The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or tapping has been in the press a lot lately. While the method has been around for several years its growing popularity has been due to the results clients have been getting. Bel Marshall, an EFT practitioner in Michigan, experienced the benefits herself after her life underwent major changes overnight. In her practice Bel helps clients reframe negative beliefs and remove old emotional residue from the past. She explains her journey with EFT in the following interview.
What exactly is EFT and how does it work?
EFT is an energy modality, sometimes considered energy psychology because it does address both the energetic system and the emotions of a person. This is not to be confused with medical/mental health psychology. The average practitioner is a coach versus a medical professional. (Though, more and more mainstream practitioners and even Chiropractors are integrating EFT into their practice). EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) in simple terms is a form of acupuncture/acupressure without the needles. As we tap on meridian points it lines up the energy in the body which in turn helps us get to the bottom of the real cause of stress, dis-ease, etc... if there is an emotional reason for whatever is going on with you, then EFT will at least bring some reasonability to the situation.
*Disclaimer: Is not intended to replace medical or any kind of professional care but is a wonder addition to most therapies.
How does the tapping change the beliefs that are rooted in someone's unconscious?
The best way for me to answer this is to give an example of one of my own experiences. I grew up being the outsider, the welfare kid, etc... I was not attractive and I didn't have the normal fashions that the other kids wore. I didn't fit in on any level. During a time that I was dealing with my social anxiety in a tapping session, I suddenly found myself being nailed with a memory from Jr. High (it was Jr. High in my day LOL). I remember a boy I had really liked who suddenly showed interest in ME. I was thrilled, he asked me to be his girlfriend and I was over the moon. Until the next day when I was the laughing stock of the school. It was a practical joke that everyone but me was in on. To this day, I find myself worried that people are laughing at me, making fun of me, think I'm ugly, stupid, etc... but because of that tapping session, I have an idea of where it came from (there are many more layers to that but this is one level of that anxiety) and now I can address it from a different perspective. EFT, has a way of peeling off the layers of the emotional onion in a gentle way and helps clear them as you go along. Memories will come up but even when they don't always come up with total clarity as to what, what, where, when, you find that certain things don't bother you in the same way. You have cleared the issue by dealing with bigger issues many times, so they just aren't there any longer.
Hypnosis has been credited with helping change subconscious limiting beliefs. Is EFT similar to hypnosis or does it re-program beliefs in a different way?