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While tapping with a Practitioner is best for traumas and bigger issues it is a highly effective self help tool and very simple to learn.
The tapping points are:
The outer edge of the hand, opposite side to the thumb (or karate chop point)
Eyebrows (inner eyebrow as illustrated at the bottom of the home page)
Sides of eyes (as illustrated at bottom of the home page)
Under nose (as illustrated at the bottom of the home page)
Under chin (is illustrated at the bottom of the home page)
Collarbone point (as illustrated at the bottom of the home page)
Under arm point (on the side about a hand width from our underarms)
Pick something that is bothering you or a problem you would like to work on, it could be a limiting belief, a fear, a food craving, general stress or anxiety, anything... And then give it a number out of 10 - how much does it effect you with 0 being not at all and 10 being almost unbearable.
Then we start by tapping on the outer edge of one hand or karate chop point with the fingers of the other (it doesn't matter which way around) while giving a voice to this problem. This is called the set-up statement. We state this 3 times and it can be exactly the same or slightly different each time. I will use anxiety about an exam that is about an eight out of 10 for an example:
"Even though I am feeling so anxious about my exam tomorrow I love and accept myself."
"Even though I am so worried I am going to fail I deeply acknowledge and accept myself."
"Even though I am so anxious I will forget everything I have learned during the exam tomorrow I love and accept myself."
Then starting with the inner eyebrow point and working your way down and finishing on the top of the head point tap 5-7 times on each of the points while focusing on the issue. This is called one round. As you tap on each point use a reminder statement such as "anxious about my exam" on each of the points.
After doing one round, take a deep breath and check what the intensity of the anxiety (or problem) is now. Continue with this process until the intensity reaches the level of 2 or less.
You can then complete a "positive" round such as "I choose to feel more calm and at ease", "I will do my best with ease", etc.
EFT is so effective because it acknowledges and confronts how you do feel rather than by denying your real feelings by repeating positive affirmations. This gives deep acceptance to our feelings and self. If we fall over and skin or cut our knee we first clean the dirt out of the wound, maybe applying disinfectant or some kind of salve, if it is a bad wound, before applying a bandage. We wouldn't leave the wound with dirt in it or pretend it wasn't there.
If we deny our feelings or ignore them while repeating affirmations they will still be there festering underneath. You can often tell if an affirmation is true for you by your mental thoughts immediately following the affirmation. An affirmation of "I am going to ace my exam" may be followed by "when has that ever happened". Or "I am going to start a diet on Monday and really stick to it" may be followed by "yeah sure, like all the others, you can't last 2 days"
If you have any questions about any part of the process please email me and I will do my best to assist you.
Remember that learning something new can feel uncomfortable the first few times so maybe commit to doing it at least three times before making a decision as to whether it is for you or not.
Why not give it a go.