The EFT Basics and EFT Tapping Points
So what are the EFT basics and tapping points and how does this tapping stuff work?
Acupuncturists balance the energy system with needles, but with EFT you simply tune into the problem or issue by thinking about it and then activate the meridian or acupuncture points by tapping on them to effectively release negative emotions and physical symptoms and restore balance and harmony.
The first step in EFT basics is called the “set up” and it does exactly that; sets up your energy system before removing disruptions and balancing the meridian system. It is vital to the whole EFT process.
Have you ever heard the saying “what you resist persists”? I’m sure you have and rather than deny the problem or resist it, it’s important to acknowledge it and give it a voice.
That's why the setup statement is so important and powerful; you're acknowledging your problem and being accepting of yourself despite it, and that opens the door to allow lasting positive change.
You then repeat a reminder phrase that describes your problem at each EFT tapping point so the energy disruption or blockage can be removed.
The EFT Set-Up
The first step in EFT basics is the set up and that begins with you thinking about the problem or issue you want to work on and writing it down.
Next you are going to measure the intensity of the problem on a scale of 0 to 10 (where 0 is nothing and 10 being you can’t bear to think about it).
Write your number or level of distress down next to the problem you're going to work on. This gives you a way to measure your progress.
Now identify and write down the main emotions present as well as any physical symptoms you're aware of in your body and give each an intensity rating.
Next you are going to repeat a statement about your specific problem 3 times while tapping on the “karate chop” point or rubbing on the sore spot.
The karate chop point is the fleshy side of the hand near the little finger, so tap there with the fingers of your dominant hand. If you're using the sore spot, you'll know when you have located it because it will be tender.
An example of an EFT set up statement would be:
Even though I have this headache I deeply and completely accept myself.
Even though I have these presentation nerves I deeply and completely accept myself.
Even though I’m disappointed with my results so far I accept myself anyway.
Even though I'm angry with [name] I deeply and completely accept myself.
Even though I have this resistance to calling prospects I deeply and completely accept myself.
Say your set up statement describing your problem 3 times out loud whether you believe it or not while continuously tapping on the karate chop point with your dominant hand.
EFT Tapping Points
You will now “balance” your energy system by tapping on various meridian or acupuncture points with the index and middle fingers while you repeat a "reminder phrase" at each EFT point.
The EFT basics and EFT tapping points are:
Eyebrow: Beginning of eyebrow near the bridge of the nose;
Side of eye: The bone near the outside corner of the eye;
Under the eye: In line with the pupil on the cheek bone;
Under nose: Below the nose and above top lip;
Chin: Midway between point of chin and lower lip;
Collarbone: The junction where the sternum (breastbone), clavicle and first rib meet;
Under arm: About 4” below the armpit, in line with the nipple for men and the middle of bra strap for women;
Top of Head: Crown of the head in line with the top of the ears.
EFT Basics: Additional Tapping Points
I use 2 more points in addition to the standard shortened version of the EFT tapping points above and they are:
Liver: Just below the breast and in line with the nipple;
Inside Wrist: Where the base of the hand meets the wrist;
Using the above set up statements as an example, a reminder phrase for each of them would be "this headache", "these presentation nerves"", "disappointed with my results", "angry with [name]", and "resistance to calling prospects". This is to keep you focused on your problem while you're tapping through the points.
Gently but firmly tap each point with the index and middle finger while you repeat the reminder phrase for your specific problem.
Tap each point approximately 7-10 times. You can tap on either side of the face and body. It really doesn’t matter. You can use either hand or both hands at the same time.
I personally prefer to use both hands to tap on both sides of the body but there is no right or wrong way to do it. And if you're a perfectionist, there is no way you will mess this up, even if you're tapping out of sequence :-)
Reassess Your Level of Intensity or Distress
Take a deep breath and reassess your intensity or distress level on your issue and then check in with the emotions and physical symptoms that were present. What number do you give it now? Write it down if you're not at a zero.
Quite often the intensity of a problem will vanish after just one round of the EFT basics. However, this isn’t always the case. If there is still intensity when you think about the problem – that is, it is not at zero - just do another round of tapping.
Do another round but change the set-up and the reminder phrase slightly so you address the "remainder" of the problem. For example an EFT basics setup would be:
“Even though I still have some remaining resistance to calling prospects, I deeply and completely accept myself.” The reminder phrase for this set up would be “Remaining resistance to calling prospects.”
If you find it difficult to say "I accept myself" change the wording slightly to "I want to be able to accept myself" or "I accept this conflict" or "I'm still a good person" or some variation that works for you.
Practice these EFT basics on a daily basis, tapping away the challenges you're facing with a particular person or event and you will find you feel lighter, laugh more often and sleep more soundly.
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