EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique is a technique I have used a few times to create a change, or a shift.
I have found it to be a great tool for anxiety, which I suffer from often. I have also used it when I was struggling to get over a break up with an ex boyfriend, and I found it very effective for this situation too. It’s a relatively unknown technique, although with more people turning to holistic therapies recently, it’s becoming increasingly popular. I have found it to be very effective and also I get results almost immediately, which again is very appealable.
It may also help with;
- Low self-esteem
- Breaking Negative Patterns
- Improving focus
- Improving sleep
- Anxiety and Depression
Recently I did a session with Suzie Flynn , I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed with my work load, I have taken a lot on this year work wise, so I did a session with Suzie , to try to stay focused and remain calm. As well as EFT, Suzie has trained in NLP with co-creator Richard Bandler, Matrix Reimprinting and Reiki.
I asked Suzie some questions below to share with you, on EFT and how it can help us in our lives.
What is EFT?
EFT is an emotional version of acupuncture without the needles. The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system. A distressing memory, for example, causes a disruption in the body’s energy system, resulting in negative emotion.
Acupuncture relies on the fact that there are subtle energies running through the body called meridians. If these are not flowing well it affects our bodies wellbeing. By stimulating meridian points by tapping on them with our fingertips it tends to balance things out. People’s intense emotional issues just fade, often in minutes, after a few rounds of EFT.
How can tapping create change?
By tapping on the end points of meridian lines and using positive statements/affirmations we can shift blocked energy and emotions we hold in our body. This releases dis-ease and brings about more well-being. So if a person focuses on a specific issue or fear while tapping on these meridian points then the fear or issue can be removed. The founder of EFT, Gary Craig, believed that both positive and negative energy have real manifestations that can affect all functions in our body. The body has an amazing ability to heal itself yet stress and emotional problems stand in the way of the healing process, which is where EFT comes in.
Where do we tap?
Below is a diagram of the meridian points, but it is best to have a session with a practitioner first, to get used to finding exactly where these are;
When do we use EFT?
Whenever we need it. If we feel an emotional block and resistance to taking action or we notice a belief surfacing in the conscious mind which is limiting our potential then we can tap. The other day I felt overwhelm around the online EFT course I am creating and decided to tap that feeling away. It just took a few rounds of tapping and the overwhelm disappeared and I had a very productive day with great results.
I’ve noticed different people use different routines – is there a particular routine we should follow?
I was trained by Karl Dawson, a master EFT trainer taught by the founder of EFT, Gary Craig. The routine I follow is what we call the EFT sandwich.This involves tuning into the issue and giving it an intensity level between 0 and 10. We then establish a set up statement i.e. Even though I have this [insert problem] I deeply and completely accept myself, while tapping on the karate chop. By doing this you are clearing any resistance to change and our body accepts the issue we are choosing to address. We then do rounds of tapping followed by a procedure called 9 Gamut. This involves eye movements, counting numbers and humming. This shifts the intensity of the issue faster and is followed by another couple of rounds of tapping before tuning in again to assess the intensity of the issue.
There are other approaches such as the ‘movie techniques,’ which address each aspect of an event until the whole event is at a zero intensity. There are other techniques and the use of EFT is expanding to the use of Positive EFT and other adaptations.
What emotional blocks can EFT help with?
EFT can help with any emotional blocks, such as anxiety, depression, fear of moving forward or making change and even down to physical illnesses. Emotion is energy in motion and by using EFT we are able to shift blocked energy in our meridian system with the use of positive thoughts/affirmations. The combination of the two cause a shift in emotional blocks.
Are there any therapies that work well alongside EFT?
Yes, EFT fits with many different therapies and combines aspects of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming). It has a background in kinesiology and can be combined with this therapy also. I’ve used EFT with coaching clients when I’ve intuitively picked up blocks that they were finding it difficult to move beyond. EFT cleared these blocks enabling them to move forward and take some great action steps and achieve their goals.
Can EFT help with physical illness?
Absolutely! By carrying around negative emotions such as anger, frustration and guilt, etc it starts to show up physically in the body. If the energy in our meridians don’t flow well then the body’s health doesn’t do well. Once you start taking care of these emotional issues and resolving them the physical issues start to subside as well. EFT zeros in on the symptoms and that’s why it often gets results where nothing else will. There are documented cases of how EFT has helped with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).Once you start taking care of these emotional issues and resolving them the physical issues start to subside as well. EFT zeros in on the symptoms and that’s why it often gets results where nothing else will.
I’ve heard of using EFT to help manifest while using the Law of Attraction can you tell us the connection here?
The Law of Attraction is a vibration of our belief systems. If we believe we are not deserving, or that we can’t be successful then we will attract what we put out. With EFT we can dissolve these beliefs by tapping away the negative emotions and therefore changing our belief system.
If you think EFT could help you, and you would like to book a session with Suzie, you can contact her here.. Suzie is very kindly offering the readers of this blog, a 30 minute taster session for £15 by Skype. Or Suzie has kindly put a discount on her online course, if you log on with this link, you will be able to purchase her EFT course for £29 instead of £97 with the coupon code NATALIE.
Thank you Suzie for giving us a better insight into Emotional Freedom Technique, and for giving us another tool that can help us in our lives. If you liked this post, you might also like the post I did on Reiki.
If you have tried EFT and it has worked for you, please let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear your experiences!