Every thought that you could tap away your problems? And by tap, I don’t mean tap dance, tapping on your therapist’s door or tapping your fingers in impatience.
Described as an “emotional version of acupuncture” but without the needles, tapping–or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)–is a simple two-part process where you (1) mentally “tune in” to specific issues (like anxiety or depression) while (2) stimulating certain meridian points (energy circuits that run throughout the body) by tapping on them with our fingertips. These complex energy circuits were discovered about 5,000 years ago by the Chinese, and are the basis of acupuncture, acupressure and other healing techniques.
How does it work? EFT balances disturbances in the meridian system caused by negative emotions, and often reduces conventional therapy from months or years down to minutes or hours. The basic tapping process is easy to learn, can be done anywhere, and can be used to provide impressive do-it-yourself results.
First, assess how distressing a problem is on a scale of 1-10. Then the process goes like this: state your problem, then say, “But I love and accept myself completely anyway,” all while you tap on the specific meridian points (in order, as illustrated in the chart below). You can tap on points on either side of the body, you can even change sides during the sequence. Tap just enough to stimulate the energy; don’t tap hard enough to harm yourself.
I’ve tapped on so many things: the sale of a business, anxiety, family issues, headaches and more. Have money problems? Tap on it! Wish your boss would accidentally on purpose jump off a cliff? Tap on it! Have a fear of heights? Tap on it!