Are you aware of the self-help tool called tapping? For some people, this technique is as familiar as their face in the mirror. Others have never heard of it. If you tap regularly, today’s blog may open new possibilities for how to use it. If you are unaware of this procedure, perhaps this post will pique your curiosity as I offer a brief overview of what it is, how it works, how it can change your life and how I have used it.
What is Tapping?
Tapping is a procedure that is also known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). It loosens stuck energy by stimulating acupuncture points while focusing on specific memories, beliefs or emotions.
How Does Tapping Work?
The internationally known authority on Energy Medicine, Donna Eden, sees energy in and around the body. “In the world according to Donna’s eyes, tapping anywhere on the body while mentally activating a troubling memory or situation has a calming effect. She sees a ‘flare’ of energy come out from the skin when you tap on any point. She also sees that energy ‘sink’ into the body. . . . In general, the points used in the tapping therapies produce a larger ‘flare’ than random points, and she associates this with a larger effect.” [i] In other words, tapping calms the mind and emotions, releases stuck energy and makes that energy available to the body.
Tapping specific acupuncture points while focusing on particular thoughts, feelings or events:
- changes brain chemistry
- soothes the fight/flight/freeze response which allows higher-level thinking processes to engage
- brings unconscious feelings and beliefs into conscious awareness
- clears stuck energy
- interrupts current patterns
- opens possibilities and
- establishes a new foundation from which to move forward
How Can Tapping Change Your Life?
The clinical psychologist, David Feinstein, writes that tapping promotes “greater emotional control, inner peace, and effectiveness.” [ii] You can use it to overcome phobias, improve relationships, boost performance, change unwanted habits, reduce pain, support weight loss, increase health and well-being, enhance your enjoyment of life, alter your relationship with money, overcome unwanted emotions, align your life with your dreams and much more. Thousands of YouTube videos demonstrate the Emotional Freedom Technique of tapping.
Some concerns like nipping a cold in the bud can be accomplished with 15 to 20 minutes of tapping as demonstrated by Beth Tuttle.[iii] Other issues, such as changing unwanted habits can take much longer as each round of tapping prunes a branch of the problem until the root is finally uncovered and removed.
How I Have Used Tapping
I first became aware of the power of tapping in 2001 when I changed jobs. As a classroom music teacher with more than twenty years of experience, I had frequently played piano for a variety of audiences that included students, teachers, parents and community members. While I always felt nervous when performing, after changing jobs, my anxiety sky-rocketed. During the first performance of the year, my body began trembling to the point that I could not lift my foot to play the pedal and my hands lost so much strength that I could not play with expression. I knew I had to take immediate action because monthly performances were part of my job description. I turned to the Emotional Freedom Technique and over the course of a month, I completed many rounds of tapping, each between 60 and 90 minutes long. At my performance the following month, there was no trembling in my body. My baseline level of nervousness was lower than before doing the tapping. For the remaining ten years of employment, I maintained this lower level of nervousness when performing.
Most recently, I used the Beth Tuttle YouTube video, mentioned above, to eliminate a scratchy throat after being exposed to a cold. After twenty minutes, I was able to interrupt the progression of the cold.
Tapping is an effective tool that anyone can learn to support their health and well-being. If you want to know more about this powerful procedure, two sessions with me will give you a foundation to begin using this technique for yourself and your loved ones. Contact me at email@example.com for more information. You, too, can experience emotional freedom, improved health and enhanced well-being!
The March eletter from Donna Eden’s INNERSOURCE website includes an article titled, “Brain Scans Give Glimpse into How Tapping on Acupuncture Points Impacts the Brain: Research to be Presented at Upcoming ACEP Conference.” Although this issue has not yet been posted to the INNERSOURCE website, if you contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I will forward, to you, the email that includes this article.
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[i] INNERSOURCE. (2018). What Donna Sees When Someone Taps. Innersource Website. http://www.innersource.net/em/article/333-resources/e-letter/1170-what-donna-eden-sees-when-someone-taps.html
[ii] Feinstein, D., Eden, D. and Craig, G. (2005). The Promise of Energy Psychology. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin. p. 3.