Updated: Jan 3
Tapping, also known as EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a simple yet powerful energy method. The basics of this technique can be mastered in minutes. And its effects can last a lifetime.
What Is Tapping?
In simplest terms, Tapping is a psychological form of acupuncture. Like acupuncture, it involves the stimulation of physical meridians. According to traditional Chinese medicine, meridians are channels of energy that run throughout the body and correspond to the body’s organs. The life energy that flows through the meridians is called chi in Chinese, and the goal of acupuncture is to ensure that the chi flows freely and naturally.
However, there are several key differences between acupuncture and EFT.
Instead of using needles, you tap on or rub certain meridian acupoints on the hands, face, head, and upper body.
As you do so, you focus on a specific emotional problem or physical ailment and create a statement that describes the issue.
You administer this technique to yourself. You are an active participant in your healing process.
The core theory of Tapping is a belief that all discomfort, whether physical or emotional, is caused by a disruption in the energy system. By tapping on specific acupoints and mentally focusing on the issue at hand, you can dissolve the disruption or blockage, bringing about relief.
Albert Einstein discovered that everything in existence, including our bodies, is composed of energy. If we accept that this energy systematically runs in channels throughout the body, and that the free flow of this energy is paramount to physical and emotional health, then it makes sense that any method that allows the energy to flow freely can bring about tremendous healing.
Every thought or emotion that you experience causes a reaction in a particular area of your brain. Joy or sadness, love or jealousy—all have distinctive counterparts in the way your neurons fire. When you stimulate specific points on your skin by tapping or rubbing, it sends electromechanical signals directly to your brain. If you simultaneously hold in your mind a situation that triggers an unwanted emotional response, you can actually change your brain’s response to that situation.
Because our physical bodies and our emotions are connected, repairing an emotional issue energetically will often heal a corresponding physical problem, and visa versa.
Tapping can be utilized to successfully heal a number of hard-to-treat psychological problems, such as depression, anxiety, phobias, and PTSD (post- traumatic stress disorder). It can also be applied to the elimination of physical pain, and to increasing range of motion in a joint or muscle compromised by injury.
It is also a wonderful tool for reducing the stress of everyday life. It can decrease your anger, ease your frustration, replace anxiety with calmness, and bring tremendous peace into your life.
This model of healing has largely been ignored by Western medicine and psychology. It therefore may seem at odds with your current view of healing and transformation, and you may have doubts about its usefulness.
Keep an open mind as you move through the various Tapping protocols. It is an unconventional approach, yet it frequently produces visible improvement and often works where other approaches fail. You may be pleasantly surprised that such a nontraditional technique can be so effective.
My own experience with Tapping has put me in total awe of its amazing power to change the way I perceive and feel about any situation in which I experience anxiety, anger, guilt, or fear. I have improved my eating habits and greatly improved my relationship with food and with my body. I have healed old wounds and painful memories, allowing me to live my life more in the present moment, instead of seeing my experiences through the prism of the past.
In short, it has transformed my life, and continues to do so. And it can do the same for you.
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