Emotional-Freedom-Technique-(EFT)Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT Tapping) 

Bruce Lipton, PhD, Author of The Biology of Belief.
“EFT is a simple, powerful process that can profoundly influence gene activity, health and behavior.”

Donna Eden, Co-Author of The Promise of Energy Psychology.
“EFT is easy, effective, and produces amazing results. I think it should be taught in elementary school.”

 What is EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique)?

EFT – also known as “tapping” – is an incredible healing technique. It combines manually tapping on acupuncture points, while verbalizing or thinking about an issue or problem.  The ultimate goal is to help people experience a significant decrease in the emotional intensity of their issue(s) {emotional freedom} as well as freedom from many of their physical ailments.   

Science that shows that tapping can increase serotonin levels and decrease cortisol levels (see below for link to research articles). Having balance of both of these chemicals is extremely important for weight loss – and life in general!  EFT Tapping can be done with the help of a practitioner (like Karen Donaldson) or as a self-help healing method.  

 EFT Tapping was developed about 30 years ago by clinical psychologist Dr. Roger Callahan and Stanford engineer Gary Craig when they began to look at the field of meridian tapping.  The meridians were identified about 5,000 years ago by the Chinese.  They are a complex system of energy circuits that run through the body, kind of like blood vessels.  These energy circuits are the centerpiece of Eastern health practices and form the basis for modern day acupuncture, acupressure, and a wide variety of other healing techniques.  Callahan and Craig discovered that by tapping on specific acupuncture sites, imbalances in the body’s energy systems (the meridians) could be resolved and the emotional impact of memories – and traumatic events that triggered them – could be significantly reduced or even eliminated.  Their clients thus experienced emotional freedom (hence – “Emotional Freedom Technique”) as well as freedom from many of their physical ailments. 

Consider the following example…

As a child, “Susan” experiences a trauma in her life (abuse, divorce of her parents, moving, not feeling loved, feeling like she has to be perfect, etc.).  Then she turned to food for comfort.  Susan begins to gains weight, she is subjected to criticism from her family about her weight and she is teased by her peers.  She goes on a diet, loses weight, but then gains it again.  Now she feels even more stress from herself and her family to lose weight.  As Susan gets older and continues to gain weight, she may start to develop insulin resistance, a physical condition that makes it easier to store belly fat.  She feels worse about herself, triggering cravings for carbohydrates to help her feel better and to help raise her serotonin levels.  The serotonin makes her feel better – temporarily – but, of course, she gains more weight from overeating carbs. 

As Susan becomes a young woman, she may experience the added stressors that can come from college, a job, a spouse or partner, children, financial worries, and more.  In response to the chronic stress, her adrenal glands are on overdrive.  (The adrenals are largely responsible for our “fight or flight” response, which comes in handy if you are out in the woods and need to run from a bear.  However, chronic stress causes the adrenals to secrete excess adrenaline and excess cortisol to keep you going).  Cortisol is the stress hormone that helps us store fat, so she keeps gaining weight.   As a grown woman, Susan’s emotional stressors increase (jobs, family, finances, etc.) and her physical problems multiply (high blood pressure, headaches, cholesterol issues, muscle aches and pains, diabetes, etc.).  The cycle continues as she gains even more weight and experiences even more dis-ease.

Events in our lives 

Each of the “events” described above (childhood issues, divorce, moving, being teased, weight gain, chronic stressors, etc.) are like little “jolts” to our bodies.  Not only do they disrupt our energy systems, but they also have profound physical effects, especially when it comes to weight.  They also have a domino effect.  One event leads to another and the cycle continues and often worsens.  We can take drugs, go on extreme diets, or have surgery to shed excess pounds, but these methods don’t solve the real issues and they don’t correct the energy imbalances.  EFT not only helps to correct the energy imbalances, but activation of the acupuncture points, by tapping, appears to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol while also increasing serotonin levels. 

Tapping and Excel Weight Loss Solutions

I started doing EFT Tapping after a dear friend gently encouraged me to be mindful of my thoughts and words.   As I really started to listen to what I was thinking and saying, I realized that my thoughts and words were very powerful.  Whenever I would complain about something in my life (my own weight, my marriage, my finances, etc.), this friend would lovingly ask me to consider what role I had in the situation… as if my marriage issues could possibly be partly my “fault” and not just my husbands!  She would also ask me to identify what it was I really wanted in life . . . a very thought provoking question indeed.   When my answer was “I don’t know I’m so confused”, it became clear that I was manifesting precisely that! 

I was discovering the power of my own affirmations.  I began receiving random emails about the role that our emotions play in our physical health.  To this day, I still have no idea where these emails originated from.  Eventually, I “clicked” on one of the links, and was directed to Gary Craig’s EFT site.   A bit skeptical, I tried “tapping” on myself (in the privacy of my own home).  After a bit of practice, and a few tearful sessions, I began to notice some changes in my physical and emotional health.  Even more intrigued, I began to read more about our amazing mind-body connection.  Soon I was “hooked”. 

Bruce Lipton’s book, The Biology of Belief, became a handbook that I carry with me everywhere.  I taught (and still teach) classes using Dawson Church’s The Genie in Your Genes as the text.   I listened (and still listen!) to Louise Hay’s Affirmations CD I Can Do It – How to Use Affirmations to Change Your Life each day in the car.  We love this book/CD in our office so much that I “require” my clients to purchase it before they begin their weight loss journey! 

 Emotional Freedom Technique

My journey continued and I started using EFT Tapping on myself and with my clients – with tremendous success!  In our office, we use EFT in two major ways.  The first one is for what I call “acute” situations – also known as cravings.   Within just a few minutes, EFT can stop, or at least significantly reduce, your craving to the point where you no longer feel compelled to eat the food.  Click here to read about a study about EFT reducing food cravings.  www.eftuniverse.com Weight Loss & Cravings A Randomized Clinical Trial of a Meridian-Based Intervention for Food Cravings with Six Month Follow-up.

 We also use EFT Tapping in our office for what I call the more “chronic” issues behind weight.  If you’ve been using food as your best friend and to tranquilize your feelings, EFT can help!  Resolving and healing the emotional issues is the missing piece in permanent weight loss.  EFT has been used by thousands of people to help heal their childhood issues, their belief systems about dieting, and their self-esteem and worthiness issues.  www.eftuniverse.com has hundreds of examples of how EFT has helped people resolve resentment, abandonment, shame, and other issues to discover a peaceful relationship with food – and lose weight.

I’m pleased to say that I have a much more peaceful relationship with food – and my weight – because of EFT Tapping.  I can now eat popcorn mindfully, because I enjoy a treat, without consuming enough for 10 people!

EFT Tapping is such a powerful healing tool. It is now being using by thousands of psychologists, psychiatrists, doctors, coaches – and this dietitian to help clients, and themselves, lose weight, overcome fears and phobias, improve athletic performance,  deal with grief, headaches, back pain, addictions, and more.  A common phrase in the EFT world is “try it on everything!”

For more information watch the following:

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Energy Psychology an interview with Larry King 

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