The Emotional Freedom Technique, commonly known as EFT or tapping, is a method of helping the body gently relieve stress, anger, anxiety, sadness, grief, and all forms of dissonant or negative emotion. Tapping is a wonderful technique that we employ often at Mindlight because it is easy to do, very effective, and individuals can do the technique by themselves for self care when they are not seeing a practitioner.
We want to start by offering you a bigger context for resolving negative emotion. Negative emotion, often brought on by thoughts about something, are housed in the body. While we think we can just change our thoughts and therefore change our feelings, sometimes we leave the body behind in that equation – and often even though we try so hard to change our thoughts, the negative ones remain and the body continues to stress.
To more effectively change your feelings, a key component is including your body in the relief formula. Tapping is a way to communicate directly to your body and let it know that it can release its emotion, find calm again, and re-regulate.
When creating relief in your mind and body, you can think of the Healing Paradigm. In it are the three ingredients to resolving negative emotion: 1) the emotion, 2) compassion, and 3) the body. Let’s break these things down:
The Healing Paradigm:
In the practice of tapping, you are using your fingertips to lightly tap on a meridian point system on your body, while you feel your feelings. You can think of this meridian system like the electrical breakers on a house. When you tap them you help the body reset its emotional current. Tapping on this meridian system is similar to what is being done in acupuncture, but without needles, and mainly on the upper parts of your body.
To see the tapping points, you can watch the video above, or check out this chart below, courtesy of MedicalNewsToday.
Important insights for tapping to work effectively:
When you are in the swing of things, tapping on the feelings that you want to move, it’s common to experience your body releasing energy in different ways: you may start to sweat, burp, yawn, get tired, get hungry, or want to walk around while you do it. All of this is normal, and in fact a good sign! It means the emotion is really moving, and beginning to express from your body.
If you’d like support in experiencing your first tapping session, you can book a session with a Mindlight practitioner here. Please note, sometimes instead of tapping, we might invite you to shake, jump, hug yourself, take big deep breaths. All of these techniques work within the Healing Paradigm, of which tapping is simply one technique that helps people get results. Book a 1-on-1 session with a Mindlight Practitioner.