The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is an easy way to relieve stress, anxiety, and other negative feelings. It works by tapping on specific points along energy meridians in your body. It’s also known as tapping.
What is EFT?
EFT is an easy-to-learn technique that uses tapping points along energy meridians in the body to release emotional pain and stress. Tapping helps to clear negative emotions such as anger, fear, anxiety, guilt, shame, resentment, grief, and more.
The EFT process works by using your own thoughts and feelings to help you change how you think about a situation or event. It’s like having a conversation with yourself. You can use this tool for anything – from releasing anger at work to dealing with relationship issues.
The History of EFT
EFT was developed by Gary Craig in 1987 as a simple, safe, and effective method of self-healing. It has been used successfully with thousands of people worldwide since then.
In EFT we use the energy of our thoughts to heal ourselves. We can do this because we are all connected through the field of life force that surrounds us. This is called the Akashic Field or Etheric Body. The Etheric body is the energetic blueprint for who you are. It contains your entire history, including past lives. It also holds information about what you have yet to experience.
The Etheric body is made up of three layers:
1) Physical – the physical body (your skin, bones, muscles, organs, etc.)
2) Astral – the astral body (the etheric layer of the aura)
3) Mental – the mental body (the mind, emotions, and intuition)
When we think negatively, it affects the physical, astral, and mental bodies. When we think positively, we affect only the mental body. In EFT we work on the mental body first. Then we move into the astral body and finally the physical body. By working on each part of the Etheric body, we change the way we feel physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
How Does EFT Work?
In EFT, you will tap on specific points along the meridian lines of the body. These are called “tapping points” because they correspond to areas where we store our emotional pain. The tapping points are located at the top of the head, behind the ears, under the eyes, over the collarbones, around the chest, between the shoulder blades, and down the back.
Each “tapping point” corresponds to an organ system. For example, the heart point is associated with the heart, the lungs point is associated with the lungs, the liver point is associated with the liver, and so forth.
You tap on these points until you notice a tingling sensation. You may even see lights flashing before your eyes. This is the “light bulb” moment when you realize that you are changing something inside yourself. At this point, you know that you are healing.
Once you have tapped on the meridians, you will need to go deeper. To do this, you will need to find out which emotion is causing you to be stuck. Once you identify the emotion, you will want to focus on that feeling. If you are having trouble finding the emotion, ask yourself if there is any situation in your life that makes you angry, sad, afraid, jealous, frustrated, or depressed.
Next, imagine that you are holding onto that negative emotion. Imagine that you are holding onto it like a ball. Now, let it go. As soon as you release it, you will feel lighter. Repeat this process several times.
After you have released the emotion, you will probably still feel some residual effects. That is okay! Just keep going. Eventually, you will begin to feel better.
Why Use EFT?
There are many reasons why people choose to use EFT. Some people use it when they want to get rid of their bad habits or addictions. Others use it to help them deal with stress, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, relationship issues, and more.
EFT is also used as an alternative therapy for those who don’t like taking medication or going to traditional medical doctors. It has been proven to work in conjunction with other therapies and medications.
EFT has been used successfully by millions of people worldwide to treat anxiety, depression, anger, fear, stress, insomnia, pain, and more. It’s also effective when combined with other therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
Studies show that people who practice EFT report significant improvements in their overall health and well being. They also find that they are more productive at work and enjoy better relationships with others. It’s easy to learn.
Benefits of Using EFT
The following are the top benefits of using EFT:
1. It works!
When you use EFT, you tap on specific points in your body that correspond to a memory or emotion. You can choose from over 1,000 different tapping points. The point selection depends on what you want to change. For example, if you have trouble sleeping at night, you might select the point on your wrist where your arm meets your hand. If you feel anxious about an upcoming presentation, you might choose the point between your eyebrows.
2. It’s easy to learn
You don’t need any special training to learn how to do EFT. In fact, it’s one of the easiest forms of psychotherapy there is. All you need is a timer and some paper and pencil.
3. It’s fast-acting
Once you start using EFT, you will see results within minutes. This makes it ideal for treating acute problems like anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia.
4. It doesn’t require medication
Unlike medications, which take weeks to work, EFT only takes seconds to get started. Because it’s noninvasive, it won’t cause side effects.
5. It’s safe
Because EFT uses the mind to heal the body, it’s completely safe. There are no known risks associated with this form of therapy.
6. It’s free
There are no fees involved with EFT. However, you may be required to pay for sessions if you live outside of the United States.
7. It’s natural
EFT is natural with no side effects. EFT process requires you to simple tap on meridian points to get the desired benefits
8. It’s effective
Studies show that EFT has been successful in treating depression, anxiety, stress, anger, and other emotional disorders.
9. It’s affordable
If you’re looking for a way to treat yourself without breaking the bank, consider trying EFT. With just a few dollars per session, you can begin healing right away.
10. It’s fun
In addition to being extremely effective, EFT is also very enjoyable. When you’re feeling stressed out, you can use it to release negative emotions and replace them with positive ones.
It’s a great way to deal with stress, anxiety, depression, anger, guilt, shame, grief, fear, worry, pain, addiction, OCD, phobias, addictions, insomnia, migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, arthritis, TMJ, thyroid problems, allergies, asthma, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc.
EFT is the most effective treatment for emotional disorders because it works on the body as well as the mind.
It can help you release negative emotions such as anger, resentment, sadness, regret, jealousy, envy, self-pity, guilt, shame, embarrassment, frustration, disappointment, hopelessness, loneliness, fear, panic, worry, confusion, doubt, insecurity, and grief.
EFT helps you to change your thoughts about yourself and others so that you feel better emotionally.
What Happens During A Typical EFT Session
You begin with an affirmation to remind you that you can do this. For example, you could say something like, “I am safe and free from my past pain. I am now ready to heal.” You then imagine your desired outcome. In other words, you picture yourself feeling happy, healthy, and whole again. Finally, you focus on one point on your body where you feel stress or anxiety. You tap there until you notice that you have released some of that tension. Then you repeat the process for another part of your body. When you finish, you may feel relaxed, calm, and energized.
EFT is not a quick fix. It takes time to learn how to use it effectively. However, once you master it, you will be able to apply it in many different situations.
Simple Steps To Do EFT?
The process works like this:
- You identify an emotion or problem that you want to work through.
- You tap on the corresponding body part.
- You repeat a statement such as “I am safe” while tapping on the same spot.
- You repeat the statement again after a few seconds.
- After repeating the statements several times, you will notice that the emotion or issue has been resolved.
- You continue to practice EFT until the issue no longer bothers you.
How To Learn EFT?
The first thing I would recommend is that you get some training in EFT from an experienced practitioner. This will help you understand what EFT is about and give you confidence when using it yourself.
You can find out more about EFT courses here. In this introductory course you’ll learn about the basics of EFT and how to use it.
If you are already familiar with EFT then there are many ways to learn it. The best way is to practice it regularly so that your subconscious mind gets used to it.
Here are some tips for learning EFT:
- Find someone who has been trained in EFT and ask them to teach you. They may be able to offer one or two sessions free of charge as they want to see if you have any potential. If not, they will usually tell you where else you could go to learn EFT.
- Read books
- Start with the book by Gary Craig. He wrote ‘The Emotional Freedom Technique Workbook’ which is a great introduction to EFT.
- In addition to The Emotional Freedom Technique there are other books available which contain information about EFT. These include:
- The Emotion Code by Gary Craig – This book explains what EFT is and why it works. It includes detailed information about the process of doing EFT as well as exercises to try at home.
- Healing Your Child Through EFT by Dr. Richard Gerber – This book teaches parents how to use EFT with their children. It includes specific strategies for working with kids who struggle with emotions.
- Self Mastery Through EFT by Michael A. Singer – This book provides an overview of EFT and explains its history. It also covers the basics of the process, such as how to choose which emotion to work on first.
- EFT for Kids by John Holland
- The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
- How To Use EFT For Anxiety And Depression by David Duchovny
- EFT Tapping by Mike Moreland
- 200 EFT Tapping Statements for PTSD by Tessa Cason
- Tapping Into Wellness by Kathilyn Solomon
- Watch videos online
- There are several free courses on YouTube that teach people how to do EFT. These videos usually have step-by-step instructions with audio explanations so they are easy to follow. Some of them also include guided meditations or other helpful tools. You can find these videos by searching “eft” or “emotional freedom techniques.” Here is an example of my video on EFT
- You can also listen to audio programs while driving or exercising instead of reading a book. Many of these programs are designed to help listeners improve their relationships and overcome problems in their lives. They often include interviews with experts who explain the concepts behind EFT.
- EFT for Weight Loss by Dr. David D’Angelo (Hay House) explains how you can use EFT to lose weight.
- Healing Your Inner Child Through EFT by Dr. Robert Firestone (Hay House) shows how to apply EFT to heal emotional wounds from childhood.
- Overcoming Fear & Anxiety Using EFT by Drs. Mark Gass and Richard Gerber (Hay House) teaches you how to use EFT to overcome fear and anxiety.
- The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer (Hay House) provides information about using EFT to change your life.
- Using EFT to Heal Trauma by Dr. Michael J. Twohig (Hay House) helps you understand how EFT works on trauma.
- Unlocking the Secrets of EFT by Dr. John Pierrakos (Hay House) gives a comprehensive overview of EFT and its applications in health care.
- Practice EFT yourself. Do this every day until you feel confident enough to use it on yourself. Then start working on your own issues.
- Use EFT whenever you need to. For example, if you are feeling stressed at work, try tapping while thinking about something relaxing like going for a walk or listening to music. Or if you are having trouble sleeping, tap while counting down from 10 to 1.
- Don’t worry too much about whether you are getting it right or wrong. Just keep practicing and eventually you will get better at it.
- If you have a friend who is interested in learning EFT, ask them to join you in practising together. That way you can both benefit from each other’s experience.
- Keep a diary of your experiences. Write down what happened during each session and why you felt the way you did. This will help you remember what worked and what didn’t.
- When you are ready, share your experiences with a group of friends. Let them know what you learned and encourage them to try EFT themselves.
- If you don’t have anyone to practise with, you can still benefit from reading books and watching videos. And even though you won’t be able to practice with another person, you can still learn from their experiences.
- Finally, always thank your guides for helping you learn EFT. They deserve our gratitude because they gave us this gift and we should never forget that.
My Personal Experience With EFT
I got to know about EFT when I was dealing with severe stress. You can read my post on How EFT Saved My Life here.
Anupriya is an Alternative Educator, Holistic Healing Trainer, Trance Medium and now an Author who has mastered many different healing and teaching modalities. She has worked in La Wisdom Alternative Learning Center in Bangalore for 2 years. She has educated children and parents on varied topics like emotional awareness, casteism in india, team work, career choices and addiction awareness etc. She continues to intrigue the minds of young people with her logical and experimental approach. Having gone through her own painful spiritual journey, she also learnt every healing modality that she could get her hands on. She has been training people in – Meditations, Reiki Energy Healing, Emotional Freedom technique, different forms of Acupressure and Reflexology, Ayurvedic Colour Therapy, Sujok, Naturopathy, Bach Flower Remedies, Chakra Healing, Angel Healing and Pendulum Dowsing etc from past 5 years. She has also developed faster healing methods for trauma and abuse victims using various guided meditations, creative visualisations and breathwork. Her faster methods work best with working professionals who have little to no time for themselves and children who have no patience as she teaches very quick tips and tricks to recover from painful circumstances. She also offers longer ‘energy and consciousness’ courses for adults, teenagers and children who wish to awaken a deeper human and spiritual awareness within them.
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