I just had to write this post – what a few days/daze it’s been. Since returning to Sydney in 2009 I started using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique or tapping) again. It’s a technique I learned and discarded some years back because (at the time) it didn’t fit with who I was or what I was doing. Then, as is often the case  when one rediscovers something, I came to it through ‘desperation’. You see I was ‘stuck’ unable to shift a problem with one of our kids so I decided to try EFT; why not? I’d had run out of options and it was 3:00am – where do you find new options at that hour of the morning? Lo and behold, we had a breakthrough. I began to ask myself – had the other things kicked in? Was it luck? What really happened? So  in pursuit of clarity, I decided to experiment on myself and of course the family 🙂 I was so pleased with the outcomes I have (re) introduced EFT into clinic.

And while am happily use it in clinic, I remained dissatisfied with the standard explanation. I know EFT works, I use it. I never use anything in clinic I have not already had success with – so I know it works. And Aussies are a cynical bunch. As a cultural group, we seem to want (need even…) a ‘plausible’ or rational explanation for things (like either of those terms are straight forward). And descriptions like emotional acupuncture leave most Aussies shaking their heads…especially when you ask them to ‘tap themselves’ and say things like I honour and accept myself…Finally, I have some new ways of explaining why EFT works and the explanation should satisfy even the most sceptical person because it’s based on research.

Dr. Church, Ph.D., has been researching and using EFT (tapping) since 2002. Dr Chruch say “Acupoint tapping [EFT] sends signals directly to the stress centers of the mid-brain, [which are] not mediated by the frontal lobes (the thinking part, active in talk therapy). Dr Church says “because EFT simultaneously accesses stress on physical and emotional levels it gives you the best of both worlds, body and mind, like getting a massage during a psychotherapy session.”

The research is providing evidence of what users already know. EFT directly impacts the stress centre of the brain, the amygdala, the area that activates the stress response. We all know poorly handled stress underpins many of the issues we face on a daily basis including health problems. So it’s great to note the research by Dr’s Church and Feinstein shows tapping to have a positive effect on cortisol levels in the body and ultimately balance out the nervous system.

Read the whole article from the Huffingpost from Nick Ortner.

Taking responsibility for ones self is a BIG deal. Being 100% responsible for oneself is a really BIG deal and it’s something I’ve been striving for for over 25 years. Usually I equate ‘taking personal responsibility’ with working through old issues. Working with old issues is something we have always done with a specialist. Tapping is and will continue to change that. By people learning EFT the role of the specialist shifts because with tapping, we literally have power to help ourselves in our own hands.  Tapping is super easy to learn, use and benefit from. I know Tapping helps with many (most?) of the problems we face on a daily basis. For those people interested wanting to learn more about tapping and the transformation it can make consider buying the documentary file “The Taping Solution” it is just an amazing DVD.

Remember to add tapping to your daily regimen and watch things change.