Faster EFT - V
What is EFT?
For thousands of years Chinese medicine has worked with an energy system of the body that is essentially electrical in nature. This energy system functions to maintain balance in the body. The medical practices of acupuncture and acupressure work with this flow of electricity or as the Chinese term it, chi (pronounced “chee”), helping to adjust the flow of chi for more balanced functioning within the body.
Tapping techniques such as Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT, created by Gary Craig, and Faster EFT, created by Robert Smith, work with this flow of chi within the body, using selected tapping points along the meridians or lines of the body’s energy system. EFT can be likened to a specialized form of acupressure using short, rhythmic taps as well as applied pressure and functioning primarily to relieve discomfort.
For my clients and for myself I work with a variant of Faster EFT, which I'll call Faster EFT-V.
Faster EFT was first introduced by Robert Smith. He has many wonderful teaching videos on his website which I highly recommend.
How Does EFT Work?
EFT and Faster EFT work because we experience negative or unpleasant emotions when there is a disruption in our body’s energy system.
Disruptions in our energy system occur when we think negative thoughts about uncomfortable events in our lives.
EFT and Faster EFT function to relieve the disruption in our energy system and restore the normal flow of chi. When normal flow of chi is restored we no longer experience emotional disturbance.
Here’s a way to picture this idea. Envision the flow of chi in the body as water flowing in a river. Negative thoughts floating down a river of chi in your body catch along the way and cause an obstruction or disruption in the smooth flow of chi. By tapping on selected points along the body’s energy system, the acupoints, EFT and Faster EFT work to break up these disruptions in the flow of chi in the body and allow it to flow smoothly again. When your energy is flowing smoothly you feel good.
EFT and Faster EFT can target a specific disruption within the energy system because you verbally or mentally focus on the particular negative thought, problem or precipitating event, and then tap it away. As a healthy flow of chi is reestablished the negative emotions and accompanying reactions associated with the problem are no longer experienced and you feel better.
The Mechanics of Faster EFT - V
Faster EFT is especially effective because it brings in the power of your subconscious mind, in addition to targeting disruptions within the energy system.
Program your subconscious for "Peace." Imagine the most peaceful scene you know and place yourself in the image. Really feel it. Now say the word, "Peace," aloud. Allow yourself to bask in that feeling of peace for several moments.
Choose a triggering event for treatment.
A trigger is a situation that occurs in your daily life that sets you off on a spiraling course of negative thoughts and emotions.
As you visualize the event take careful note of how you feel emotionally and physically so that you can compare that with how you feel after tapping.
Uncomfortable events and emotions may have a number of different elements that are upsetting to us. Start with the aspect or feeling that is "in your face" right now.
Step 1 - Tap the following points 7-10 times while repeating a reminder phrase for your problem at each point , saying, “This (your problem or feeling in as few words as possible).”
2. side of eye
3. under eye
5. grasp around your wrist
Take a slow, deep breath and release it.
Say, "Peace," and bring to mind that beautiful peaceful scene you envisioned earlier.
Step 2 - Check in - How are you feeling? As you tap you may find what was "in your face" shifting. Go with it, tapping on whatever comes up for you and is bothering you right now.
Revise reminder phrase according to how you are feeling now and repeat steps as needed.
Tap all the points again.
Take a deep breath, say, "Peace," and check in with yourself.
Keep tapping until you feel better.