There are two main components in the EFT Technique that need to be understood in order to get started with this amazing stress and life management tool.
First, you must know the correct locations of the EFT points on the body and second, you must know the correct wording to use for the set up and reminder phrases.
The video below, is from a company in Australia and I have selected this video to explain the EFT technique tapping points because the gentleman does an excellent job of explaining the basic method in simple terms. He has adapted the technique a little, which works just fine; however, if you prefer the original version of EFT, just go to the main EFT website for the FREE manual that offers the basic recipe.
When it comes to learning this advanced stress management technique, I feel that simplicity is the key.
Once you understand the locations of the EFT technique tapping points, you can move on to the next piece of the EFT therapy program, which is the set up phrases.
First, you repeat a phrase three (3) times that describes a problem you are having while you tap the "Karate Chop" point of your hand as was described in the video.
The basic structure of the set up phrase for the EFT technique is as follows:
Even though I have this _____________, I deeply and completely accept myself. The blank is filled in with a brief description of the problem you want to address. Essentially, you blend a statement of the problem with a statement of total acceptance.
Some examples of set up phrases for the EFT Technique from the FREE training manual on the main Gold Standard EFT website developed by the founder of EFT, Gary Craig, are as follows:
You may find it a bit difficult to consciously think about the problem while you are moving through the EFT Technique tapping points, therefore a short reminder phrase is used as you move to each point to help maintain focus on the problem.
The reminder phrase is simply a word or short phrase that describes the problem, You repeat it out loud at each EFT tapping location in the sequence. In this way you continually "remind" your system about the problem being addressed.
For example, if the problem you are trying to resolve using the EFT Technique, is "fear of public speaking", your reminder phrase might be exactly those words, "fear of public speaking".
While your set up phrase was the longer version, "Even though I have this fear of public speaking, I deeply and completely accept myself and all my feelings," the reminder phrase is the short and sweet, four-word statement only - "fear of public speaking."
Other reminder phrases that match the set up phrases in the examples above are as follows:
"headache", "anger towards my father", "war memory", "stiffness in my neck", "nightmares", "craving for alcohol", "fear of snakes", and "depression".
Once again the basic points are as follows:
The last step in the EFT Technique is to take 3 deep, cleansing breaths before you start the next round of EFT. These should be slow yoga style breaths that allow you to eliminate all the negative energy that you just freed up by doing the tapping.
Feel free to do several rounds of the EFT Technique in a row as you work through your issue(s). It is not uncommon as you do a round of EFT for a remnant to appear in your mind. When this happens, you just remember it or keep track of it until you are done the current round and then you construct a new phrase, which incorporates the feelings in the remnant and do the set up phrases and tapping for the refined issue or the new issue.
After the creation of the EFT Technique Gold Standard by Gary Craig, there has been one variation added to the original recipe and it is known as the choice method.
Some EFT therapists, over the years, found that using a statement of acceptance as the second half of the set up phrase didn't really blend well in every situation. It was decided that a statement of choice often worked better in those situations.
To use the choice method, you still say the first part the same:
Even though, ______________________________, but for the second part, you start with the words, "I choose" and then you add some words to describe your choice for a different behavior, outcome or response.
Even though, I have always had trouble getting along with my father, I choose to put the past aside and start working on rebuilding my relationship with him.
Even though, I am terrible at taking tests, I choose to cut myself some slack and trust my instincts.
As you can see, it is still like a statement of acceptance, but it is worded slightly differently.
Well, that's the basic overview of the EFT Technique. I wish you total and complete peace and wellness as you slowly peel off the layers of all the repressed emotion you have been storing in your central nervous system for years and years by using the ever powerful EFT. Be sure to check out the main Gold Standard EFT website for even more great information on how to expand the technique.
Gary Craig, the creator/founder of EFT therapy, adds the following 3 comments about getting the most out of the EFT Technique.
It doesn't matter whether you believe the process or not... just say it. All you have to do is suspend disbelief like you do when you take any kind of pharmaceutical products, such as an Aspirin or some Tylenol.
It is better to say it with feeling and emphasis but saying it routinely will usually do the job.
It is best to say it out loud but if you are in a social situation where you prefer to mutter it under your breath....or do it silently....then go ahead. The EFT Technique is usually effective anyway.
You can even do EFT in the shower or while you are alone in the bathroom. A full round only takes about 60 seconds and is well worth the investment of your time.
EFT is the only stress management therapy I have ever found that is FREE (no cost), self-administered, easy to use, quick, completely private, requires no transportation to get to and from appointments and IT WORKS!
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