Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) ‘Tapping’
“EFT is destined to be a top healing tool for the 21st century.”
Without realising it, this stress release technique is actually innate to our body’s healing wisdom, and we unconsciously use these impulsive or reflex actions virtually everyday of our lives.
I’m sure you’ve tapped your forehead with your fingers to remember something? Or, patted your chest when you’ve heard or witnessed something unpleasant or shocking? How about rapidly tapping your fingers on a table or counter top because you are irritated, impatient or annoyed?
When we do this in these situations, we don’t consciously think about what we are doing with our hands or fingers. Something instinctively triggers our hands and fingers to automatically help us in these stressful situations. This is the amazing and incredible way in which our subconscious, or innate wisdom, takes care of our well being.
What exactly does our body’s innate wisdom, specifically our hands or fingers, and stressed situations have to do with Emotional Freedom Techniques?
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) also known simply as ‘tapping’ or ‘energy meridian tapping’ is a profound and powerful technique that can be applied to ALL emotional, physical and psychological issues. As a complimentary therapy technique, EFT ‘tapping’ can be used in conjunction with traditional practises, processes or procedures, and because of its versatility is now being viewed by various global professionals as a “universal healing tool”.
EFT ‘tapping’ is holistic in approach, and based upon the discovery that imbalances or disruptions within the body’s energy system has profound effects on one’s psychology and physiology.
EFT’s discovery statement says: the cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system. To quote, Gary Craig the Founder of EFT, “medicine for example pays very little attention to the disruptions in the body’s energy meridians nor does it give much weight to emotional causes. These causes, of course, are the centrepiece of EFT. Thus it is no wonder that EFT produces benefits where the medical profession has thrown up its hands. The reason is simply because we are taking aim at causes that others have largely disregarded. EFT is a radical departure from conventional techniques.”
As the name Emotional Freedom Techniques implies, one therefore achieves independence and freedom from negative emotions. Be this freedom from anger, anxiety and panic attacks, grief and loss, trauma, stress or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addictions, depression, fears and phobias (fear of public speaking, heights, spiders, snakes, the dark etc), guilt, years of self doubt, negative memories like rape, incest or other forms of abuse etc. All of which I’ve assisted clients to resolve since I started doing this therapy work in 2007.
The simple effects of tapping the physical body to produce rapid emotional shifts may be a little much for some to comprehend. However, the results speak for themselves, and even the most hardened of skeptics has had to concede to these amazing and wonderful results.
EFT ‘tapping’ is such a powerful system because it can be used on practically any issue, experience or situation we find ourselves in … we have a saying in the EFT world, ’try it on anything and everything! It often works where nothing else will.’
When used properly, EFT ‘tapping’ can also be highly effective for uncovering and reversing disempowering negative or limiting beliefs i.e. ‘I’m not good enough to have a loving relationship’ or ‘I’m undeserving of wealth and prosperity’ etc.
How does EFT ‘tapping’ work?
As already mentioned above, this amazing technique is actually innate in our body’s healing system. We unconsciously use ‘tapping’ as an impulsive reflex action virtually everyday of our lives. To gain a thorough understanding of how EFT ‘tapping’ works, I’ve written a separate blog post here. While the benefits of EFT ‘tapping’ can be found here. And, what a sesssion involves is here. In the meantime, below is a scientific explanation, as well as the interesting history of how EFT ‘tapping’ came about.
A scientific explanation of EFT ‘tapping’
EFT ‘tapping’ works on the subtle energies which are prevalent throughout the human body. Our bodies are profoundly electrical by nature which is why when we rub our feet on a carpet and then touch a metal object we receive a slight shock. Although we cannot see this electrical circuitry, the vital constant communication of impulses is being sent throughout the body in order to keep it informed as to what is going on. Without this intricate vital electrical communication system we would not hear, see, touch, feel, taste or smell. Further evidence of this electrical circuit is that both the electroencephalograph (EEG) and electrocardiograph (EKG) record electrical activities of the brain and heart respectively.
Still skeptical or unsure? Perhaps this video below, which has great scientific evidence from numerous doctors, will give you the confidence to at least give Emotional Freedom Techniques or ‘tapping’ a try …
Some 5, 000 years ago the Chinese discovered the body’s complex energy circuitry. This electrical circuitry, also known as subtle energy or meridians are core to both acupressure and acupuncture and as such, EFT ‘tapping’ is the emotional version of acupuncture. EFT ‘tapping’ involves dialogue and a rapid tapping at specific points on the body; it doesn’t entail unpleasant needles! EFT ‘tapping’ is relatively quick, yet extremely effective and powerful.
EFT ‘tapping’ historical facts
During 1980’s Dr Roger Callahan, an American psychologist had an interest in Chinese medicines. While studying this he accidentally stumbled upon the effectiveness of acupressure ‘tapping’ when working with a long term patient, Mary who suffered from a chronic water phobia. Although he actually didn’t call this discovery process ‘tapping’; he coined this term ‘Thought Field Therapy’ (TFT). The effectiveness of this ‘accident’ was SO highly successful that almost immediately Mary’s chronic water phobia disappeared.
So the enthusiastic and undaunted Dr Callahan began to try this technique on all his other patients, and within a year he had no more patients; all of them had been effectively and successfully discharged. He was now left with a real problem: without an income he decided to teach his new found techniques.
One of Dr Callahan’s early students was Stanford trained Engineer, NLP practitioner and Ordained Minister, Gary Craig. After working with TFT (Thought Field Therapy) for a while, Gray Craig decided the algorithms were too cumbersome for his engineering mind, so he refined these processes into what is now recognised internationally as Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) or simply ‘tapping’. It is to Gary Craig that we all, EFT practitioner and beneficiaries alike, owe a huge debt of gratitude because he single-handedly generously shared his knowledge and understanding with thousands of people worldwide.
Gary’s altruistic, benevolent and spiritual beliefs are what has accelerated the pace of EFT’s international growth into a ‘universal healing tool’. His determined efforts to work with Vietnamese and other War Veterans to resolve their PTSD’s (post traumatic stress disorders) is now gaining much publicity in USA, and this has recently come to the attention of American Senate.
Sadly, Gary Craig has now retired but he’s left a healing legacy unparalleled anywhere on this planet. Such a cherished and great man will most definitely be missed. I thank you, Gary Craig most sincerely for the immense gifts your great work has bestowed upon us and this world. I am living proof of these gifts; as a direct result of EFT ‘tapping’ my life has radically changed since 2007 when I first started aplying EFT. I wish you all the very best in your deserved retirement.
I look forward to being of assistance: facilitating these amazing and incredible EFT ‘tapping’ techniques, bringing you peace and harmony, love and joy … it will be a privilege to work with you.
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International EFT ‘tapping’ Endorsements
EFT ‘tapping’ has been endorsed by many prominent medical practitioners and highly respected wellness individuals including Dr Joseph Mercola, and the late Dr Wayne Dyer and Louise L. Hay too … here’s what they have to say:
Bruce Lipton, PhD (Author of The Biology of Belief) – “EFT is a simple, powerful process that can profoundly influence gene activity, health and behavior.”
Candace Pert, PhD (Author of Molecules of Emotion) – “EFT is at the forefront of the new healing movement.”
Carol Look, Intuitive Energy Healer, Psychotherapist (Author of Attracting Abundance with EFT) – “EFT works because human beings have an energy system.”
Cheryl Richardson (Author of The Unmistakable Touch of Grace) – “EFT is destined to be a top healing tool for the 21st Century”
Deepak Chopra, MD and alternative medical advocate – “EFT offers great healing benefits.”
Donna Eden (Co-Author of The Promise of Energy Psychology) – “EFT is easy, effective, and produces amazing results. I think it should be taught in elementary school.”
Eric Robins, MD (Co-author of Your Hands Can Heal You) – “I frequently use EFT for my patients with great results.”
Louise Hay (Author of You Can Heal Your Life) – “Have you tried Tapping? I truly believe that it is a wonderful and life-changing tool. If you’re not familiar with the technique, it is a wonderful tool that works on a variety of issues, from pain relief, physical issues, and weight loss to attracting abundance, clearing limiting beliefs and healing the past.Tapping is a powerful tool that can truly heal, allowing forgiveness, love, and acceptance into your life, particularly when used along with affirmations.”
Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup of the Soul series – “EFT is the most powerful new transformational technology to come along in years … “
Kris Carr, New York bestselling author of Crazy, Sexy Kitchen – “Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) has vastly improved the quality of my life and work. Don’t miss this healing opportunity.”
Norm Shealy, MD (Author of Soul Medicine) – “Meridian-based therapies such as EFT…can have effects out of all proportion to their cost and complexity.”
Dr Mercola, founder of Mercola.com – “Nothing comes closer to ‘magic’ than the positive results I have personally witnessed using EFT on thousands of my patients who suffered from physical and emotional pain and illness … “
Dr Wayne W. Dyer (Author of multiple best sellers including ‘Wishes Fulfilled’) – “Put away your skepticism, this really works. I have … had great results with tapping in my own life.”
EFT ‘Tapping’ Testimonials
“Hi Bridget ….just to let you know that I had the most amazing day yesterday and (name withheld) got a room in the new private res so moving her soonest….feeling so positive and empowered by our session on Monday!! Thank you so much!! It’s amazing when blocked and negative energy is released….how liberating it feels thank you thank you thank you!!” Nicky, Pietermaritzburg (One session only)
“My life got turned around in one afternoon, it’s as if you cleared years of blockages in one sitting, and I can be sceptical of certain alternative healing methods. I still can’t believe that such a simple, non-invasive healing can have such dramatic results. I can’t wait to tap again with you and see what else I have been burying deep inside my stubborn brain … if only everyone knew about this! Best wishes.” Byron, Cape Town (One session only)
“Sometimes what we thought was the problem isn’t – Bridget helped me to ‘sort’ through the self imposed fog I found myself in. I went to see her once and the result was immediate and life changing. I learnt to be objective and distance myself and see my value and move into my true space. THANK YOU Bridget XXX (You DID change my life Bridget. So grateful. Want you to help lots more people).” Lucia, Johannesburg (One session only)
“Being in the complimentary health profession myself, I have come to recognise the importance of releasing emotional ‘baggage’ that keeps us from being whole. EFT helped me to shift some deep-seated behavioural patterns that I was oblivious to as it had become so much a part of who I was. Bridget has a keen sense of guiding the process to those deep layers that we keep hidden from ourselves and she does this gently and with a great deal of compassion. What I found so beneficial is that once the emotion was revealed, it was not necessary to spend days picking at old wounds like one would do in conventional therapy. Instead I acknowledged the emotion and then moved on swiftly and elegantly without having to dwell on all the unpleasantness. I would recommend EFT and Bridget to anyone who wishes to expand their consciousness.” Laura, therapist, Johannesburg (Two sessions)
“My sessions with you were without a shadow of a doubt the most profound shift I had ever experienced. After the shame of having to close my business, and the resulting depression it plunged me into, you were the only one who managed to get me to re-frame, regenerate and rejuvenate on more levels than one. It was like the Phoenix rising from the ashes. You literally saved my life ……” Kirsten, Johannesburg (Two sessions)
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