So what is EFT or Emotional Freedom technique and does it work?

EFT is a technique based off of Thought Field Therapy that was developed by Dr. Roger Callahan in the 1980’s. He discovered that when he had his patients tap on various meridian points on the body, that they started to feel better – mentally, emotionally and physically. EFT is a meridian based therapy developed by Gary Craig – a Stanford trained engineer, who built upon Callahans discoveries. Craig discovered that when we tap on these various points while saying specific phrases he could provide rapid relief from trauma, phobias, PTSD, anger, guilt, depression, physical pain and much more.

The combination of tapping on these energy meridians while voicing positive affirmations works to clear our emotional blockages from our mind and body, restoring them to a balanced state, which is essential for good health and for healing any physical disease. When we have a balanced mind, we can create new, better beliefs. We will no longer have any of our negative beliefs that ultimately stop our potential as infinite beings and it’s from this space that we can create anything!

Everything is energy, and when we really understand this, we can begin to understand how tapping on these Chinese meridian points (used in acupuncture & acupressure) can free up emotional blockages that some of us have been holding onto for lifetimes. It’s these blockages that cause our hang ups and hurts in life – from our successes to our relationships – to our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. All of who we are and how we are in life depends on how our energy is flowing. We can not be or do anything in life if we have an underlying belief that tells us differently – EFT can help rewrite our life beliefs into ones that benefit us!

The basic EFT positions are straightforward and easy to remember, generally taking only a few minutes to learn. There are hundreds of videos on YouTube that can walk you through various affirmations depending on your goal. I recommend Brad Yates, as he covers a wide range of topics and is easy to follow! After a following a few videos you will start noticing a difference in how you feel or how you act – and you’ll start manifesting your goals effortlessly!

The first thing to learn is that you’ll be tapping with your finger tips. There are several acupuncture meridians on our fingertips, and when we tap with our fingers we are also activating those as well as the actual points on our bodies. Traditional EFT uses one hand, with your index and middle finger doing the tapping, it doesn’t matter which hand you use, nor does it matter if you switch sides during your session – as long as you’re tapping the specific meridian points.

Below are a few pointers when learning how to tap:

  • You can tap with one hand or both
  • Ideally, you’re going to want to use your fingertips and not your finger pads, as they have more meridian points
  • You should tap solidly, but not so hard that you bruise or hurt yourself
  • Tap 5-7 times on each meridian, however, the number is not important but it should be the length of one full in and out breath
  • Remove any watches or bracelets that may get in the way

 

 

You will notice that these tapping points proceed down the body. Each tapping point is below the one before it, thus making it easier to memorize. A few trips through it the sequence will be yours to use forever. And unlike TFT, how you do the sequence of tapping does not matter – just so long as all the points are activated. It just is easier to go from top to bottom for ease of remembering.

Affirmations to use during Tapping:

The thing that I liked most about EFT was that while it uses affirmations, it doesn’t sugar coat the beliefs that you have about yourself and your circumstance – instead, it brings up emotions that we would otherwise deny when practicing the art manifesting, or attempting to bring about a better situation in our lives. As I had mentioned earlier there are many great videos on YouTube that take you through the steps and the affirmations of tapping. I really like these because it give you a good idea of what you can use, or change as you wish – after watching a few videos, if you’re feeling really ambitious, you can even write your own affirmations – but below are just a few to get you started.

To start you will begin with the karate point, or the side of your hand, using 4 fingers to tap. You may say something like this: Even though I don’t believe I deserve __________. I deeply and completely love and accept myself. Even though circumstances have shown me differently, I choose to love, honor and accept myself.

The point of tapping is to bring up our negative emotion or belief and then rewrite it with something better. Ask yourself as you tap, what can I replace this fear with. Below is a video that will help you with ideas when writing out your own tap, or to just follow along.

 

 

 

EFT is very easy to learn, and will help you:

  • Remove negative emotions (which stand in our way of achieving our goals)
  • Reduce food cravings, and help you lose weight
  • Reduce or eliminate pain altogether
  • Implement positive goals

 

Here are the tapping points I use in my practice. Keep in mind that every practitioner does their own variation of tapping – this is the one I learned and works best for me.

 

tapping points

 

*I do not claim ownership to the above image – original image taken from emofree.com