What is EFT?
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) are a set of different techniques that have the ability to correct energy disturbances in the body. Every negative emotion disturbs the flow of 'Chi' energy and by tapping, we correct this disturbance.
EFT was developed by Gary Craig in the 90s who based his techniques on the work of Dr Roger Callahan the founder of Thought Field Energy.
EFT is a combination of acupuncture (without needles) and psychotherapy. What we do is to gently tap on specific points on our bodies called Meridian, while we are focusing on our problem and at the same time expressing out aloud our negative emotions and thoughts.
The energy disturbances can be manifested in our body in the form of emotional or physical pain, a sense of heaviness and inflexibility.
It is very common that after you have started tapping suppressed and repressed memories to come up. This is happening because specific emotions are attached to specific events and when you tap these memories come to the surface.
The Meridian points are connected to specific parts of your brain. When we tap your brain sends soothing signals to your body.
In a nutshell, tapping removes the intensity of negative emotions so at the end you are able to remember the events that cause you to feel bad but without the negative emotions. When there are no intense negative emotions, we are able to process the information better and in this case obtain a different perspective of the past negative event.
I will use an example of the fear of public speaking and how we use EFT to eliminate the negative emotions. Let's say that when you were ten years old the teacher asked you to stand up and read a poem out loud. The moment you started reading many of your classmates started laughing so you stopped and left the class embarrassed. After that day and every time you need to speak in front of an audience, you get anxious.
You are now in the present day and you have to give a presentation at work. You are paralysed from anxiety, unable to say a word, you become clumsy, nauseous and sweaty.
What happened here is that your brain (after the first event in the class) categorised all similar events as the same and labeled them as dangerous. So every time you find yourself in a situation where you have to speak in public, your fight and flight instinct kicks in.
When the body operates in these modes, other functions such as reasoning, attention, and concentration are shutting down.
What we do with EFT is to tap gently on the Meridian points while we are focusing on the anxious thoughts and body sensations, therefore the brain responds by sending soothing signals to the body. The more you tap, the calmer you will feel. In a way, you disarm your fight/flight response attached to this event. At the end, you are able to remember the event or even give a presentation but without the extreme response.