EFT (Emotional Freedom Therapy) is a therapy that involves tapping on specific meridian points in the body. The purpose of it is about returning our current mind and body connection to a state of balance so you are not being overrun by negative emotions.
The mind is a very powerful device and is designed to recover from unpleasant experiences and patterns of thinking, however the mind also has the power to ‘minimize’ our exposure to negative experiences recurring such as negative relationships, trauma or fear. The negative experience that was enforced would have been beneficial at the time it was created, however more than likely is no longer beneficial today. An example of this would be a relationship that ended unpleasantly. The mind may then associate any new relationship with the strong possibility that it will end in pain.
Eventually these emotional patterns can become automated to the point we are not actually aware of their existence. Our behaviors then become automated and it often times takes an external influence to actually make us aware of them. There are many traditional approaches including prescribed medication from a doctor or counseling via a therapist. These all have merits, however many people do not gain much relief from the core roots of the issue. Medication for instance is designed to dull the bodily experiences however the underlying cause is still operating. Therapy can be beneficial but this relies on the therapist and their expertise. They may bring the issues to your awareness but unless their specific approach is aligned with how you think and operate you may not gain much benefit.
How does EFT Work?
EFT is a gentle non-invasive method of directly bringing the body’s energy system into alignment. Energy can get stuck like debris blocking a river from flowing naturally. You don’t need to understand how it works as there are many differing views. Some believe that by tapping on particular meridian points has a direct impact on the body’s energy system. Other people believe that it is simply a method of distracting the mind from the emotions that arise.
How to Perform Faster EFT
EFT involves tuning into the emotions or the feelings surrounding an issue and tapping on specific pressure points with the tips of your fingers. The difference between regular EFT and Faster EFT is that regular EFT involves a lot of long-winded wording that relies on you putting words to your emotions and this can be difficult. For example if a person from your past hurt you, you may still have anger towards them. Regular EFT would have you put your feelings into words. Faster EFT on the other hand is much simply, much more efficient, and as I will show you later can also be done anywhere at anytime.
Not everybody will be able to fully change the negative pattern but doing this work will result in a reduction of the severity allowing you to be able to consider other options. By simply being aware of the negative feeling and using very simple statements you can successfully work on the issue from the core.
Faster EFT Process
You begin by closing your eyes and going back to a memory that you know brings up negative feelings. Once these feelings are felt you then begin the process of tapping. When you tap on the meridian points you must focus only on the sensation of your fingers tapping the point. The feelings will still be there but they will be secondary to the tapping. In a way this is where the concept of distraction comes in to play. The tapping points are:
- Above the middle of the eyebrows
- To the side of the eye
- Beneath the eye
- On the collar bone
On each point you say ‘I let this go’ and when you are on the collar bone point you say ‘It’s okay to let this go’. You can actually say almost anything positive, the words are not that important. I choose the ones above as they are very simple and very quick to say. Once you have tapped each point you then squeeze your wrist, take in a deep breath and as you let it out you repeat a mantra that has meaning for you. The one I use is ‘peace’. I then choose to force a full smile as I find this more beneficial than the typical system of giving the feeling a number from 1 to 10. As the emotions begin to weaken you may find that the smile starts to become more natural. I have personally gone from a completely fake smile to almost laughing.
The memory will still be retained however the emotions that come bundled with this memory will be much duller or at best completely gone. It is always recommended that you do this process until there is no emotional charge left from that memory. I would recommend taking 30 minutes out of your day and tapping for the entire time. Take this time as ‘you’ time. If you have a bath pour yourself a nice warm bath and settle in. Be prepared to confront some potentially challenging memories depending on what you are working through, however the benefit of EFT is that the rewards far outweigh the effort.
EFT and the Rabbit hole
Emotions are linked and are multi-layered. You will find that the core issue may be buried under many layers and as you clear one layer or one memory another memory will arise. For many people only a small number of memories from their past are available consciously. As these are released other memories that are not yet conscious will arise to fill the gap. You then repeat the process on the next layer and so on. I was at a seminar one time where a woman started off feeling poor because of her car; through doing this process with a trained practitioner the true issue became something that was much deeper.
Mental EFT – How to tap in the moment
It’s all good and well to sit back at the end of the day and think back through what has bothered you and tap away at it. But this doesn’t help in the moment as the feelings occur. Can you imagine what people would think if you sat there in public tapping on yourself and repeating your statements.
There’s a great way of performing this technique wherever you are without anyone worrying about you. Simply allow the thoughts and feelings to arise then mentally imagine the feeling of tapping on the points and think your statements. The key to making this effective is you focus on the imagined feeling of your fingers tapping on the points.