Follow the EFT instructions below to help with emotional and physical relief from some of your symptoms. Please note that these instructions do not replace medical advice or recommendation from your health practitioner about your condition .
Shortcut version of EFT
EFT is carried out by tapping points on the body that correspond to acupuncture meridian points. For the shortcut version, which almost always produces similar results to the longer version, eight different points on the body are tapped in a single sequence of EFT. Note: one point, the Top of the Head is tapped twice in the sequence, at the beginning and the end, giving a total of 9 points in the sequence.
1. Assessment of Intensity:
Assess your level of intensity on a scale of 0-10 (0 being no intensity and 10 being the worst intensity you can imagine), of the problem or negative emotion as you experience it now. Note the number you have given it.
2. The Set Up:
Tap the Karate chop point (shown in the diagram) while saying: “Even though I have this ____________ (state the problem, e.g. “anxiety about my exams”; or “headache”), I deeply and completely accept myself”. Repeat three times. You need to say this whether you believe it or not. Try to be as specific as you can with your problem.
3. The Sequence
Follow the tapping points from 1-9 as shown in the diagram. At each point, tap between 5 and 10 times (this does not have to be exact) whilst saying a reminder phrase at each point. (A reminder phrase is taken from the Set Up wording which describes your problem or negative emotion, e.g. “this anxiety”, or “this headache”). You can tap the points on either side of the body, or even better, on both sides at the same time.
4. Take a deep breath and assess your level of intensity again.
If there is remaining intensity, repeat the process, this time adjusting your wording to reflect the remaining intensity, e.g.: “Even though I still have some of this exam anxiety, (or headache) left, I deeply and completely accept myself”. Repeat 3 times.
For the reminder phrase that accompanies the sequence, you can say, “this remaining anxiety” or “this remaining headache.” Continue repeats of the process until your intensity has reached 0 (zero).
5. If the problem still persists:
There could be more aspects to the problem that have not been addressed. Try persisting with EFT to unravel these aspects. It may be helpful to try using the additional points and sequences listed below:
Additional Tapping Points and Sequences
- Head, Eyebrow, Outside Eye, Under Eye, Under Nose, Under Lower Lip, Collarbone, Under Arm, Thumb, Index Finger, Middle Finger, Little Finger
- Tap on the back of the hand on the groove between the little and ring fingers. Keep tapping while doing the below exercises:
- Eyes open, Eyes closed, Eyes looking down left, Eyes looking down right, Circle Eyes clockwise, Circle Eyes counter-clockwise, Hum a tune, Count to 5, Hum a tune
- Finish off with the standard Shortcut Tapping points 1-9.
- Take a deep breath and assess your level of intensity again.
If the problem still persists, there could be more aspects to the problem that have not been addressed. Try persisting with EFT to unravel these aspects and it may be necessary to follow through with your Counsellor or EFT practitioner.