Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Are you looking for a way to release stress, fears, anxiety, grief and addictions?
Anger, fear, stress and other negative emotions are specific thought fields that your body translates into energetic patterns.
EFT is a simple, innovative tapping procedure that you can use yourself to eliminate emotional distress & unresolved issues thus rapidly gaining emotional balance.
What is EFT?
Emotional Freedom Technique is a very simple and profoundly powerful technique designed to release negative emotions from the body.
EFT is based on the premise that there are energy systems that run throughout the body, called meridians. EFT works within this energetic system. The flow of energy is stimulated and the body’s healing potential is released.
‘EFT appears to balance and neutralise these disturbances in the meridian system. The premise of EFT is that physical and emotional issues are caused by a disruption in our body’s energy system. There is a connection between our conscious and subconscious thoughts and blockages in our body. While focusing on the issue or problem and simultaneously tapping through a sequence of acupressure points, we release the blockage and get physical or emotional relief. ‘ (Louise Hay: EFT-and-louise-hays-new-thought-patterns)
Our body and mind and emotions are intricately linked. Our emotions, thoughts and beliefs all have energy or vibrations attached to them. In fact, our emotions and our thoughts are literally energy, or “energy in motion”.
“The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system”.
(Gary Craig, the founder of EFT)
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a member of a new class of treatment techniques and protocols referred to as Energy Therapy. While still considered experimental, these techniques are being used by therapists, nurses, physicians, psychiatrists and lay people worldwide.
To-date, EFT and other Energy Therapy Techniques have yielded exceptional results in the treatment of psychological and physical problems.
EFT does NOT replace appropriate medical treatment or mental health therapy.
If you use these techniques on yourself or others, you must agree to take full responsibility for your own well-being and you are required to advise your clients to do the same.
It is advisable to check with your primary care physician before beginning any new regimen (diet, exercise, stretching, yoga, martial arts, or EFT).
How it works:
EFT follows a very simple process. It consists of basically 2 steps:
- Tune into a specific issue mentally, emotionally and physically, and
- ‘Tapping’ on or stimulating specific meridian points, with our fingers.
“When our energy systems become imbalanced, we have an electrical “zzzzzt” effect going on inside. Straighten out this “zzzzzt” by properly using EFT and the negative emotion goes away.
It’s that simple.” (Gary Craig)
Tuning into the issue or problem while tapping with EFT helps to break the link between the emotional reaction and the thought. You know how some days you can have a thought and you feel fine, while on others, there is a charge and you can feel depressed or fearful. By tapping with EFT one can break this link. It goes beyond willpower and intelligence. Most of these feelings were set up when we were children and as adults we find them ‘illogical’ and without base. But they are still there. EFT balances these disturbances in the body’s energy system and sometimes this can happen in a matter of minutes.
What to expect:
EFT can be used to work on any issue, memory or limiting belief. And the wonderful thing is that it is relatively painless.
We carry around emotionally charged memories, negative emotions, feelings and limiting beliefs that have such an impact on how we are in this world. Many of these memories are from many years ago and most of the time we are unaware of the impact they have on our present emotions. So they may contribute to the current emotion we are experiencing but are not the direct cause.
In an EFT session it is not necessary to relive these painful memories. In fact it is often counter-productive and damaging to do so.
“… there is relatively little emotional suffering involved with EFT. It is comparatively painless. You will be asked to briefly recall your problem (there may be some discomfort in that), but that is all. There is no need to relive the pain. In fact, with EFT, generating prolonged emotional discomfort is frowned upon. This is but one example of where EFT is a radical departure from conventional methods.” (Gary Craig)
The difference between EFT and conventional therapy:
As discussed in WHAT TO EXPECT, the main difference is these two modalities is that EFT does not focus on treating the memory. One particular memory can have a myriad of aspects and emotions linked to it. EFT works on unravelling each one of these as the session progresses without re-traumatisation or reliving the specific memory until it is “safe” to do so. EFT neutralises the “zzzzzt” effect on the body’s energy system.
Imagine you are walking along a path and you see a long thin snake like object lying across the path at your feet. You immediately think this is a snake. Within milliseconds your body is flooded with adrenalin to prepare you to take action. At a second look you realise this is a stick. The “zzzzzt” effect is neutralised with this realisation and there is nothing you can do to make yourself believe that the stick is a snake.
We all have different responses to what our world shows us. No two people will experience the same event in the same way. That is why some people are bothered by certain events and others not. We each have our own trigger and story to a memory and event. The difference is that some people have a tendency for their energy systems to become imbalanced under such memories, while others do not.
With EFT the practitioner doesn’t even have to know the specifics about an event. The client’s subconscious knows and that is what is important. So an issue can be dealt with without even being named or disclosed.
The energy system would be balanced (by appropriate tapping) and internal calm would replace the negative emotion. The result would be rapid relief because the true cause was being addressed. This happens repeatedly with EFT.
How can I use EFT?
“The cause of ALL negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system.”
This includes fears, phobias, anger, grief, anxiety, depression, traumatic memories, PTSD, worry, guilt and all limiting emotions in sports, business and the performing arts. That’s a comprehensive list and covers just about every restrictive emotion we can experience.
Differently stated, this means that all these negative emotions have the same cause….an electrical “zzzzzt” in the body. It also means…
…that they can all be relieved in a similar manner.
Thus, grief has the same basic cause as trauma, guilt, fear and a baseball player’s hitting slump. So the same general method can be used for all these problems.
EFT Provides Impressive Physical Relief
The medical profession has long known that emotional issues can dramatically affect our body chemistry and that, in turn, can lead to everything from rashes and headaches to addictions, impaired immune systems and cancer. We see consistent evidence of this when we apply EFT. As guilt, anger, fear, trauma and the like become resolved, physical ailments often subside simultaneously.
“EFT can assist physical healing by resolving
underlying energetic or emotional contributors.” (Extract from Gary Craig)
EFT and other modalities
EFT is the perfect complement to the techniques and therapies you already use, like coaching, NLP, massage, reiki, reflexology, psycho-therapy, physio and other.
Thanks Jeanne. Thanks for the thumbs up and confidence. I feel my long wait is over.. the real me is stepping up to claim this life I am in right now fully and completely. So completely grateful our paths have crossed…Your wise words resonate with me. Be blessed.Shirley
I have just completed a lovely calming and embracing session with Jeanne who deftly allowed my conscious and subconscious inner corps to explore, and acquaint myself with different facets of deeply held long term grief that I have had within me for many decades. I feel a sense of release and freedom.
A huge thank you.Martin