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Title: Emotional Freedom Techniques


1
Emotional Freedom Techniques
  • Tapping to Health

2
What is EFT?
  • It is a very simple procedure that anyone can
    learn and use to alleviate stress or anxiety, and
    all the ways those emotions manifest themselves
    in our lives.

3
EFT What is it?
  • EFT is like acupuncture without the needles.
  • In fact, new research indicates that simply
    tapping on meridian points is every bit as
    effective at relieving symptoms in the body as
    acupuncture.

4
What is EFT?
  • Tapping can be used to address the everyday
    stresses, emotions, frustrations, and aches and
    pains that we all have. It can relieve headache
    pain, even migraines. It can help you fall
    asleep. It can enhance your performance.
  • Tapping is VERY good for all of that!!

5
And, its something so simple to use that even
children can easily master it!
6
Were Going to Give It A Try!


  • RIGHT NOW! But first..

7
Before we begin
  • On a scale from 0 to 10
  • with 0 being the least possible stress,
  • and 10 being the highest level of stress
    imaginable
  • what number would you assign to your stress level
    now?

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How can Tapping Work on so Many Different Things?
  • HEADACHES
  • DIFFICULTY
    SLEEPING
  • STRESS

  • KNEE AND JOINT PAIN
  • IMPROVING YOUR GOLF SCORE
  • FEARS AND PHOBIAS
  • Test Anxiety
    Fear of Public Speaking
  • Limiting beliefs

10
How is it possible?
  • How can something as simple as tapping do so much
    to impact the body in a positive way?

11
The Miraculous Body
  • Think about taking a bite of food. You take that
    bite of food and your body immediately puts it to
    work in numerous ways to produce nourishment and
    health.

12
The Body
  • Can utilize the healing aspects of EFT in the
    same way.
  • Well be talking about exactly how EFT works as a
    calming mechanism within the body in just a few
    minutes.

13
So, The Question Is
  • Do you have two minutes to invest in your own
    wellbeing? Because that and EFT are all youll
    need to rid yourself of the stress that can lead
    to illness, or to a lack of productivity, or to
    less happiness and joy than is possible in your
    life.

14
Because
  • If any of those issues present a problem for us,
  • it is because stress and anxiety define our
    relationship to them.
  • Tapping treats the anxiety.

15
How does Tapping work?
  • Until very recently, it was our understanding
    that EFT worked by removing blockages to the free
    flow of your bodys energy system. And, this is
    true. It does that.

16
How Does EFT Work?
  • In the same way that blood flows through your
    body, energy flows through you as well.

17
  • We ARE energy, just as everything in
    the universe is energy.

18
How does it work?
  • The cause of ALL negative emotions is a
    disruption in the bodys energy system.
  • -Gary Craig, founder of EFT, a form of
    Meridian Tapping

19
The fact is
  • If you never use tapping for anything beyond
    those things that create daily stress in your
    life
  • it will be one of the greatest gifts youll
    ever receive. Pass it on to others, and youll
    be giving an amazing gift to them as well.

20
How does EFT Work?
  • In the last few years, new research on EFT has
    expanded our knowledge and understanding of
    exactly how Tapping positively impacts the body

21
How does EFT work?
  • Studies on the brain reveal that tapping on
    specific meridian points using the EFT protocol
    actually sends a calming signal throughout the
    body, particularly to those areas where anxiety
    or the fight or flight response is being held
    and is causing you distress.

22
  • This distress can show up in your body as an
    emotional
  • or physical symptom, or both.

23
  • Some of you may have heard of EMDR.
  • You might be wondering how EFT is like, or not
    like, EMDR.
  • Lets answer that question right now.

24
How is EFT like, or not like, EMDR
  • EMDR
  • stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and
    Reprocessing
  • In 1987, Francis Shapiro discovered quite
    accidentally that bilateral stimulation could
    assist the brain in processing trauma.

25
Bilateral Stimulation
  • There are a number of ways to create bilateral
    stimulation within the brain.

26
EFT VS. EMDR
  • Alike? Different?
  • You might say, they are both a little strange,
    at least in the way we normally think about
    healing.

27
EFT and EMDR
  • They are quite different in how they work within
    the body,
  • and yet, the results they achieve may look very
    much the same.
  • They may be thought of as spokes of the same
    wheel.

28
How EMDR works
  • EMDR works by activating the clients information
    processing system through bilateral stimulation.
    It involves an 8 step process and a trained
    clinician is expected to guide the process to
    facilitate a successful reprocessing of a
    traumatic event.

29
How does EMDR Work?
  • EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way
    that the brain processes information. Normal
    information processing is resumed, so following a
    successful EMDR session, a person no longer
    relives the images, sounds, and feelings when a
    traumatic event is brought to mind. You still
    remember what happened, but the strong emotional
    charge attached to the event is dulled or removed
    entirely.
  • That sounds very much like what happens in EFT.

30
How does EMDR Work?
  • EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs
    naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye
    movement) sleep.
  • Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a
    physiologically based therapy that helps a person
    see disturbing material in a new and less
    distressing way.

31
How does EMDR work?
  • American Indians engaged naturally in bilateral
    stimulation as a way of processing events.
  • When returning from the hunt, they danced around
    the campfire to the beat of a drum and told
    their story of the adventure.

32
EFT and EMDR
  • EFT, on the other hand, works directly on the
    bodys energy system.
  • EMDR and EFT achieve very similar results and
    both have been shown to be extremely effective in
    the treatment of trauma, or PTSD.

33
Why EFT?
  • For me, the beauty of EFT is that it puts your
    healing in your own hands. It takes away the
    need for a clinician to facilitate the process.
    You dont have to make an appointment and wait
    until the clinician is available. You can use
    EFT right NOW!!

34
Will tapping work for me?
  • In order for tapping to work, you have to be
    WILLING to give up your symptom(s).
  • Not everyone is willing to give up their
    symptoms.
  • Sometimes there is secondary gain involved.
  • Ask yourself Is this issue serving me in some
    way?

35
Giving up your symptom
  • Maybe the symptom is too tied to your identity.
  • Who would you be without the symptom?
  • If I tap on this symptom, whats going to have
    to change? Am I ready for that?

36
Ask Yourself
  • Ask yourself What is the downside of letting
    go of this problem/
  • symptom?
  • What is the upside of holding onto it?

37
Lets Dig
  • A LITTLE DEEPER NOW into what tapping is
    capable of doing for you.

38
Brain Plasticity
  • As recently as the 1970s we believed that after
    the teen years our brains were unchangeable.
    Research on brain plasticity has changed all
    that.

39
Brain Plasticity
  • Now we know that the brain is able to change and
    change rapidly. Trauma is laid down rapidly in
    the brain, and healing can occur just as
    rapidly, as it does with EFT.

40
Stress Hormones
  • When the body/brain suffers a trauma, or even the
    memory of a trauma, it releases stress hormones
    into the brain adrenaline and cortisol.

41
Stress Hormones
  • Cortisol is referred to as the stress hormone
    because it is released in high quantities during
    the flight or fight response.

42
Cortisol
  • Higher and more prolonged levels of cortisol in
    the bloodstream (like those associated with
    chronic stress) have been shown to have negative
    effects, such as
  • Impaired cognitive performance
  • Suppressed thyroid function
  • Blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia
  • Decreased bone density

43
Cortisol
  • Higher and more prolonged levels of cortisol in
    the bloodstream can produce
  • Decrease in muscle tissue
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Lowered immunity and inflammatory responses in
    the body,
  • slowed wound healing, and other health
    consequences

44
Today We Life High Stress Lives
  • Stress has become almost a normal and accepted
    part of our lives.
  • Almost universally, people acknowledge the high
    stress levels they live with every day.

45
Heres Some Very Good News
  • Research has demonstrated that tapping is able
    to dramatically and quickly lower cortisol levels
    in the body.

46
Epigenetics
  • The field of epigenetics is also changing our
    understanding of how the body works.

47
Epigenetics
  • Research in the field of epigenetics shows how
    the functioning of a gene actually changes as a
    result of the environment the gene exists in.
  • What does that mean?

48
Epigenitics
  • Well, it means that a persons emotions,
    thoughts, and experiences of a traumatic nature,
    or of a spiritual nature, etc., actually impact
    the functioning of their genes.

49
Dr. Bruce Lipton
  • Dr. Bruce Lipton is a cellular biologist and a
    pioneer in the field of epigenetics. His work
    shows scientifically how your beliefs actually
    change the cells in your body.
  • You can read more about it in his book, The
    Biology of Belief.

50
What does EFT have to do with Epigenetics?
  • Tapping is an excellent way to get at and release
    the underlying belief structures that limit us
    and now we know can actually define us at a
    cellular level.

51
So, its not just our energy system thats
impacted by tapping
  • Its the limbic system in our brain that
    controls the flight or fight response.
  • Its the hormonal system that controls the
    release of stress hormones in our body.
  • Its our genetics as well.

52
Tapping is New To You?
  • We live in a culture in which the medical model
    is supreme.
  • That means not fully recognizing and accepting
    that body and mind are one entity.

53
  • We live in a culture where we are most
    comfortable leaving our health decisions in the
    hands of the experts (doctors, psychiatrists,
    therapists) who will instruct you as to what you
    must do to be healthy.

54
But
  • Lets just imagine for a moment that YOU are the
    expert on YOU!

  • REALLY -
  • How can anyone know YOU like YOU do???

55
Maybe
  • You can take a much more active role in your own
    healing and wellness than you might imagine, or
    than you currently do.

56
How EFT Helps and Heals
  • How are those blockages
  • in our energy system
  • produced? Where do
  • they come from?
  • Well, believe it or not, they come from our
    thought patterns.

57
How EFT Helps and Heals
  • Remember what Gary Craig said
  • Negative thoughts or memories create negative
    emotions which result in a disturbance, or
    blockage, in our energy system.

58
But Im a Positive Thinker!
  • We have somewhere between 12,000 and 60,000
    thoughts per day
  • Yet, only 7 percent of our thoughts rise to a
    conscious level.

59
Conscious vs Unconscious
  • Fully 93 percent of our thoughts each day remain
    at an unconscious level, where they are not
    assessed, edited, or judged for their merit.

60
Sooooooo
  • If only 7 percent of our thoughts are at a
    conscious level, then its the 93, or all the
    unconscious thoughts, that are running the show
    of our lives most of the time.

61
And
  • That can be a problem. Because its the way we
    think about things that creates our experience of
    them.

62
What happened? Why do I see it this way?
  • Up until the age of six, you were like a small
    but powerful computer

63
You simply downloaded
  • everything that came at you. (All the good
    stuff, but also All the negativity, the pain, the
    rejection, the fear, the sense of abandonment,
    even the trauma.)

64
You downloaded it all
  • without having the maturity or the insight
    to be able to edit it, or refute it, or simply
    discard it as wrong.

65
No, not you?
  • No, we didnt all live with mean, awful people
    bent on damaging us.

66
True, some of us might have.
  • Many of us grew up with well-intentioned, loving
    families, were educated by caring teachersand
    yet we STILL felt hurt, pain, and rejection.

67
What this is Not!
  • Its Not about finding someone to blame for
    the limiting beliefs you have about yourself
    today.
  • And, please understand this

68
Youre In Good Company
  • There are very few of us who dont have beliefs
    about ourselves that hold us back from realizing
    our full potential in some way. You are in good
    company on this!

69
So, here it is.
  • Those beliefs that you downloaded as a young
    child, that said something to you about
    yourself.
  • that defined you and created a pattern of
    limiting beliefs about yourself and your
    capabilities, and the possibility of being able
    to fulfill your dreams..
  • Those beliefs continue to inform your decision
    making and your beliefs about yourself TODAY!

70
Why Tap???
  • Its not what happened to you in the past thats
    the problem its how you think about yourself
    today as a result of that event.

71
When you tap
  • The details of the story dont change, but the
    thinking/the perception/the emotional charge the
    story holds for you, does.

72
The Good News
  • What youve made up (about yourself) you can
    unmake up. (Not the trauma itself, but what we
    tell ourselves or believe about ourselves as a
    result of that trauma.)

73
Traumatization is an inside job.
74
Why does it matter?
  • Whether you believe something negative, or
    something positive about yourself as a result of
    the things that have happened in your life,
    youll continue to have experiences
  • that support that belief.

75
  • The thoughts you put out attract experiences,
    people, etc, that are an exact match.

76
Why does it matter?
  • Sometimes things happen and we say,
  • Why is this happening to me?

77
  • The more productive question might be
    What am I believing about myself to have this
    experience in my life?

78
Lets tap on Limiting Beliefs
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Those small t traumas
  • We are more likely to confuse the small stuff
    the small t traumas
  • with who we really are.

80
  • Many people come to see Big T trauma as
    something that strengthens them They survived
    it!

81
When you tapHow do these things show up?
  • You may notice memories, events, or moments from
    long ago, suddenly popping up in your mind.

82
  • Youll be tapping on anger, and youll remember
    something something that doesnt feel at all
    related to what youre tapping on right now
  • And, yet???

83
  • Dont be too quick to dismiss those thoughts or
    ideas as not relevant.

84
  • Why
  • People
  • Dont
  • Heal..

85
Surprisingly
  • It may be easier to hold on to the anger than to
    bump up against some of the issues that may arise
    if you really examine it.

86
Bear in mind
  • Resistance is feedback It doesnt necessarily
    have to get in the way of growth.

87
Reaching for Congruence
  • Congruence is whats critical What you state to
    yourself and the world out here, in
    consciousness, has to match what youre telling
    yourself on the inside, unconsciously.

88
The unconscious mind has a mind of its own
  • The language of the unconscious is where all
    change occurs.
  • It needs to be able
  • to trust that its
  • safe to change.

89
  • For some, the spiritual answer to being wronged
    is to Forgive and Forget.

90
  • Trauma (undischarged) is a lot closer to the
  • rock in the shoe.
  • You have to bring the unconscious to the
    conscious level in order to heal it.

91
No one is stuck theyre afraid.
  • Everybody wants change, but nobody wants anything
    to be different.

92
What will change?
  • If I address this, what else will have to
    change?
  • I might have to learn to say No, or to be more
    visible in the world, etc.

93
What pushes your buttons?
  • Things that trigger you
  • You have to have a template inside of you for it
    to bother you (now).

94
Your triggers
  • You wouldnt be worried about being called
    stupid (or moody, or incompetent, etc.) if you
    didnt already have a template for it inside you.

95
So, the question to ask is
  • Do I remember a time in the past when I was made
    to feel that way?

96
  • Do I remember a time when someone I cared about
    made me feel stupid, or called me stupid, or
    treated me like I didnt know anything?
  • If so, thats important tapping material.

97
Symptoms as Blessings
  • Appreciate your symptoms.believe it or not, they
    are trying to help you.
  • They are talking to you,
  • and they will continue to
  • talk, louder and louder,
  • until you hear them.

98
  • Remember
  • This problem was once a solution.
  • Once we pop a symptom then we have something to
    work on, to tap on.
  • What was going on in your life before, or at the
    time, your symptoms came on?

99
People often ask
  • Am I saying the right words when I tap?

100
There are no Wrong words!
  • If it helps, write down all the negative
    self-talk that fills your head on the subject
    THOSE are the words and phrases you need to tap
    on.
  • And, be as
  • specific and
  • detailed as
  • possible.

101
For example
  • Ill never be a success.
  • Im no good at this kind of thing.
  • People would reject me if they knew
  • Im a total failure at _____________.
  • Bad things always
  • happen to me.

102
Henry Ford said
  • Whether you believe you can,
  • or you believe you cant,
  • youre right!

103
And, remember
  • Positive thinking is great, but
  • it only exists at the conscious level.

104
  • You have to clear the negative/limiting beliefs
    you hold about yourself
  • at the unconscious level.

105
Tapping Strategies
  • The Tell the Story technique
  • Just tell the story of what happened,
  • and tap as you do. (Keep answering the
    question And
  • then what
  • happened?)

106
  • Ask What if statements as you tap
  • What if I decided to accept myself?
  • What if I believed it would all work out?

107
Tapping on Pain
  • Working with Pain A way to view the pain
  • My body is trying to talk to me and Im not
    listening.
  • What is my body trying to tell me?
  • My body is pretty smart, and Im ignoring it.
  • If the pain in your knee was trying to tell you
    something what do you think it would be?
  • If my pain was an emotion, what would it
    be?

108
Remember Whats your Number?
  • But firstbefore you begin
  • On a scale of 0 10, with ten being the
    highest level of distress possible and 0 being no
    distress at all, how distressing does this
    event/memory/thought feel when you think about it
    now?
  • Its important to determine this so you can gauge
    the effectiveness of your tapping.

109
To begin
  • Begin with a couple of rounds where you really
    explore and acknowledge your negative feelings
    about the issue.

110
If you could choose
  • Thenyou can suggest a transition, another way to
    think about it as you tap. How would you like to
    feel about this?

111
I choose
  • to see this situation as part of my growth.
  • to accept that I dont have to be perfect.
  • to see this person as trying to help me.
  • to feel confident and competent in this
    situation.

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I am willing
  • Even though I feel so much anxiety about this
  • - I am willing to see it in a calm and
    stress-free way.
  • - I am willing to see it as helping me.
  • - I am willing to be calm and relaxed
    every time this occurs.

113
Tap before something
  • It helps to tap in advance of something
  • An event
  • A presentation
  • A social/family gathering
  • An interaction with a person/client/colleague
    that you feel might be stressful
  • This can instill positive energy that will create
    a much less stressful and more successful
    experience.

114
After youve tapped
  • And, youve taken a deep breath and let it out
    sloooowly
  • Nowask yourself What do I notice? Whats
    coming up for me now? (There are no right or
    wrong answers here. Just notice.)
  • What thoughts, if any, has the tapping triggered
    for you?

115
After youve tapped
  • In the end You have to test your work!

116
After youve tapped
  • You have to look at the issue youve tapped
    ontell the story again, or picture the situation
    again.
  • Test your emotions, your feelings on the topic.
  • Where are you now? (Scale of 0 10)

117
Aha moments?
  • Write down your Aha momentsthose
    ideas/thoughts that come forth at the end of a
    round of tapping, if you dont plan to tap on
    them right then.

118
Aha Moments
  • They can be valuable gems of wisdom as to where
    the trail leadswhat you should tap on next. But
    if you dont tap on them immediately, they can
    easily get lost in your unconscious again.
  • It happens to me all the time.

119
FinallyYou should be aware
  • What happens with tapping goes far beyond what
    occurs for you during the actual tapping
    experience.

120
Finally
  • The result/effect can come in days later and you
    only notice because youll find you are
    responding differently to a situation.

121
If you need help
  • Sometimes the most difficult thing is to figure
    out what questions to ask yourself in order to
    find the underlying issues to tap on.

122
If you need help
  • While you can tap on your own and make very good
    progress, there may come a time when you would
    benefit from working with a practitioner in order
    to better focus your work.

123
Finally
  • We are so much more than we believe ourselves to
    be.

124
Finally
  • We are so much more capable, more powerful, more
    in every way than we could ever imagine.

125
Knowing
  • We are infinite and vast and theres a part of us
    that KNOWS this, knows that we are so much more
    than our bodies and our past traumas and our
    limitations.

126
You can heal your life!
  • This Knowing really makes the difference.
  • Knowing you can heal allows you to believe in
    the possibility of healing in others.
  • You will telegraph that belief to others.

127
Healing is a process, not an event!
  • Every moment is a left right moment!

128
With each step you take
  • ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS
  • TURN SLIGHTLY,
  • IN THE DIRECTION YOU WANT TO GO.

129
Use EFT
  • And you WILL get to that place of peace and
    healingthat place you want to be!
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