How (and WHY) does EFT Tapping work?
I get asked all the time about how and why EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Tapping works. It’s such a simple and ridiculous looking trick. Can it really be this good, or are these people drinking the kool-aid?
And I tell the story over and over again about the woman named Mary whose water phobia ‘accidentally’ disappeared, and how EFT was discovered to link Mind/Body/Spirit and bring relief on all levels at once.
Don’t get me wrong, I love getting nerdy about how Mind/Body/Spirit energetics work, but I decided it’s time to share my knowledge on the How and Why of EFT Tapping here on the blog.
Let’s backtrack a moment for the history buffs.
Where did it all start?
We have to thank China for the origins of EFT. These days, most of the Western world generally accepts Acupuncture and Acupressure as a legitimate form of treating the body for pain and illness, even if it’s still relegated to ‘alternative’ status. However, for thousands of years, Asian cultures have been using knowledge of the energy meridians or pathways through the body to eliminate blockages that cause imbalance in the body.
There has been some research recently that is showing actual physical structures in the body that correspond with the energetic meridian system. This is a for-real grid of energy flow in the body that helps your cells regenerate and keep you healthy.
The Chinese ‘got it’ that when the body doesn’t heal and balance itself naturally, there must be something blocking the natural flow of Life-Force energy.
Now let’s fast forward to 1962, when applied Kinesiology came on the scene, allowing us to muscle test the proper form of treatment or nutrition for our bodies, and proving the link between muscles and emotions. Muscles actually respond to questions with a positive or negative emotional response, in line with the body’s well-being.
In the 1980s, positive affirmations were combined with acupuncture points to amplify their success rate. This became a field known as “Thought Field Therapy,” and led to the first accidental use of what is now known as EFT to discharge extreme negative emotional responses (like a phobia) and return the client to a happy, healthy experience of life.
Mary, the woman with water phobia, was having a session with her therapist who had been studying Thought Field Therapy. He asked her to begin tapping on the acupressure points while she talked about her fear of the water. The session was being held near a swimming pool, and Mary was sitting as far away from the pool as possible, facing the other direction. She couldn’t even bear to look at the water.
As Mary began tapping on the meridian points while talking about her fears, and all the experiences she’d had in the water that supported the fear, she began to stand up and walk around. The therapist noted it, and continued the session with Mary, all the while having her tap the meridians.
By the end of the session, Mary was talking to the therapist about water quite comfortably. The tension had left her shoulders and body, and she was no longer pacing. In fact, she had sat down by the edge of the pool and begun dangling her feet into the water, remarking how cool it felt after having been so agitated.
Her fears disappeared as she was talking about them, and she didn’t even notice that it was unusual for her to have her feet in the water. The energetic charge of fear and panic that had been stuck in her muscles was gone, and she could enjoy the water peacefully.
Of course this amazing and rapid shift for Mary led therapists and energy medicine experts to further study Thought Field Therapy, and eventually renamed it EFT, honoring the emotional component of the technique.
So, the why? Because EMOTIONS.
You feel a certain emotion when that song comes on the radio and suddenly you’re 16 again, hair blowing in the wind in your friend’s convertible, and you’re jamming out to that song. The emotion is acting like a thread that links experiences across dimensions within your own psyche and on a Soul or Cosmic level.
When you release heavy emotions from one situation, you release them from all the situations you’ve ever felt them in. So basically, EFT dramatically speeds up your ability to heal, clear out egoic illusions about yourself and shift your beliefs from limited to expansive.
Mind/Body/Spirit = Emotions?
Mind – untrue emotions affect your thought processes and patterns.
Body – untrue emotions are remembered by the body until you release them
Spirit – untrue emotions block the Life-Force energy of your Spirit from moving through you
Notice how I said “untrue” instead of negative. That’s because emotions aren’t heavy or negative unless you hold onto them. Emotions are meant to be flowing energies that move through our bodies, coloring our experiences. When you hold onto them, they build up, get heavy, and block you from feeling what is currently happening for you.
You tend to hold onto emotions like sadness, anger, resentment, betrayal because they are UNTRUE… they do not describe the nature of who you are. You may hold on to them because it’s unfair that someone else isn’t seeing who you are. Or because you’re afraid it IS true!
Now your body is smart, and it flags that emotion as vibrating out of whack with your Truth, and requests a review. If you DON’T go review and release that junk, it piles up and gets HEAVY, and blocks the good in your life.
Do yourself a favor. Stop worrying so much about how it works and why, just go give it a try. I promise the video below is way better than anything I have to say here.
EFT Tapping Demo
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