What is EFT & How Can It Help Me?

EFT is a wonderful tool with a wide variety of uses. I discovered it in 1997 when I was looking for a resolution to an old issue of mine, and I’ve been using it ever since. It’s been an amazing part of my own healing and growth, and a life-changing tool for my family, friends, students, and coaching clients.

EFT stands for “Emotional Freedom Techniques,” and the simplest way to describe it is that it’s like acupuncture without needles, with a wider variety of uses than acupuncture itself offers (in my opinion). It works with the body’s energy meridians, as identified thousands of years ago in Chinese medicine.

EFT (or just "tapping," as most of my clients refer to it) offers a simple, quick, gentle, and non-invasive way to bring relief from a wide variety of symptoms, both physical and emotional. And more importantly, it allows you to get to the underlying cause of the symptoms and address the issues at the source.

Gary Craig, a personal performance coach in California, evolved this method from an earlier version, making it much easier to learn and apply. Once you learn this process, you can use it on your own whenever you need it, instead of having to wait for a coaching session in order to feel better. Many of my clients tap on their own between sessions, and then we address the most complex or highly charged issues together in my office, or over the phone.

What Issues and Symptoms Can EFT be Used to Address?

The following is a partial list of issues and symptoms you can tap on. But Gary Craig's motto is, "Try it on everything," so this list is in no way meant to limit the possibilities:

– All types of phobias and fears, both common and uncommon

– Physical symptoms: pain, fatigue, breathing problems, headaches, back pain, injury pain, stomach and intestinal problems, chronic pain, arthritis, eyesight, fibromyalgia, lupus, skin conditions, etc. (The full list of physical conditions that have benefitted from this method would take far too much room here, but you get the idea.)

– Emotional and self-esteem issues: shyness, guilt, anger, depression, nightmares, anxiety, loneliness, abandonment, and general unhappiness or uneasiness with no particular known cause

– Old negative thoughts and beliefs that get in the way of moving forward or holding you back from having the life you desire

– Grief and loss issues, whether recent or past

– Traumatic memories, including war, deaths, rape, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and all past abuses

– Addictions and compulsions, including substances, smoking, food, OCD, etc.

– And really, just about anything you can think of or imagine! If you feel uncomfortable about something, EFT is likely to help.

How Does EFT Work?

Gary Craig summarizes with this statement: "The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body's energy system." Tapping works by clearing the blocks and balancing the body's energy system. The energy meridians are cleared by focusing on the feeling, symptom, or issue, and tapping with two fingers on a series of pressure points on the upper body (face, collar bone area, hands, etc.). The clearing is also facilitated by repeating a series of affirmations aloud.

The entire process takes an average of five to ten minutes for a simple issue, and longer for an issue with many aspects. For 90 percent of the people who use it, the relief is profound. The best way to understand the power of tapping is to experience it.

Sometimes the relief from symptoms is permanent, and sometimes (depending on the complexity of the issue and various aspects that surface), the process may need to be repeated over a period of days or weeks. Once you have learned the basic process, you can use it to clear yourself. Or you may choose to work with a coach or another practitioner who has experience with EFT.

What About Side Effects or Other Precautions?

EFT can be used in conjunction with any form of treatment with no known side effects. The only precaution is that some people who tap just before sleep find that they have very vivid dreams. EFT can be used to treat insomnia, and most people who use it for that purpose have not reported having their sleep disturbed by the vivid dreaming.

Does EFT Work Because of the "Placebo Effect" or Something Like It?

Probably not, because it works just as effectively on babies and animals, who have no conscious understanding of the process, and no reason to want it to work or to make themselves believe it's working.

Thanks for your patience as I add additional pages and content to this section!

Learn More About EFT

To learn more about getting started with and using EFT, please go to Getting Started With EFT

To learn more great ways to use EFT in different situations, go to Great Tapping Techniques, Part 1 of 2

To learn even more ways to use EFT in a variety of situations, go to Great Tapping Techniques, Part 2 of 2

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