Gary CraigThe creator of EFT, Gary Craig, is an amazing individual. As an educational background he's an Engineering graduate from Stanford University. He quickly abandoned the Engineering path and went into business selling insurance.
Gary was also a student of Personal Improvement Psychology. He applied the teachings of self-improvement and eventually became a financial success in the Finance Industry.
Along the way, he studied with Dr. Roger Callahan. Dr. Callahan’s theories of Energy Meridians became the core of his Emotional Freedom Technique.
Energy TappingEFT is based on the theory that emotions stay within the body as stuck energy (see also The Energy Body). By gently tapping on specific points on the body we're able to stimulate and release these stuck energy pockets.
The Energy points used in the Emotional Freedom Technique were modified and streamlined from Dr. Callahan’s original methods. These points follow the same Energy lines (known as Meridians) as are used by the Chinese Acupuncture healing methods.
By lightly tapping with two fingers on these points while allowing yourself to feel the emotions of a situation, you’ll find that the emotion will begin to dissipate, often after only one round of tapping.
Using EFT for Emotional ReleaseI've found that the secret to using EFT successfully is to first allow yourself to feel the emotion that you want to be rid of. By feeling the emotion, and then tapping through the sequence of points it's easy to monitor if it's working or not.
As an example, if someone is experiencing anxiety I'll first ask him to allow himself to feel the emotion of anxiety. I'll then ask, on a scale of 1-10 how intense are the feelings.
I'm usually hoping that the feelings are at a level 8 or higher. This helps us to know if the technique is successful or not when we're done. We'll then use the tapping sequence to release the emotion of anxiety until it gets down to Zero.
What frequently happens is that one emotion will release but another will come up. Anxiety might be covering feelings of anger, which is covering sadness, etc. When this happens each emotion is worked through and released in succession until we're down to a level Zero in all emotional intensities.
This is where I find EFT to be the most valuable is in digging out the hidden issues and underlying emotions. But this isn’t always possible to do alone by yourself, especially when it’s time to go into those dark and scary places inside.That’s why I offer one-on-one personal sessions. Together we go into the places where it’s too much to do alone. We may use the Emotional Freedom Technique, or other methods, all with the intent of releasing the hidden intensity.
If you’re ready to start releasing emotions and begin to live a life free of emotional pain and suffering I invite you to visit my Personal Sessions page. I even offer a free trial session so you can find out if working together will be right for you.
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