What is EFT Emotional Freedom Techniques?
Are you troubled by repeating negative emotional patterns in your life that just don’t get better? Do you keep going back to the same negative place time and time again, even after years of talk therapy or body therapy? EFT Emotional Freedom Techniques might be the answer you are looking for. It was for me and it continues to delight and amaze me with the gentle and long lasting results I find with my clients.
EFT Emotional Freedom Techniques are based on the premise that all negative emotions and physical issues are the result of a disruption in the body’s energy system. If this energy is blocked it can have a negative impact on the body or mind.
It is a simple, gentle procedure which has shown itself to be incredibly effective for the past 30 years. The great beauty of EFT is that you can learn it quickly as a self help tool and also use it at a deeper level with a skilled practitioner.
EFT Emotional Freedom Techniques release and integrate emotional blocks by tuning into a specific issue we want to change and stimulating key meridian points in the body by tapping or holding them with our fingertips.
It is that simple, and I use it every day for myself and for my clients. I have found that more you use the easier it is to clear emotional blocks that hold us back.
In technical terms it is the self modulation of arousal (for example: fear, anxiety, anger, pain) through the use of percussive acupressure, in simple terms it is tapping and talking in a certain way.
Your body’s electricity
The body has a flow of electricity running through the nervous system. In traditional medicine a doctor will use an electrical cardiograph (EKG) to record electrical activity in the brain and heart, we also know that if we touch something hot the message is instantly transmitted along our nerves to the brain and back again. This is a continuous flow happening within our bodies. Without this energy flow we would not be able to touch, see, taste or exist. Your hands carry an electromagnetic charge and your body’s energies include this charge in every cell and organ via the nervous system and also more subtle energies such as ‘chi’ or ‘prana’ spoken of by acupuncturists and yogis. Much like the energy that flows into a TV set, although invisible to the eye it controls the sounds,pictures and resonance of our existence.
Releasing your energy blocks
Blocks are released by gently tapping near the end points of certain meridians (places we instinctively touch or rub when we are upset like around the eyes, forehead or chest) which sends pulses of energy back through the system to re-balance the body/mind system about the emotional pain you are feeling.
Chronic pain and behaviours, whether physical or emotional, are very often about the stories we tell ourselves about our experience. When applied properly to our stories EFT Emotional Freedom Techniques work to restore the balance of the body’s electrical system and bring about profound change in our emotional, physical and spiritual health.
This shift in energy changes the way the brain processes the information – to use the TV analogy again it ‘re-wires’ our negative responses frees up our energy for positive action. For example if you have always been angry about a certain issue, and talking about it has never helped (in fact it just made it worse!) EFT Emotional Freedom Techniques might be a way for you to try and release the anger and move on.
Note: While EFT seems to have supported remarkable changes in many emotional and physical issues to date, it should not be used instead of appropriate medical care. You should always consult your doctor before using any form of self-treatment.