What is Emotional Freedom Technique?
As per Chinese medicine, the body has an energy flow known as the chi, which flows through a pathway known as the meridians. The meridians can be accessed at specific points to release stagnant energy. Emotional Freedom Technique combines this knowledge with components of neuro linguistic programming such as self-suggestions and positive reinforcement, and breathing techniques to tap into the meridians points and facilitate healing.
How does EFT Tapping work?
It is proven that the Conscious mind can process 2000 bits of information per second. This includes verbal and non-verbal environmental messages. For e.g. think of yourself stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. Now, you would be able to hear various sounds (honking, people shouting, engines roaring, radio playing, etc.), furthermore, the sights you see are of different cars, colors, people in different attires, the traffic police in the middle of the road, his body language, etc. Your mind is now processing all of this information, and giving you ways to maneuver through this traffic. However, the information being gathered is too much for you to handle, and then there is moment of frustration and helplessness, in which you now release a deep sigh, and you feel a little better. This is the mind’s natural way of rebooting itself through the body.
Emotional Freedom Technique works in a similar way, yet guided manner. It aims to break the cycle of thoughts and its resulting action/reaction. It aims to clear unnecessary thoughts, and realign the mind’s focus on the root cause of the ailment or discomfort.
Who can use it?
Emotional Freedom technique is popular and effective counselling. It is widely used as an alternative treatment for emotional and physical issues. Although research on the subject is ongoing, a number of people claim to find relief using this technique.
Unlike other alternative healing technique that requires certification, EFT can be self-taught and practiced at home.
What is EFT used for?
- Stress and Distress
- Anxiety & Panic Attacks
- Trauma, Abuse & PTSD
- Fear of Rejection
- Fear of Public Speaking
- Phobias: fear of flying, mice, snakes, etc.
- Addictions: alcohol, drugs, smoking, food, gambling, etc.
- Weight Loss
- Eating Disorders: Anorexia & Bulimia
- Chronic Pain
- Low Self-Esteem
How to use EFT Tapping for Stress and Anxiety Relief?
Step 1: Sit comfortably, with your hands on the chest and think about the issue.
Step 2: Now pay attention to feelings arising from this issue. Be clear and honest with yourself.
(Note: if your first thought is that this process won’t work for you, then start from there)
Rate your issue from a scale of 1 to 10. Write this down; as this step would help you monitor your progress.
Setup your statement that acknowledges the issue, “EVEN THOUGH I FEEL EFT DOESN’T WORK ON ME, I STILL CHOOSE TO LOVE AND ACCEPT MYSELF.”
Follow the meridian points tapping sequence at least 5-7 times.
Keep your hands on your chest and close your eyes, then gently and slowly breathe in from your nose and breathe out from your mouth.
Rate your issue once again and see the difference.
(Note: don’t ponder over the rating number too much. Rate the issue with the first number that comes to your mind)
If you have rated the issue more than what it was when you first began the process, don’t worry!
Instead you can create a new affirmation here “Even the rating number has gone up by a few points; I still choose to love and accept myself.” Once, you have finished this cycle, and you are feeling better, you may go back to your initial affirmation, and start the tapping loop again.
EFT is one of the safest techniques that can be used for healing. It is easy to learn, and can be practiced anywhere, without the need of specific equipments. There are many success stories related to it, yet it is advisable and recommended that anyone seeking professional treatments, use EFT as an additional tool.
Examples of EFT statements
Anxiety: “even though I am feeling anxious and restless, I choose love and accept myself. I choose peace, I choose to breathe in peace, I choose to breathe out my fears, I choose to heal myself.”
Fear of Rejection: Even though I am fearful of rejection, of being unwanted, I choose love and accept myself. I choose myself just the way I am. I deserve love; I choose to approve of myself completely.”
Trauma: Even though I am battered and bruised, from all the adversities that I have faced, I choose love and accept myself. I am strong and I am safe now, hence I choose to heal myself completely.”