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What is the Emotional Freedom Technique?
Some extracts from the EFT manual
EFT is very easy to learn, and amongst other issues, will help you to:
EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over five thousand years, but without the invasiveness of needles. Instead, simple tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while you think about your specific problem – whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, pain, etc. — and voice positive affirmations.
This combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmation works to clear the “short-circuit” – the emotional block — from your body’s bioenergy system, thus restoring your mind and body’s balance, which is essential for optimal health and the healing of physical disease.
NOTE: While it is important to tap the correct area, you need not worry about being absolutely precise, as tapping the general area is sufficient.
The first thing to understand is that you will be tapping with your fingers. There are a number of acupuncture meridians on your fingertips, and when you tap with your fingertips you are also likely using not only the meridians you are tapping on, but also the ones on your fingers.
EFT Tapping Points
The chart below identifies the tapping points and gives their abbreviations. They are presented in the exact order in which they should be tapped. Each tapping point is described below this chart, along with a picture of Dr. Mercola performing the tap:
- TH = Top of Head
EB = Eye Brow
- SE = Side of the Eye
- UE = Under the Eye
- UN = Under the Nose
- Ch = Chin
- CB = Collar Bone
- UA = Under the Arm
- WR = Wrists
1. Top of the Head (TH)
With fingers back-to-back down the center of the skull.
2. Eyebrow (EB)
Just above and to one side of the nose, at the beginning of the eyebrow.
4.Under the Eye (UE)
On the bone under an eye about 1 inch below your pupil.
3. Side of the Eye (SE)
On the bone bordering the outside corner of the eye
5. Under the Nose (UN)
On the small area between the bottom of your nose and the top of your upper lip
6. Chin (Ch)
Midway between the point of your chin and the bottom of your lower lip. Even though it is not directly on the point of the chin, we call it the chin point because it is descriptive enough for people to understand easily.
7. Collar Bone (CB)
The junction where the sternum (breastbone), collarbone and the first rib meet. This is a very important point and in acupuncture is referred to as K (kidney) 27. To locate it, first place your forefinger on the U-shaped notch at the top of the breastbone (about where a man would knot his tie). From the bottom of the U, move your forefinger down toward the navel 1 inch and then go to the left (or right) 1 inch. This point is referred to as Collar Bone even though it is not on the collarbone (or clavicle) per se.
8. Under the Arm (UA)
On the side of the body, at a point even with the nipple (for men) or in the middle of the bra strap (for women). It is about 4 inches below the armpit.
9. Wrists (WR)
The last point is the inside of both wrists.
More On Your Affirmations
Doing affirmations is one of the best ways to be kind to your mind. Every thought you have, every sentence you speak is an affirmation of a sort. It is either positive or negative. Why not be specifically intentional with affirmations? Then, the beautiful thing is that EFT can radically improve the effectiveness of your affirmations.
First, create a definite positive statement that builds you up instead of beating you up — definite positive statements to make or do, something in our lives or to create a specific goal.
Even if it doesn’t feel true to begin with, do these statements or affirmations many times a day.
Begin by looking in the mirror and doing your EFT affirmations. Pay careful attention and listen to what you hear, especially focusing on any negative messages that can be blocking your progress.
We frequently have a tendency to beat ourselves up for every little thing no matter how small. All of us can use forgiveness on a daily basis and you can use the mirror to help you here also.
You can start by looking into your own eyes and say:
“Even though I wasn’t successful” (or I was angry or impatient or mean or cruel, or whatever problem you need to forgive yourself for)then say,
“I forgive you, you were only doing the best you could”
I forgive you for holding onto those patterns for too long, I forgive you for not loving yourself.”
And when you say “you” you are looking directly into your own eyes.
Remember to always acknowledge the negative thought if it is there, but don’t give it a lot of importance.
Then you will want to use EFT on the negative thought that comes up and create a positive opposite.
With EFT, you simply acknowledge whatever self-critical thoughts, images or feelings come up and then chose to simply love and accept yourself while taping on your acupuncture meridians.
Our Consistent Thoughts Become Your Reality
Your habitual vocabulary has a subtle and powerful ability to condition your mental system.
You get what you focus on. Pessimists see what is wrong in the world. Optimists see opportunity. Yet, it’s the same world. What do you see? Whatever it is, it’s a reflection
Some More Testimonies
Chip Conley | founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels and author of PEAK and Emotional Equations http://www.thetappingsolution.com/praise/#sthash.GIGMB0Gl.dpuf
Dr. Mercola | founder of Mercola.com, most visited natural health site in the world http://www.thetappingsolution.com/praise/#sthash.GIGMB0Gl.dpuf
“Desperate for a life change, but afraid to do something different? Then you won’t want to miss The Tapping Solution …. examine what’s holding you back—personally, physically, mentally—and finally, once and for all, work through it using tapping … apply it in just about any area to achieve the positive changes you desire for your life.”
Ruth Buczynski, Ph.D. | licensed psychologist, president of The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine – http://www.thetappingsolution.com/praise/#sthash.GIGMB0Gl.dpuf
“Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) has vastly improved the quality of my life and my work, and I can’t think of a better person to bring this profound practice to you… Don’t miss this healing opportunity …”