EFT - Tapping

Although I am not an exponent of EFT I have and do advise the use of 

EFT as it fits in nicely with hypnotherapy.


This Page will give you a brief introduction with a diagram of how the system works, if you feel you need to go further, there are plenty of qualified and reputable practitioners out there and videos on google.


About 5,000 years ago, the Chinese discovered a complex system of energy circuits that run throughout the body. These energy circuits ... or meridians as they are called ... are the centerpiece of Eastern health practices and form the basis for modern day acupuncture, acupressure and a wide variety of other healing techniques.

While related to acupuncture, EFT does not use needles. Instead, it uses a simple two pronged process wherein you (1) mentally "tune in" to specific issues while (2) stimulating certain meridian points on the body by tapping on them with our fingertips. Properly done, EFT appears to balance disturbances in the meridian system and thus often reduces the conventional therapy procedures from months or years down to minutes or hours. The basic Tapping process is easy to learn and can be done anywhere. 

 Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT (often known as Tapping or EFT Tapping), is a universal healing tool that can provide impressive results for physical, emotional, and performance issues. EFT operates on the premise that no matter what part of your life needs improvement, there are unresolved emotional issues in the way. Even for physical issues, chronic pain, or diagnosed conditions, it is common knowledge that any kind of emotional stress can impede the natural healing potential of the human body. The EFT premise also includes the understanding that the more unresolved emotional issues you can clear, the more peace and emotional freedom you will have in your life. Limiting beliefs can vanish, personal performance can soar, relationships can thrive, and vibrant physical health can be yours. With that in mind, EFT can be an ongoing process that is used to clear out the old traumas, and welcome any new challenges with a healthy, productive attitude. 

The basic method is very portable and learnable by almost everyone. No special education is required. Even children have produced beginner's benefits with it.

However as with all complementary medicine you can go as far as you want or can afford to go into the system. There are a lot of practitioners out there who are willing to take your money off you.

 Tapping has only 5 brief steps and takes very little effort to learn. Once memorised, each round of it can be performed in about 30 seconds. It will take some practice, of course, but after a few tries the whole process becomes familiar. You will then have a permanent tool that you can use for a lifetime. 


Wording is an essential part of the process because it tells our system what we are working on. Negative emotions come about because we are tuned into certain thoughts or circumstances which, in turn, cause our energy systems to disrupt. For example, whilst you are driving or watching a T.V. programme, your fear of spiders is not present because you are not tuned in to the issue. 

Once tuned into the issue, the Tapping stimulates the energy pathways thereby balancing the resulting energy disruptions. Also, for clarification, the points that are used are at or near the end points of the energy pathways (meridians and vessels) and at points along these pathways that are close to the body’s surface.



The EFT Tapping Points


These illustrations, together with the written aids below them, are self-explanatory. For now, just locate each of these points on your own body and touch each of them with your fingertips.Wording is an essential part of the process because it tells our system what we are working on. Negative emotions come about because we are tuned into certain thoughts or circumstances which, in turn, cause our energy systems to disrupt. For example, whilst you are driving or watching a T.V. programme, your fear of spiders is not present because you are not tuned in to the issue. 

Once tuned into the issue, the Tapping stimulates the energy pathways thereby balancing the resulting energy disruptions. Also, for clarification, the points that are used are at or near the end points of the energy pathways (meridians and vessels) and at points along these pathways that are close to the body’s surface. 

 

 

Written aids to locating the EFT Basic Tapping Points


KC: The Karate Chop point (abbreviated KC) is located at the center of the fleshy part of the outside of your hand (either hand) between the top of the wrist and the base of the baby finger or....stated differently....the part of your hand you would use to deliver a karate chop.

TOH: On the top of the head. If you were to draw a line from one ear, over the head, to the other ear, and another line from your nose to the back of your neck, the TOH point is where those two lines would intersect.

EB: At the beginning of the eyebrow, just above and to one side of the nose. This point is abbreviated EB for beginning of the Eye Brow.

SE: On the bone bordering the outside corner of the eye. This point is abbreviated SE for Side of the Eye.

UE: On the bone under an eye about 1 inch below your pupil. This point is abbreviated UE for Under the Eye.

UN: On the small area between the bottom of your nose and the top of your upper lip. This point is abbreviated UN for Under the Nose.

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. This point is abbreviated Ch for Chin.

CB: The junction where the sternum (breastbone), collarbone and the first rib meet. 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 abbreviated CB for Collar Bone even though it is not on the collarbone (or clavicle) per se. It is at the beginning of the collarbone and we call it the collarbone point because that is a lot easier to say than "the junction where the sternum (breastbone), collarbone and the first rib meet."

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. This point is abbreviated UA for Under the Arm.

Tapping Tips


Some of the Tapping points have twin points on each side of the body. For example, the "eyebrow" point on the right side of the body has a twin point on the left side of the body. Years of experience have taught us that you only need to tap one of these twin points. However, if you have both hands free you can certainly tap on both sides for good measure. 


  • You can also switch sides when you tap these points. For example, during the same round of The EFT Tapping Basic Recipe, you can tap the "karate chop" point on your left hand and the eyebrow point on the right side of your body. This makes the Tapping process more convenient to perform.


  • The Tapping is done with two or more fingertips. This is so you can cover a larger area and thereby insure that your Tapping covers the correct point.


  • While you can tap with the fingertips of either hand, most people use their dominant hand. For example, right handed people tap with the fingertips of their right hand while left handed people tap with the fingertips of their left hand.


  • You tap approximately 5 times on each point. No need to count the taps because anywhere between 3 and 7 taps on each point is adequate. 

  • The process is easily memorised. After you have tapped the Karate Chop Point, the rest of the points go down the body (see the Sequence Points in the diagram above). The Eyebrow point, for example, is below the Top of the Head point. The Side of the Eye point is below the Eyebrow point. And so on down the body.


The 5 Steps of The EFT Tapping 


 1.  Identify the Issue:

All you do here is make a mental note of what is bothering you. This becomes the target at which you "aim" the EFT Tapping at. Examples might be: Sore arm, or being shy talking to a group of people. Be sure you are only targeting one issue at a time. As you will learn later, trying to combine issues in the process will compromise your results.

2.  Test the subjective level of discomfort:

Here you establish a before level of the issue's intensity by assigning a number to it on a 0-10 scale where 10 is the worst the issue has ever been and 0 is no problem whatsoever. This serves as a benchmark so you can compare your progress after each round of The EFT Tapping. If, for example, you start at an 8 and eventually reach a 4, then you know you have achieved a 50% improvement. The number of possible issues you can address with The EFT Tapping is endless and they don't all fit into neat testing boxes. For this stage of your learning, however, here are some useful methods to help you access your issue(s) and arrive at your 0-10 numbers. They apply to most issues.

  • For emotional issues, you can recreate the memories in your mind and assess their discomforts.
  • For physical ailments you can simply assess the existing pain or discomfort.
  • For performance issues you can attempt the desired performance level and measure how close you come to it.

3.  The Setup:

The Setup is a process we use to start each round of Tapping. By designing a simple phrase and saying it while continuously Tapping the KC point, you let your system know what you’re trying to address.

When designing this phrase there are two goals to achieve:

1)  acknowledge the problem 

2)  accept yourself in spite of it

We do this by saying:

“Even though I have this _______________, I deeply and completely accept myself”.

The blank above represents the problem you want to address, so you can just insert things like:


This sore arm:

“Even though I have this sore arm, I deeply and completely accept myself.”

This fear of spiders:

“Even though I have this fear of spiders, I deeply and completely accept myself.”

 

Not all of the issues will fit neatly into “Even though I have this ____________,” so you can use some flexibility when designing your Setup phrase. For example, instead of “this sore arm” you could say “Even though my arm hurts, I deeply and completely accept myself”.

By using “Even though I have this _______________,” you will automatically choose something that represents your experience, your reaction, or a problem that you recognise as something that belongs to you, and that is an important feature.


We do not want to use EFT on someone else’s problem. For example, rather than, “Even though my son is addicted to drugs, I deeply and completely accept myself,” it’s better to focus on your own reaction which might be, “Even though I’m frustrated by my son's drug addiction.” Or instead of “Even though my husband works too much…,” better to try something like, “Even though I feel alone when my husband stays late at the office…” We want to aim EFT at our part of the problem rather than trying to fix someone else’s problem.



4. The Sequence:

This is the workhorse part of The EFT Tapping that stimulates/balances the body's energy pathways. To perform it, you tap each of the points shown in the Sequence Points diagram (see above) while saying a Reminder Phrase that keeps your system tuned into the issue. I list the points below followed by a description of the Reminder Phrase:

Top of the Head (TOH)

Beginning of the Eyebrow (EB)

Side of the Eye (SE)

Under the Eye (UE)

Under the Nose (UN)

Chin Point (CH)

Beginning of the Collarbone (CB)

Under the Arm (UA)

The Reminder Phrase is quite simple as you need only identify the issue with some brief wording. Depending on your issue, you might say the following at each tapping point....


"This sore arm”,



5. Test the Subjective Level of discomfort Again:


Finally, you establish an "after" level of the subjective level of discomfort by assigning a number to it on a 0-10 scale. You compare this with the before level to see how much progress you have made. If you are not down to zero then repeat the process until you either achieve zero or plateau at some level.