT Tapping for over a decade, I've seen this very simple methodology provide people with a very effective and safe way to solve emotional, physical, and performance problems totally on their own.