EFT stands for “Emotional Freedom Techniques.” This is an extremely effective self-help method known as “tapping” or “meridian tapping” that is used by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.
Emotional Freedom Techniques are beneficial for releasing negative thoughts, and behaviours which have become stored in our bodies on a cellular level.
EFT was developed by Gary Craig in the 1990s based on his study of work done by Roger Callahan in Thought Field Therapy (TFT). TFT was one of the first methods in what is now called Energy Psychology.
A person’s emotional well-being is completely interlinked with their overall health and physical state. Our mental health plays a significant role in our healing ability and our physical health.
Psychological acupressure delivered with EFT is an excellent way to overcome emotional barriers that can make you feel “stuck” or in a rut in certain aspects of your life.
The origins of EFT or tapping are said to have been developed in ancient Chinese medicine as acupuncture was being discovered. Acupuncture is a healing method that uses energy pathways in the body known as energy meridians. Acupuncture is mainly used to treat physical ailments and not typically psychological issues, such as with EFT.
The practice is based on the same energy meridians that have been used in traditional acupuncture; however, no needles are involved. You simply use your fingertips to gently tap on their meridians in order to generate kinetic energy into these particular meridians on mainly the head and the chest area.
While tapping on these points, you think about a certain problem in your life you wish to overcome; possibly an addiction, a chronic pain or a traumatic event. While holding that image in your mind, you can voice positive affirmations while tapping in order to clear the blockage.
The purpose of voicing positive affirmations and tapping on your energy meridians is to restore your body and mind’s balance by short circuiting the emotional blockage from your body’s bioenergy system. Once the blockage is released and balance is attained, it is possible for physical and emotional problems to heal and optimum health to reign.
How and Where to Tap
There are 2 key points to utilising EFT: the tapping technique and locations, and the positive affirmations. There is a sequence to follow in tapping and once you get the hang of it, usually after only a few minutes, you will be able to do the sequence automatically and focus more on your affirmations.
There are 9 Tapping Points on the body:
- Karate Chop (KC)
- Top of Head (TH)
- Eyebrow (EB)
- Side of the Eye (SE)
- Under the Eye (UE)
- Under the Nose (UN)
- Chin (Ch)
- Collar Bone (CB)
- Under the Arm (UA)
Accepting and Understanding
Many people are skeptical when they first discover EFT and tapping.
Being aware of the electromagnetic energy that constantly flows through our body and regulates our health has recently been recognized in our Western culture and is gaining popularity.
It is common for people to be initially amused by the methodology of EFT, but once they try tapping and feel the benefits, their amusement often changes to belief.
What Are The Benefits of EFT?
EFT has many benefits besides being a healing technique. It is also safe, simple and easy to do and there is no special equipment required. The wonderful thing is that many individuals can do treatment sessions on their own in the comfort of their own home.
EFT has been successfully used to treat a myriad of conditions. Tapping has been used to help with PTSD (or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), to stop smoking, emotional fears and stressors and many other issues.
Of course, if you are dealing with a significant trauma or a difficult situation, you may benefit from working alongside a trained practitioner. Thanks to how successful EFT is there are numerous practitioners employing EFT all over the globe including me.
Calming Your Mind
Tapping is an effective tool for soothing or calming your body physically or your mind mentally or emotionally. It is very liberating to be able to rely on yourself and not someone else for calming yourself down. Being responsible for how you are feeling and thinking as opposed to waiting for someone else to change their behaviour, attitude or mood so that you can feel better is very empowering.
Releasing Negative Factors
EFT is an excellent tool in your arsenal for preventing disease. Not only does it improve the energy flow within the body and stimulate the energy meridians in the process, but it helps to completely ground your body's electrical energy system by fully connecting you to your physical body.
Since negative energy that is trapped in the body thrives on worry, anxiety, tension and stress, it is vitally important for us all to release that negativity in order to live a healthier life.
Being in a chronically unhealthy state has been clinically proven to lead to illnesses including: back pain, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, depression, ulcers, chronic stress disorder, colitis, tension headaches, fibromyalgia, migraines, ulcers and tension headaches among other issues.
Living with constant negative energy can have extremely detrimental effects on your overall health. In order to heal it is necessary to release negativity and surround yourself with healthy and positive people and environments.
One of the great benefits of this therapy is that anyone is capable of learning the techniques of EFT tapping, and passing on that learning to their family and their children! Once they grasp the concept they are on their way to healing. Another wonderful attribute is that this is a totally portable treatment. You can do it at home or simply excuse yourself and go to the bathroom to 'tap' if and when you are out in public.
Some people have mastered the skill of "Mental Tapping" where they do EFT by imagining they are tapping on their energy meridians and only using their mind. This technique is often used just as you are falling asleep or first thing in the morning upon wakening; especially during times when you are too relaxed or too tired to physically lift up your arm.
If you start tapping, you too will reap the benefits!