About Emotional Freedom Techniques
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What is EFT?
EFT is a simple to learn, easy to use tool to aid resolution of emotional disturbances and allow a person to move from a state of stress to a state of relaxation. This shift frequently allows the physical healing mechanisms of the body to work more effectively so that physical symptoms may resolve along with emotional conflicts.
EFT is not faith healing, a placebo effect or magic. You do not even have to believe in it for it to be effective. Many sceptics change their minds once they see it at work in a real situation or experience the effects for themselves.
EFT is a real procedure which benefits many people. Scientific studies are underway to clarify how this healing effect may work. Though it is still an experimental procedure it has proved to be so effective that many professionals in the fields of psychotherapy, counselling and medicine as well as complementary therapy have begun to use it to supplement and expand their work. Many more are becoming interested as EFT becomes more widely known.
How is EFT done?
It is a combination of tapping on meridian (acupressure) points with affirmation work used to focus the mind onto the problem. It is non-intrusive, pain free and universally available and completely free to use.
Philip and Christine with Gary Craig
Where did EFT come from?
EFT has its roots in ancient Chinese medicine and the modern science of Applied Kinesiology.
EFT as we know it today began with the pioneering work done by Gary Craig in the late 1990’s. Since then Gary Craig and other contributors have gone on to develop and refine the technique so that it has become easier to use, more elegant and even more powerful. Some of the resolutions produced are remarkable and can change people`s lives for the better.
How does EFT work?
EFT works on the basis that emotional upset produces interference in the normal energy flow through the meridians. By tapping on certain points where the meridians surface and with the use of carefully worded affirmations the interference can be reduced and the emotional charge leaves with it. Memory is not affected at all and the result is usually permanent.
It is the subject of much speculation why pain and physical problems respond to EFT in the same way as emotional problems. The answers are being slowly found as science begins to catch up with what we are actually doing when working with energy therapies and some of the mechanisms are already well-documented. Other areas are still obscure but it is already crystal clear that a high percentage of physical problems have their origins in emotional disturbances. Resolve these and the physical manifestation then heals itself.
Do you have to believe in EFT for it to work?
Absolutely not! EFT works whether you believe in it or not.
It doesn’t matter if the practitioner believes in it or not. The way that we look at this question is that you don’t have to believe in drugs or understand the biochemical effects of the drug within the body for them to work. Neither does your doctor, but they work anyway. So why shouldn’t EFT be the same?
What can be treated using EFT?
These techniques have been used successfully by thousands of people with a broad range of difficulties. There are thousands of case studies available to view on the internet which illustrate how well EFT can work with a wide range of problems.
Some of these are listed below.
- Addictions and Cravings
- Anxiety and Panic Attacks
- Compulsions and Obsessions
- Depression and Sadness
- Fears and Phobias
- Grief and Loss
- Negative Memories
- Peak Performance issues
- Self Image issues
- Sexual Abuse Issues
- Traumatic Memories
- Pain Management
- Physical Conditions –a vast array have been successfully resolved with EFT.
- .... and many more!
Are there any side-effects?
EFT is very gentle and rarely has any side effects. It is often combined with or used instead of other procedures, because of its gentle nature. In our experience, people often feel energised after an EFT session. The only other side effects are good ones, where treating one problem will cause another problem to heal, spontaneously.
EFT is almost always long lasting provided that all aspects (components) of a problem have been identified and dealt with. Physical healings are often impressive and enduring as well but are more likely to re-emerge until the emotional aspects are dealt with appropriately.
How long does it take me to heal?
Unfortunately there are no hard and fast rules that may be applied here, because every problem is different, and every person is different.
Deeply rooted behaviours or beliefs often take longer to eliminate than simpler problems simply because there are more aspects to be dealt with.
Usually a person with even the most deeply seated problems to start seeing real benefits within (at worst) a few weeks, and some people (at best) within a few minutes.
Ultimately these techniques can rid us of excess emotional baggage so that we are free to get on with our lives and realise the full range of our potential and freedom.
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