BREAKTHROUGH: Emotional Freedom Techniques™ was approved in July 2017 by the United States Veterans’ Administration for treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
EFT, also known as TAPPING, is based on using fingertips on specific acupuncture meridian points – but no needles are used. Easy and Painless! It’s also an exception tool for eliminating traumatic memories – even the memories that interfere with sleep.
Dr. Damaris Drewry has used Emotional Freedom Techniques™ with all her clients since 2000. She dismissed it at first as being too simplistic to be effective until she tried it on her own issue. The results were stunning: immediate and permanent – so she has become a Master of the creative use of EFT and now also teaches this modality. Her client testimonials speak to the value of her Beyond Talk Therapy™ work which includes, but is not limited to, EFT.
While tapping on acupuncture meridians, your words combined with a clear picture of a past event, can quickly change your body and the neural pathways in your brain. (A neural pathway is the way we repeatedly think about anything.)
EFT research to date shows that by a mechanism not yet fully understood, EFT (tapping) works by interrupting the way thoughts and emotions are chemically recorded in the body while you are finger-tapping on acupuncture meridian points and speaking about core issues and memories. Speaking about memories allows re-framing of the meaning given to memories which are held both in the brain and throughout the body.
It’s not the events that happen to us – it’s the meaning we give to them that colors and shapes our lives. Re-framing the meaning is life-changing and freeing. That’s why Gary Craig called his technique “Emotional Freedom Techniques™”.
An overload of energy in the form of strong emotions and trauma can block the flow of energy through the body. It is like a surge of electricity going to your TV and causing an interruption in the circuit. Tapping on meridians causes a tiny electrical impulse to travel through the meridians to the brain and areas of the body where a specific memory you are talking about is held. Tapping with both hands while using precise language to reframe decisions made during traumatic events – is immediately transformational! You can feel it working instantly.
EFT Uses Acupuncture Meridians but without any needles:
Karate Chop Point – Small Intestine Meridian
Top of Head – Governing Meridian
Above Eyebrows – start point of the Bladder Meridian, Stomach Meridian
Side of Eyes – end point of the Triple Warmer Meridian, beginning point of the Gall Bladder Meridian, Small Intestine Meridian
On Top of Cheekbones – Stomach Meridian
Under Nose Point – Large Intestine Meridian
Chin Point – Stomach Meridian
Collarbone Points – Kidney Meridian
Under Arm Points – Spleen Meridian
Listed below are the twelve primary energy meridians, and the main emotions linked with them:
1. LUNG MERIDIAN – grief, intolerance, frequent colds, bronchitis or asthma
2. LARGE INTESTINE MERIDIAN – holding on too tightly, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease.
3. STOMACH MERIDIAN – unable to digest all the overwhelming events in life (trauma)
4. SPLEEN MERIDIAN – worry, anxiety about the future
5. HEART MERIDIAN – joy, anger
6. SMALL INTESTINE MERIDIAN – insecurity, sadness
7. BLADDER MERIDIAN – fear, impatience, restlessness
8. KIDNEY MERIDIAN – fear, indecision
9. PERICARDIUM/CIRCULATION-SEX – hurt, extreme joy, jealousy, regret
10. TRIPLE WARMER/THYROID MERIDIAN- hopelessness, depression, despair
11. GALL BLADDER MERIDIAN – rage, wrath
12. LIVER MERIDIAN – anger, unhappiness, resentment, inability to forgive
Click here to read an in-depth article by Dr. Drewry about reframing traumatic memories with EFT and NLP