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(EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUES)
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a very flexible self-
Before delving into the site, and starting to use the information you find here, I would draw your attention to the Disclaimer information.
Although currently most of the evidence is anecdotal, it appears to be able to help with quite a diverse range of issues.
These can include those associated with:
Personal Performance such as abundance, weight loss, and business and career goals;
Emotional Challenges such as relationship issues, anger management, insomnia, addictive behaviour and cravings, phobias:
Physical Issues such as allergies and pain management.
In all cases, the EFT approach addresses the underlying energetic patterns and the goal is to bring back balance and harmony within your energetic field.
In turn, this can have positive effects on the body’s physiology. Get the body’s energy field balanced and flowing without disruption, and the body can naturally sort itself out.
It may seem a very odd way to deal with all sorts of issues and problems as we work with the energy structure that underlies the emotions that may create physical symptoms.
A visit to www.eftuniverse.com provides numerous accounts of how EFT has been applied to many issues by therapists, doctors, nurses, and mental health professionals who have had success with EFT. Many of the accounts are also written by people of the general public who have used EFT on themselves.
You can also access details of research that has been carried out that shows that EFT is indeed effective.
BENEFITS OF EFT
Unlike much of modern medicine today, the elegant yet simple-
On the contrary, many users of EFT have benefited from numerous positive effects.
EFT also appears to have an extremely good success rate in the ability to relieve stress and anxiety, chronic pain, and many other problems and issues.
Many therapists qualified as psychotherapista, psychologists, medical doctors, etc. are finding that it often helps when nothing else they have tried has worked.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) was originally designed to reduce the psychotherapy process from months and years down to minutes and hours.
Interestingly enough, it was discovered that astonishing physical healings also occurred as a result of utilizing these elegantly simple and easy-
Symptoms faded for everything from migraine headaches to cancer. If you wish to investigate further, the original Emofree articles of how EFT has helped people can now be found in their new home at www.EFTUniverse.com.
Based on personal experience I am especially using EFT to help women whose hormones are in a 'tizzy', either at puberty, menopause or those PMS times in between, supporting them as they find inner balance to counter the hormonal fluctuations.
Many would prefer not to go down the HRT or Pill route but here we have a technique, literally at our fingertips, that you can learn and use to ' just tap away your problems '.
Either alone or in combination with Reiki I am finding this a gentle yet effective way to help women calm those hormonal 'storms'.
I have written an e-
If you want to see how EFT can help in these situations you can visit the EFT Universe site and check out these articles:
Another issue of personal significance is that of Type 2 diabetes. Although EFT may not be able to cure diabetes, it can help to address problems of weight control, exercise and dietary compliance and general overall motivation.
In turn, this can mean that general improvements in these areas allows for a much better management of the diabetes itself, thus reducing the risk of complications.
These links refer to some of the cases in the EFT Article archives that have responded positively:
If you wish to see just how large the scope of EFT is I strongly recommend a visit to www.eftuniverse.com to have a look in the archives. The site is a positive goldmine of information, and although they are no longer available to buy, you can rent the original Gary Craig EFT DVDs that go into far more detail than any book can.
Important Note: Even beginners to EFT can produce excellent results from the very start and the EFT Universe site is full of such examples. However, you should always exercise common sense in the application of EFT and not use it in situations where you would be in over your head.
You should never try to treat psychotic or other seriously ill people. That should be left to those who are expert in dealing with such matters.
As EFT has only been used in its current form since 1992, and thus may be considered still in the experimental stage, all users of EFT, both practitioners and laymen, must take complete and personal responsibility for their use of it.
WHAT IS EFT?
This energy meridian therapy is a deceptively simple yet extremely powerful tool to treat all sorts of issues, physical as well as emotional.
It can be likened to a form of psychological acupuncture without the needles as we tap on certain acupuncture points on the head and upper torso. We are working on, and stimulating, the meridian energy system just as acupuncture, Shiatsu and Applied Kinesiology do.
In this way, the body's energy system is gently realigned, brought back into balance, disconnecting the physical discomfort we associate with certain memories, and quite often removing the resulting symptoms.
As EFT incorporates an emotional element to the healing process, it addresses the unresolved emotional issues which may be the likely cause of physical disease, psychological dysfunction, and personal performance limits.
According to EFT Founder Gary Craig, EFT often works where all else has failed. The beauty of EFT is that, unlike psychotherapy, the recipient does not have to go back and relive the trauma, although they do 'tune into' the problem as the tapping is carried out to balance the energy system.
EFT grew out of Dr Roger Callahan's Thought Field Therapy, itself having roots in Applied Kinesiology., which in turn makes use of the meridian system of the Oriental systems of acupuncture and acupressure. This means that, although this therapy is but a baby, its pedigree stretches way back into the mists of time.
EFT also draws upon the work of Albert Einstein, who realized back in the 1920s that everything, including the human body, is composed of energy.
As Western Healing Practices to date have largely ignored these ideas, this can help to explain why EFT often works where nothing else will.
Gary Craig, the founder of EFT, is a retired Stanford University engineering graduate, who trained with Dr. Callahan. Gary came up with the essence behind EFT, the DISCOVERY STATEMENT.
"The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body's energy system ."
A distressing memory can cause a disruption in the body's energy system. This, in turn, leads to physical changes such as nausea or anxiety. These feelings become attached to the memory of that experience and have an effect on the way we see the world, often from a state of negative emotion. When we come across similar situations this triggers a kind of conditioned response, often without us even being aware of it.
Eric Robins, MD has his own version. "The presence of the disease presupposes the existence of unresolved emotional issues, whether the patient is consciously aware of them or not."
According to Gary Craig, this can be put another way.
" Unresolved negative emotions are major contributors to most physical pains and diseases ."
This ties in with what I had been telling my herbal patients since starting practice in 1994, that many physical manifestations of illness often have their aetiology, or beginning, in unresolved emotional problems.
Many times, in consultation, asking what they can remember about events going on at the time of or just before their problem started, patients have mentioned bereavements or crises, etc. Now I have the perfect tool to help them help themselves!
As was said previously, EFT is a very young therapy. We live in a time when scientific “proof” is requested for practically everything. But energy therapies belong to such a new paradigm that current ways of scientific research is often left scratching its head.
David Feinstein, Ph.D. has carried out a review of the preliminary evidence for energy psychology which makes for interesting reading. More recently he has been involved with a paper entitled Rapid Treatment of PTSD: Why Psychological Exposure with Acupoint Tapping May Be Effective.
Research in Energy Psychology can be found on Fred Gallo’s site.
The most interesting recent research centres on the use of EFT for the relief of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) in war veterans. There is an interesting documentary now out “Operation Emotional Freedom -
My personal viewpoint and experience is that EFT and other energy psychology methods do get results. I don’t even pretend to know what is going on but the main thing is that the clients benefit. I don’t need to know exactly what is happening, so long as it works and my client(s) is happy.
Many people who turn to complementary therapies have already been through the conventional medical system, which itself does not always use scientifically validated treatments and methods.
Often far worse off than when they started, they get results from complementary therapies, and that is what they want. Is it placebo effect? One would expect they have faith that conventional medicine will help them and that should trigger the placebo effect, even if the treatment itself does little or nothing to actively help. When very young children and animals benefit, can it be said that they are aware of the placebo effect? All that can be said is that the jury is out and anything that can safely trigger and harness any placebo effect has to be a good thing.
Anecdotal evidence may not be adequate proof that something works, but if you are the one on the receiving end of the benefit, when other options have failed, the chances are you don’t really care about the science behind it.
Somebody recently wrote in a forum that I am a member of that “lack of evidence of efficiency is NOT the same as evidence of inefficiency”.
However, I suppose it would be nice from an academic point of view, to be able to explain what happens during an EFT session. As time goes by, I have no doubts that more and more research will take place as methods and equipment for measuring such elusive and subtle energies are developed. I also have no doubt that EFT and other energy therapies will be shown to have valuable benefits with little or no disadvantages.
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