The Emotional Freedom Technique: Self Healing with EFT Practices
When life’s drama or physical ailments have you feeling like ‘tapping out’ — tap into yourself and get relief fast with the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). This meridian based form of energy healing is also knowns as ‘tapping’ or referred to as a psychological acupressure technique. Essentially, it’s a holistic healing method that combines mind and body medicine with needle-less meridian therapy.
What is EFT or Tapping?
The emotional freedom technique is based upon combined principles of Chinese acupressure and psychology. It involves literally tapping the fingertips on meridian endpoints and pressure points while focusing on releasing negative emotions or pain. In addition to calming the nervous system, restoring energy balance and helping to rewire the brain for healthier responses, EFT is reported to help individuals resolve a wide range of issues. Some of these include:
- Emotional Disorders
- Chronic Pain
- Limiting Thought Processes
- Weight Control
The Basic Principles of EFT
The formula for EFT is so simple that most people can easily perform this healing modality on themselves at any time without the need for a certified practitioner. However, many newcomers enjoy meeting with a practitioner a few times in order to learn the technique and better understand the ‘recipe’ for success.
Essentially, one just utilizes their fingers to tap specific meridians and pressure points upon the body to stimulate kinetic energy flow. Next, one learns reminder phrases that provide ‘intentions’ concerning the problem being addressed, whether they be emotional or physical—as both lead to physical ailments. Generally, these gentle fingertip taps are performed between five and seven times per location, and exact precision isn’t a big factor according to practitioners. This cycle is to be performed in a cycle of five to six times. An excellent resource for tapping location specifics can be found at this EFT Resource Guide.
What to Say During EFT Sessions
The most important thing to realize is that you really can’t say anything ‘wrong’ during these healing sessions, so long as the primary focus of your words are aimed towards the specific issue you desire to heal. Sink yourself into that feeling you want to resolve, and use words that keep you closely connected to that particular feeling as you tap.
Personally, I don’t try to focus on positive affirmations during my EFT sessions until the last couple of rounds of the tapping cycle, because to truly ‘tap’ away and issue, one must rebalance the body’s energy that’s associated with those negative feelings or pains to clear any blockages. So, you want to use the first few tapping cycles to focus on the ‘negative’ aspects of the issue and keep doing so into you feel a clearing of the negative energy. I follow this up with about two rounds of positive affirmation tapping cycles to close the session out. The reminder phrases traditionally follow this model:
“Even though I have this _____________, I completely and deeply accept myself.”
“Even though I have this anger towards my _______, I deeply and completely accept myself,”
“Even though I have this stiffness/pain, I completely and deeply accept myself,”
“Even though I’m afraid to speak in front of large groups, I feel empowered and release this fear now.”
You can use various forms of your positive affirmations with each tapping point, using words that promote confidence, calmness, self-worth and focus on freeing whatever ailment you’re trying to heal.
Does Science Support the Efficacy of Emotional Freedom Technique?
Individuals report utilizing EFT for an array of physical ailments and diseases (particularly those with a strong mind/body component) and to alleviate psychological issues such increasing self-esteem, relieving fears and staving off depression, past traumas and anxiety. Many users have found relief with EFT much faster than traditional medicine options, reporting that therapy assists many of their problems within minutes or hours instead of months or years.
EFT Research Studies at Harvard Medical School
Studies performed at Harvard Medical School in the last decade undeniably verify that EFT practices indeed do have positive effects on the mind and body in numerous ways. They have discovered that this technique effects the amygdala, which is the brain’s fear and response center. By stimulating meridian points through tapping, acupuncture or acupressure certain fears and stress triggers can be reduced and/or eradicated. Essentially, many users can eliminate the need for certain medications and psychotherapy treatments with successful EFT sessions.
Dr. Dawson Church: The EFT Stress Project
Using 83 subjects, Dr. Church performed a randomized controlled study to see if hour long tapping sessions would impact their levels of cortisol—the stress hormone. They discovered that the average test subject’s cortisol was reduced by 24 precent, with some participants showing cortisol reductions of almost 50 percent. With an hour of traditional ‘talk’ therapy, no significant cortisol changes were noted. Dr. Church further created The Veterans Stress Project, which aims to teach Emotional Freedom Technique strategies to veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). After six tapping rounds, participants experienced a 63 percent decrease in their PTSD symptoms.
With no special skills or tools required, EFT may be the ideal solution for those looking for natural healing methods. Discover the power of tapping today, and enjoy the potential for changing your life less reliance on allopathic medicine solutions or traditional therapy.
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