“EFT is an emotional version of acupuncture only we don’t use needles. We tune into the emotional issue by simply making some statement about it, then we balance the energy system by stimulating the meridian points (acupuncture points) by tapping gently with our fingers on these points” – Gary Craig founder of EFT
“Some day the medical profession will wake up and realize that unresolved emotional issues are the main cause of 85% of all illnesses. When they do, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) will be one of their primary healing tools …. as it is for me.” - Eric Robins, MD
What health issues can you address? Anything from arthritis, fibromyalgia, ME, Asthma, and many common ailments, as well as pain (back pain and all types of pain) stopping smoking, stopping food cravings, weight control, anger, sadness, loneliness, anxiety, panic attacks, relationship issues, phobias, fear, creating more positive abundance in your life, love, success, etc., etc.
EFT Meridian Therapy is a self-healing approach based on the view that the body and mind are inextricably intertwined, and healing happens in both areas. We must trust that the body/mind we call our “self” has innate wisdom and will provide whatever each of us needs in order to restore health. Healing occurs when we tune in to the problem while gently tapping acupuncture points on the face, hands, and upper body to balance the energy” says Gloria Arenson in her book Five Simple Steps to Emotional Healing.
The founder of EFT, Gary Craig explains the power of EFT
Gary Craig goes on to relate, “We spent 6 days there using EFT to help our Vietnam vets get beyond the horrible memories of war. They had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which is among the most severe forms of emotional disorders known. Every day these men relive catastrophes of war….like being forced to shoot innocent civilians (including young children)….burying people in open trenches….and watching their own dear friends die or become dismembered. The sounds of gunfire, bombs and screams ricochet in their heads day and night. Sometimes only drugs ease the ever present aches of war. They sweat. They cry. They have headaches and anxiety attacks. They are depressed and in pain. They have fears and phobias and are afraid to go to sleep at night because of their nightmares. Many have been in therapy for 20 years….with very little relief. I still remember how thrilled I was when the VA invited Adrienne and me to bring EFT to our soldiers. They gave us free rein to counsel with these men in any way we wanted. This would be the ultimate test regarding the power of EFT. If all it did was make a modest, but noticeable, difference in the lives of these severely disabled men, most people would have considered it successful. In fact, it did much more. The VA didn’t pay us. They didn’t have a budget for outside help like this. In fact, we had to pay for our own air fares, hotel bills, meals and car rentals. But we didn’t care. We would have paid much more just for the opportunity. One of the Vietnam vets was Rich, who had been in therapy for 17 years for his PTSD. He had over 100 haunting war memories, many of which he relived daily. A major height phobia….aggravated by having made over 50 parachute jumps. Insomnia….it took him 3 or 4 hours to get to sleep every night — even under quite strong medication. After using EFT with him, every trace of those problems vanished. Like most people, Rich had a hard time believing that these rather strange appearing procedures would work. But he was willing to give them a try. We started with his height phobia and after about 15 minutes with EFT, it was gone. He tested it by going several stories up in a building and looking down over a fire escape. To his amazement, he had no phobic reaction whatsoever. We then applied EFT to several of his most intense war memories and neutralized all of them within an hour. He still remembers them, of course, but they no longer have any emotional charge. We taught the techniques to Rich (just as you can be taught through our course) so he could, by himself, work on the rest of his war memories. Within a few days they were all neutralized. They no longer bothered him. As a result, the insomnia went away and so did the insomnia medication (with the supervision of his physician). Two months later I spoke with Rich on the phone. He was still free of the problems. That’s real emotional freedom. It’s the end of years of torment. It’s like walking out of a prison. And….I had the privilege of handing him the keys!!! Man….what a feeling. This is the promise of EFT. Master it and you can do for yourself, and others, what happened for Rich.
Anthony was so frightened by his war experiences that he was afraid to go into a public place….like a restaurant….for fear a Vietnamese soldier would come in firing an AK47. He would freeze up at the mere thought of it. He knew, of course, it wasn’t logical but that didn’t make the fear any better. That’s what PTSD is like. After using EFT, Anthony went with us to a crowded restaurant and, in his words, he “didn’t have a nickel’s worth of anxiety.”
You and I are about to travel together on a journey toward emotional freedom. It will be like nothing you have experienced before….I promise. It is not a mythical ride on a magic carpet that ends in illusion. It is a real ride destined to give you real results….just like it did for our veterans. You will, indeed, develop the ability to discard your fears, phobias, traumatic memories, anger, guilt, grief and all other limiting emotions. And it won’t take years and years of painstakingly slow and financially draining sessions either. Often, even the most severe negative emotions vanish in minutes. I read all those books (by the hundreds) and spent thousands of dollars on seminars and tapes. I chased down every lead I could find with the enthusiasm of a newspaper reporter on the hunt for that “big story.” I talked to psychiatrists and psychologists and psychotherapists of every kind to find what worked. And EFT, by far, is the most fascinating, most rewarding, most effective tool I have ever found for personal improvement. It lives up to its name and does, indeed, provide freedom from negative emotions.”
It might help if you compare the energy flow in your body to that of a TV set. As long as the electricity flows through your TV normally, the sound and picture are both clear. But what would happen if you took off the back of the TV set and poked a screwdriver amongst all that “electronic spaghetti?” You would, quite obviously, disrupt or reroute the flow of electricity and an electric “zzzzzt” would occur inside. The picture and sound would become erratic. The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system. In the same manner, when our energy systems become imbalanced, we have an electrical “zzzzzt” effect going on inside. Straighten out this “zzzzzt” by tapping and the negative emotion goes away. It’s that simple. Subtle energies course throughout the body. These subtle energies are also the centerpiece of acupuncture and, as a result, EFT and acupuncture are cousins.
EFT helps you handle the daily challenges such as food additions, anger, sadness, loneliness, pain, fear, rejection, guilt, relationship problems and emotional traumas.
How It Works
The goal of EFT is to heal emotional problems. The theory behind this technique is that old emotional wounds are stored in the body as blocked energetic patterns. Stimulating energy points with the gentle tapping removes the disturbance, allowing our body/mind system to process the troubling problem. Neurobioligist Candace Pert, Ph.D. has discovered that emotions are in the body as well as in the brain. In her research, she proved that there are emotional receptors in cells throughout the body. According to her findings there is constant intercellular communication between the brain, glands and immune system. This is a remarkable discovery!
The meridians carry energy throughout the body and there are seven centers in the body called charkas that act like transformers and convert subtle energies into chemical, hormonal and cellular changes in the body. Candace Pert’s research revealed that there are clusters o emotional receptor cells in the charka areas. Therefore, it is vital to clear the charka areas on a regular basis.
Our hands and forehead radiate the strongest energy. Logically that is principally where we tap in the EFT sessions. “Meridians carry energy the way arteries carry blood,” says Donna Eden. Thoughts have power, and negative thoughts can adversely affect the subtle energies carried by the meridians. Intense emotions can disrupt the energy flow as well. These energy pathways need to be kept free because if there is any disturbance this will lead to ill health as well as emotional problems. EFT gets the energy flowing smoothly and literally dissolves negative states within the body.
Scientific Proof that Energy Points Do Exist
Harold Saxton Burr, Ph.D who taught anatomay and neuro-anatomy at Yale University, measured electrical current in the around life forms. From worms to mold and from trees to humans he confirmed that we have “fields of life” which are electromagnetic fields. Also Reinhold Voll, M.D. discovered that acupuncture points show a dramatic decrease in electrical resistance on the skin compared to nonacupuncture points. In 1992 a study was conducted in France to prove that meridians exist. Over three hundred people took part in that study. A radio-active tracer was injected at acupuncture points, and a special cameras was able to image the path. A similar tracer was also injected at control points that was not an acupuncture point. The tracer injected in the acupuncture points followed the same pathways described as meridians in traditional Chinese medicine. However true to the experiment, the tracer injected in the random points simply diffused. To be noted is that each experiment was repeated several times with the same conclusive results. A Kirlian computerised instrument can measure this “field of Life” or “bio-field” that surrounds all of us.
-Compiled by Dr. Lloyd Jenkins, ND
Dr. Jenkins has 5 years experience in EFT and is able to offer EFT as a part any of the Budwig Center wellness courses.
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