Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
EFT is a based on the principles of acupuncture that uses the ancient Chinese meridian system to relieve stress and pain. When properly applied, EFT balances the energy system with a tapping procedure by stimulating designated acupuncture or acupressure points on the face and body. This process has the ability to restore balance to the energy system - neutralizing emotional conflicts at their source, allowing the body and mind to resume their natural healing abilities.
EFT is safe, easy to apply, and is non-invasive. Created by Gary Craig, an engineer and personal performance coach in California, EFT belongs to a new class of treatments typically referred to as Energy Psychology. EFT is the most effective, efficient, and gentle treatment I have ever come across. As Gary neatly summarized it, all scientists agree that the body is an "energy configuration" made up of positive and negative electrical charges in the form of atoms, the basic "building blocks of all matter." Einstein informed modern scientists that all matter lies somewhere on the same energy continuum. This was captured in his famous Theory of Relativity which states E=MC2.
If we view the human body as an energy configuration rather than separate organs, parts and equations of chemicals, we will understand why and how EFT works.
EFT is gentle and easy to use, and has to date yielded remarkable results for relieving emotional and physical distress. While there have been no serious distressing side effects reported to the best of our knowledge, this does not mean that you will not discover side effects for yourself. IF YOU INTEND TO USE THESE TECHNIQUES, YOU MUST AGREE TO TAKE FULL REPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF AND OTHERS WHILE APPLYING THESE TECHNIQUES. You may wish to consult a trained EFT practitioner. If you continue reading through this page and apply these techniques, you agree to take full responsibility for yourself and others when applying the EFT technique, and shall neither hold Gary Craig, the Personal Peace Foundation or anyone associated with Solace With Sophia, the Personal Peace Foundtion or with EFT responsible for any adverse side effects or outcomes. If you agree to the above disclaimer, you may continue on.
The Basic Recipe
While the technique is simple and effective, please consider the wisdom of consulting a professional if you are dealing with complex or core issues or have experienced intense or major trauma. While you will probably experience relief by working on your own, a skillful facilitator can help you get beyond blocks, overcome resistance and reversals and ensure a greater level of success in a shorter period of time.
In the event you are new to EFT, or it has been a while since you worked with it, here is a shortcut version. This is not the complete original "Basic Recipe", but a highly effective shortcut version that can yield results as profound as the original in a shorter period of time. This is not to be considered a training in EFT, a complete "how to" or EFT manual.
The gentleman in the pictures below is Hank Hadley, who is also featured in this Gary Craig EFT Intro Video. Sophia Cayer had the honor of working with Hank to achieve his remarkable results.
It is my great pleasure and honor to share with you that Hank Hadley and "Harry" are one and the same. I applaud Hank's courage and "stick-to-it-ness". He is indeed a remarkable man, who took the value of persistence seriously. Hank continues to use EFT on a daily basis.
You can learn more about this very brave client and the seemingly insurmountable odds he overcame when you listen to my interview with Hank or by reading more about Hank in my book "EFT Language: Creating it and Going with Flow - Book 1" and the article “Multiple Scleroris and More”
Listen to what Hank has to say about EFT and his experience.
1. Select an Issue. Start with something simple. Most of us have an ache or pain somewhere, tension in our body or possibly a range of motion challenge. Those are usually good places to start. But if you wish, go after a craving, anger that you are feeling, or a fear.
2. Rate your Level of Intensity. The way you will be measuring your progress and keeping track is through Subjective Units of Disturbence (SUDS), or level of intensity. Rate the issue from zero to ten, with ten being the “I can’t stand it!” end of the scale. If you don’t feel comfortable giving it a number, then guess! That’s why it is called subjective. There is no wrong answer. If you feel furious about something, then more than likely it is a ten. If you are just a little bent out of shape over it, you are probably at a four. Trust what comes to mind, and how you feel about it.Notice how it feels in your body. Let’s say you are addressing an anger issue. When you focus on it, do you feel tension in your body? A knot in your stomach? Sweaty palms? Racing heart or shortness of breath? It is a good idea to make notes or include those elements when you are considering your SUDS levels.
3. Set-up Points.There are two different points you can utilize for set-up. One is referred to as the sore spot, and the other as the karate chop. Both are indicated below.
There are varying schools of thought when it comes to the effectiveness of one point verses the other. The karate chop is used most frequently, since it automatically addresses the potential of psychological reversal. When lengthy set-up language is used, the discomfort that can take place with the “sore spot” is eliminated . When progress is moving too slow or just doesn’t seem to be happening, I reverting to the “sore spot”. Experiment and see what seems to work best for you.
4. Create a Set-up Statement. The Set-up Statement will include your issue, then a positive affirmation.
Even though I have this pain in my right shoulder, I love and accept myself.
Even though I am angry that I got passed up for that promotion, I deeply and completely accept myself.
Even though I have all this tension in my neck, I deeply and profoundly love and accept myself.
Even though it hurts when I try to turn my head to the right, I am OK anyway.
Important things to keep in mind:
Be as specific as possible. As you may have noticed the above examples, included "right shoulder" and "turn my head to the right", when addressing tension or pain. If we simply use the word "pain" or "tension", that would be considered global, and your progress could be impaired. The more specific you can be, the more terrific your results will tend to be.
When creating your set-up language, follow your specifically stated challenge with a positive phrase.
5. Begin the process using your set-up statement. You’ve chosen an issue, determined a level of intensity and created a set-up statement. Go to the karate chop and begin tapping. As you continuously tap on the karate chop, repeat your set-up statement three (3) times.
6. Tap through The Sequence. This is a simple process. You will be tapping on specific acupuncture or acupressure points, approximately 5 to 7 times on each point. Don’t get caught up in getting the number of taps exact, please. (Remember “more of an art than science.”)
With the exception of the top of the head, collarbone point and under the arm, use two fingers at each tapping point.
At the top of the head, use the tips of all your fingers, and tapping around like heavy raindrops all over the top of your head.
When it gets to the collarbone point, you can us two fingers. However, if you lay your hand over the area, you can tap both collarbone points at the same time by just patting the area with your open hand.
Under the arm, just pat yourself there.
When you take a look at the following illustrations, you will find that it is actually quite simple. Begin at the top of the head and work your way down. While the pictures indicate tapping on both sides (as in at the side of both eyes), it is fine if you only tap on one side. However, you may find it more effective if you are going down both sides at the same time.
As you tap through the sequence, you will be using a “reminder phrase”. This is a brief version of your “set-up”, without the positive affirmation. It helps with maintaining your focus, or keeping you tuned in with your issue.
As an example, if you are working on the pain in your shoulder addressed in the earlier example, you would want to say: “this pain in my right shoulder”. Or you could tap on the first point saying “this pain” and at the next point say “in my right shoulder”.
Continue to alternate those two phrases as you tap your way through the sequence. When you complete the sequence, go through it again using the reminder phrase. Each time, beginning at the top of the head and working your way down through the points.
7. Reassess. So how do you think you are doing? Tune in with the anger, the pain or whatever you were working on. If you were at a ten when you started, where would it be now? If you are not sure what your SUDS level is now, it is time to guess again. Does it feel the same as it did before? Did the knot in your stomach lose intensity or vanish? Is it easier to turn your head? Do you still feel like clocking someone, or are you just mildly upset?
If nothing changed, try it again, beginning with the set-up statement, saying it more emphatically. Do your best to remain focused on the specific issue. Don’t be discouraged. Each situation is as unique as we are individuals, and sometimes there can be some underlying issues making it a little more difficult to move through it. Persistence usually pays off!
More than likely you experienced some improvement. If that’s the case, it is time to adjust the set-up language a bit. We want to acknowledge that progress, and keep it going!
Following through with the previous example: At the Karate Chop, three (3) times:
"Even though I have this remaining pain in my right shoulder, I deeply and completely love and accept myself."
Then through the sequence, twice:
"This right shoulder pain.."
If you take another run at it and there is still some pain hanging on, give it another try and begin with:
"Even though I still have some of this stubborn remaining pain in my right shoulder, I deeply and completely love and accept myself."
If at this point you are still not achieving the desired results, say it again. Each situation is as unique as we are individuals. Persistence usually pays off! Don’t be discouraged, just keep working at it. Some pondering may be required to determine what other factors might be hindering your progress.
Does the pain in your shoulder remind you of someone or some heavy responsibilities? Does an event come to mind? When did you first experience the pain and what was taking place in your life when you first noticed it or a little bit previous to that point in time?
Create some set-up language addressing the issues and work through each aspect of the issue. Don’t give up too easily. The vast majority achieve results with the simple things, and many times the more complicated, if they simply persist.
Here are a couple of examples of set-up language you could consider:
"Even though the pain of these responsibilities is sitting in my shoulder, I love and accept myself."
Alternate the following phrases, as you work your way through the sequence:
"These responsibility pains, stuck in my shoulder, making me feel uncomfortable..."
A few additional points you can add are indicated below. If you are not making the sort of progress you would like, consider adding these to the end of the sequence. Always remember, persistence, persistence, patience and intention.
And yet another consideration, in addition to what you will learn from the EFT Manual, is tapping the karate chop points together. If you are stuck, many times it can help.
The 9-Gamut Procedure…(Also known as "The Brain Balancer")
Tap the Gamut Point (see "G" in diagram) as you do the following:
Close your eyes
Open your eyes
With your head straight, look down to your right
While keeping your head straight, look down to your left
With your head straight, twirl your eyes in a circular motion counterclockwise
With your head straight, whirl your eyes in the opposite direction
Hum a few bars of "Happy Birthday" or any song you like
Count out loud from 1-5
Hum a few more bars
If you are still frustrated, feeling you don't know what to do or where to go from here, please consider contacting an experienced practitioner for a consultation. Know that the vast majority of the time the process works, but many times underlying and complex issues will require assistance and persistence.
Another great idea: Attend live training. While you build a solid foundation in EFT, you’ll enjoy progress with your issues. You’ll leave feeling empowered, more capable of approaching many issues.
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(brain balancer pic with notes as altered here) Gary Craig’s original basic recipe included a procedure called the 9-Gamut. Many find it beneficial; especially if they experience certain chronic symptoms, especially the blues or anxiety. The 9 steps are simple and are listed below. Consider using them at the end of any of your tapping rounds. Follow doing the 9-Gamut by going through the sequence again, like creating a ‘sandwich’, with the 9-Gamut being in the middle. Sometimes when you find yourself “stuck”, it may help to move things forward...