There are various therapies and techniques that have risen over the years to help those who struggle with emotional issues. When one technique doesn’t work, thankfully, there are new ones to try.
The emotional freedom technique (EFT) is one that has helped many people contend with things like anxiety, depression, PTSD, and more. If you’re on board with the new sciences, such as epigenetics or neuroplasticity, then you may benefit from learning more about EFT.
What Is The Emotional Freedom Technique?
EFT is a technique designed to help bring emotional freedom for those that suffer with negative emotions and/or minor health issues. Essentially, it is the use of psychological acupressure to break through emotional barriers to happiness and peace. It not only reduces negative emotions, but it has also been effective reducing pain, food cravings, and helps motivate people to achieve their goals.
If you’re familiar with acupuncture, then you will understand EFT well, as it is based upon the same energy meridians on the body. Acupuncture is based on energy meridians that the Chinese discovered many years ago. It’s been used in the East for centuries, but has become more popular in the West in recent years.
With EFT, instead of using needles, you use your fingers to tap various energy meridians at certain points and at the same time you think about whatever issue you are facing and speak positive affirmations.
The science behind this is that negative emotions are tied to the body’s bioenergy system, so if you use EFT you are essentially short-circuiting the connection between the negative feeling and the brain. The body has an electromagnetic energy that flows through it, so the use of EFT uses energy principles to bring people to optimal emotional and physical health.
This alternative method of healing has been found to have a decent success rate with medical practitioners. In fact, many psychological therapists use EFT in their counseling sessions to help clients face their anxieties, fears, health issues, and other negative emotions.
The Tapping Points
Learning where to tap on your body only takes a few minutes. You simply use your fingertips on one hand (your first and second finger should suffice) and gently tap the meridian points. The easiest way to learn EFT tapping points is to watch someone else tap and speak the affirmations, which you can do at the EFT website.
Here are the tapping points:
- Top of the head
- Just above the eyebrows
- The side of the eye on the bone near the temple.
- Just underneath the eye
- Just underneath the nose
- Just underneath the chin
- The point where the collarbone and the first rib meet
- Underneath the arm pit
- The inside of both wrists
Tapping with one hand is the most common method. You can use either hand or switch hands during a tapping process.
The Tapping Process
When you begin tapping, you will be thinking about your problem, whether it is emotional of physical. You will begin by tapping on the outside of your hand while stating the issue. It might start something like this:
“Even though I am feeling very anxious right now, I completely love and accept myself.”
You will do this three times before beginning the tapping sequence. At each tapping point, you will tap between 5 and 7 times while stating an affirmation. As said before, it is easiest to learn this method by watching the videos and repeating what you see and hear.
Once you’ve gone through the tapping series once, you will go through it again once or twice more. The goal is to get your brain to associate the negative feeling or condition with the brain and reverse the normal reaction of the brain. It’s sort of like you’re tricking your brain by breaking the usual patterns.
Essentially you short wire the brain’s normal circuitry so that it does not continue to do what it is used to doing and you rewire the brain to do what you want it to do.
You Have Power Over Your Brain
Did you know you had that much power over your brain?
This helps me realize that my brain is more like an information processing system. It’s been programmed through many years of messages I’ve heard or been taught since I was little. But some of those messages didn’t serve me well. My best friend’s dad could have yelled at me, I felt sad, and maybe my brain processed that information in a way that it kept thinking, “Grown men aren’t safe.”
As an adult, that information could be so engrained in my “operating system” that it causes me anxiety to be around men. Therefore, it can help to use EFT to rewire the brain to process new information about grown men.
This is where the “emotional freedom” part of EFT comes into play. It helps us get free from the emotions we aren’t so keen on feeling.
Once you have used EFT for several weeks, you should get the general feel for how the affirmations are supposed to go for any issue or problem you have. You’ll get to the point where you will be able to tap easily by yourself. You can tap anywhere- at the store, at work, in your car- it only takes a few minutes to get through a tapping sequence.
Experiment With EFT
Many people have found relief from anxiety, phobias, health problems, depression, anger, and much more with EFT. Do some experimenting with this technique. You may be surprised at the results you get.
Of course, it’s not a magical solution to everything and it may not work for everyone, but plenty of people report that it’s helped them balance out their emotions. Others report that it helps them realize that they are indeed able to change the “programming” they’ve received over the years that isn’t serving them well. Even if EFT doesn’t work for them, learning about it may have opened their world to other energy healing techniques, such as acupuncture, acupressure, massage therapy, and more.
To learn more about this technique, visit the EFT website.