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Name : Deborah Fox
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Emotional Freedom and Radiant Health
By Deborah Fox

Your emotional health, your success in the world and your level of joy can all be dramatically enhanced by shifting the energies that regulate them. That is the promise of the fascinating new field of energy psychology.” - David Feinstein, co-author of The Promise of Energy Psychology

Allow yourself to imagine, just for a moment, a healing modality that has become a highly-valued method for thousands of medical doctors, nurses, psychiatrists and psychologists, social workers, acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists and individuals worldwide.

Then, imagine that it is non-invasive, pharma-ceuticals are not required, there are no known side-effects, phenomenal results are possible, and, perhaps best of all, this modality is portable and can be performed anywhere, by you.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), the most widely used single approach to energy psychology, is an emotional or psychological version of acupuncture based on the connection between the body’s subtle energies, our emotions, and our health. Results are generated by balancing the body’s energy meridians while gently focusing on the emotional or physical ailment. A connection is then established between the mind and the body. When the energy within our body flows freely and effortlessly our lives reflect this movement and “all is well.” When our energy is blocked, or disrupted, negative emotions abound and physical symptoms manifest. EFT is based on the discovery that these imbalances in the body’s energy system have profound effects on one’s personal psychology.

According to Gary Craig, founder of EFT, “The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system.” After years of exploring and mastering numerous self-help and healing modalities—including Thought Field Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Applied Kinesiology—EFT was originally designed to reduce therapy time. Gary also noticed that in addition to emotional healing, profound physical healing was taking place, EFT was addressing causes that Western healing practices had largely overlooked. Allopathic medicine, which pays little or no attention to the body’s energy meridians, rarely considers emotional causes for physical distress. When Gary realized that our physical issues often appeared to be connected to our emotions, he realized “Our unresolved negative emotions are major contributors to most physical pains and diseases.”

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Nobel Laureate in Medicine, explained that “The cell is a machine driven by energy. It can thus be approached by studying matter, or by studying energy. In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy.” Electrical messages are constantly being sent through our body to keep it informed of what is happening. Without this energy flow, we would be sensory deprived—we would not experience vision, hearing, taste, smell or touch. It has also been scientifically proven that disruptions or blockages in these electrical pathways can cause limiting beliefs and emotions which consequently lead to poor health and illness as well. Energy is the foundation of health, the body’s energy pathways dynamically interplay with cells, organs, thoughts and emotions.

EFT uses gentle pressure, or tapping, on specific energy meridian points to change the way energy travels through the body. It employs one basic tapping routine that is effective for both emotional and physical issues. Tapping with the fingertips stimulates these meridian points to create small electrical charges which are sent through the energy system. These charges facilitate smooth energy flow and the clearing of any disruptions or blockages. The stimulation of energy points is paired with the specific mental activity of focusing on an emotional issue, memory, or physical ailment. This pairing can rapidly shift the brain’s electrochemistry to help overcome uncomfortable and undesirable emotions, and can help change habits and behavior allowing the enhancement of our abilities to flourish.

When EFT is used properly, relief or resolution is experienced in a majority of cases. The resolution is most often permanent. There are indeed “one-minute miracles” where people experience instant relief. However, other cases may require several tapping sequences to benefit. With more serious problems, expect to invest more resolution time.

Some anxiety and stress can be easily dissolved as their causes are usually evident, whereas issues with hidden or suppressed causes may be more difficult to alleviate. Serious psychological and physical problems should be addressed by a qualified medical professional before using complementary therapies. EFT is not a substitute for appropriate medical care, however it often works when nothing else will.

The application of EFT can actually be fun and refreshing. The tapping procedure—simple, gentle, relaxing and painless—takes only minutes to perform and it can be done anywhere at anytime. Yawning and laughter may be experienced as these are ways that the body releases blocked energy.

Occasionally, but rarely, focusing on a negative emotion can cause an adverse reaction, such as nausea. And, the release of old restricted energy can often allow other suppressed emotions or memories to surface until the core issue is discovered and addressed. EFT can be used to tap away whatever surfaces, one issue at a time, although often, while tapping, multiple issues dissolve simultaneously. The simple tapping on these points can alter our brain states and change neural pathways.

Severe psychological reversal, caused by years of negative programming, can cause the body’s energy to flow in the wrong direction. EFT can correct that reversal much like removing batteries that were incorrectly placed and replacing them appropriately to re-establish the energy flow. Sometimes environmental toxins and food allergies, or even the absence of necessary intestinal flora, can interfere with the energy flow preventing the realignment of the energy system, in which case EFT may not work. But, in most cases, EFT is very effective.

Stress and trauma create blocks in the energy system. By talking about the cause or issue it is possible to locate the triggers and literally tap them away. Practitioners are often astounded at the simplicity of EFT and the rapid means of healing that results. EFT has been reported successful in thousands of cases covering a huge gamut of emotional and physical issues. It can help break the cycle of binge-eating and is also effective for smoking-cessation because it addresses emotional issues such as anxiety or low self-esteem. It can also be used to enhance sports and academic performance by addressing self-doubts and mind blocks and is a safe way to counter internal dialogue that leads to repetitive negative behavior and fears. EFT has been successfully introduced into the corporate world and is used to effectively cope with business pressures and employee relations. EFT can also be used to treat children and animals.

In general, EFT is not emotionally or physically painful. Distressing memories need not be relived or even revealed as the focus is on restoring the energy flow throughout the body, releasing old traumas and harmful patterns.

The experience of unconditional love is also built into EFT. To truly heal it is essential to love and forgive regardless of one’s emotional or physical pain. That experience, along with the tapping sequence that balances the energy meridians, brings amazing results.

Within minutes of an EFT session a greater sense of calm, along with renewed enthusiasm and gratitude for life, may be experienced.

You can learn the EFT basics from Gary Craig’s free Emotional Freedom Technique Manual which is downloadable at or from an experienced EFT professional. There is nothing as powerful as experiencing EFT yourself as it allows greater emotional control, inner peace and a greater effectiveness in your life. EFT is based on sound scientific principles and you don’t even have to believe in it for it to work, but since it is dramatically different from conventional wisdom it is consistently, and understandably, greeted with skepticism.

Explore EFT for the freedom to heal and for the possibility of attaining radiant health. It can dramatically change your world and your perceptions.

Published by the Sentient Times, October/November 2008
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