What is Emotional Freedom Techniques or EFT Tapping?
My first reaction to EFT was to reject it out of hand. Like me you are bound to be sceptical. How can tapping on your face make any difference to your behaviour, thoughts and feelings? There are extravagant claims for EFT all over the internet and the hype can be off-putting. If you’ve come this far you must be curious so please read on.
I’m so glad I persisted because in my experience EFT really does work. I’ve seen so many people get free of the past and create joy in their lives. I’d like to give you straight forward, common sense information in everyday language and you can draw your own conclusions. An experience is better than an explanation. Lets start with an example.
Life Long Terror of Heights
Sue kept away from windows in tall buildings, she panicked on hilly roads and flying was impossible. Live was about avoidance of any high place. Now her daughter was living overseas and Sue was terrified to get on a plane. She was desperate enough to try something that looks daft, feels silly and to the rational, logical mind cannot possibly have any effect. Only it did.
20 Minutes of EFT Tapping
We tapped together for aspects of her fear till she could calmly look out of the top floor windows. So we took her up to the Ilkley Cow and Calf rocks. The vertical drop from the rocks gets to most people. Sue was calm as we drove. Climbing on to the rocks revealed more of her old problem and we tapped again until Sue looked down with confidence. “That’s me!” she said on seeing a plane.
This was a long standing and deep seated fear. How did it change completely and in such a short time? Tapping therapy techniques began in the 80s with American Psychologist, Roger Callaghan and were streamlined by Gary Craig. EFT came to the UK in 1999. Now there are millions of people worldwide tapping.
What is EFT?
EFT is a set of techniques that combine focused words with tapping on face and body points. You can see Sue tapping on her collar bone. It might seem unbelievable that such tapping can make any difference. But over and over again it does. Sometimes change is quick and complete. And with more complex issues, each session is a small step in the right direction.
What is EFT for?
EFT is for when our behaviours, thoughts, emotions and health are out of synch with what is actually happening. Painful memories, times of intense shock or prolonged stress, stick with us and shape our present behaviour and health. By reducing such stress, EFT can have remarkable effects. EFT can take us from re-living the past to re-telling. Not forgotten but not needing to be remembered.
EFT is for Everyone
You can learn to use it for yourself. You need no equipment, you can do it anywhere, you don’t have to believe in any faith system. Apart from a little expenditure for quality training to get you started, there is no cost. Many people have freed themselves from the past and opened up their lives. Others get further working with a skilled practitioner or group.