The technical term, Emotional Freedom Technique, (EFT), is a method used to guide people to achieve greater personal freedom built on the same principles used for thousands of years with acupuncture, but without the needles. The main school of thought resides within the teachings of Energy Psychology.
Some 5,000 years ago the Chinese discovered a complex system of energy circuits that run throughout the body. These circuits, or meridians as they are called, are the focal point of Eastern health practices and have set the foundation for modern day acupuncture, acupressure and various other healing techniques.
Many negative emotions, phobias, anger, grief, anxiety, guilt, traumas, addictions, and depressions, along with physical ailments are condensed information bound into what is referred to as a “thought field”. This penned –up information is actively stimulating the thought field, creating distress by controlling our negative emotions and subsequently affecting our behavior.
EFT blends the ancient wisdom of acupuncture with talk therapy. Several of the major acupuncture points on the body are stimulated while tapping on them with the finger tips and speaking, similar to therapy, at the same time.
What differentiates EFT from other forms of treatment which gear you to change how you think about something is: tapping changes how you feel about it. This slight shift in focus is significantly powerful in bringing about sustainability and longevity with your transformation.
How Does Tapping Work?
Allow me to be a bit scientific for a moment.
The essential make up of our bodies include electricity and water. Our electrical systems are vital to our health, obviously when the energy, (AKA Chi), stops flowing we die. Various technological procedures are used to monitor the activity level of energy in the brain.
There is a scientific type of scanning procedure called a “functional MRI (fMRI), which measures signal changes in the brain caused by varying neural activity.
There are distinct changes in the brain, scientist research reveals, from the effects of acupuncture with fMRI when an acupuncture point is stimulated. Most noteworthy is the fact that both areas are unconnected by nerves, blood vessels are any known physical connection.
EFT involves stimulating (tapping on) the same acupuncture points. Now here’s where your emotional freedom comes in: it has been proven, again with fMRI, that stimulating points on the skin not only changes brain activity, it deactivates areas of the brain that are activated when we experience fear and pain.
Something occurs at both the electromagnetic level and the electrochemical level when acupuncture points are stimulated, that has a direct influence on how you feel. EFT practitioners are manifesting the same results!
How Does EFT Address My Problem?
EFT focuses less on the memory of a traumatic experience and more on the direct causes, which is a disruption of energy flow.
For the sake of learning a bit more, let’s compare our body’s energy flow to that of a computer. As long as the electricity flows through the computer properly, the operating system functions accurately and the input output devices are running efficiently: your screen is clear and your audio unit is performing optimally. However, what if you started poking and prodding at your hard drive with a screwdriver, prying the circuits apart? You would most definitely interrupt or re-route the electrical flow and a subsequent short circuit or “zap” , would occur inside. The monitor and audio would become erratic and the computer would display its version of “a negative emotion.”
Similarly, when our energy systems are thrown off balance, we have an electrical “zap” that takes place inside. EFT can re-align the “zap” and the negative emotion will go away. As bizarre as this may sound, it’s actually that simple.
Once you become open to the possibility of this kind of shift, you will see how putting so much emphasis on memory adds to the disturbance. It has been taught that the past traumatic memory is the direct cause of emotional upset. This is not the case. There is a step that has been overlooked and that is the disruption in the body’s energetic flow as previously mentioned. It is that interruption, that “zap” that is the
cause of the emotional upset. An illustration is shown below:
Observe that if step 2 (the intermediate step), then step 3 is impossible. Basically, if the memory does not cause an interruption in the body’s energy circulation, then the negative emotion cannot occur. This is why some people are distressed by certain memories and others are not. The contrast is that some people allow their energy flow to get thrown off course, where some do not.
The diagram displays how the “treat the memory” misses the point by completely overlooking step 2.
Typical Psychotherapy often focuses on the memory and not the cause (the energy interruption). While in step 1 mode the person is required to actively revisit and relive the stress of the memory which tends to provoke more interruption to the energetic flow (more zaps). This leads to more pain and exacerbates the matter. When step 2 is addressed there is relatively little pain, the energy system would be balanced, by tapping, and internal peace would replace the negative emotion. Considering the actual cause is being addressed here, results would come quickly. This is what EFT consistently offers.
Important Note: While EFT has produced remarkable clinical results, it must still be considered in the experimental stage. Therefore, practitioners and the public must take complete responsibility for their use of it and for their own physical and emotional well-being. Gary Craig, who is the founder of EFT, and holds its registered trademarks, is not a licensed health professional; nor is Roxanne McDonald. Please consult qualified health practitioners when using EFT.
A Brief Blue Print of Tapping
Think of an issue that is concerning you and give it a name: stomach ache, fear of asking for a raise, angry at spouse, lower back pain, procrastination, etc. This will be your reminder phrase. Rate your displeasure on a scale from 1 – 10 so that you can monitor your progress with each concern.
- Setup (see diagram): Repeat this affirmation three times, while continuously tapping the Karate Chop point: Even though I have this ______ (fear, anger, stress, pain, issue with Sue etc.), I absolutely love and honor myself.
- The sequence: Tap between 5 – 10 times on each of the following energy points while repeating the reminder phrase at each point:
Crown: “This fear (or whatever the issue may be).”
Eyebrow: “This fear.”
Side of eye: “This fear.”
Under eye: “This fear.”
Under nose: “This fear.”
Chin: “This fear.”
Collarbone: “This fear.”
Under arm: “This fear.”
- Take a deep breath, hold for a moment then release. Now once again, on a scale from 1 -10, after checking in with your body, rate how it feels. Repeat this process until you realize a substantial amount of relief. We want to bring the discomfort down to a zero. You may experience in clearing out one issue, another one surfaces. The wording of the setup affirmation and the reminder phrase will change in accordance with the new issue. If you are addressing the same concern say: “Even though I still have this _____ (issue)
Tapping is typically done with two fingers. You can tap with either hand, on whichever side of the body you choice, or both sides. Find the place for your collar bone point where the bones practically meet at the top of your chest at tap that area with four fingers or your fist.