What is Tapping?
Tapping works by using Chinese acupressure points to release stuck energy and negative thoughts and feelings in the body. It isn’t a new technique (developed in the late 70’s by psychologist Roger Callahan), and the concept of body energy and acupuncture has been around for over 5000 years. There is an actual science behind it, and many people find relief from physical and emotional pain after using it.
Your body essentially is made up of many highways (channels or meridians) that connect organs, nerves, and essentially every body part. These highways do have an energy flow, and you know this already as demonstrated every time you electrocute yourself in the winter months by touching a light switch or other metal object. In Chinese medicine this energy is called “chi”.
Our mind, body, and spirit are all connected. The energy behind stressful thoughts and upset feelings can manifest as physical aches and pains, sometimes even disease. Physical illness can deflate the spirit and attract more negative thoughts and feelings. Oh, the dreaded hamster wheel!
EFT involves “tapping” on end points of certain meridians which in turn, calms the amygdala (the fight or flight meter) in your brain. When the brain relaxes, then it is able to release stress, let go of emotional garbage, and/or actually allow you to listen to and become more aware of your thoughts that drive your actions. When your body is in a full stress response, change cannot occur.
You can pretty much tap on anything that is plaguing you. Crappy self-image, divorce, anger, financial woes, physical pain, fear, post traumatic stress, anxiety, poor decision making. You can also tap on readiness…readiness to change, readiness to let go, readiness to think more positively about yourself or a situation.
What tapping is NOT:
- Hypnotism – A Tapping practitioner cannot make you cluck like a chicken while break-dancing (though that would be moderately entertaining depending on your dance skills).
- Brainwashing – A Tapping practitioner cannot put things in your head that aren’t already there (though I could probably become a millionaire selling that service)!
- A Religion or Witchcraft – Uh, I have no words here because tapping doesn’t involve worship, nor are we calling upon any divine being for guidance.
Check out these videos to learn more about Tapping.