You may have heard of EFT tapping in the self-development space but don’t know what it is exactly. In this post I’m going to explain what EFT stands for and what it entails. I’ll also share my favorite EFT resources so you can begin using this amazing technique today!
(A quick disclaimer: this should not replace therapy especially if you’ve experienced severe trauma)
EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. It is an alternative treatment solution for physical and mental pain where you use your fingertips to tap on certain points on your face and upper body. According to healthline, “EFT focuses on the meridian points — or energy hot spots — to restore balance to your body’s energy. It’s believed that restoring this energy balance can relieve symptoms a negative experience or emotion may have caused.”
Why is EFT tapping important?
I believe EFT tapping is important because it is a very accessible and simple technique that anyone can use at anytime. Many people have gotten amazing results after trying this technique. According to The Tapping Solution, “An estimated 10 million people worldwide have used tapping.” There are also no side effects or dangerous risks after trying this. There have been scientific studies done involving tapping but even if it’s a placebo effect, to me it doesn’t matter because I have gotten results from this.
Some uses for tapping are to help with the following:
- Overcoming limiting beliefs
- Relieving anxiety
- Reducing depression
- Relieving headaches or other physical pain
I first heard about EFT tapping in a productivity book. The author mentioned it almost in passing but it intrigued me so I did more research. I was surprised to find so many free resources online. I saw there are also EFT practitioners you can work with if you want to dive deeper.
The EFT tapping points
The Emotional Freedom Technique consists of tapping on 9 meridian points. The first point is only used in the beginning during the setup. Then points 2-9 are tapped on in sequence while repeating phrases directed to your chosen issue.
The 9 meridian points are the following (in order):
- Karate chop point-on the side of your hand under your pinky finger
- Eyebrow point -above the beginning of the eyebrow
- Side of eye -on the space next to your eye
- Under the eye -on the space directly below the center of your eye
- Under the nose -on the space between your nose and upper lip
- Chin point -on the space under the lower lip
- Collarbone point -on the beginning of the collar bone
- Under the arm -right where your bra strap would hit under your armpit
- Top of head -on the center on top of your head
How to begin tapping
The first step is to choose an issue you want to resolve. This can be a limiting belief, a fear or even a physical ailment such as a headache. It is best to focus on one issue at a time. After selecting the issue, you’ll now focus on it and feel the intensity of it. Give it a rating from 1 being no big deal to 10 being very intense.
Next you will begin the setup which consists of acknowledging the chosen issue and accepting yourself. You’ll tap on the karate chop point during this time. The common phrase used is the following: “Even though I have (a fear of being seen), I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”
Finally, you’ll go through the rest of the meridian points, tapping 5-7 times each time, reciting phrases connected to your issue. The phrases should change from negative feeling ones to better feeling ones. Tapping on these points should begin to make you feel better because you’re repairing energy disruption in your body. After finishing a sequence, rate how you’re feeling. If you’re still feeling at a 5 or above, do the process again until you feel better.
So there you have it. You now know all about EFT tapping and have the tools to try it out today. The simplest way is to find a YouTube video for your desired focus and follow along. My favorite YouTube channel is this one by Brad Yates. He has a wide variety of videos to choose from.
You can “tap away” limiting beliefs holding you back. Maybe incorporate this step in your morning routine or do it before bed. I’ve definitely used tapping to improve my mindset especially around money or the fear of being seen. I recently suggested this technique to my sister to help with her fear of flying. She tapped the night before her trip and she said for the first time in years she actually napped during the flight! Her husband also noticed a difference and asked what she had done differently. I hope you try it out and get results too!
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