Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) – What is it, how can it help you?
Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, is an easy to use, free and non invasive method that many people are using to gain freedom from negative thoughts and emotions that may seemingly imprison them.
What is EFT?
EFT has as its basic premise that pain comes from negative emotions that are stuck in the body. While mainstream science may deny the truthfulness of this, many who are familiar with acupressure, acupuncture and other healing disciplines don’t. Psychiatrists have long documented the connection between physical symptoms and memories and thoughts as they help people dealing with flashbacks of childhood trauma and other manifestations of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
How does EFT work?
Similar to acupressure, EFT uses stimulation of energy meridians to unblock unpleasant feelings and thoughts. EFT starts with a “set up phrase” that reminds the person consciously of the emotion, thought or symptom that the body wants to release.
So for example, if you want to ask your boss for a raise but feel faint every time you think of approaching him or her, you may say something like “Even though I am afraid of asking my boss for a raise, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.” You would say this phrase while tapping firmly but gently on several acupressure points located on the head, hands, face, and chest. While there are variations, this is basic EFT.
What can EFT help with?
EFT practitioners say you can try EFT with anything you want freedom from – whether it be a fear of public speaking, emotional issues around money, even a habit like nail biting. Any time you feel unpleasant emotions that keep you from taking action in your life, you can try EFT. It also works with physical pain and symptoms. EFT is non invasive and only takes moments to do, and doesn’t require fancy equipment or extended education. It is a good idea to read up on the technique at a website like emofree.com before trying it on yourself.
EFT can even be used with children. You may want to change the set up phrase slightly. So for example if your child comes home from school in an angry mood, you might sit down with them and repeat something like this: “Even though I feel like kicking a hole in the wall, I’m still a good kid.” It’s a good idea to ask your child exactly what they’re feeling and use their words. EFT is most effective if you have extremely precise clarity on what you’re feeling. If EFT doesn’t seem to work for you, it’s often because you’re not being clear on what you’re feeling. Try to get to the root cause or feeling and be as specific as possible.
You can get more information on EFT at sites like emofree.com and by reading books on the subject, such as these books on eft from Amazon.com