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EFT - Emotional Freedom Techniques

EFT - A Universal Healing Aid

Learning to Accept and Heal Yourself

"Some day the medical profession will wake up and will then realise that unresolved emotional issues are the main cause of 85% of all illnesses. When they do, EFT will be one of their primary healing tools."

Eric Robins, MD

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An Introduction to Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

EFT is fast gaining popularity throughout the world. It is relatively new to the UK having been developed in the US, and has its roots in Applied Kinesiology.

EFT is a versatile therapy; it has been used to complement and enhance skills such as Hypnotherapy, Psychology, NLP and Life Coaching, and has been used successfully on even the most difficult problems. Indeed, because of its high rate of success (a claimed 85% of all emotional problems), its use has spread rapidly. It is not uncommon for long-standing problems to be resolved entirely in one session of treatment. Consequently, EFT practitioners can now be found in every corner of world. Indeed, the celebrated hypnotherapist Paul McKenna has demonstrated this technique many times on television to demonstrate just how powerful it is!

EFT could be described as a psychological form of acupuncture, or acupressure. It utilises the same energy meridian lines as acupuncture. However, EFT uses a system of finger tapping to stimulate and unblock energy within meridians, instead of the invasive needles employed in acupuncture. It treats physical and emotional ailments, by relieving imbalances in the body’s energy systems

How does it work?

The effects of EFT are achieved by tapping certain acupuncture points with your fingers, while tuning into a specific problem - whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, pain or anxiety. This simple tapping technique inputs kinetic energy onto specific meridians* on the body.

The creative use of statements whilst carrying out the technique, enables the person to tune into the issue and remain focused on the problem during the treatment. This is vital to the success of the therapy. This combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing of the statements works to clear the 'energy disruption' or 'emotional block' from your body's energy system, thus restoring your mind and body's balance, which is essential for optimal health and the healing of physical ailments.Most energetic imbalances may be partially or completely relieved within a short time using this process. Others may be relieved through repetition of the process. The process has been shown to help with behaviour change, phobias, physical pain and emotional issues. Often EFT produces results in just minutes, which is one of the reasons it is the fastest growing branch of psychology today.

The History of EFT

EFT can trace its origins back over 5000 years, to the Ancient Chinese Shoalin and Taoist monasteries. Taoist monks first mapped the subtle energies and meridians that travel throughout the body. The Eastern healing arts of Acupuncture, Acupressure, Shiatsu, and Reflexology, amongst others, were derived through employing palpation techniques in conjunction with these energy maps. EFT is based on discoveries, written down over 2000 years ago, in China, at the time of the Yellow Emperor.

More recently, EFT owes much to the work of Dr George Goodheart, the founder of Applied Kinesiology, and Dr Roger Callahan. In 1980 Dr Callaghan was treating a patient for an intense water phobia. She complained in that session of stomach pain so he told her to tap under her eye as knew the energy meridian of the stomach ended here (from acupuncture theory) and to his surprise the ladies fear of water disappeared. From that point on he began studying this phenomenon and went on to create a new branch of therapy called energy psychology or Thought Field Therapy (TFT).In the early 90's, a student of Dr Callaghan, a Stamford engineer Gary Craig, then advanced the theory and made it accessible to all by creating EFT. He simplified the complicated TFT algorithms and made the process universally applicable for all mental, emotional, and physical issues. Thus EFT was born.

Some Benefits of EFT

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What can EFT be used for?

EFT does not claim to work miracles by eradicating negative memories and issues. What EFT can do is remove the debilitating feelings of anguish, guilt, sorrow, anger, fear or resentment, thus allowing for the original incident to be viewed with a calm, detached attitude, enabling you to experience life from a different, improved perspective. The techniques are gentle, rapid and startlingly effective, and have been used successfully with many thousands of people with a broad range of difficulties. EFT is capable of dramatically relieving emotional disturbances. Any physical ailment or illness that has been manifesting itself as a result of these emotions can also be eradicated. New or old emotional upsets can often be released in minutes; the results are usually long lasting, and side effects are almost always positive.For example, it has been shown to offer rapid and effective relief and help with the following:

Addictions (drugs, alcohol, tobacco) - Alcohol abuse - Allergies - Anxiety and Panic Attacks - Anger - Asthma - Attention Deficit Disorder - Bereavement - Blood Pressure - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Children's Issues - Chronic Pain and Headaches - Compulsions and Obsessions - Concentration - Depression - Diabetes - Dyslexia - Eating Disorders - Fears and Phobias - Food Cravings - Pain Management - Implementing Positive Goals - Depression and Sadness - Grief and Loss - Guilt - Insomnia - Jealousy - Negative Memories - Neuropathy - Nightmares - OCD - Obsessive Behaviour - Physical and Emotional Acute Traumas - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Self Image (e.g. Lack of Self-esteem) - Sexual Abuse Issues - Shyness - Traumatic Memories - Vision - Weight loss

Recent evidence also indicates its usefulness in certain physical conditions, i.e. the re-balancing of the autonomic nervous system, (discovered by Cardiologist Dr Fuller Royal), and the precise indication of individual foods or chemicals that can be toxic to the body's energy system. EFT is also used to enhance personal performance in business and sport.

So why not give it a go and see where it can take you!

A more in depth discussion about EFT can be found here.

For an introductory video message go to You Tube.

* Energy meridians run throughout the body and can be blocked or disrupted by emotional issues that compromise well-being and healing potential. Therapies such as Acupressure EFT, Shiatsu, and Reiki balance disturbed meridians so that emotional anguish and physical symptoms are found to subside.

Embody Guide to EFT

Gaia EFT Practitioners:

Andrea Pusey