Learning EFT will absolutely open up the possibilities for change and allow you to become a happier, healthier person.
My goal is to help create more awareness about the Emotional Freedom Techniques and to help it grow quickly and watch this simple tapping technique become an everyday practice for millions.
Believe me...it's really exhilarating once you take the first step and try this tapping technique just once. It's very empowering to have this kind of tool at your disposal 24/7 during moments of stress, anxiety, pain, fear, doubt or just everyday annoyances.
Okay, let's start with the basics of the actual EFT tapping technique which was developed by Gary Craig.
Originally the tapping technique was developed using the 9-Gamut method which included the individual finger points. Actually, if you read Gary's EFT instruction manual you'll see that the 9-Gamut method is still included. However, a modified, shorter version is now widely being used by EFT practitioners and has proven to give the same amazing results.
Additionally, through their work with clients, many practitioners have discovered new tapping insights that they have contributed to the community that have advanced and evolved the techniques.
Before starting a round of EFT...
FIRST, CHOOSE a problem to work on. Go with the thing that is MOST on your mind at this moment or the thing that keeps you awake at night. It can be anything from:
The topics are endless, but all very personal to you. You can start anywhere you want, JUST START!
Next, IDENTIFY where in your body you feel the strongest sensation.
Then, identify a specific past event where you felt a similar sensation, a childhood event works best.
Now, RATE your intensity level. Decide how much it bothers you on a scale of 0-10 where 0=no distress and 10=highest level of discomfort. This is called the S.U.D.S. scale which stands for "Subjective Units Of Discomfort". When you think about it...
Pay attention to how you feel before you tap so that you can have a scale to measure your results by. The goal is to feel what level you are currently vibrating at and then improve upon it.
Next, you develop an EFT SET-UP phrase. The set-up phrase always starts with the words, "Even though I..." and then you state the issue and follow it with the affirmation..."I love and accept myself anyway." (this will vary as you get more advanced)
ie: "Even though I am really nervous about making this phone call to my boss, I love and accept myself anyway."
Now begin tapping at the Karate Chop and say this outloud 3 times:
KC: "Even though I am really nervous about making this phone call to my boss, I love and accept myself anyway."
KC: "Even though I am really nervous about making this phone call to my boss, I love and accept how I feel."
KC: "Even though I am really nervous about making this phone call to my boss, I love and accept how I feel right now."
Eyebrow: I'm nervous about calling my boss
Side of Eye: What if it doesn't go well?
Under Eye: I am so nervous and I can feel a tightness in my gut
Under Nose: ugh, this gripping feeling in my gut, it's nauseating...
Under Lip: it reminds me of when I was little and had to tell my mom that I lost her earrings
Collarbone: I was so nervous then, and it this reminds me of that day
Under arm: and now I'm so nervous about calling my boss
Top of Head: this nervous feeling about calling my boss
Take a deep breath in through your nose and exhale out your mouth.
Now, RATE your intensity level again and notice if it's gone down on the scale. Try saying your statement aloud again, "I'm so nervous about making this phone call to my boss."
Repeat this process until you can get it down to a 0 or 1 level and then you can take new action with less anxiety and get a better result.
This example of learning EFT is a very simple introduction and there are many more nuances that can/should be used in your tapping so please check out these EFT Tapping Resources, several of my favorites are listed in the column on the right.