What is E.F.T. or Meridian Tapping?
I've successfully used EFT/Tapping with my clients since 2009, and have taught introductory workshops on it since 2011.
What is E.F.T./Meridian Tapping?
The body, like everything in the
universe, is composed of energy. Restore balance to the body’s energy, and you
will mend the negative emotions and physical symptoms that stem from the energy
disruption. Tapping restores the body’s energy balance, and negative emotions
concept comes from the doctrines of traditional Chinese medicine, which referred
to the body’s energy as “chi.” In ancient times, the Chinese discovered 100
meridian points. They also discovered that by stimulating these meridian
points, they could heal. Call it energy, call it the Source, life force, prana,
or chi… Whatever you want to call it, it works. Put simply, energy circulates
through your body along a specific network of channels. You can tap into this
energy at any point along the system.
In some ways, Tapping is similar
to acupuncture. Like Tapping, acupuncture achieves healing through stimulating
the body’s meridians and energy flow. However, unlike acupuncture Tapping
doesn’t involve needles!
The basic technique requires you
to focus on the negative emotion at hand: a fear or anxiety, a bad memory, an
unresolved problem, or anything that’s bothering you. While maintaining your
mental focus on this issue, use your fingertips to gently tap 5-7 times each on
12 of the body’s meridian points. Tapping on these meridian points – while
concentrating on accepting and resolving the negative emotion – will access
your body’s energy, restoring it to a balanced state.
Tapping is simple and painless.
It can be learned by anyone. And you can apply it to yourself, whenever you
want, wherever you are. It can be used with specific emotional intent towards
your own unique life challenges and experiences. Most importantly, it gives you
the power to heal yourself, putting control over your destiny back into your
What can it be used for?
The short answer is "everything!" The longer answer is any strongly-charged thought, belief, behavior or physical symptom with an emotional component -- such as fears and phobias; shame and guilt; anger, frustration or rage; and, sadness and grief.
All of these so-called "negative" emotions not only intensify and anchor those subconscious thoughts and behaviors; they are what create blocks in our energy field that manifest as pain, muscle tightness, shortness of breath, headaches, illnesses and fatigue.
By releasing and clearing the emotional charge, we free ourselves to change our lives. I have used EFT/Tapping with my clients to successfully and permanently release:
* Performance anxiety
* Nausea in pregnancy and motion sickness
* Physical pain
* Trauma from past painful events and memories
* Limiting beliefs and core wounds
* Shame around self-image and body-image
* Harmful habits, cravings and compulsions
* Self-sabotaging behaviors around finances, careers, and relationships
Once we have released the old patterns, we then use EFT to anchor in the positive opposite: the thoughts, beliefs, feelings and behaviors we want.
EFT/Tapping can be used on its own in a session, or in conjunction with hypnosis for even deeper results! Once you know the process, you can use it for yourself between sessions and any time you need it!
A Brief History of EFT
The Emotional Freedom Technique began in 1980 with a psychologist by the name of Roger Callahan, and a patient with an extreme phobia of water. Mary's fear of water controlled her life and kept her from daily activities. She was unable to take her children to the beach and was unable to drive near the ocean; she grew fearful when it rained, and could not even withstand the sight of water on TV. She had vivid nightmares involving water.
Dr. Callahan and Mary had been working on this problem together for over a year. Finally, Mary worked up the courage to sit within sight of the pool at Dr. Callahan's house. Even doing this caused Mary extreme distress, and though she found ways to cope with the intense fear and emotional pain, she did not overcome her phobia. They discussed her problem, and how to overcome it, but without success.
Her fear of being near the water caused Mary stomach pains – a common "gut reaction." Dr. Callahan had recently been studying traditional Chinese medicines, and learning about meridians. Suddenly he had an inspiration. Remembering that there was an acupuncture point for the stomach meridian on the cheekbone, he asked her to tap there, thinking it might cure her stomach pains.
Mary tapped her cheekbone as directed, and this little action changed everything. The response seemed miraculous, to both Mary and Dr. Callahan. Her stomach pains disappeared, but even more amazingly, her phobia of water disappeared, too! She ran down to the pool and began splashing herself with water, rejoicing in her newfound freedom from fear.
Based on this discovery, Dr. Callahan began a series of investigations to develop and refine this technique, which he termed Thought Field Therapy.
Gary Craig trained under Dr. Callahan's tutelage in the 1990's, learning the procedures for TFT. As time passed, Gary began to observe some problems with TFT, aspects that he saw were unnecessary complications. TFT required practitioners to tap on a specific sequence of meridians (called an algorithm) for each different problem.
Gary observed repeated scenarios in which the problem was incorrectly diagnosed or the practitioner tapped out the meridian points in the wrong order, yet the patient's symptoms still went away. Based on these observations, he concluded that it did not matter in which order the meridian points were tapped.
From there, Gary developed the Emotional Freedom Technique as a simplified, improved version of TFT. EFT has one basic, simple sequence of points to tap, no matter what the situation. It does not require complicated muscle testing, is simple to administer, and easy to master.
Many other amazing people have studied this method in the years since, making adjustments and improvements over time, so that now it is generally referred to as Meridian Tapping ("Tapping") or Energy Medicine.
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