Tapping Your Potential
Have you ever found yourself feeling stuck in a negative mindset, unable to break free and tap into your full potential? Maybe it's during a challenging project at work, a difficult conversation with a loved one, or even just a bad day. Wouldn't it be amazing if you had a fast and effective tool to quickly shift your state of mind and access your inner resources?
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as Tapping, is a complementary therapy that involves tapping on specific points of the body while focusing on a negative emotion or problem. This technique is based on the idea that negative emotions can disrupt the body's energy system and lead to physical and emotional symptoms. EFT has been shown to help reduce anxiety, stress, and physical symptoms, such as pain and headaches, while improving sleep, increasing self-esteem, and addressing traumatic experiences.
The key to EFT's success lies in its ability to calm the amygdala, a small almond-shaped structure in the brain responsible for processing emotions and generating the "fight or flight" response. Research has shown that tapping on acupressure points while focusing on a specific issue or emotion can help to reduce activity in the amygdala and the sympathetic nervous system, while increasing activity in the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting relaxation and healing.
Tapping on acupressure points stimulates the body's energy meridians, which are pathways of energy that flow throughout the body. This stimulation helps to balance the body's energy system and promote healing and well-being.
To start an EFT session, identify a negative thought or emotion that is causing distress, such as anxiety or self-doubt. Rate the intensity of your distress on a scale from 0 to 10, and then tap on specific acupressure points while repeating a statement that acknowledges the negative thought, but also introduces a more positive and accepting mindset. For example, you might say something like "Even though I'm feeling anxious about giving this speech, I deeply and completely love and accept myself" or "Even though I have doubts about my abilities, I choose to believe in myself and my potential."
After tapping on the negative thought for a few rounds, check in on your distress level again and rate it on the same scale from 0 to 10. If the intensity has decreased, continue tapping until it reaches 0 or a manageable level. Finally, end the session with a positive affirmation that reinforces the new mindset, such as "I am confident and capable of giving this speech" or "I trust in my abilities and my preparation."
EFT is a simple and effective technique for reducing stress, anxiety, and other negative emotions, making it a valuable tool for promoting mental and emotional well-being. To familiarise yourself with the process, watch Nick Ortner demonstrate the technique in this video, and follow the tapping sequence described in the lesson.
Tapping is one of several tools we teach you in Achieving the State of Clarity course. To learn more about EFT and the science behind how it works, check out the course on www.stateofclarity.com/courses, where you can discover how to use tapping to overcome specific challenges and enhance your overall well-being. By enrolling in this course, you will have access to a variety of resources, including guided hypnosis for emotional cleansing, tapping scripts, kinesiology techniques, mediations and expert advice, to help you achieve emotional freedom and live a more fulfilling life.