By Suma Varughese July 2010 A relatively new therapy called emotional freedom techniques (EFT) promises and delivers miraculous healings for the body and mind in just minutes. Could this be the next stage in health care? Free to be meHere are the points that you need to tap on after checking your SUD and uttering the set-up phrase three times for what is called the Full Basic Recipe. Two rounds are needed. For the short-cut technique, stop at under the armpit.Tapping sequence:Using your index and middle fingertips, tap gently, but firmly, five to seven times on each of the points give below as shown. Remember to repeat the reminder phrase once at each of these points as you tap.• Eyebrow point is located just below and inside the inner starting edge of your eyebrow.• Side of the eye is the bony part of your eye socket adjacent to the outer edge of your eye.• Under the eye is located below the centre of your eye. • Under the nose is the area between your nose and upper lip• Chin refers to the indented area just below your lower lip.• Collarbone actually refers to the end of the collarbone, to the immediate left and right of the hollow at the base of your throat.• Under the arm is the area on your side, about three to four inches below your armpit, in line with your breast.• Side of thumb, near base of nail• Side of index finger near base of nail.• Side of middle finger near base of nail.• Side of little finger near base of nail• Karate chop point at the side of your palm • Crown of the head or CH is located at the apex of your skull, halfway between an imaginary line joining the two ears. Be gentle at this point.The gamut procedure is followed in between the two tapping rounds. The gamut point is located just above the midpoint of the knuckle between the little and ring finger. Whilst tapping this, do the following:• Close your eyes• Open your eyes• Look down and towards the right, keeping the head steady• Look down and towards the left, keeping the head steady• Roll your eyes in a full clockwise circle• Roll your eyes in an anticlockwise circle• Hum any song for two seconds• Count rapidly from one to five• Hum any song for two seconds againCourtesy: Emotional Freedom Techniques by Sangeeta Bhagwat It’s simple. It takes minutes to practice. Healing is miraculous and often in one session. You can do it yourself. There are no side-effects. Applying it causes no physical pain and minimum emotional pain.The perfect panacea? For our times, yes. There may come a time when healing will be even simpler. One may just utter an intention and bingo – the broken bone sets and the asthma whistles itself out of your lungs.But for now, this is plenty.Meera Kotak, a workshop trainer and co-founder of Energy Centre, says, “About a couple of months ago I had no sense of purpose and was going through deep sorrow and pain. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has restored my sense of purpose and joy. Today, I have hope.” Says Daralyse Lyons, who calls herself the founder of Emotional Yoga, a combination of EFT and yoga, “Using Emotional Yoga, I have recovered from a rampant eating disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder. My life before finding Emotional Yoga felt hopeless and I was institutionalised 18 times at residential treatment facilities for my eating disorder and associated emotional problems. The combination of yoga and EFT has given me lasting emotional freedom.”Brad Yates, a popular EFT practitioner based in the US, whose newsletter has over three million subscribers, says, “At the first workshop I took – an all-day class with Gary Craig – it was the tapping on chocolate cravings that first hooked me. I’d been a bit of a chocoholic, and after a minute of tapping I had as much interest in the candy as I did in the foil wrapper around it. I knew then that there was something to this simple technique.”Nithya Shanti, a young Buddhist monk turned spiritual teacher based in Pune, who is also a votary of EFT, shared that recently a young woman came to meet him along with her mother and brother for help in dealing with the sudden suicide of her father. It was she, in fact, who stumbled upon his body hanging from a fan. After two rounds of practice, she had healed from the trauma of seeing him dead as well as the guilt she felt about his death. And her mother, who was heavily arthritic and had been unable to lift her hands to feed herself or comb her hair, was able to lift her hands to her head.Kshitij Negi, an EFT practitioner based in Mumbai, was attracted to the therapy because it helped him to heal from a break-up. “The love pain would not abate until I tried EFT,” he said. This former scriptwriter for the Hindi film industry took to EFT like a fish to water and later had a wonderful experience of its healing capacities. A friend had been hospitalised with dengue and his platelet count had slipped to a dangerously low 26,000 (normal counts range from 150,000 to 450,000). All day, Negi worked extensively on him using EFT. “By six I was itching to know the results. Although it was a Sunday, we got a pathology lab to open and we took the results. His platelet count had climbed to 100,000!”Radically simpleFor big issues and for small; for body and for mind, Emotional Freedom Technique is a radically simple tool that is bringing health and happiness to millions across the globe. Indeed, not since reiki swept through the country like wildfire in the early ‘90s has there been a healing technique with so much potential for self-healing. Unlike reiki, however, it takes just minutes to practice and is simple enough to be grasped even by little children.We live in an age where everything seems to happen quicker and faster including fame, wealth, bankruptcy and disease. It is only fitting therefore that healing techniques too should speed up and enable us to access well-being in minutes.EFT is part of a cluster of therapies that go under the blanket term of Energy Psychology that is redefining the use of therapy in healing. Energy Psychology (EP) works directly on the body to produce psychological change. Instead of exclusively engaging in talk, Energy Psychology uses affirmations as well as techniques such as tapping or massages at certain points of the body to help release blocks in the body’s energy systems. The combination of recall of past traumas coupled with physical stimulation has produced startling and permanent relief for thousands of people.Energy Psychology’s most outstanding characteristic is the remarkable speed both of practice and of healing.I recently participated in a workshop on EFT by Jasmine Bharathan, considered to be one of the most senior and respected of EFT therapists in India, and was amazed to discover how quickly traumas, fears and physical afflictions lifted. 1) Under the breast, 2) Under the arm, 3) Side of the thumb, 4) Side of the forefinger5) Side of the middle finger, 6) Side of the little finger, 7) The gamut point8) The karate chop point One of the participants, Bina Gehi, a fashion designer, complained of a severe shoulder and neck pain that had been afflicting her for the last three years. After ten minutes of tapping with Jasmine, who addressed both the physical symptoms as well as the underlying emotional contributors, the pain had completely lifted. Bina could not stop smiling for the rest of the workshop. When last checked within days of going to press, she was still free of the pain.Another participant, Manjushri Dandekar, was so traumatised by the chemotherapy treatment for her breast cancer that she had a horror of even passing a hospital, let alone visiting one. Within a few minutes of tapping, the smiling Manjushri confirmed that her fear had been released by about 90 per cent.Redefining psychologyIndeed, in many ways, Energy Psychology is turning upside down some of the treasured precepts of conventional psychology. Lengthy periods of time are not necessary to process underlying emotional issues, major traumas or childhood conditioning. It can happen in a few sessions or maybe even in one. Says Brad Yates, “There was one woman who was able to let go of the traumatic feelings from a 20-year-old episode of molestation in a matter of minutes, and I recall another woman who was able to laugh at how her husband served her divorce papers (on her birthday!).”And yet the very simplicity and ease of EFT often go against it. Many conventional therapists still dismiss it as one more New Age fad. And seekers, used to more mental methods of processing emotion, give it the go by because they cannot believe that anything so simple and so fast can be trusted to deliver lasting results.Says Robert E Najemy, a highly respected spiritual teacher and life coach based in Athens, Greece, “I had initially rejected TFT (the source of EFT) for 18 years as I believed that emotions could not be let go of so easily. Then after 18 years, I decided that my approach was not a scientific one and that I needed to try it before rejecting it. It worked extremely well – we were able to reduce or eliminate long-standing emotions and also physical pain.”Says Sangeeta Bhagwat, a Pune-based counsellor who works extensively with EFT, “When I first read the (EFT) manual, it sounded too simple and too good to be true. However, I tried it on a senior citizen who had a troubling eczema for 15 years. The itch, oozing and irritation immediately subsided within a couple of rounds of tapping. After three weeks of daily tapping rounds, his entire skin was restored to a completely healthy state. Skin problems are challenging and this was a miraculous recovery in my opinion.”EFT was founded by Gary
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