Let’s start with the basics. EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. It’s sometimes called ‘tapping’ and is sometimes described as “acupuncture without needles”. From a personal familiarity with acupuncture, however, I would say it is massively more powerful in its effects – and the great bonus is, no needles or trained practitioners are required. Of course you might want to use an EFT practitioner for really sticky problems, but it’s very simple to do and anyone can learn it. When you first start, you won’t have the success rate of experienced tappers – but like anything, the more of it you do, that better at it you’ll get – especially if you read about it, watch tapping videos, join a local EFT group. There are plenty of free and cheap resources on the net if you scout around.
EFT is the fastest growing and most successful developments in the field of ’Energy Psychology’. On the verge of going mainstream, it is now used by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide to overcome blocks to success. These people include singers Michael Ball and Lily Allen, best-selling millionaire author Jack Canfield, hypnotist Paul McKenna on his weight loss programme, and numerous world class athletes.
So what is it? A way of reprogramming your brain; of removing negative emotions and limiting beliefs that get in the way of the life you’d like to have and the person you’d like to be, by talking about the issue while tapping on certain acupuncture (energy meridian) points. First, you rate the intensity of feeling (emotional charge) around the issue on the scale of 0 to 10. You focus on the problem you want to eliminate (emotional or physical) by constructing a phrase to say while tapping. You might start, for example, with “Even though I feel inadequate, like I am never going to write this book…” and then balance that negativity with something more positive such as “I’m still a good person”. This balancing statement, called the set-up, is repeated three times while you tap on the Karate Chop Point , and is the beginning of the neutralisation process. You then say a reminder phrase – in this example, “I feel inadequate”, while tapping a sequence of points on the head and body.
After a round of tapping you re-assess how strongly you feel about the issue. If you’re doing it right (!) you’ll find the emotional intensity will have come down. Rinse and repeat until you have zero emotional charge about the issue. Do this with every issue, every emotional block you have, and you can transform your life utterly. Do this for your writing issues, and you’ll find you’ll be able to write an exceptional book.
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