The name “Emotional Freedom Technique” tells you straight away that this technique was originally about clearing negative emotions. Although it’s now been found that it can do so much more, this is the area it’s probably still used for most.
At its most simple, we would notice that we’re feeling bad, identify the emotion and the cause of it, and tap till it’s clear. And sometimes it is that straight forward.
But other times, emotions are triggered by events that remind us of something that happened in the past, often more than one event. So we need to go back and clear those events.
One way of doing this is to tell a friend the story. Tap on the karate chop point as you start telling the story. As soon as emotions start coming up, stop the narrative, and tap for the feelings that have just come up, till they are gone. Then start telling the story again from the beginning. This time, you are likely to either get further into the story, or possibly a different set of emotions may come up at the same point. Again, stop and clear them. Keep repeating this till you can tell your friend the entire story without feeling bad. Now close your eyes and run through the story in your head, trying to really relive it. What did you hear, see, smell, feel? If no emotion come up, you’re done.
Do this for any events you can think of that relate to the current upset. After a few, you may notice that the remaining events aren’t bothering you any more.
Time to check in on the current upset. It might already be clear. If not, run through the current event in the same way, and it’s likely to clear much more easily.
Gary Craig recommends everybody do a Personal Peace procedure. Make a list of events from your past that still bother you. If you haven’t got at least 50, think some more.
Over a period of time, tap through them all. This exercise will lead to a greater sense of personal peace.
While EFT has produced remarkable clinical results, it is still be considered to be in the experimental stage and each user must take complete responsibility for their own use of it.