Got Stress? Tap Your Way to Less Stress Using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Hint: It pairs nicely with Cognitive Behavior Therapy, or CBT.
by Meredith Schneider
Most Sundays, lifestyle guru Gala Darling releases a new Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) video on the YouTube show, High Vibe Honey. The technique — also known as psychological acupressure or tapping — is utilized by millions to manifest their higher selves and to heal their emotional and physical wounds. It even works as a wonderful supplement to Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) sessions, another evidence-based mental health technique in every clinician's tool kit.
How does Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) work?
Using EFT, the individual transfers energy by placing pressure on stimulation points on the body, while tapping their fingertips and affirming their intentions.
The acupressure meridians exist at the crown of your head, between the eyebrows (i.e., the third eye), at your temples, under your eyes, under your nose, on your chin, at your left and right collarbones, about 4 inches under your arm (i.e., the “bra strap area”), and on your wrists. There are a few more points that can be addressed and delved into, but these are the main energy points used for intention setting
People who practice utilize the “karate chop” area of their dominant hand (the outside of the hand, under your pinky) to tap their wrists. Other points are tapped with the pointer and middle finger together, or with both hands as you approach the areas with two points, like the temples, under eyes, and collarbones.
Who should try Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)?
Anyone interested in accomplishing goals or that is interested in personal growth can benefit from EFT. Historically, EFT has been used in therapy sessions (including Beauty-Stoned's founder's!) to aid in the release of limiting beliefs and emotions. Limiting beliefs are the unconscious cognitions and attached emotions, often rooted in traumas or past experiences, that are holding you back from reaching personal goals or simply feeling content. For those who practice manifesting, these are the cognitive and emotional roots of the energy blocks that must be cleared before your intentions materialize.
Editor's Note: Consciousness is everything. This is also why emotional clearing, which can surface as a result of energy work, is a good thing — even when it brings unpleasant memories, feelings, or emotions to the surface. By becoming conscious of the negative experiences that result in our negative self-beliefs, we are able to neutralize and release our limiting patterns. Acknowledging and working with this un-suppressed inner material is the exact type of "shadow work" that brings about personal change.
How to Practice Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Begin your practice by acknowledging your goal, and paying attention to the source of any doubts or insecurities that arise. Once you have identified them, voice the concern or limiting belief that you would like to work on out loud. While many prefer to gloss over these feelings and focus solely on the positive, it is important to acknowledge and accept our underlying issues in order to release them.
Then, create the self-affirming statement that you will repeat while tapping. It always includes the statement that you “love and accept yourself completely” — something you can practice saying for positive reinforcement regardless. For instance, a self-affirmative statement might sound like:
"Even though I [insert limiting belief], I love and accept myself completely."
To get started, repeat this statement three times while massaging or tapping your karate chop point, rating the level of emotional distress that this belief is causing on a scale of 1-10. Then, repeat the statement as you tap your way through the other pressure points in order. Throughout the session, the level of emotional pain around your beliefs should change, and decrease significantly. Rounds of tapping should be repeated until the individual feels that difference or a distinct movement of energy.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) as a Self-Help Tool
On High Vibe Honey, Gala spends time pulling a card from a tarot deck for us each to evaluate our lives in the coming week. This helps to create the theme of the next week’s tapping exercise. Themes have included “Tapping For Ultimate Confidence,” “Let Go Of Other Peoles’ Opinions," “Tapping On Bring Worthy Of Success,” and more.
I, myself, have been working on tapping and mediation since she introduced it to her audience years ago as a New York-based blogger. I find that it helps to reinforce important values and thoughts to keep myself grounded through the following days. I find her particular rapport with her followers is a lot more believable; she modernizes the work so that it is a fun way to approach mental health. That’s not an easy feat, so I bow down to her ability to create a community that supports each other and itself and encourages self healing.
It also doesn’t hurt that a large part of her show’s appeal is the way she champions manifestation. High Vibe Honey programs manifestation by repetition of a common goal, reinforcement that we accept ourselves, and allowing us time to pause and consider a single thought within the collective group. It’s empowering and can be emotional, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself crying or releasing a pent up emotional block. This type of energy movement is actually a good thing.
Where to Practice Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
It is important to remember that EFT can be practiced at anytime, anywhere. If I find myself hitting a block or a limiting belief at work, I find my way into a private space and tap it out for about five minutes. It’s the perfect reset, though I do encourage you do it in a private space. To an onlooker, it can resemble an anxiety attack, and this type of personal inner-work is best practiced in private and in a safe place that you can focus inwardly.
If you find that EFT isn’t an everyday thing for you, or that it is almost impossible to get time alone to do it regularly, then one way to incorporate it into your life on a less frequent basis is by syncing it with some New Moon energy. Use the opportunity to check in and map out how you’d like to feel during the next moon cycle. Incorporating EFT into your new moon ceremony or self-care practices can be game changing, and I highly recommend it.
Read up on how to use yoga as self-care here.
Meredith Schneider is a Kansas City-based writer, editor, photographer, CBD-conoisseur, and cat mom.
She runs Imperfect Fifth, an alternative music blog, and photographs rockstars constantly.
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