Imagine you suffer from chronic pain, and have for over 20 years. Or that you’ve always had an unexplainable phobia that has kept you from fully enjoying life. Imagine you’ve tried everything to help with these horrible conditions.
You’ve gone to multiple doctors, seen therapists, taken numerous medications. And still, years later, nothing has helped you through these issues. Maybe you don’t have to imagine this scenario; maybe you already live it every day.
Millions of people have found Western medicine insufficient in helping with their most serious conditions, and have turned to ancient Eastern techniques for relief. These suffering individuals have found that Eastern medicine addresses deep seeded emotional and physical issues that traditional Western techniques haven’t been able to tackle for them.
Modern Eastern medicine techniques, like acupuncture and meditation, are an interesting combination between ancient medical ideas and modern, Western science. Although current data is still being compiled and understood by researchers, testimonials of thousands of individuals who have had their lives changed by these techniques are bringing them into the medical spotlight.
One such technique has really taken center stage in the last decade for its power to address any issue, from chronic pain to PTSD, in a matter of hours. This is called Emotional Freedom Techniques or EFT. EFT uses tapping motions to align the body’s meridians and address deep emotional issues that are manifesting in your life in various painful ways.
What is EFT Tapping?
EFT tapping is an ancient technique used to help people reach their full potential for happiness and satisfaction in life. The individuals who most benefit from EFT tapping may frequently experience feelings of:
- Pain at any place in the body
- Sadness and depression
- Frequent illness
- Inadequacy related to weight, relationships, finances, etc.
These are just a few of the issues many people who turn to EFT face on a daily basis.
The basis for EFT tapping dates back over 5,000 years to the Chinese meridian system. The technique stimulates the meridian points in the body, which can bring the body back into its natural alignment and turn those feelings of depression, stress, and illness into relief, joy, and ambition.
EFT is a technique for making a 180-degree change to your life. Where other techniques and medicines have failed you, EFT can step in and be the key to happiness and fulfillment in everyday life and beyond.
How Energy Moves Through the Body
The Chinese meridian system is what a lot of Eastern practices revolve around, like acupuncture and acupressure.
A meridian is an “energy highway” through the human body. Energy, referred to as Chi or Qi, flows through the meridian throughout the entire body. The meridian corresponds with basic substances in the body, such as blood and bodily fluids, and operates in tandem with these functions.
The Chinese system discovered 100 meridian points, and found that when these points are stimulated, it can heal the body.
EFT tapping uses nine meridian points that run from the top of the head to the middle of the rib cage. These points are stimulated by gentle tapping, which re-aligns the Chi that has fallen out of balance along your meridian.
Tapping is simple and painless, and, unlike acupuncture or acupressure, it can be learned by anyone. The technique, which involves strategic tapping and positive affirmations, can be mastered by anyone after only a few learning sessions.
When the meridian points are stimulated, the body’s Chi or energy is activated and channeled through the meridian in a healing way. This is how EFT tapping helps target negative emotions and rid your body of them, while replacing them with positivity and infinite potential.
EFT operates on the idea that negative events or traumas in our lives result in negative emotions that we carry around with us. These negative emotions are heavy burdens that impact our lives in multiple ways, from causing migraines to anxiety attacks.
Through EFT tapping, you can learn to transform those heavy, negative emotions into positive ones, and consequently invite positivity and happiness into your life.
Studies Show EFT Tapping Successes
Although the philosophy behind EFT is old, researchers are just starting to explore the benefits of tapping in their studies. But prestigious universities and medical professionals have found extraordinary results in their research.
Studies at Harvard Medical School have found that the brain’s stress and fear response, which is controlled by an almond-shaped part of the brain called the amygdala, could be lessened by stimulating the meridian points. A double-blind research study found that stimulating the points through pressure, as you do in tapping, resulted in calmer, more controlled responses from participants.
Another collection of research by Dr. Dawson Church found that tapping can reduce levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, in the body. The study found that an hour of tapping reduced cortisol levels an average of 24 percent. Some participants even have an almost 50 percent reduction! And tapping offered more significant relief than an hour of traditional talk therapy.
Church also started The Stress Project, which teaches tapping to war veterans suffering from PTSD. Studies on the project have shown an average 63 percent decrease in PTSD symptoms after just six rounds of tapping!
As more research comes out about the benefits of tapping, skeptics are finding their way to EFT and are getting blown away by the results. For many, it really is something you have to see to believe.
EFT Tapping Basics
Before you begin tapping, it’s important to understand that EFT tapping is very different from traditional talk therapy. Although both believe negative events from the past manifest themselves in negative emotions and consequences in the future, the process for treating them is different.
In traditional talk therapy, you may dwell on past events, trying to relive them or work through the event in order to overcome it.
In EFT tapping, you acknowledge that the past events occurred, but you focus on the emotion they are tied to, instead of the details of the event itself. In fact, dwelling on past experiences is the opposite of what you should do in EFT tapping.
Although this distinction can be difficult to make at first, many EFT practitioners revel in the ability to stop dwelling on the past and focus on moving on from negative emotions, not events. This is perhaps one reason why EFT can be so effective for almost any issue you experience.
EFT Tapping in Three Parts
Tapping can be broken down into three parts:
Points – where you tap along the meridian and for how long
Sequence – the order in which you tap and repeat your affirmations
Re-evaluation – checking in with your body and emotions at the end of each round to adjust and move forward
EFT tapping is a fairly easy technique to learn, and it can be done with a partner or alone, which makes it a great tool for people who need comfort or want to practice alone.
We will break down each part of tapping here so you can start performing tapping yourself!
There are nine meridian points that you use for EFT tapping.
Karate chop (KC) – With four fingers on one hand, tap the karate chop point on your other hand. The karate chop point is on the outer edge of the hand, on the opposite side from the thumb.
Head (TH) – The center and top of the head. Tap with all four fingers on both hands.
Eyebrow (EB) – The inner edges of the eyebrows, closest to the bridge of the nose. Use two fingers.
Side of eye (SE) – The hard area between the eye and the temple. Use two fingers. Feel out this area gently so you don’t poke yourself in the eye!
Under eye (UE) – The hard area under the eye, that merges with the cheekbone. Use two fingers, in line beneath the pupil.
Under nose (UN) – The point centered between the bottom of the nose and the upper lip. Use two fingers.
Chin (CP) – This point is right beneath the previous one, and is centered between the bottom of the lower lip and the chin.
Collarbone (CB) – Tap just below the hard ridge of your collarbone with four fingers.
Under-arm (UA) – On your side, about four inches beneath the armpit. Use four fingers.
Head (TH) – Back where you started, to complete the sequence.
Some tips to keep in mind while you’re tapping are:
- Use firm, but gentle pressure, like you’re drumming on a desk
- Tap with your finger-tips, not fingernails
- Tap five to seven times in each area as you go through the sequence
Before you start, you need to set up your intentions. You do this by:
Identifying the problem you want to focus on. It could be a general emotion, like sadness, or a more specific situation that causes you to feel sad.
Considering how you feel right now. Rate the intensity of your sadness on a scale of zero to 10, with zero being not sad at all and 10 being the most sad you’ve ever been.
Composing your set up statement. It should acknowledge the problem, and then follow with an unconditional affirmation about yourself as a person.
Some examples of set up statements include:
“Even though I feel this sadness, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
“Even though I’m sad about my parking ticket, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
“Even though I’m feeling this sadness about my relationship, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
“Even though I cry when I think about ______, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
“Even though I’m having trouble breathing, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
Begin tapping by repeating your set up statement as you tap the karate chop point. Then move through all of the points repeating “my sadness” or “my relationship,” etc.
After you finish the initial sequence, you should check back in with your body and emotions and re-evaluate where you’re at.
Focus on your problem again. How intense is your sadness now, as compared with a few minutes ago?
Give it a new number on the ratings scale. If your emotion or problem is still higher than a two, keep going.
If you cannot tap anymore, but are still above a two, change your set up statement to account for your efforts toward fixing the problem. For example, “Even though I still feel some remaining sadness, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
As with any serious emotional or physical condition, seek help and advice from a health-care professional. Many doctors and psychologists have begun using EFT tapping in their practice as an addition to treatment.
EFT tapping helps you consciously overcome the negative emotional and physical issues that are hindering your life. This simple, yet effective process is here to help you overcome the anxiety, depression, and guilt that control your life. This technique helps you replace those negative emotions with positive ones, such as joy, serenity, and ambition. It gives you the tools you need to take charge of your life once and for all.