Free Emotional Freedom Techniques

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

EFT is based on the discovery that imbalances in the body's energy system have profound effects on one's personal psychology.

Correcting these imbalances is done by tapping on meridian points, whilst being tuned into the issue to be resolved.


EFT is an energy psychology healing intervention that works on stimulating the 'end points of the body's energy meridians'. 

It's been found that the energy meridians of the body are like tiny streams or rivulets of highly polarized water, which are long strings of liquid crystals that react to light and transmit bioelectric signals along their pathways.

The stimulation of the meridian channels has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine – traditionally as acupuncture.


EFT as it stands today was developed by Gary Craig, an American Stanford Engineering graduate in 1995 and was originally theorised by his tutor, psychologist Roger Callahan.

Craig believed that distressing memories, traumatic or painful experiences and events cause a disruption or 'short circuit' in the body's energy system (The Meridian System). 

If the 'short circuit' isn't resolved or fixed, in turn, it causes a negative emotion to be formed.

All negative emotions are therefore felt through this disruption of the body's energy.

Physical pain and disease are also intricately connected to negative emotions.

Health problems create feedback – physical symptoms cause emotional distress, and these unresolved negative emotions manifest themselves through physical symptoms.

EFT can therefore be likened to a form of acupuncture that doesn't use needles. 

Instead, you simply 'tap' with your fingers on certain meridian points while focusing on the physical or emotional problem by using carefully constructed setup phrases and statements.  These phrases and statements are then repeated as you tap on the points.

By tapping on specific points while correctly focusing on the problem, blockages in the energy meridian system are removed, and proper energy flow to all the cells of your body is restored, thus healing countless different health issues.

The clearing of energy blockages is highly important because cells don't just communicate with each other by means of chemical interactions.

They also have tiny receptors on their membranes (outer layer) that vibrate like tuning forks for the purpose of communicating by means of energy (oscillating vibrational frequencies).


EFT is continuing to provide sustained relief for many people for a wide variety of issues and is one of the fastest and easiest ways to remove traumatic memories, stressful thoughts, and negative emotions.



EFT tapping in 5 steps

EFT tapping can be divided into five steps. If you have more than one issue or fear, you can repeat this sequence to address it and reduce or eliminate the intensity of your negative feeling.

  1. Identify the issue

In order for this technique to be effective, you must first identify the issue or fear you have. This will be your focal point while you’re tapping. Focusing on only one problem at a time is purported to enhance your outcome.

  1. Test the initial intensity

After you identify your problem area, you need to set a benchmark level of intensity. The intensity level is rated on a scale from 0 to 10, with 10 being the worst or most difficult. The scale assesses the emotional or physical pain and discomfort you feel from your focal issue.

Establishing a benchmark helps you monitor your progress after performing a complete EFT sequence. If your initial intensity was 10 prior to tapping and ended at 5, you’d have accomplished a 50 percent improvement level.

  1. The setup

Prior to tapping, you need to establish a phrase that explains what you’re trying to address. It must focus on two main goals:

  • acknowledging the issues
  • accepting yourself despite the problem

The common setup phrase is: “Even though I have this [fear or problem], I deeply and completely accept myself.”

For example "Even though I have a problem with drinking, I deeply and completely accept myself."

  1. EFT tapping sequence

The EFT tapping sequence is the methodic tapping on the ends of nine meridian points.

There are 12 major meridians that mirror each side of the body and correspond to an internal organ. However, EFT mainly focuses on these nine:

  • karate chop (KC): small intestine meridian
  • top of head (TH): governing vessel
  • eyebrow (EB): bladder meridian
  • side of the eye (SE): gallbladder meridian
  • under the eye (UE): stomach meridian
  • under the nose (UN): governing vessel
  • chin (Ch): central vessel
  • beginning of the collarbone (CB): kidney meridian
  • under the arm (UA): spleen meridian

Begin by tapping the karate chop point while simultaneously reciting your setup phrase three times. Then, tap each following point seven times, moving down the body in this descending order:

  • eyebrow
  • side of the eye
  • under the eye
  • under the nose
  • chin
  • beginning of the collarbone
  • under the arm

After tapping the underarm point, finish the sequence at the top of the head point.

While tapping the descending points, recite a reminder phrase to maintain focus on your problem area. If your setup phrase is, “Even though I have a problem with drinking, I deeply and completely accept myself." your reminder phrase can be “I accept myself for who I am.” Recite this phrase at each tapping point. Repeat this sequence two or three times.

  1. Test the final intensity

At the end of your sequence, rate your intensity level on a scale from 0 to 10. Compare your results with your initial intensity level. If you haven’t reached 0, repeat this process until you do.

EFT tapping is an alternative acupressure therapy treatment used to restore balance to your disrupted energy. It’s been an authorized treatment for war veterans with PTSD, and it’s demonstrated some benefits as a treatment for anxiety, depression, physical pain, and insomnia.

While there are some success stories, researchers are still investigating its effectiveness on other disorders and illnesses. Continue to seek traditional treatment options. However, if you decide to pursue this alternative therapy, consult with your doctor first to reduce the likelihood of injury or worsening symptoms.


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