Over the next few weeks I take great pleasure in sharing with you the Emotional Freedom Technique, otherwise known as EFT or Tapping.
I will be sharing specifically EFT for love and relationship problems taken from my book Find YOU, Find LOVE: Get to the heart of love and relationships using EFT
In last week’s blog ‘Who Else Wants Emotional Freedom‘ I offered an overview of EFT though this week I will cover the history of EFT, How to use and apply it, endorsements for EFT as well as various components of EFT.
I will break it all down step by step for you, for easy reading safe in the knowledge by using this technique it will seriously change your life for the better!
The History of Gary Craig ‘The Main Man’
Gary Craig, founder of The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), is a very wise man. Gary suggests with EFT to ‘’try it on everything’’ and I couldn’t agree more. In my mind, EFT is the perfect remedy to be included in everyone’s ‘medicine cupboard’ and the good news is that it has no nasty side effects!
Gary created EFT, The Emotional Freedom Technique as an offshoot from Roger Callahan’s Thought Field Therapy (TFT). Gary simplified the process of TFT and created EFT. Gary understood that ‘’the cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system’’ and he’s used it with thousands of people to improve their physical and emotional health. What a legacy to leave behind, to be able to change lives for the better, using this simple technique.
I came across the emotional freedom technique many years ago when I worked for a health care provider. Several of the therapists who were part of our network of affiliates, used EFT with their clients which had some very beneficial effects.
I became interested in this type of energy work, already being a qualified Reiki practitioner the concept appealed to me. As I gleaned more information about this powerful technique, I wanted to learn this not only for myself but also to share with my own clients.
I have personally used EFT to work through painful childhood memories, personal limitations and beliefs and I share this technique with my clients and now you the reader to support you in working through your own challenges and setbacks. EFT gives you the opportunity to transform and to be free from the ties that may have been binding you and keeping you stuck in the past.
What is EFT and how can I use it?
EFT is classed as an Energy Psychology. Energy Psychology focuses on the connected relationship of energy, emotions, behaviours and health. EFT works by shifting the brain’s electrochemistry and works by stimulating energy points on the surface of the skin.
EFT combines the principles of Chinese Medicine with modern psychology. Our emotional and physical health depends upon the smooth flow of energy through our body’s energy meridians. Emotions affect our energy systems and when we are tuned into a negative thought, emotion, situation or event our energy system disrupts and literally responds to the thought.
Improving energy flow
By clearing and releasing emotional conflicts through EFT tapping, our energy system is stimulated and balances out any energy disruptions. Our energy flow is improved, in turn our physical health and emotional wellbeing is also improved.
EFT works in a similar way to acupuncture though without the use of needles to stimulate energy flow. EFT includes bringing awareness to emotional issues as well as physical ailments.
An acupuncturist would study more than three hundred meridian points and use a needle to stimulate energy flow. With EFT, we use our fingertips to tap gently on some of our energy meridian points/energy pathways to stimulate energy flow, transforming and releasing emotional and physical symptoms as we go.
EFT at your fingertips
In next week’s blog I will share the EFT Tapping points with you. We tap directly on the surface of the specific points with light and gentle tapping movements, some people may prefer to gently rub these spots if they are using EFT in a public space. Tapping gently and stimulating these points moves the flow of energy through the entire meridian system.
Once EFT has been learnt (and it’s so easy to pick up) it can be used anywhere in any circumstance, it’s portable and very easy to master and can often reduce an emotional intensity in as little as five to ten minutes of tapping. For some longer standing problems, several sessions and rounds of tapping may be required to reduce the emotional intensity.
There is great freedom in tapping and releasing your trapped or uneven energy flow, which has been blocked and holding you back from being open to love and loving relationships. Persist with using EFT regularly and you will reap the benefits tenfold.
Your energy can be influenced positively or negatively by what you think about. EFT will support you in dissolving and resolving the emotional charge connected to any memory, event or person. You can further help yourself by bringing your thinking into alignment and being aware of where your mind has been.
EFT can be applied to a range of emotional problems or physical symptoms. Once you are familiar with the technique, it will support you in not only releasing negative emotions, but will also allow you to tap into those inner resources you always had but just forgot about.
EFT can be used to clear past traumas, overwhelming emotions and can also be used to increase relaxation, happiness and joy. EFT can also be in the moment as and when a shock may occur.
It can be used to transform fears, anxieties, past events, current challenges, upsets, disagreements, physical ailments, emotional problems, relationship problems, aiding personal healing, as well as self development, confidence building and life transformation – phew – and that’s not all!
EFT has changed my life so much for the better and my hope is that it will change yours, in ways you never imagined possible. EFT has paved the way for me to the road of freedom and amazing opportunities and I share it here with you so that you can take your own journey to all that is possible.
I hope that after reading my posts you will use EFT in your everyday life. EFT is a technique I wish everyone knows about. It’s so effective on many different levels. It can be used to manage day to day life, along with those unexpected things and it may also improve your physical health and emotional wellbeing, as well as deal with past or current challenges and setbacks.
It is my wish for you, that EFT transforms your life in the way it has transformed mine and the lives of the people I have shared this valuable resource with.
What the people at the top are saying about EFT
Many self help authors, gurus and teachers endorse EFT, the word is waking up to the positive changes EFT brings and is spreading.
Louise L Hay author of You Can Heal Your Life said ‘’ When I first heard about using tapping or EFT (Emotional freedom Technique), I thought it was delightful that something this simple and easy could really work’’.
Dr Wayne Dyer recently said ‘’put away your scepticism, this really works…I’ve had great results with tapping in my own life.’’
Jack Canfield, Co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul, calls it ‘’the most powerful new transformational technology to come along in years.’’
I had the privilege of training as an Advanced EFT and Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner with the wonderful Karl Dawson www.efttrainingcourses.net
Karl co-authors Matrix Reimprinting Using EFT with Sasha Allenby
I’ve had the great privilege to have also contributed to his latest book Transform Your Beliefs, Transform Your Life co-authored with Kate Marillat. Both books are excellent reads if you wish to develop your EFT toolkit.
Your mind and body react to a continuous flow of information coming in through your senses. Every thought you think affects your body (physiology) and emotions. Likewise every physical action affects your thinking and your mood. Thoughts can create and heighten stress, sadness, depression as well as intensify feelings of joy, happiness and love.
I wish to encourage you to be aware from this moment on how your mind-body connection works. Being aware of this connection, will help you to manage the ways your mind and body influence each other. Being aware of your thoughts for even just a few minutes each day is a start.
Checking in with yourself as often as possible and monitoring your thoughts will serve you well. When you manage your thinking to that which is more positive, or you allow your body to experience positive things such as exercise, relaxation and good health, the mind-body connection improve tenfold.
Measuring energy flow using the SUD Scale
EFT uses a scoring system to measure the depth and intensity of a problem and this scale is called SUD (Subjective Unit of Distress) it measures on a scale of 0 – 10.
0 equates to feeling neutral and 10 equates to feeling high emotional distress. It’s helpful as you work through various problems to measure before and after tapping, the level of distress you begin and end with.
This scale was introduced in 1969 by Joseph Wolpe.
Using this scale helps you to identify how much the problem may be affecting your physical and emotional wellbeing.
Resolve and dissolve your problems using EFT
By making a commitment to yourself to apply EFT to work through the things that may have been holding you back in life and love, you really step into your own power in resolving and dissolving past hurts and fears.
Choosing to take personal responsibility right here and now to commit to yourself and taking responsibility for the changes that you would like in your life, is one of the best investments you will ever make. It’s through regularly working on yourself that the biggest changes occur.
EFT can be applied to any area of your life and used to transform the complete range of all emotions. EFT has the capacity to change your life for the better, clearing the past and creating a space for the new.
I advise using EFT as soon as possible, in your everyday life. Whenever and how frequently you use EFT is a personal choice. You can never tap too much, only too little.
I personally use EFT as it has a positive chain reaction and works not just on one main issue but all the little connecting issues that are related to a problem. If you have any doubt at all about whether or not to tap on problem, tap and see what comes up and what changes as a result.
As you read through my blog posts and download your free chapter on beliefs you will become aware of your old patterns, outdated behavioural responses and how you may have been unintentionally getting in your own way or blocking your own success, sabotaging love relationships without being aware of what you were doing.
We all do it at some point in our lives, unwittingly sabotage ourselves, as the fear of the unknown is greater than the fear of what is. That is all about to change once you’ve discovered and apply EFT in your life.
I look forward to sharing more on this theme in the coming weeks with you.
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