5 Keys to Health, Healing, and Happiness Part 3 – A Holistic Journey on Planet Earth, Key 2: EMOTIONAL F.R.E.E.D.O.M
It was around 1980. Mary was still suffering from a water phobia, although she had been in therapy for as long as she could remember. That day, as she went to see Dr. Callahan, her psychologist, she had to make a detour and drive by a body of water. She was in a panic as she entered his office. Dr. Callahan calmly told her to tap under her eye with her fingertips. After a few minutes, she jumped up, ran toward his swimming pool, yelling, “I am cured, I am cured.” She knelt down by the pool and started splashing water on her face. Her water phobia had disappeared, never to return… and the “Tapping Techniques” were born.
Known under many names – Thought Field Therapy, Emotional Freedom Techniques, EP-Energy Psychology and more – Meridian-Based Energy Therapies have evolved over the years. Initially used for psychological problems such as fears, phobia, addictions and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), they moved into the medical field to relieve aches and pains, as well as more serious chronic diseases. It was not long until they were found in the sports and business arenas. Performances improved on the field and in the office.
Gary Craig, the developer of EFT-Emotional Freedom Techniques, stated, “The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system.” It means that any unwanted emotion or mental block is caused by a disruption in your energy system.
“Based on impressive new discoveries involving the body’s subtle energies, EFT has been proven clinically effective (over 80%) for Trauma, Abuse, Stress, Anxiety, Fears, Phobias, Depression, Grief, Addictive Cravings, Children’s Issues, and hundreds of physical symptoms including headaches, body pains, and breathing difficulties.
… often works where nothing else will
… usually rapid, long lasting, and gentle
… no drugs or equipment involved
… easily learned by anyone
… can be self-applied”
The Tapping Techniques consist of gently tapping on specific acupuncture points to release physical, emotional or mental distress. Although some people would scream “snake oil”, scientific clinical research proves that, although strange, they are anything but quackery.
- Arterial plaque decreased
- Cortisol level decreased
- Blood pressure decreased
- Polarities reversed
- Treatments which did not work before suddenly succeeded
- Clumped red blood cells were released
- Heart Rate Variability improved
I’ve been studying the healing arts, psychology, and human potential development for over 40 years. I had never found a technique which was as simple to learn and apply, with as many astounding results as I experienced with the Tapping Techniques, personally and in my practice.
However, the Tapping Techniques are only a tool, not a panacea. Not all conditions dissolve as easily as the example at the beginning of this article. There are “one-minute miracles,” but most of the time, patience, perseverance and digging deeper are needed.
Some personal examples:
The Tapping Techniques gave me the courage to divorce and allowed me to regain my power. A sunburn, usually painful and itchy, had no symptoms. Although I ground the tip of one finger in a grinder, the pain disappeared in 10 minutes and the healing was accelerated. Food poisoning abated instantly. My clients found relief of depression and panic attacks, aches and pains disappeared; fears and phobias vanished. After a Tapping workshop with business people, they reported that their income had increased and they stopped being afraid of marketing and cold calling. We had removed “blocks to success.” The Tapping Techniques work with animals as well.
When watching the news or getting negative feedback, gently tap on the side of one hand with the other hand – or on the steering wheel of your car if you are driving – or tap on your fingertips, by the side of your nails, to alleviate stress.
Working with a qualified therapist is a wise choice. S/he will have been trained at seeing the many facets a challenge can offer. However, I started using the Tapping Techniques after a 90- minute introductory presentation and changed the direction of my life in 3 months. I was so impressed that I studied with many of the masters, with great benefit, for my clients and myself. I then developed my own “cocktail” of Tapping Techniques, called the F.R.E.E.D.O.M. Techniques (Freedom and Release of Emotional and Energetic Disturbances Or Mental blocks).
Ho’Oponopono is another powerful tool you can use when upset with somebody. In your mind, say these four sentences in any order:
- I am sorry
- Please forgive me
- I love you
- Thank you
A psychiatrist was able to “heal” his psychotic patients, just by using these statements while focusing on their file. Impressive!
Dr. Danielle J. Duperret, ND/PhD