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If you have at least two fingers (!) and an issue that is bothering you, did you know you’re already well equipped to start resolving it?
"Tapping" (aka EFT, or Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a simple and very effective tool that you can start using right now to gain a general feeling of calm, or to address a specific problem—past, present, or future—that you’d like to clear.
After a workshop I gave recently for the National Youth Theatre in London, one director was eager to try tapping with his four-year-old son, who was driving his parents nuts by refusing to wear his underpants. The child vented “I hate underpants! I don’t want to wear them! Underpants are stupid!” while tapping. After just a few minutes, a small miracle occurred: off the boy went and, without being asked, put his pants on!
While you’re probably happy with your own underwear situation (and if not, it can certainly be tapped on) it’s not a huge stretch to imagine how situations that bother you could similarly be defused. Imagine, after a bit of tapping on “I hate doing my taxes!” or “my head hurts!” or “I’m terrified of...” feeling calm, relaxed, and at ease.
Like a psychological version of acupuncture—but with the big advantage of no needles—EFT involves stimulating, with your fingertips, a small number of key meridian points on the upper body, to defuse negative feelings or physical discomfort.
These tapping points, interestingly, are ones we use naturally in daily life, particularly when feeling emotional—we instinctively put a hand to our mouth when we’re shocked, clap a hand to our forehead, or touch our heart when we’re moved or scared.
The key to EFT is to concentrate on the problem—which can seem counter-intuitive if you’ve been taught to always think positively—and simultaneously TAP on the key points to flush away the negative.
TRY THIS SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE TECHNIQUE:
A very helpful variation is “FINGERTIP TAPPING,” which you can try right now. Using your thumb, tap the near side of the nail of the adjoining index finger (about seven times); using the same thumb, tap the side of the nail of the middle finger, and continue through the other fingers. You can do this in public— while in a queue, or stuck on the tube—without anyone noticing, or while watching TV, to feel more relaxed and balance your energetic system. (I’ll have lots more tapping tips for you in future blogs.)
So, don’t forget: if you have an issue that’s bothering you, the solution is—literally—at your fingertips!
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