Guest post by Gerry White
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), developed by Gary Craig, is truly a gift to the world. Also referred to as tapping, it a self-help method of activating the body’s energy meridians to ease pain of all types, physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual. There are many sites on the Internet from which you can receive instructions and techniques.
I have been using EFT for many years to help deal with many different issues in my life. Over this time I have learned that to have EFT work effectively for me, I must define both the problem and the desired outcome. I think of our unconscious mind (UM) as the collective intelligence of the billions of cell in our bodies. The prime directive of the UM is to maintain and defend the collective (our bodies). UM is responsible for all your physical experiences e.g.: UM says you are happy so it turns on the dopamine and the serotonin taps. If you twist your ankle, UM causes the area to hurt to remind you to take care of the sprain. You could think of the UM as very intelligent and stubborn five year-old and your conscious mind as its parent. UM is dedicated to maintaining the collective at all costs. It does not know or care about things like reason and logic. It leaves all that ‘stuff’ to the conscious mind, which, through discernment, deals with the outside world. The conscious mind then presents to UM only those things it considers serious. UM for its part is hard to convince because of its early experiences.
During the first five years of our childhood there is no logic, no reason and minimal discernment. Throughout this period everything presented to us is accepted as absolute truth. If our parents, family, neighbors, media, or government tells us that we are bad, thoughtless, inconsiderate and worthless we absorb all without question. Fortunately, for us, loving and nurturing word are accepted in the same way.
If before the age of six your UM hears hundreds of times that you are worthless, how often would you have to hear how worthy you are before your UM believes this? Therein lies the dilemma.
The UM takes every thing literally and is unable to process a negative statement. If you say to a five year old “Don’t do that —-!” the child will do” that—-!” because he/she can’t process a negative. If I say ‘don’t think about a blue tree’, what is the first thing you think about? This is how UM interprets every negative statement.
When you request UM to make a change to its collective you have to make absolutely clear what you wish to change. The requested change must have integrity and must be stated with conviction!
The desired outcome must be stated in positive way in present tense as if the benefit of the change had already been gained. Any condition – physical, mental, emotional or spiritual – takes something extra to convince UM to respond. That is where EFT comes in. By stimulating the meridians while holding the well formed emotionally charged positive request in mind, you can overcome UM’s resistance to the desired change.
Recently I was having a problem with my right knee. Once or twice a week my knee would become painful as if a strand of nerve had somehow shifted out of position. It would last a day or two then disappear. After another day or two it would happen again. While this condition existed, it severely limited my ability to walk properly. Even a vitamin B shot in that knee only provided temporary and partial relief.
I attempted to use EFT on the problem to no avail. The problem continued for just about a year. I was frustrated. In my EFT scripts, I made statements such as “I don’t want the pain!” or “Please make the pain stop, I can’t stand it!”
Then I realized I had been stating the change I desired in a negative way. I was stating what I didn’t want instead of what I did want. One day between attacks I changed my words. For the setup I said: “Even though my right knee causes me pain, I deeply and completely love and accept myself and my right knee!” Then with each tapping point I said, “my right knee is comfortable and moves freely and easily!” I performed six rounds of EFT using these or similar positive words. I then forgot about my knee completely and focused on other things. The condition never re-occurred and my knee has remained pain free for more than two years and counting.
My knee problem is an example of how EFT does seem to work on everything when you make your request using the right words. Using a negative statement is an ‘away from’ whereas a positive statement is a ‘toward’. Always move toward the desired state not away from the undesired state.
Gerry, an avid EFT prectitioner, reminds us in his article to try EFT on anything!
EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as the tapping technique, has been thought of as a method that allows one to adjust the intensity of an emotion usually associated with an event. Gary Craig, the founder of EFT often says ‘try it on anything.’ I have used EFT for many situations including emotional problems, removal of pain from extremities and even easing potentially tense situations such as crucial business meetings and public speaking/ performance engagements.
As an EFT practitioner, I remembered that one of the most important uses for EFT is easing the immediate shock associated with an accident induced trauma. Not long ago my wife Carolyn had gone for an afternoon massage session with a therapist. The weather that day was clear but windy. When Carolyn returned home she was totally distraught; she was sobbing and incoherent.
When I asked her what the problem was she was so upset she could not speak.
I sat her down and used an abbreviated version of EFT on her. I first tapped under her nose, called “UN” in the EFT world (GV26 – point 26 on the governing vessel meridian) and then on her collarbone point, referred to as “CB” (K27 – point 27 on the Kidney meridian). I repeated this sequence for about a minute, by which time the sobbing had stopped and she was able tell me what had happened and actually laughed about it.
When she left the therapist office to return home, as she opened the car door, she became entangled with the seat belt. As she tried to free herself a gust of wind caused the car door to slam across the middle of her hand. She somehow was able to drive herself home.
The injured hand was quite swollen and she was experiencing quite a bit of pain. I led her through another tapping sequence where we focused on the pain and the swelling. After a minute or so of tapping the pain reduced to a much more tolerable level and the swelling started to go down. We applied an ice pack to the afflicted area. Within about an hour the injured hand had returned to normal size. Although the pain and swelling were gone, the bones and tendons in Carolyn’s had were still sore from the injury, so over the next few days we did frequent tapping session to assist the healing of the injury. The hand has since completely recovered.
I studied acupuncture some years ago and am familiar with the body’s meridian system and energy points. The two points, GV26 and K27, which are only two of several tapping points used in EFT, also happen to be emergency points in Chinese acupuncture. These points, along with several points located on the hand, can be used to stop traumatic events such as shock and seizure. The human energy system is a marvelous network that runs all aspects of the body. EFT is a non-intrusive procedure that seems to work on any energy related problem. EFT certainly worked very well in this situation so I guess you can try it on anything!
Using the aura-in-motion feature of the Aura Photography & Chakra Imaging system, we demonstrate how Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)* can be used to balance the Chakras and the Human Energy System, the Aura.
Watch this short video and be amazed at how rapidly this energy therapy balances the Chakras!
At the start of the video session, Gerry’s chakras are all quite active and energetic, as shown in the Chakra graphic. Most are functioning at an energy output level of 80% or greater. Yet, when we look at the varying size and shapes of the seven major chakras, it appears that this high energy is out of balance. I noted that the solar plexus (yellow) chakra, by its irregular shape, was particularly active and imbalanced.
Another clue is found in the color wheel’s yin/yang needles. When the needles are far apart, the yin/yang energies are out of balance. When the yang (long) needle is the base color of the aura, in this case indigo blue, I suspect an imbalance of the masculine energy. Often, an excess of yang creates a physical deficit of yin energy on the left side of the body, perhaps manifesting as a physical discomfort. Today, Gerry verified that he was indeed having problems with his left shoulder.
When the yin/yang needs to be brought into harmony, I recommend color therapy using 1) a color on the color wheel mid way between the two needles; or 2) a color that is closer to the “deficit energy.” In Gerry’s case, a color towards the greener (yin) hue is preferred. It’s interesting to note that, at the end of his session, the core aura color was green! His energy field naturally shifted into this vibration as he was balancing his chakras.
Gerry was following a basic EFT* script and tapping on the EFT meridian points. Since, at the start, his overall energy output was quite high, he decided to just state “my chakras are in balance” while tapping. If one or more of the chakras had registered low on their energy output, we would have addressed specific issues for those chakras.
Towards the end of the session, the shape of each Chakra is uniform and the colors consistent with our registration for optimum energy. The yin/yang arms on the color wheel have closed the gap and are just about touching. This position indicates a balance between yin/yang. As well, the State of Body/mind meter is leaning more towards positive. The green bar on the Stress/Relaxation graph has also increase, signifying a more relaxed state of mind.
In a few short minutes, Gerry was able to take his high energy level, which was imbalanced, and bring it into a harmonious state with EFT.