Tappin’ Our Fingers for Freedom

Believe it or not, tapping your first two fingers below your nose can make big shifts in your life.

A few years ago I learned how to do EFT, also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique, which basically has you tap your fingers on various points on your body. It seems like nothing at first—it even seems silly at first: If I tap on my eyebrows and under my nose that’s going to what? Release pain and my attachment to old memories?

What’s odd is that it works, even for nonbelievers. And the steps are very basic. You decide on a issue you’re going to focus on, determine on a scale of one to ten how much weight it has for you, determine a positive phrase you can say to help it release and begin tapping.

“Using EFT involves ‘tuning into’ the issue and then tapping with your fingers on specific acupressure points with your fingers. For example if you still carry anger towards someone who has hurt you in the past, you would be asked to think about them, and notice how you feel. But you do not have to relive past events. You just have to be aware that the negative feeling is there. Having therefore ‘tuned in’ to it, you are shown which acupressure points to tap, and what words to say as you do so. (Saying a few things also helps to disperse the emotion from the system).

“Having done that you are then asked to think about the person or situation again and check how you feel. Typically you will notice a significant reduction in the intensity of the feeling. If it’s not completely gone then the EFT practitioner repeats the process, bringing the intensity down each time until full balance is restored. All this is done while sitting normally in a chair.”

It can take several times for EFT to do its thing. You may need to tap more often, tap while looking in the mirror or even tap while working with an EFT therapist. Using physical pain as an example, you might find that the pain doesn’t ease much at first or it moves from your low back to your left shoulder. This is not different from, say an old emotional habit that we’ve supposedly “let go.” To release that, an EFT therapist I worked with offered that the words used while we tap may need to be more emotionally powerful for the tapping to begin making bigger changes.

The thing is once you’ve tapped it away, the feeling or habit is lessened. “Following an EFT session, the dispelled feelings very rarely return. If they do this implies that there is a bit more work to do than the practitioner initially thought. Of course you can still feel angry, fearful or guilty about other things – and it might be appropriate to do so. But if you have thoroughly used EFT for a specific issue, the feeling will not return. Once you have sent the problem ‘downstream’, it does not come back up.”

Learn More About EFT:

EFT Video on the Technique

EFT Web site

EFT Techniques



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