Tapping, also known as EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), can be described as a form of emotional acupressure, and it is performed using the very same energy meridians as in traditional acupuncture, but instead of using needles, we use our fingertips for tapping on these meridians.
There is no doubt that Tapping works, and that it works well and very quickly, but as to why it works, well… there are two schools of thought on this one… and with the experiences I have had, personally and with clients, I feel that both schools of thought are valid.
The initial method was called TFT and was first discovered over thirty years ago by a traditionally trained psychologist, Dr. Roger Callahan. Dr. Callahan began experimenting with tapping on acupressure points while a patient tuned into a deeply ingrained phobia and they were able to completely eliminate the phobia… in one session.
Later, one of Dr.Callahan’s students, Gary Craig, developed a simplified form of the technique and this was called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).
EFT is based on the Discovery Statement:
“The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system” – Gary Craig
We have been led to believe that our negative thoughts and emotions create blocks and imbalances, but it’s actually the other way around, blocks and imbalances trigger the negative thoughts and emotions. If the blocks and imbalances weren’t there to begin with, the negative thoughts and emotions wouldn’t be triggered.
And this is where EFT does its work…
With EFT, we tap at the end points along our energy meridians, easily accessible points on the face and upper body, while tuning in to an issue that is troubling us, and in doing so, we clear the blockage, get the bodies energy back in balance, and we get the energy moving again, restoring flow back into the bodies’ energy system.
The new school of thought that has come about in the last few years is based on studies that took place over a ten year period at Harvard Medical School.
Using functional MRI, researchers took a look at what happens in the brain when certain acupuncture points were stimulated and what they found is that when these points were stimulated, there was a decrease in arousal in the amygdala. The amygdala is the fight or flight part of the brain.
Traditionally, the amygdala served man well. For example, when having to run for his life from a tiger, the fight or flight response kicked in, released the appropriate chemical response, and man was able to get away from the tiger. But nowadays, we aren’t running from tigers, but our amygdala is still creating these enormous responses to our everyday traumas and dramas, and, of course, to deeper traumas, such as PTSD.
So, with this newer amygdala theory…
We tune into the triggering problem, creating the response of increased arousal in the amygdala, and then, through tapping, we send the relaxation message to the amygdala, thus giving the brain mixed signals.
In doing this, the amygdala relaxes, there is no more chemical response, and this becomes the new normal for this memory. The memory is still there, but it no longer triggers the amygdala.
Like I mentioned earlier, I feel both schools of thought are valid and the bottom line is… Tapping works! And it’s exciting to see science supporting the effects our energy system plays in our well-being. Future studies should reveal even more… exciting times!
Now, as far as what types of issues we can use Tapping on. While Tapping has been closely associated with clearing trauma and deep emotional wounds, those of us who practice the technique like to say, “Try it on everything,” including clearing limiting beliefs, negative thinking, fears and phobias, traumas, addictions and cravings, emotional issues, emotional hurts and pains, habits, goal reinforcement, stress relief, worries and concerns. And while one should always consult their medical doctor when experiencing physical and health concerns, EFT has even been effective with physical and health concerns.
I’ll be sharing a lot more about our Energy Systems and Tapping, but if you’re excited to get your hands on some really great material right now, The Tapping Solution is a great way to learn more about tapping and the tapping procedure.
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