Tapping, also known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), is basically a technique to rewire the brain.
Every time you tap on a meridian point, while going through the tapping process and focusing on the challenge you’re dealing with, you are sending a calming signal to your brain. This is what does the rewiring. The process brings up emotions and traumas and memories stored in the subconscious mind and body that are impacting your life in a negative way. It then clears them. We can also rewire the brain to release physical pain from our body as our bodies release the traumas and emotions that hold pain in place.
The biggest killer of better thoughts, feelings and actions is stress and the huge limitations that it puts on us. Research shows just how effective Tapping is at releasing stress and allowing your mind and body to function and full capacity. When we tap, we rewire the brain to make better decisions and take better actions towards whatever we want to achieve.
Think about any challenges you’re currently dealing with, whether they be with finances, weight loss, relationships, physical pain, overwhelming emotions, or whatever else you’re struggling with. For example with weight loss, could you be exercising more and eating better? Willpower does not work. The key is in rewiring our brain so that the way we think, feel and act is effortlessly different. Cravings for certain foods simply dissipate and our systems are no longer flooded with the cortisol that signals the body to hold on to weight. This is what Tapping does so beautifully. And it does this with all the areas of our life where we struggle.
If you’re new to the world of EFT Tapping, I’ll offer an introduction here but there are a myriad of excellent and free resources out there prepared by people far more expert than I am in this modality and I would encourage you to explore the work of these wonderful people – in particular I’d like to acknowledge the people who brought this incredible technique to the world, namely Roger Callahan and Gary Craig. Some excellent places for you to do further and more indepth research are the following websites:
Here’s the brief overview though: EFT Tapping is an amazingly powerful yet simple – and free – healing technique that can have you shifting your life within minutes.
EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques, which is its proper but more tongue-tying name. The even more user-friendly term for it is Tapping, so called because it involves using your fingertips to tap on specific points on your head and body.
In simple terms, EFT or Tapping is a blend of ancient Chinese medicine and modern western psychology. You can think of it as like acupuncture without the needles and it can free you from persistent or inappropriate negative emotions, in other words, stuck or blocked nervous energy in one or more of your nerve channels, or meridians.
If you think of your energetic system as an energy motorway, then a past trauma is a little like a car crash or traffic jam on that motorway. Something is stopping the energy – or traffic – from flowing and this causes problems that can then manifest into physical issues.
How does EFT Tapping work? In the most simple terms, this light tapping on the endpoints of the primary energy meridians in your body sends a calming signal to the amygdala – which is the brain’s alarm bell and the trigger for the fight, freeze or flight response.
Whenever you’re in a stressful situation or you simply think of something that causes you stress – and for some people this could be just the thought of standing on the bathroom scales in the morning – then your body responds to this thought by pumping out stress hormones like cortisol and adrenalin, by diverting resources to your extremities and away from your non-essential functions like digestion, by increasing your heart rate and breathing to pull in more oxygen so the muscles can fight or flee. This process also sees the more creative and lateral thinking parts of the brain shut down so you’re operating from the primal lizard brain – in other words you actually become more stupid when you’re in the stress response and are unable to think of solutions beyond ‘run for your life!’ or ‘fight for your life!’