emotional freedom technique (eft)
In theory, EFT is a healing technique that works with the body’s acupuncture/meridian points. Developed by American psychologist Dr Roger Callahan and others more than 30 years ago, it employs a gentle tapping protocol rather than needles, and is designed to release unwanted negative energies in order to stimulate the body’s own natural healing system.
Because EFT is based on an ancient Chinese premise that “negative emotions come about as a result of a disruption of the body’s energy system”, the effectiveness of EFT treatments is difficult to verify in terms of modern evidence-based interventions. None-the-less, many repute it to be a powerful therapeutic tool.
Using affirmations, the protocol involves a sequence of tapping at the ends of the body’s energy meridian points while, at the same time, tuning into whatever thoughts, emotions or cravings might be the target-issue being worked on. Sometimes described as an emotional form of acupuncture, EFT is a simple, easy-to-learn technique, which tends to be used in conjunction with other complimentary disciplines such as hypnotherapy.
Even putting its perhaps somewhat difficult-to-verify energy points aside, such a tapping protocol can have the very useful effect of helping you to become more mindful and more accepting of the way things actually are right now. It is quite common for us to avoid facing up to the full reality of a difficult situation, but future change is unlikely to come about without us first acknowledging the way things are in the present moment.
Typically, EFT is used for:
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