What is EFT?
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a releasing and self-healing method that in the process uses ancient Chinese acupuncture. Because part of the method is to tap through a series of those acupuncture points, it’s also called the Tapping Technique. Tapping is done in order to release blocked energies in the body and to let that energy—connected to the particular problem the person is working with—to correct the problem.
When and by Whom Was it created?
EFT was created and founded by Gary Craig, born on Apr. 13, 1904. Gary is a Stanford University engineering graduate. His real passion, however, from his early teens has been human development and psychology. Even being a teenager he already noticed that the quality of life is directly linked to the thoughts the person has in the mind. Being self-taught on areas of psychology and healing methods throughout his life, he introduced EFT to the public in 1993. Gary is also an ordained church minister.
What Problems Can Be Solved Using EFT?
EFT can be used in all areas of your life. Psychological-, as well as physical health, relationships and money matters—everything may be improved with this wonderful technique. Here is a list of just some areas that have been proven to show great results with EFT:
- Physical pain
- Fears and various phobias
- Anxiety and stress
- Lack and limiting beliefs
The Basic Blueprint
1.) First, choose a problem that troubles you. For our example we will use anxiety (you may simply replace it with your own subject of concern). Think about this problem for a while, feel it.
2.) Now you may evaluate the problem on the scale from 0 to 10 (0 being non-existent and 10 being overwhelmed by it). For EFT to work, this evaluation is actually not needed at all. It simply gives you a feedback of the impact of your EFT tapping round if you measure the problem before and after it.
3.) Next, you do your set-up round. For this you say three times:
“Even though I have this anxiety, I completely love and accept myself.”
While saying this, you tap repeatedly on the karate chop point (look at the EFT tapping chart (click on it to see a bigger version), this point is at the side of your hand). It doesn’t matter which hand you choose. Usually right-handed persons tap on the left hand, and left-handed persons on the right hand karate chop point. It’s just easier that way; you may choose whichever you wish. The intensity and power of your tapping is something like when typing on your computer keyboard: not too hard, but you have to feel it.
4.) Now comes the so-called “sequence”. You tap through a whole series of points, while all the time saying: “This anxiety” (you say it once for every point). On every point you can tap around 1-2 seconds or a little more. The sequence goes in this order:
- Top of the head
- Side of the eye
- Under the eye
- Under the nose
- Collar bone
- Under the arm (at the side of your body)
5.) Take a deep breath and relax. Do the evaluation again and see how much of the problem (that anxiety you worked on) remains. If the result is not 0 to 2, then you may want to repeat the whole process again. Only, now you will say “The remaining anxiety”. The setup phase (while tapping on the karate chop point) now is: “Even though I still have some anxiety, I completely love and accept myself.” While going through the sequence you will say: “The remaining anxiety”.
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