About a year ago I had some pretty serious anxiety attacks…. I know! Me? Well what I learned is that anxiety attacks are pretty serious and anyone can have them. Acupupuncture really helped but when I couldn’t get a appointment with my acupuncturist, I had to have tools. Here is a tool I learned that helped get me back to base line.
The Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, is the psychological acupressure technique I routinely use in my tool kit and most highly recommend to optimize your emotional health. Although it is still often overlooked, emotional health is absolutely essential to your physical health and healing – no matter how devoted you are to the proper diet and lifestyle, you will not achieve your body’s ideal healing and preventative powers if emotional & stress barriers stand in your way.
EFT is very easy to learn, and will help you:
EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over five thousand years, but without the use of needles. Instead, simple tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while you think about your specific problem – whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, pain, etc. — and voice positive affirmations. Your body hears everything you say to it, it’s been scientififcally proven!
This combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmation works to clear the “short-circuit” – the emotional block — from your body’s bioenergy system, thus restoring your mind and body’s balance, which is essential for optimal health and the healing of physical disease.
Some people are initially wary of these principles that EFT is based on – the electromagnetic energy that flows through the body and regulates our health is only recently becoming recognized in the West. Others are initially taken back by EFT tapping and affirmation methodology, whose basics you will learn here.
EFT Basic Recipe
Energy disruptions are the reason we have any kind of emotional issue like grief, anger, guilt, depression, trauma, and fear. EFT Tapping blends focused wording with a 9 point Tapping sequence. The focused wording tunes us in to the issue and this, in turn, points us to the energy disruptions that we need to address.
This 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 hit a glitch.
The EFT 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 EyeBrow.
SE: Side of Eye. On the bone bordering the outside corner of the eye.
UE: Under the eye. On the bone under an eye about 1 inch below your pupil.
UN: Under the Nose. On the small area between the bottom of your nose and the top of your upper lip.
Ch: Chin. Midway between the point of your chin and the bottom of your lower lip.
CB: Collarbone.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).
UA: Under the Arm. 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.
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 only exception is during the Setup step (explained later) where the Karate Chop Point is tapped continuously while you repeat some standard wording.
The 5 Steps of The EFT Tapping
1. Identify the Issue:
For me it was anxiety about . . .
2. Test the Initial Intensity:
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 we can compare our progress after each round of The EFT Tapping. So at first the intensity might be 10 but hopefully the intensity goes down after a round of EFT.
3. The Setup or Mantra:
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 that are most real for you.
4. The Sequence:
This stimulates/balances the body’s energy pathways. To perform it, you tap each of the points shown in the Sequence Points diagram 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:
Order of tapping:
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)
5. Test the Intensity Again- take a deep breathe, how do you feel? Feel free to do another round.