Events don’t traumatize us. They also don’t cause us to become anxious. It’s the meaning we attach to those events that does – the limiting beliefs we form about ourselves and about the world as a result of the traumatic event (I’m not good enough; I’m worthless; I’m unsafe…). THAT is what stays with us and sinks deep into our subconscious mind. If it is true that 95% of our actions are the result of subconscious processing, and that a mere 5% of our decisions are made at the conscious level, it seems like a worthwhile undertaking to learn to communicate with our subconscious mind and modify the limiting beliefs that colour our decisions. What if we could replace them with more adaptive and self-loving beliefs and made THOSE our truths instead?
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), also called meridian tapping (or just tapping), is a gentle release technique that allows for the accelerated processing of negative emotions, and associated subconscious beliefs. It operates under the assumption that all negative emotions are the result of disruptions in the individual’s energy system. The technique consists of tapping acupressure points on the body while tuning into a specific event, memory, emotion, pain, or trauma.
The acupressure points are a subset of the points used in acupuncture, except we don’t use needles. We simply tap the points with our fingers. The points we tap are located on the end points of the body’s energy meridians, which are like highways that transport energy throughout the body.
If the meridians are energy pathways, like highways, then let’s think of the disruption in the system, or the energy block, as a car pileup on the highway. What happens? The cars in the pileup can’t move. They are stuck. The cars right behind the pileup, even though they are free to move, can’t go anywhere because the road is blocked. Those way behind the pileup are also stopped, but they don’t know why. They are so far behind the pileup that all they know is that they are stuck.
The pileup can be viewed as the initial trauma — the block in our energy system. The cars right behind are the ways in which we reorganized our life, and the self-limiting beliefs we created about ourselves as a result of the trauma. The car at the end of the long line of backed up traffic is us now. We can’t move, and have no idea why. With EFT, we can remove the pileup, and thus restore the flow of traffic — restoring balance to our lives.
For scientific studies on the effectiveness of tapping, see: Looking to Science to Explain the Effectiveness of EFT Tapping.