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As you probably know, a bonus most enjoy with tapping are pleasant continuing subtle and delayed effects.  Typically what we hear about are the wonderful positive effects that continue to unfold.   While you may never encounter anything other than the positives, be aware negative side effects can and do take place.


When we are doing deeper work, getting to deep core issues or certain aspects of complex trauma(s), we can leave a session feeling pretty good. Within hours or days though, we can find ourselves with “unexplainable” anxiety, a bout with the blues, feeling out of sorts, panicky and more.


The logical thing to do would be tap. Right?  But most don’t have the presence of mind to tap or are unable to because they find themselves lost or overwhelmed by the experience.  Others won’t tap – fearful tapping could make it worse, or blame the way they feel on the tapping they have done.   


When people are working solo, it can be enough to permanently turn them off to EFT. 


Why does this happen?  There is no way to say with absolute certainty, but here are few things that have proven to be true.


  • Our bodies and minds are still processing and adjusting to the work we’ve done.

  • Related remnants of issues/aspects are surfacing.

  • Fears yet to be identified could be rearing their heads, related to potential identity crises, what will change or what consequences (real or imagined) will take place with the change, and so on.

  • New issues and aspects may be appearing – related or unrelated.  We may or may not be able to identify them at the time.

  • It may be a form of a “healing crisis”, and will soon pass.


What do we do?  Above all apply common sense. If you fear that something terrible is happening, immediately consult the appropriate medical professional.  The majority of the time – it is simply related to processing, but don’t hesitate taking proper steps to be certain. 


Be kind and gentle with yourself.  Try some deep breathing – even if it seems almost impossible.  Meditate and if you can - tap as you meditate or use the Touch and Breathe technique.  The Touch and Breathe technique is a wonderful tool to incorporate, especially when you just don’t feel like tapping.  It is simple and soothing – and not as stimulating as regular tapping.  If you are working with a Professional EFT Practitioner, contact them for support and assistance. 


Important note: Keep in mind that what is being shared here does not speak to the challenges of those who are dealing with mental illness.  Before engaging in EFT a medical professional should be consulted, and supervision by that professional should be continued throughout work with EFT.


We’d love to hear your about your experiences. So please share them with us at:  Your questions are welcomed, so don’t hesitate sending them along to the same email address. 

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