Tap your Troubles Away with Emotional Freedom Technique
I must admit that I don’t practice Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) on a regular basis. And I should. Because it’s a terrific way to quickly penetrate through all those energy bodies I talked about in the last article of this series. And begin some sort of a desired healing. If you haven’t already, you can read about energy bodies here.
EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture by the Chinese for over five thousand years, to treat physical and emotional ailments. Instead of needles, simple tapping with the fingertips is used to stimulate. energy into specific places on the body while you ponder your problem . . . a traumatic event, an addiction, an emotional barrier or the like . . . and simultaneously repeat phrases to accept and assimilate it.
Not only that, according to Gary Craig, one of the founders of the technique, the whole process can be summed up in one “discovery statement” . . . “The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system . . . This includes fears, phobias, anger, grief, anxiety, depression, traumatic memories, PTSD, worry, guilt and all limiting emotions (thoughts) in sports, business and the performing arts. That’s a comprehensive list and covers just about every restrictive emotion we can experience.” According to Craig, we don’t have to relive painful memories and traumas to relieve ourselves of them. We simply have to tap in the right places.
EFT is a viable bridge between talk therapies and body therapies. Its use, however, is still controversial. But it has been adopted by many mental health professionals and incorporated into their practices. Including the head hypnotherapist at one of the top rehabs in the country. I know that to be so because she taught me.
So how do you get started with EFT? Well, you might want to visit Craig’s website and read about the basics by going here. Or do an abbreviated version that I like called the Two-Minute Release Technique here.
Here is a summary of the basic process based upon the explanation on Craig’s website:
1. Identify the Issue. What’s bugging you? Mentally or physically. Come up with a single idea and a single phrase to describe it, like “sore knee” or “anger at my mother for siding with my teacher”. Don’t combine issues for this process.
2. Test the Initial Intensity. Rate how important or intense this issue/feeling is on a scale of 0-10, 10 being the highest. This forms a baseline to identify your progress after tapping. Craig explains that . . .
- “For emotional issues, you can recreate the memories in your mind and assess their discomforts.
- For physical ailments you can simply assess the existing pain or discomfort.
- For performance issues you can attempt the desired performance level and measure how close you come to it.”
3. The Setup. Create a simple statement around the single phrase you identified in # 1 that a) acknowledges the problem and b) in which you accept yourself despite it. In other words, say:
“Even though I have this ______________, I deeply and completely accept myself”
Using my own issues, I would therefore say . . .
Even though I have a sore knee, I deeply and completely accept myself. OR:
Even though I am angry at my mother for siding with my teacher, I deeply and completely accept myself.
Don’t use this to deal with someone else’s problem; you want to create a phrase that mirrors YOUR reactions, experiences, or feelings about YOUR problem. To this end, Craig uses the example of “Even though my son is addicted to drugs, I deeply and completely accept myself.” In this way, you take total responsibility for everything in your life.
Don’t worry if these phrases appear negative to you. Most self-help focuses upon positive phrases in the form of affirmations. Personally, I don’t think they work as you have to clear out the negative before you can let in the positive. I do this when I do Native American Medicine Wheels in my backyard. Ancient peoples totally got this basic concept. It’s also the crux of EFT.
4. The Sequence. I’m not going to reproduce that tapping sequence here as you can go to the pages above for either the abbreviated or full version. As you tap, say a “Reminder Phrase” to focus upon the issue you’re working on at each point such as:
“This sore knee”
“My mother angered me”
5. Test the Intensity Again. Rate the “after” intensity of your problem or issue again on a scale of 0-10 to see how much progress you’ve made. If you’re not down to “0”, you might want to repeat the process.
That’s it for this week. Next time, we’ll explore a little-known process called Color Breathing. Oh, by the way, EFT is GREAT for weight loss . . .
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Be honest . . . what do you think of EFT. Do you think it might be a good way to rid yourself of nagging physical and emotional issues once and for all?