Tapping is a self-therapy process also known as Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT. It’s a way to talk yourself into a more relaxed state of mind, while tapping with your fingers on acupuncture points. If you’re feeling any resistance to something, tapping can shift your energy around that block.
The movement from point to point is intuitive. You’ll notice as I work through the points the resistance starts to lift and I feel more positive. That’s the purpose of tapping, to identify where and how you feel stuck and to get unstuck. Raising your self awareness though tapping releases the stuck energy.
If you’ve never done or seen a demo of tapping, it’s pretty simple to do. Just use the fingertips of your second, third, and fourth fingers to tap lightly on the point locations while saying how you feel out loud. The locations are listed in the section headings. Every tapping session begins with three “setup” statements that affirm your positive self regard while dealing with any situation.
Begin tapping session. Insert your block in place of “xxx”, such as exercise, a project, anything you want or have to do and feel resistance starting.
Setup statements (3) – Tap on the side of left hand
1 ) Even though I’m resisting “xxx” I still appreciate and respect myself.
2 ) Even though sometimes “xxx” can feel so hard, I still appreciate and respect myself.
3 ) Even though “xxx” feels hard sometimes and I resist doing it because I have to focus my thoughts, I still deeply appreciate and respect myself.
Top of the eyebrow
I hate this resistance to “xxx”. I actually love it and want the results, but it takes a lot of effort to sustain my attention.
Side of the eye
So I distract myself with other things like eating and shopping and watching videos that suck up my time and energy.
Below the eye
“Xxx” consumes a lot of mental energy so if I wait it gets harder throughout the day. I must do some “xxx” every morning (first 5-minute timer goes off)
Below the nose
So what can I do to free myself from distractions and FOCUS? Focus is everything.
On the chin
Should I write out the steps or just dive in? I can do anything if I just focus.
Below the collarbone
If I just START I can do “xxx”. I could take a break after ten minutes.
Under the arm
It might interrupt my flow to take a break, but I can always continue so it shouldn’t be a problem.
Top of the head (tap in affirmations after releasing)
I am doing “xxx” easily and successfully. I trust my mind to stay in the flow as I’m doing it. I have the habit of doing “xxx” and all is well.
End the tapping session, completing with a positive feeling statement.
By the end of this session I felt much better. If you don’t know what to say while tapping, try writing it out first, and use it as a loose script. After you do it a few times, the words will come to you naturally. It’s great to know that EFT can remove blocks, and it’s not hard to learn. Give it a try and let me know how it went!