A BRIEF HISTORY OF EFT
WHAT IS TAPPING/EFT
Tapping or EFT is acupuncture without needles. Particular points on the ends of certain meridian lines are stimulated by a ‘Tapping’ motion. A deeply relaxing physical feeling comes over the body while a message is sent to the brain to release the stress response.
When we have a stressful thought, consciously or not, our brain releases certain chemicals, Cortisol and Adrenaline. This is perfect when you are being chased by a tiger but not if it is memory, flashback or association. Instead, these chemicals and behaviours drain us physically, emotionally and mentally unnecessarily.
Tapping/EFT supports us to create calm within our mind, body and life generally by reassociating our thoughts and taking off the fight- flight- frozen response when it is not needed.
Our amygdala, a small walnut shaped part of the brain, highjacks the frontal cortex, The Frontal cortex allows us to think lucidly and rationally. When the Amygdala is in control, we are unable to think clearly and in the now, instead we are reactive, sometimes violent, abusive and what the subconscious believes is fighting for your life. When in this state we often regret our choices later.
By bringing down your adrenaline and cortisol levels you will then see other options, possibilities and feel calmer to make better choices. EFT/TAPPING also relaxes your body and enables it to release certain physical pain often on a long-term basis.
The WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION has labelled stress as the health epidemic of the 21st century. Stress hormones shut down the immune system making us vulnerable to infection, cancers and diseases. Manage your stress and stressful thoughts, habits and triggers and you can begin to heal and empower your life.
Just some of the issues Tapping/EFT can assist with are.
Pain (physical, emotional, mental)
When you learn the simple technique of Tapping you then have a tool to help you to feel empowered, calm and free to deal with whatever life brings to you at any time of the day or night.
Even when you wake at 2am in the morning with your heart pounding and your mind racing and sleep being a past fantasy. Simply Tap and most times you will feel calmer, relaxed and drift back to sleep, often waking in the morning with insights or revaluation of the situation.
Dr. Joe Dispenza explains that when our bodies experience physical, chemical or emotional stress, it knocks the brain and body out of balance and activates the Sympathetic Nervous System. This is the fight or flight system that helps us deal with perceived threats in our external environment. When this system is activated, other systems in the body are affected, including the way in which the body sources and burns energy to give the body a rush of adrenaline.
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HOW DID EFT BEGIN
Dr Callahan, a Clinical psychologist, had been reading up on acupuncture pressure points. When his long term and long-suffering client ‘Mary”, whose phobia of water was astronomical, explained she felt nauseas when she looked at the water in the pool where they were sitting, Dr Callahan instructed Mary to tap under her eye.
To their amazement and joy Mary emotionally announced she not only didn’t feel nauseas anymore but wasn’t triggered by the sight of the water either. A miracle? Well, that’s EFT or at the time THOUGHT FIELD THERAPY as Dr Callahan was to go on to name this incredible therapy. A method based on tapping with the fingers on meridian points on the body.
Chinese healing practices and Acupuncture dates back to at least 5,000 years and with combination of western Psychology it makes for a very powerful recipe.
The original technique was very convoluted, with many different series of points to tap on according to the condition or issue.
A very generous and insightful man, Gary Craig, learnt Thought Field Therapy and refashioned the technique to be far more user friendly and simple without losing any of its power. If anything, becoming mightier. Gary Craigs method spread far and wide and is now used and taught globally.
There have been a few contributors to bring EFT or TAPPING to where it is today
Dr John Diamond
Dr Dawson Church
Dr George Goodheart
Peta Stapleton PhD