This article was originally posted in January of 2011
I have some friends who encourage me by saying, “Are you still keeping up with your running?”
Some say, “Have you created anything this week?”
Another may throw out a, “How are those food choices going?”
My friend, Lisa, always asks me, “Are you guys tapping?” Or gives me a, “Don’t forget to tap!” It always comes at a great time. Typically it is when one of my kids has had a rough week, which means I have had a rough week. And we all need it.
Tapping is a thing called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). There are plenty of people who roll their eyes at it and see it as some sort of creepy new age thing. Those are people who have never used it. 🙂 Because honestly, it is just a basic way to use pressure points on your body to change up your energy and refocus you on truth. It is relaxing in a different way – not like a massage way, but a wake-up-your-brain kind of way.
In laymen’s terms, you tap on pressure points in your body, stating things that you have chosen to focus on. We have used it with our kids from trauma, but I use it for myself all the time. It requires no tools, no meds, no space and very little time. While you are tapping, you say phrases that specify the emotional issue you are dealing with.
Typically, with each new area of tapping, you use a statement like, “Even though (state the negative event or feeling), I fully and deeply accept myself.” There are also endless ways to vary this. A few examples are Affirming Phrases for the EFT Set-Up and my favorite: the 36 Best Ever EFT Tapping Affirmations.
Obviously, you can see how this can extremely effective for kids who have deep shame and live in a constant state of self-sabotage. But it works for you, too. I will leave you with a few videos, and encourage you to just try it. There is a reason we already go straight for some of these pressure points when we have a headache or we are stressed. We have already discovered that they bring us some relief. This is just more deliberate.
I’m a big fan, can you tell?
I like this intro video. As you will soon discover, apparently all tapping experts speak with an accent.
This is a basic short-cut method if you are just starting, or need to do some quick tapping on the go.
Then Rod Sherwin also has his full EFT recipe, which is almost exactly what I have found the most helpful (big surprise, I like to mix things up!).
Now, repeat after me, “Even though I think Christine is a complete freak and weirdo, I will try this EFT thing anyway.”
(photo by Irum Shahid, used with permission)