Meridian Tapping or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
A study was done on 17,000 people who went for medical treatment in a major hospital. 2/3 of these people had had at least one event such as abuse, neglect or family dysfunction and they found that adverse childhood experiences were major causes of life threatening illness and poor quality of life. There was a correlation between the number of incidents that people have experienced and higher levels of diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, hepatitis, alcohol and drug abuse, unintended pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth, depression and poor health related quality of life. Those with a high number of experiences, were 3x more likely to smoke and 30x more likely to commit suicide. The middle age range, was 57, and these were childhood events.
The epigenetic work of Bruce Lipton & Dawson Church has given us a new perspective on the % balance of genes versus environment. By changing our emotional environment we can alter our state of health and being, and this is what tapping is all about and why it was originally named Emotional Freedom Technique. Emotional health is absolutely essential to your physical health and healing. No matter how careful you are with exercise and eating it is not as easy to stay healthy if you have emotional barriers standing in your way
Psychology has been all about talking through issues – meridian tapping usually combines that talking with using the knowledge of acupuncture points. There is a drop in cortisol, the hormone associated with stress, with tapping, so the body gets a calming message. As the client talks about the issue which creates a stress response, the tapping is sending a signal that the body is actually safe. So it’s combining the old signal of threat with a new signal of safety and that breaks the conditioned response loop. So although the tapping itself is not doing the healing, by lowering the stress levels in the body it allows the body to behave as it should, which then leads to the healing. This means it can be used on just about anything including sport or performance anxiety.
What is Tapping?
Tapping with your fingertips on specific acupuncture points on the head and chest, has been researched. Although it might look a little weird, if combined with thinking or talking about a problem you may be having, you can reduce or eliminate negative emotions, reduce or eliminate pain, reduce food cravings and help to implement positive goals. There can be very set ways to do Tapping, or it can be very effective if you just tap on the points as you rant about whatever has created the discomfort. Ultimately you really can’t do yourself any harm, it is about speaking your truth in that moment. Before you start it can be helpful to write down a number from 0-10 that describes your discomfort or emotional upset in that moment. After you have done some tapping and you stop to take a deep breath and allow the energy to move through your body, you can reassess where that number is now.
Some people have been taught it isn’t good to talk about the negatives. If the negatives are in there it is best to bring them up and deal with them. So the idea is to get the emotional ‘sting’ out of the equation so we can then start to put in the positive affirmations that we have been trained to do.
What Can Tapping be Used For?
Tapping can be used for just about anything, from fears and phobias, weight loss, to enhance performances including exams, public speaking and sport, improve relationships, procrastination and clutter, improving your self-image, business goals, the list is endless. I went through a period of depression a few years ago and it was tapping that turned me around. I can’t speak highly enough about it.
Emotions play a big part in our pain and in the healing process. Tapping bypasses the conscious mind so that’s why you don’t have to believe it will work in order for it to work. When we tap it’s like a mini version of what happened originally, so it’s not uncommon for people to experience sharp pains or aches. If that happens, don’t stop tapping.
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