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How to Use Tapping to Address the Root of Negative Emotions

September 20, 2013

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The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a method for self-healing that aims to release emotional issues that cause stress or discomfort.

The technique works by stimulating, or tapping, certain pressure points that correlate with the Chinese meridian system while simultaneously focusing the mind on a particular unhealthy disturbance.

It’s kind of like acupuncture, but without the needles… and with thinking about things that may feel unpleasant.

While this may sound a bit strange at face value, EFT is based on the body’s profoundly electrical nature, and the understanding that energy must flow freely throughout the body in order to maintain wellness. When there is a disruption in the body’s energy system, the result can be negative emotions, feelings of stress or anxiety, and even physical manifestations like pain or disease.

Unlike other mental mind-body techniques such as repeating positive mantras or visualizing the things you want as if they’ve already happened, EFT actually has you stating the negative first in order to bring the bothersome emotion to the forefront. You then release it by tapping near the end points of your energy meridians.

According to some who have tried it, this can be really effective!

The great thing about this technique is that once you learn the essentials for how it works, it can be done anytime, anywhere, to alleviate a stress or painful emotions as soon as they come up.

Ready to give it a try?

What follows is a very basic rundown of the process, which you can learn more about from the founder of EFT here:

1. Identify the issue. What is bothering you? Choose one thing that you’d like to work on, whether it’s a physical feeling, an emotion, or a past trauma. Choose just one thing to address at a time.

2. Create your personal statement for this tapping sequence by first stating the issue you’re addressing, and then following it with a statement like “I deeply and completely accept myself” as you stimulate your KC point (shown below).

For example, you could say…

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

“Even though I have this feeling of neglect, I deeply and completely accept myself.”

“Even though I have this dwindling bank account, I deeply and completely accept myself.”

3. Tap each of the points in the image below, in sequence, while repeating a shortened version of the statement you created in step 2.  So if you were following the first example you would tap each point while saying “the celiac disease.”

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It’s important to note that while EFT may not be able to cure you of disease, erase old traumas, or enrich your bank account, it can help with taming your emotional response to stressful issues. This is incredibly valuable in achieving acceptance for your unique situation and leading a fulfilling and peaceful life.

Have you had experience with EFT?