What is EFT?
Emotional Freedom Techniques is the technique of tapping with the fingertips on different meridian points on the upper body while focusing on a problem. The purpose is to relieve unnecessary negative emotions thus allowing clarity and logical thinking. Gary Craig, an Engineer, and Performance Coach has brought EFT to the attention of the world.
How does it work?
EFT works because it addresses the energetic disruption that has created the negative emotion. Convention believes that an event causes a negative emotion. A simple example could be – you loose something. Let’s imagine you have lost your passport. What might happen? Most of us loose things at times and we can get angry with ourselves, and, sometimes even at the object we have lost. Using EFT around the negative emotion of anger allows us to let go of the anger allowing clarity. Worked with in this way, as well as removing the negative emotion, EFT may even allow us to remember where we put that passport!
How do I do it?
Let me explain the basic way to use EFT.
EFT involves tapping (which is why it is often referred to simply as ‘tapping’)on certain meridian points on the upper body whilst focusing on the problem or emotion we wish to let go of. It involves speaking out loud a set up phrase which is the negative (problem, emotion) followed by a positive. For example ‘Even though I am angry because I have lost my passport, I accept myself anyway and all of my feelings’. This is repeated 3 times.
This is then followed by the ‘reminder phrase’ and involves tapping the remaining points while reminding yourself, out loud, what you are focusing on and attempting to let go of. For example ‘This anger’ ‘I’ve lost my passport’ ‘All this anger’.
There are many different approaches and techniques involved in EFT. Beginners can have a lot of success, and do. And, like anything, the more practiced, experience and talented the practitioner, the better.
Does EFT work?
Although it is a most bizarre technique, yes it does. There are many thousands of success stories and also examples of scientific research into EFT and the often astounding results this technique can have.
During a recent scientific study into the benefits of EFT in reducing anxiety,
approximately 5,000 patients diagnosed at intake with an anxiety disorder were randomly assigned to an experimental group (tapping) or a control group (Cognitive Behavior Therapy/medication). The results are from Joaquin Andrade, MD and David Feinstein, PhD. This was the first large study in the benefits of tapping and the preliminary results are staggering;
63% of the control group (CBT/medication) were judged to have improved.
90% of the experimental group (tapping) were judged to have improved (which is 43% more then the control group).
51% of the control group were judged as being symptom free while 76% of the experimental group were judged as free of symptoms (49% better then the control).
Does it hurt?
No, it doesn’t. Remember you are tapping gently with the fingertips, not hard enough to hurt or bruise but firm enough to feel. Sometimes a point you tap on may feel a little sore. This is due to physical and energetic toxins stored in that point which gentle tapping will release.
What tools or equipment do I need?
Simply your own upper body, two or three fingertips (yours or someone else’s) and a glass of water.
EFT works with the electro magnetic in our bodies. If you are dehydrated, EFT can be compromised. So, make sure you drink a reasonable amount of water.
Why am I tapping on these points?
These are acupuncture points tried and tested over 3 thousand years.
Can I do it by myself?
Yes you can. Even beginners have been reported as having as much as an 80% success rate.
Do I need to say the words out loud?
Yes, it helps. However, sometimes it’s not possible to do that in which case just say it in your head.
Can EFT make my block worse?
Absolutely not! EFT will simply bring to your attention those issues that are creating the block enabling you to release them.
How do I know if EFT has worked?
Before you start tapping, measure how strongly you feel the emotion/pain/fear. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the greatest and 1 being nothing, give yourself a number which reflects as accurately as you can, the intensity of the emotion. After tapping at least three rounds, go back and check the emotion again, being certain that you are still working on the original thought that created the upset before you began tapping.
This is the perfect opportunity to let you know that you may or may not feel the effect immediately. Although many people feel the difference immediately, feeling lighter and relaxed, some may notice it after a good night’s sleep or over a few days. Individuals often look different as an EFT shift and this is known as ‘the EFT radiance’. Although you may notice that you have released the emotion, it may be a few days before you notice fully the effect it has on your life.
You will begin to notice how you are not so blocked anymore, how life seems easier somehow, how much lighter everything feels. As more time goes by, you may notice how your old limiting beliefs and patterns of behavior have moved out of your life. Just keep noticing…
Is the relief permanent?
Usually. However, the more specific you can be about the issue, the more successful EFT tends to be. If you find that something you thought you had collapsed is coming back, it is generally because;
you have some fine-tuning to do or
another aspect has raised it’s head, or,
you may be working on another issue or emotion.
What if I don’t feel that I ‘Love and Accept myself’?
For the moment, simply replace those words with “I’m fine’ or I’m OK’ or another positive affirmation.
So go on, give it a go – you never know, it could be the making of you!
Penny Waite is an Adv Level 3 EFT Practitioner, Coach, Master Trainer and Supervisor based in St Margaret’s, situated between Richmond and Twickenham in SW London. She works face to face or over the phone or Skype worldwide.