Personal Development

Emotional Freedom Technique: Tap Away Your Worries

It’s all in how we perceive things – our beliefs determine our experience.

EFT and other energy techniques can help us broaden our purview and potential.

For the Complete EFT Emotional Freedom Techniques Protocol, please read on.

Emotional Freedom Technique: Tap Away Your Worries

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The EFT Treatment Points

0 = The Sore Spot – On your chest where you would pin a medal or a brooch. Gently push with your fingertips to find an area that feels tender, rather than sore.

1 = Start of the Eyebrow – Where the bone behind your eyebrow turns into the bridge of your nose.

2 = Corner of the Eye – On the bone in the corner of your eye.

3 = Under the Eye – On the bone just below your eye, in line with your pupil if you look straight ahead.

4 = Under the Nose – Between your nose and your upper lip.

5 = Under the Mouth – In the indentation between your chin and your lower lip.

6 = Collarbone – In the angle formed by your collarbone and the breastbone.

7 = Under Arm – In line with a man’s nipples on the side of the body.

8 = Thumb – All finger points are on the side of the finger, in line with the nail bed.

9 = Index Finger.

10 = Middle Finger.

11 = Little Finger.

12 = Karate Chop Point – On the side of your hand, roughly in line with your life line.

13 = Gamut Point – Just behind and between the knuckles of your ring and little finger.

Take a moment now to find and touch each point in turn. You may notice that some feel slightly different from others, or you may not. When you get to work on various issues, you will feel that some of the points "feel" differently when you tap them, and you will notice that the shift or release will occur with one or more points, depending on the reason for using the technique at the time.

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"Tapping" the Points

In EFT, these points are stimulated by tapping on them. Try now tapping the point under your eye, with your index or index and middle fingers, quite rapidly* about seven to nine times or as many times as it takes for you to take a normal breath in and out. The strength of tapping should be comfortable, but you should be able to feel a resonance from the tapping spreading out across a reasonable part of that side of your face.

* I have noticed that different people have different speeds of tapping. We generally show a tapping speed in line with the rhythm of "Jingle Bells".

In spite of this, some people develop a kind of woodpecker action after a while, and others tap quite slowly. I would suggest that what feels right to you probably is right for you.

For practise, tap all the points from the Eyebrow to the Karate Chop point now just to get the feel of doing it.

Contacting the Problem

To direct the releasing effects of the tapping to the required area, we focus the mind on the problem by using a statement of the problem: "I am afraid of heights."

Preferably, this is spoken out loud to engage as much of the neurology as possible and to contact the problem as directly as possible.

In a moment, take a little time to think about a problem that you have, a pain, a fear, an illness or perhaps a phobia, something that always makes you depressed when you think about it, just generally any negative emotion you are happy to release now and forever. Choose a statement that rings true to you, choosing words that make sense to you and you alone.

The more forthright, direct and truthful you can be, the more profound a change you will experience.

The Set Up

Now that we’ve named the problem, we can start with the Set Up.

For the opening statement, we use the following routine:

Find the sore spot on either side of your chest; rub it round gently and say:

"Even though I (insert problem statement), I deeply and profoundly accept myself."

For example, if you decided your problem was "My back is killing me", you would say as your Set Up Statement:

"Even though my back is killing me, I deeply and profoundly accept myself."

Repeat this three times, rubbing the Sore Spot continuously as you do so, and please do endeavour to put some meaning and energy into the "I deeply and profoundly accept myself" part.

The Round

Following the Set Up, we now tap all the points, starting from the top (Eyebrow) and ending up with the Karate Chop Point on the hand.

As you tap each point, repeat a shortened version of the Set Up Statement which is called the reminder phrase; so if your set up statement was,

"Even though I hate and despise my boss, I deeply and profoundly accept myself",

… you say the reminder (shortened version) phrase:

"I hate and despise my boss”

… on each point at the same time as you tap.

The 9 Gamut

This is the middle part in what is sometimes called the EFT sandwich:

Following tapping all the points about 7 times from the top of the eyebrow to the karate chop point, you tap continuously on the Gamut point, and then do the following:

  • Move your eyes from the floor to the ceiling without moving your head and back again.
  • Move your eyes from left to right and back again.
  • Move your eyes in a big circle and back again.
  • Hum – Happy Birthday to You (or another tune or just a scale) for about one bar;
  • Count – one two three four five
  • Hum again
  • Take a deep breath in and out.

As you do these (at first slightly unusual) things*, repeat the statement in between as best you can to keep yourself focused on the problem in hand.

Then, repeat the Round one more time, tapping all the points from the eyebrow to the karate chop point. Take a deep breath and allow yourself a moment to reflect on how you feel now.

The eye movements are linked to various brain functions and the reason for the humming-counting-humming manoeuvre is to switch between hemispheres quite quickly; both are designed to "wake up" your neurology so the tapping can go to work on the problem.

Testing Your Changes

A great way to ascertain from yourself or others just how you feel is to put a number on it. The technical term is taking a SUD Level or SUDS Scale reading, which stands for Subjective Units of Disturbance.

What that means is you ask yourself:

On a scale of 10 to 0, 10 being the highest imaginable pain/freak out/fear/sadness/discomfort, and 0 being completely calm, pain free, tranquil, relaxed and happy, how would you rate what you are experiencing at this moment?

This works for emotions as well as for physical sensations and even for beliefs which might be a problem:

On a scale of ten to zero:

  • How depressed are you right now?
  • How painful is your leg?
  • How bad is your fear of heights?
  • How distressing is this memory?
  • How much do you hate this person?

Before you begin tapping for any subject or problem, take the time to take a SUDS rating and make a mental note of it. Then, when you have completed a Sandwich treatment, ask the question again to find how much has changed. It’s a good way to be able to assess how well the treatment has worked and if you need to repeat the treatment.

Sometimes, the problem can go from as high as 10 to as low as 0 in a single Sandwich treatment.

More often though, you start with 8 or 9, and after a round of tapping, the severity is reduced to a 4 or a 5.

This means that the treatment is beginning to work but there’s more to be done.

Testing is a very important part of the EFT procedure; see also Testing in the A-Z, Part 2.

Subsequent Treatment Rounds

If the original set up statement was something along the lines of, "Even though I have this problem" and you have tapped a first round on "this problem", and upon checking with yourself, this problem is not as severe anymore but still noticeable, change the start up affirmation to:

"Even though there is still some of this problem remaining", or "Even though I still have some of this problem".

When you’re down to a rating of "Oh its a tiny little bit now" which would be a 2, 1 or a half on the subjective rating scale, a third round can be done with the opening statement of:

"I want to completely overcome this problem and I fully and completely accept myself".

And that’s it!

It’s as simple as that. There’s no need for you to worry about getting it wrong, or getting the wrong statement.

All Tapping You do is Good for You

Any tapping you do stimulates the meridians, relaxes you, calms you and makes you feel a little better, even if you get totally the wrong opening affirmation and the original problem has not yet shifted.

Just try again with a different start up phrase, or think about what the truth about the problem might be.

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