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From Chaos to Calm: The Transformational Power of EFT Tapping

Even though I’ve known about EFT tapping for decades, I was unaware of the power of using it regularly—it has been life-changing.

What is EFT Tapping?

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a technique that stimulates acupressure points by tapping while focusing on situations that represent personal fear or trauma.

How does it work?

Tapping uses the body's energy meridian points, a fundamental concept in Chinese medicine. When energy is blocked or out of balance this can contribute to both physical and emotional ailments.

The theory is that tapping on these meridian points using fingertips is believed to restore the equilibrium of energy, addressing various physical and emotional issues.

How to do tapping?

People often use EFT tapping when they are feeling anxious or stressed or when they have a specific issue they would like to resolve. It can also be beneficial for a person before an event that may cause stress or anxiety.

Getting started

Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Sit comfortably. Take three nice full deep breaths.

Identify the issue

Think about the problem you want to resolve or the emotion you may be experiencing, choosing one issue to focus on at a time.

Test the initial intensity

Rank the intensity of the issue on a scale of 0–10, with 10 being the worst. This ranking enables you to reassess once the session is completed.

The setup

Create a set-up statement to begin. You will use this as you start to tap on the karate chop point which is at the centre of the fleshy part of the outer hand directly below your pinky finger.

Your set-up statement needs to acknowledge the issue and affirm self-acceptance despite it. For example:

“Even though I’m feeling [emotion], I deeply and completely love, honour and accept myself.”

The sequence

As you work through the tapping points sequence bring to mind all of the thoughts and feelings you’re having about this issue. Tune into yourself and these thoughts will come through.

Here’s an example of the entire tapping process (set-up and sequence):

  • Karate chop point (KC) — on the side of your hand below your pinky finger.

  • top of the head (TOH) — directly in the centre of the top of the head

  • beginning of the eyebrow (EB) — the beginning of the brow, just above and to the side of the nose

  • side of the eye (SE) — on the bone at the outside corner of the eye

  • under the eye (UE) — on the bone under the eye, approximately 1 inch (in) below the pupil

  • under the nose (UN) — the point between the nose and upper lip

  • chin point (CH) — halfway between the underside of the lower lip and the bottom of the chin

  • beginning of the collarbone (CB) — the point where the breastbone (sternum), collarbone, and first rib intersect

  • under the arm (UA) — at the side of the body, approximately 4 in below the armpit

When tapping, use two or more fingertips and repeat the tap approximately five times on each point.

While some points — for example, the EB, SE, and UE — have a “twin point” on the other side of the body, it is only necessary to tap on one side. However, individuals can tap these points on both sides if both of their hands are free.

Test the intensity again

Again, rank the intensity of the issue on a scale of 0–10. Ideally, this will have improved. Repeat the process until the intensity reaches 0 or plateaus.

If you decide to try EFT tapping, let me know how it goes.

With love,

Kathryn x


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