What is EFT, otherwise known as Emotional Freedom Techniques, Emotional Freedom Technique, EFT Tapping, or just plain Tapping? It is a system where you tap or rub on certain points on the body known as meridians while you maintain focus on a past negative event or issue. Tapping while focusing on a past issue usually enables your body to dramatically and quickly eliminate any unwanted feelings about the issue.
The founder of EFT, Gary Craig found in any given event or issue, that where negative feelings were felt the body’s energy system was blocked or distorted. This blocking of the body’s energy system could be likened to a blocked drain were the drain cannot function normally. Clear the drain however and waste can be cleared away quickly and efficiently allowing for a normal flow to resume; in the body’s case, energy.
The meridians that are tapped on in EFT Tapping are many of the same meridians that have been used successfully for many years in acupuncture for physical and emotional issues. Oddly enough we often naturally use many of these tapping points unknowingly when distressed such as covering the mouth with a hand or holding a hand to the upper chest, or holding both sides of the forehead simultaneously.
To begin with, an issue is chosen to be tapped on and the SUDS (Subjective Units of Distress) level is taken. To monitor progress with EFT Tapping, a scale is used known as the Subjective Units of Distress. This is a 0 to 10 scale; 0 = no emotion regarding the issue and 10 = feeling overwhelmed with emotion regarding the issue.
Try to be as specific as possible with your wording. Also as humans we are electrical beings so make sure you’re well hydrated while tapping! Tapping usually begins on either the karate chop point on the fleshy side of the hand or by rubbing the sore spot on either side of the upper chest (which is a tender lymphatic drainage point). While tapping or rubbing either of these spots a Set Up Statement is repeated. The Set Up Statement allows you to acknowledge the issue while at the same time accepting yourself. This then follows with what’s called a Reminder Phrase while tapping proceeds around other commonly used tapping points on the body; usually from the Top of the Head down to the Under Arm point. The reminder phrase is simply a repeated phrase to enable you to remain focused on that issue. An example of EFT Tapping in its simplest form would look like this;
Begin by rating the issue using the SUDS 0-10 scale. Choose your Set up statement:
Karate chop: Even though I feel angry at Joe because he stood me up again I choose to love and accept myself.
Top of Head: Angry at Joe
Eyebrow: He stood me up again
Side of Eye: Angry at Joe
Under Eye: Why does he do this to me?
Under Nose: Angry at Joe
Chin: He stood me up again
Collar Bone: Angry at Joe
Under Arm: He stood me up again
This would then be followed by a deep breath and the SUDS level taken again. It is important when working on an issue that you tap on all aspects relating to the problem. Aspects are all the different pieces that make up that issue for you. In the example above, you may have not only been angry, you may also have felt humiliated and embarrassed so it would be important to tap on these aspects as well as any others in order to fully deal with the issue.
The great news is EFT Tapping can be used easily by children and adults alike to great effect to get rid of past programming and beliefs that you took on that no longer serve you. EFT’s effectiveness is not affected by how long ago the event occurred. It is recommended that for serious past events such as trauma that you seek the help of an experienced qualified EFT practitioner. I hope that answers the question of; what is EFT?
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