What Is EFT?
It is Psychological Acupressure.
It is a form of Energy Psychology (EP), which addresses the relationship of energy systems to emotion, cognition, behavior and health. These systems include electrical activity of the nervous system and heart, meridians, biofields, etc.
EP combines Eastern concepts about mind, body and energy with Western psychology and psychotherapy ideas.
EFT is basically a tapping sequence, which helps releasing blockages within human energy system while talking through the issue. You will be using your fingers to tap on the skin where your energy meridians are located. It’s Safe and Esy to practice!
Although EFT is a relatively new tool, it draws its science from Eastern discoveries that have been around for over 5,000 years. Acupuncture uses needles to apply pressure to these energy points. EFT uses fingertip tapping to apply pressure.
Based on Chinese medicine, meridian points are thought of as areas of the body through which the energy flows. Any imbalance caused by negative emotions can influence disease or sickness.
“The language that we use always aims at the negative. This is essential because it is the negative that creates the energy disruptions that The EFT Tapping clears (and thus brings peace to the system). By contrast, conventional methods and popular self-help books stress positive thinking and preach avoiding the negative. This sounds good but, for our purposes, it does little more than cover over the negative with pleasant sounding words. EFT, on the other hand, needs to aim at the negative so it can be neutralized. This allows our natural positives to bubble up to the top.” ( Gary Craig the founder of EFT).
You can also say that EFT as a combination of acupressure and NLP (Neuro -Linguistic Programming).
EFT as we know it today was given birth in the U.S. by Stanford engineering graduate Gary Craig.
In 1995, Gary assembled and released his first training video set, titled “The EFT Course” and, “The EFT Manual”. Since then EFT started its international career.
"The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system.”
(Gary Craig, the founder of EFT)
What is EFT used for?
If one recently felt :
- Or maybe you’ve felt some physical pain in your body?
All the above emotions and feelings plus some more you would like to let go of! Including chronicle pain, PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) and some other negative feelings like guilt, shame etc..
EFT 9 Gamut procedure
1) Identify the issue.
2) Identify Initial Intensity on the scale from 1 to 10.
(10 is the biggest)
3) The Set up Acknowledge the problem (Reminder Phrase) / Love and accept yourself in spite of it.
“Even though I have this (issue)_______, I choose to love and (completely) accept myself”. Repeat 3 times whilst continuously tapping on KC (Karate Chop ) point..
4) The Sequence: Sequence point diagram
This is the workhorse part of The EFT Tapping that stimulates/balances the body's energy pathways. To perform it, you tap each of the points shown in the Sequence Points diagram while saying a Reminder Phrase that keeps your system tuned into the issue.
- Top of the Head (TOH)
- Beginning of the Eyebrow (EB)
- Side of the Eye (SE)
- Under the Eye (UE)
- Under the Nose (UN)
- Chin Point (CH)
- Beginning of the Collarbone (CB)
- Under the Arm (UA).
5) The 9 Gamut
While tapping to the Gamut Point (doesn't matter which hand)
- Close your eyes;
- Open your eyes;
- Look hard down to the right (keeping the head still);
- Look hard down to the left (Still keeping your head still);
- Roll your eyes in a full circle in a clockwise direction;
- Then roll your eyes in a full circle in a counter-clockwise direction;
- Hum about 5 seconds of “Happy birthday to you” or any other tune that comes to mind;
- Count to 5 out loud;
- Hum about 5 seconds of “Happy Birthday to you” tune again.
5) Test the Intensity again (from 0 to 10 scale) and Subsequent rounds if needed:
Finally, you establish an "after" level of the issue's intensity by assigning a number to it on a 0-10 scale. You compare this with the before level to see how much progress you have made. If you are not down to zero then repeat the process until you either achieve zero or plateau at some level with altered Reminder Phrase: “Even though I still have some remaining (issue) _____I choose to love and accept myself”.