Today I am going to introduce you to a tool to reduce stress. It is called tapping.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or tapping) is an alternative treatment for physical and emotional distress. Anyone can use this method to help ease their pain. It’s quick and it’s easy.
I first discovered tapping by accident. I was at a party one summer Saturday evening. I had had an argument with my brother that day and I was still very upset. My friend Rodney didn’t tell me anything about tapping only to suggest I tap under my nose while telling myself my tale of woe again. I was very skeptical because all day that day I had been rehashing the story and I actually felt worse, not better. Though, I began tapping under my nose as he suggested.
Within minutes I felt 100% better!
According to the founder of EFT, and my mentor Gary Craig, tapping on 9 key points on the body can restore the body’s energetic system and give it a shot at returning to its natural state of equilibrium. He asserts that all negatively charged emotions—all negatively charged emotions!! —BIG CLAIM! stem from a disruption in the body’s energy system ——and that surface from unprocessed specific events from the past.
Because EFT’s scientific research has been so profoundly favorable, this modality has become an accredited field of study in Energy Psychology for which I have Certification. I tap for everything that does not bring me peace. I call it energetic hygiene and I tap every single day for a few minutes.
Today I would like to skip over “How Tapping Works” and “The Tapping Sequence” so that I can show you this easy tapping tool that can quickly offer relief when you need it.
Ya open to that?
Let’s try it together.
Close your eyes and choose something that is nagging at you. This is what is called your tapping target.
Rate your discomfort on a scale of 0-10, 10 being extremely high, so that you can test the results afterwards.
While tapping on the pinky side of your hand, repeat out loud 3 times: "Even though I have this <nagging feeling, fill in the blank>, I choose to feel calm and peaceful."
Tap…tap…tap… a few taps on each of the nine points above repeating out loud:
"This nagging feeling. I have this nagging feeling,
Tap…tap…tap… "This nagging feeling".
Keep tapping… "I’m not sure what it is".
Tap…tap…tap… "It’s taking my attention".
Keep tapping… "This nagging feeling".
Keep tapping… "This nagging feeling is causing me stress".
Repeat out loud while continuing to tap… "I feel such a nagging feeling".
Tap…tap…tap… "Very stressful on my body, this nagging feeling".
Continue tapping… " This nagging feeling"
Close your eyes and check in with how that was for you.
If something specific arises for you, go another round of tapping using
the new information as your tapping target.
I invite you to try tapping the next time you feel out of sorts and let me know what you think.
If an issue is especially snarly, I invite you to call a Certified tapping professional who is trained to help you look for specific events from the past. He or she can help you unlock and unblock your body’s natural ability to feel calm and peaceful, even when
I know many of us were never taught anything about energetic hygiene so, if this is a new concept for you, I encourage you to try tapping for a minute or two every day.
Hopefully, you will learn quickly how to shift your disposition from one of stressful to peaceful as needed.
Note: Simple version of how EFT Tapping works:
Similar to acupuncture, EFT focuses on energy hot spots that run along the physical body. EFT draws from Chinese Acupuncture. Instead of using needles on specific vortex points along the energetic pathway, we use our fingertips and tap key areas where energy flows most strongly.
Tapping sends a signal to part of the brain that controls stress. Like a kink in a hose, once unclogged can flow freely again.
The EFT tapping sequence is the methodic tapping on the ends of nine meridian points. While according to Chinese medicine there are many additional points in the body, EFT’s primary focus are nine key points that are connected to primary organs.
karate chop: small intestine
top of head: central nervous
eyebrow: bladder meridian
side of the eye: gallbladder
under the eye: stomach
under the nose: central
chin: central governing
under the arm: spleen
Begin by tapping the karate chop point while simultaneously reciting your setup phrase three times. Then, tap each following points several times, moving down the body in ascending order:
“Even though <fill in the blank>, I accept myself anyway.”
“This <fill in the blank> feeling.”
“This <fill in the blank> feeling.”
“All this <fill in the blank>.”
Repeat this sequence two or three times.
Test the final intensity
At the end of your sequence, rate your intensity level on a scale from 0 to 10. Compare your results with your initial intensity level. If you haven’t reached 0, repeat this process until you do.